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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Dec 1898

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The steambarge Water Lily will seek winter quarters at Port Hope.

The tug Jackman, of Cornwall, has been purchased by a local firm and will be wintered here.

The tug Jessie Hall and barge Wheatbin entered the government dry dock this morning for repairs.

Owing to the heavy gale last night men were on duty to watch the M.T. company's fleet, tied up for the winter.

The tug Maggie May and barge Dandy arrived at Richardsons' elevator Saturday with a cargo of grain from Napanee.

The S.S. Bannockburn and consort Minnedosa are at Port Dalhousie storm bound. A heavy snow storm from the north east is blowing.

The steamer D.D. Calvin and consort reached Brockville yesterday, coal laden. They were windbound for one day at the Main Ducks.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Dalhousie, Dec. 5th - Passed down: steamer Bannockburn, Fort William to Kingston, wheat.

Port Colborne, Dec. 5th - Passed down: steamers Monteagle, Chicago to Oswego, corn; Arabian, Fort William to Prescott, wheat; W.B. Morley, Milwaukee to Oswego, barley.

Dec. 6, 1898

p.1 The schooner Queen of the Lakes is being fitted out to go to Oswego to load a cargo of coal for Crawford.



Altogether about fifty seven of the M.T. company's fleet will winter at Kingston. With the exception of two or three they are all here.

The S.S. Rosemount is expected down in a couple of days with 80,000 bushels of wheat from Fort William. When her cargo is discharged she will lay up at the M.T. company's wharf here.

The steamer Bannockburn and consort Minnedosa are expected at the M.T. company's wharf today from Fort William, with about 140,000 bushels of wheat. It is their last trip of the season and they will go into winter quarters.

Dec. 7, 1898



The steamer Arabian, well known in this port, is in trouble. While running down Lake Ontario yesterday, bound from Fort William to Prescott with a cargo of grain, part of her machinery broke down, rendering the steamer helpless. No time was lost in getting out the anchors and they took hold readily on the rocky bottom near the False Ducks, where the steamer rounded head-to the wind and a flag of distress was run up. During the course of the afternoon the purser took a boat and rowed to Milford, whence he telephoned to Kingston for assistance.

The tug Thomson was at once dispatched to the Arabian, but owing to the heavy sea rolling the tug was unable to approach, and was obliged to run back to the city. This morning the Thomson made another trip to the steamer in distress, and it was expected that if she could be taken in tow she would be brought to this port for repairs.

Milford, Ont., Dec. 7th - The steamer Arabian loaded with 40,000 bushels of wheat bound for Kingston left the Welland canal Sunday. When about off Charlotte she was caught in a tremendous storm and snow when her forward bulwarks were stove in and her machinery damaged which compelled her to run under half steam. When about two miles south of Duck Island light on Monday noon the Arabian's cylinder head blew out and she has been lying at anchor disabled ever since. The Montreal transportation company was wired to and it ordered a tug to her assistance. The tug was expected to reach the Arabian at nine o'clock last night.

The Arabian's captain, who has sailed the lakes for over thirty years, states that Sunday's storm was by far the worst he ever encountered. The steamer has both anchors out and is lying easy at present.


The steamer Rosemount is in the Welland canal en route to Kingston with a cargo of wheat from Fort William.

The steamer Chieftain, of the Calvin fleet, is in the government dry dock undergoing general repairs. She will be out by the end of the week.

The new steamer India, on the stocks at Garden Island, wil be launched during Christmas week. During the winter months her machinery will be placed in position, and next spring she will be placed in commission.

p.6 Late Afternoon Events - The Canadian steamer St. Andrew had to put into Cleveland harbor for shelter Monday night on account of the heavy snowstorm and wind blowing at a lively pace. A number of other vessels were also sheltered and will be held in port until the wind abates.

It is estimated that there are twenty-five boats yet to load grain at Duluth this fall. Most of them are at Lake Superior now discharging cargoes. Their cargoes will aggregate 3,000,000 bushels of wheat.

Chief Engineer McWilliams and second engineer Hazlett, of the steamer Alexandria, returned home today. They left the Alexandria on the ways at Picton.

The steamer Bannockburn and consort Minnedosa, wheat laden from Fort William, were due to arrive at the M.T. company's elevator this afternoon.

The steamer Tilley is safely anchored at Sarnia.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Dec 1898