The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Sep 1898

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p.2 To Clear Away the Wreckage - Tenders are being asked for the clearing of the wreckage of the Cornwall bridge disaster. - Donnelly wrecking and salvage company and Collins Bay Rafting company interested.


The schooner Fabiola cleared today for Oswego to load coal for this port.

The tug Active left this morning with five grain laden barges for Montreal.

Since Sunday night three steamers have been destroyed by fire on the upper lakes.

The steamer Hamilton, from Montreal to Hamilton, touched at Swift & Co.'s wharf today.

The schooner Annie Falconer, coal laden from Charlotte, arrived today at Swift & Co's wharf.

The schooner Two Brothers arrived from Oswego yesterday with a cargo of coal for Booth & Co.

Vessels on the lake experienced a rough time last night. The wind blew hard and the rain descended in torrents.

The steamer St. Lawrence is in the government graving dock receiving new planking and a general overhauling.

The steamer Nicaragua, from Duluth, discharged 60,000 bushels of wheat at the M.T. company's elevator today.

The steamer John Haggart, having her wheel shifted, left Davis' dry dock yesterday and re-entered on the Kingston-Gananoque ferry route.

A dense smoke covering Lake Superior during the early part of this week sent several vessels to their doom. The origin of the smoke was a mystery as no forest fires were reported, and smoke so dense was only known to have been experienced once before.

Unable to get an oral hearing at the international conference at Quebec, the lake carriers' association have forwarded their brief, a formidable document, to the American commissioners favoring the abolition of tolls from the Welland canal. American vessel owners interested are beginning to suspect that their scheme will not be favorably considered.

The Eagle River reef, a narrow stripon the end of Keween peninsula, Michigan's projecting arm into Lake Superior, has furnished a remarkable coincidence in wrecks. T.R. Wright, managing owner of the steamer Colorado, which stranded there on Monday, arrived in Chicago on Wednesday from the scene of the wreck. He says the Colorado rests right on top of the wreck of the steamer H.S. Pickands lost four years ago. Little hope is entertained of saving the Colorado, but a portion of her cargo of flour will be rescued.

New Line From Cleveland.

Next summer there will be lots of competition on the lakes for business to the Thousand Islands. The Northern Transit company has arranged to add six more steamers to their fleet. Four of these will ply directly between Cleveland and Alexandria Bay, forming a daily line. Two steamers will ply from Port Dalhousie, and passengers for these steamers will be brought by train from Port Colborne. All the steamers will touch at Toronto and Kingston. The new line will be extensively advertised, and from the fact that large steel steamers will be engaged in the excursion business it is expected that they will take a large amount of traffic from the railroads. The new line will be in operation at the opening of the excursion season.

p.6 To Rescue the Vessel - The steamer Hamilton ran aground at an early hour this morning near the floating light, Coteau Lake. The weather was very foggy. The steamers Parthia and Chieftain have been sent to the rescue by the Calvin company.

Late Afternoon Events - A dredge commenced work in Picton harbor on Monday. The government appropriation for the work was $7,000.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Sep 1898