The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Sep 1898

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The M.T. company's barge Nebraska is in Davis' dry dock for repairs.

The tug Thomson left for Montreal today with six grain-laden barges.

The tug Edmond and barge laden with wood from Bedford Mills, are at the Grove Inn wood yard.

The tugs Thomson, Walker and Active arrived up yesterday with twelve barges from Montreal.

The steamers Arabian, Duluth to Montreal, and Algonquin, Chicago to Kingston, are in the Welland canal.

The steamer D.D. Calvin and consort arrived at Garden Island yesterday with a cargo of oak timber from Toledo.

The steamer Sequin arrived from Duluth yesterday with 40,000 bushels of wheat for the M.T. company. She was discharged at midnight and cleared for Buffalo to load coal.

The schooner Annie Minnes, with 6,500 bushels of peas, and Trade Wind, with 8,000 bushels of wheat, from lake ports, unloaded at the M.T. company's elevator today.

The S.S. Bannockburn and consorts Dunmore and Winnipeg arrived from Duluth yesterday with 157,000 bushels of wheat. They clear again this evening for Lake Superior.

The heavy marine losses on the upper lakes during the past week are cause for anxiety among the vessel owners. It has been intimated that wooden hulls will not be insured next year and that the rates on steel hulls will be increased.

Arrivals at Richardsons' elevator - sloop H.M. Ballou, Brighton, with 3,000 bushels of rye; sloop Two Brothers, Picton, 3,000 bushels of rye; schooner Mary, Wellington, 6,000 bushels of rye; sloop Maggie L., Howe Island, 2,500 bushels of oats; sloop Pilot, Picton, 2,500 bushels of rye.

At two o'clock Saturday afternoon last the tugs Parthia and Chieftain, of the Calvin company, succeeded in releasing the steamer Hamilton from the shoal on which she was fast near Coteau Landing. The steamer did not sustain any damage and came on through on her regular trip, touching at Swift & Co.'s wharf at four o'clock Sunday afternoon. It was not found necessary to even lighten her freight load. The Hamilton continued her trip up to Hamilton.



Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Sept. 26th - Five men met a sudden death in Waiskai bay yesterday morning by the sinking of the lighter Monitor, of the Soo lighter and wrecking company. The dead are Joseph Prior, William Corbler, John Robeare, Emanuel Robeare and John Foley. All of the men are longshoremen. The first four named are residents of the Soo. John Foley lived at West Bay City.

The Monitor was being towed by a tug to a sheltered place in the bay, where a cargo of 350 tons of iron ore which had been lightered from the schooner Carrington, aground near Point Iroquois, could be reloaded after the schooner's release, when without any warning other than a rumbling sound the craft started to sink bow forward and in a couple of minutes dived to the bottom.

The captain, W.R. Smith, had time only to kick in the cabin windows for the purpose of awakening the men who were asleep below, when he and the watchman were compelled to climb in the rigging for safety. Five of the men succeeded in getting out, the last one swimming out of the hatchway leading to the cabin. They reached places of safety on the spars and rigging, and although quite a heavy sea was rolling the tug succeeded in picking them all up. It is supposed the casualty was caused by the shifting of a body of ore which opened up a big hole near the bow.

Late Afternoon Events - The schooners Annie Falconer and Fabiola, Oswego, are at Swift & Co.'s wharf with coal.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Sep 1898