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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Nov 1898

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A Barge Sunk.

Cleveland, Nov. 12th - The big whaleback barge No. 104, owned by the American steel barge company, parted her tow line in the harbor during the fierce gale of Thursday night , and at once drifted against the west breakwater. After pounding against the breakwater for several hours she finally went to the bottom. Six men, composing the crew of the barge, barely escaped with their lives, being rescued by life-savers.



The steamer Alexandria is expected in tonight.

John Prinyer, light keeper at Indian Pt., has been retired.

Tomorrow the steamer Hamilton makes her last trip of the season.

The tug Hall with six loaded barges left for Montreal last night.

The schooner Fabiola is at the water works dock with coal from Charlotte.

The schooner Fleetwing is expected at Swift's wharf today with a cargo of coal.

The schooner Acacia cleared this morning for Oswego to load coal for Crawford.

The steamer Persia, with a large cargo from Toronto, touched at Craig's wharf last night.

The propellor Lake Michigan is expected at Craig's wharf from Niagara today with general merchandise.

The steamer Rosemount, with 74,500 bushels of wheat from Fort William, is expected by the M.T. company today.

Arrivals at Richardsons' this morning: schooner Eliza White with oats from Belleville and schooner Kate with peas and wheat from Colborne.

On her way to Ottawa on Thursday night the steamer James Swift ran aground on Belle's Island, below Cataraqui bridge. No damage was done to the steamer, and she was pulled off yesterday morning by the tug Shannon.

The Donnelly wrecking force has made no attempt to work on the steamer Porter below Quebec. Capt. Donnelly received a telegram from his brother stating that there was a foot of snow on the ground and that a heavy gale was blowing.

A Buffalo insurance company that carries $100,000 on the hull of the Bannockburn was anxious for fuller details of the casualty and Capt. T. Donnelly spent five hours yesterday in trying to obtain them. His efforts proved futile as the telegraphic service to Kincardine seemed to be demoralized.

It was with great relief that the M.T. company's officials received the telegram from the captain of the Bannockburn last evening. He reported that she was lying easy on a sandy bottom and that a tug was being procured from Port Huron which would probably effect her release in a short time. The release was effected this morning.

The dredge, tug and scows engaged in harbor improvements were to cease work tonight, and the plant will be laid up near the dry dock. Work has been prosecuted here since May 18th and good progress made towards securing an efficient channel and approaches to the elevators. A good turning point was made near the M.T. company's elevator and a two hundred foot channel cleared up to it.

p.6 Late Afternoon Events - The steamer Richelieu makes her last trip to Cape Vincent for this season on Wednesday afternoon next. Capt. Filgate, her owner, has asked to have her returned to Montreal before the Beauharnois canal freezes in order to make the needed alterations to her upper works and machinery. She will be lighted by electricity and her wheels will have feathering buckets which will increase her speed by two miles an hour. She will ply between Kingston and Cape Vincent next season.

The three-masted schooner F.C. Leighton, of Clayton, N.Y., bound from Oswego to Toledo with coal, left Port Dalhousie during Thursday's storm, but could not make the Welland canal. She anchored at night near the Burlington Beach piers, and yesterday morning a life boat brought the crew to the Beach. The vessel soon started out again.

The D.D. Calvin, en route from Brockville to Charlotte to load coal, passed up this morning.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Nov 1898