The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Nov 1898

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The tug Thomson clears for Montreal tonight with six grain laden barges.

The schooner Cornelia arrived from Oswego last night with a cargo of coal.

The tug Thomson arrived from Montreal this morning with ten light barges.

The steamer Reliance is ready to leave for Charlotte to load coal as soon as the wind abates.

The schooners Annie Falconer and Robert Macdonald and sloops Maggie L. and H.M. Ballou are in port, wind bound.

The sloops Two Brothers, Minnie and Pilot are converted into temporary storage houses for the damaged wheat taken from the schooners Selkirk and Melrose.

The schooners Cornelia, Acacia and Kate left here the same day for Oswego, going up the Bay of Quinte and out into the lake through the upper gap. The latter two turned back into the bay on account of the heavy weather, but the Cornelia, the smallest of the three, went on. She arrived back with her cargo last night, while the other two are still at anchor in the bay.

The steamer North King has finished her season's work, showing a remarkable record. During the season she covered 33,000 miles with an average speed of fourteen miles an hour, without any delays or the slightest damage to boat or machinery. Great credit is due to the efficiency of her officers and crew, of whom John Jarrell is captain and James Hickey chief of the engineer's department.

The schooner S.H. Dunn arrived at Garden Island yesterday afternoon, timber laden from Toledo, completing her ninth round trip between those two ports. The schooner started out on April 17th last and from that time until tied up yesterday not a single accident or delay occurred. To use a Montreal phrase she came back to her winter berth without having even broke a rope yarn. This is a record to be proud of and is due to the skilful handling of the craft by Capt. James Dix, who has commanded the Dunn for many seasons. The gallant captain, weather beaten from exposure to the wind and sun, arrived home today and is receiving the congratulations of his friends upon the success attending his voyages during the season just closed.



Walter L. Visger, captain and owner of the steamboat Capt. Visger, has been suspended for three months. The incident which lead to charges being entered occurred near Thousand Island Park on August 28th. The New Island Wanderer and the Visger came "within an ace" of colliding. They were both endeavoring to pass through the narrow channel off the park. The evidence showed that Capt. Visger was at fault for not giving the Wanderer the right of way, which she was entitled to on account of being on the starboard side. It was shown that the Wanderer gave a signal that she would keep on her course, to which the Visger assented. Instead of slowing down and going astern of the Wanderer, she forged ahead and made the channel first. A collision was averted by the Wanderer coming to a sudden stop. The local inspectors will stop carelessness of captains engaged in the "steamboat war" on the St. Lawrence. [Oswego Times]

p.5 The Late James McCreight - drowned off the schooner St. Peter, resided in Deseronto many years; a wife and two sons died there; has three surviving daughters. [Deseronto Tribune]

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Nov 1898