The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 May 1899

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The tug Bronson cleared this morning for Montreal with six grain-laden barges.

The schooner Two Brothers discharged a cargo of coal today at Anglin's and cleared for Oswego.

The sloop Maggie L. is loading hay at Howe Island for W.P. Peters, flour and feed merchant, Brock street.

Called at Craig & Co.'s wharf on Sunday: propellers Persia, Montreal; Ocean, Toronto; Cuba, Toledo; Sir L. Tilley, Montreal; Lake Michigan, Montreal.

The steamer Eurydice arrived in port yesterday from Picton. She is all ready to begin wrecking operations, and this week will leave with the schooner Grantham and wrecking appliances to attempt the raising of the sunken tug Walker.

Arrivals: schooner Annie Minnes, Wellington, 12,000 bushels oats and peas, at Richardson & Sons' elevator; tug Maggie May and sloop Dandy, Napanee, 3,000 bushels of oats and rye, at Richardson & Sons' elevator; tugs Hall with two light barges and Thomson with five light barges, from Montreal.

Capt. Glass, of Sarnia, who left here a couple of weeks ago with the Armenia, was the first captain to tie up at Richard's Landing, St. Joseph's Island, this year. He received the customary gift of a new hat from the harbormaster. The captain was obliged to break his way through fifteen miles of ice on Lake Erie. After loading at that port he returned to Sarnia, reaching there on the 11th instant.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Colborne, May 14th - Up: barges William McGregor, Ogdensburg to Cleveland, light; Charles Wall, Ogdensburg to Sandusky, light.

Down: steamer Pueblo, Chicago to Prescott, corn; steamer W.L. Frost, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo; steamer Cadillac, Chicago to Kingston, corn; steamer Myles, Superior to Montreal, wheat; steamer Orion, Fort William to Kingston, wheat; steamer Brittanic, Duluth to Prescott, corn; steamer Badger State, Toledo to Kingston, corn.


Matthew Murphy, a diver in the employment of the Collins Bay Rafting company, is in the city to spend a few days. He has just returned from Cornwall, where the company is making the arrangements for the raising of the collapsed railway bridge. It has been found to be very difficult to get the pontoons attached to the fallen sections, owing to the strong current in the river at that point. The attempt to anchor a boat in a certain place would often fail, for as sure as the anchor failed to hold where required the boat would be carried several hundred yards down stream by the force of the current. This would necessitate the hauling in of the anchor, and the return to the spot, only to be met with the same result next time, perhaps.

The railway company is preparing for the rebuilding of the structure, workmen being already engaged in constructing cassions on the shore. A section of the bridge between the shore and the first pier was left standing. The pier, being a mate of the collapsed one, is deemed unsafe and will be removed. It will be a great engineering feat to remove the old pier and replace it by a new one, and at the time of doing so hold the heavy section in place. Each section of the bridge is held to weigh 600 tons.

The schooner Fleetwing, Oswego, is discharging coal at Swift & Co.'s wharf.

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

p.6 Accident to the Hamilton - The steamer Hamilton, bound from Montreal to Hamilton, with a big load of freight, had to put into Darlington about one o'clock Sunday morning on account of a broken crosshead. Capt. Graves took the train at Bowmanville and came to this city to report the mishap. A tug was sent down to tow her here, but met her on the way up, a temporary repair having been made with chains. She arrived about 3:30 under her own steam. Repairs will be completed in three or four days, it is expected. Arrangements have been made to have the down freight booked for her, moved by the Michigan. [Toronto Mail]


Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., May 15th - The schooner Nelson, deeply laden with a cargo of coal, foundered in Lake Superior, off Grand Marais, Saturday night. So far as known here no one escaped from this, the first disaster of the season, except the captain, a report from Deer Park, Michigan stating that the captain was saved. The crew consisted of the following: Capt. Andrew Haghney, Toledo; the captain's wife and two year old child; Frederick Haas, sailor, residence unknown; six sailors, names unknown. At the time of the disaster the wind was blowing a gale of fifty miles an hour and freezing hard. The Nelson was seen to turn toward the shore. Soon it became apparent that she was sinking. In a few minutes she threw her stern into the air and dove straight for the bottom. Where she sank there is 300 feet of water.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 May 1899