The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 May 1899

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p.1 A Rough Time - The officers on board the steamer Alexandria, which crossed from Charlotte on Sunday night, say they were never out in a worse storm. Besides a rough sea the lightning was very vivid, and they had great difficulty in keeping the steamer on its proper course.


The schooner Fleetwing cleared this afternoon for Oswego.

The steamer Alexandria called at Craig's wharf last night from Charlotte.

The schooner Two Brothers is in port from Oswego with coal for Anglin & Co.

The schooner Minnie unloaded 1,000 bushels of wheat at Richardsons' elevator today.

The steamer Columbian will be up from Montreal tonight; the steamer Hamilton arrived down from Toronto this afternoon.

The steamer St. Andrew from Fort William arrived this morning at Richardsons' elevator with 30,000 bushels of wheat.

The steamer Iron Chief and consort Iron Cliff arrived this morning at the M.T. company's elevator with 96,000 bushels of corn.

Capt. Lesslie of the Collins Bay rafting company, has left Cornwall with a gang of men for Sorel to work upon the wrecked steamer Gallia. The captain has for some time been engaged in the work of raising the fallen sections of the Cornwall bridge.

An Interesting Supplement.

The Watertown, N.Y., Daily Times had an elegantly illustrated and beautifully printed supplement on Saturday, giving a number of views of a gigantic work being done in the construction of an eighteen-foot channel, 300 feet wide, three and a half miles in length, in the north channel, midway between Prescott and the Galop canal, near the Canadian shore. This new channel will form an entrance to the grand canal system of the St. Lawrence and will shorten the regular course of vessels about one mile, besides giving a more direct and easy entrance to the new Galop canal or the Galop rapids. The contractors are the Messrs. Cleveland, of Watertown, three brothers. One of the illustrations does injustice to the Canadian shipping trade. A view is given of a number of pin-flats in bad repair, as showing the class of barges in use at the present time. Kingston has the largest fleet of barges ever employed on the St. Lawrence, and not one of them is a pin-flat. Every one is of the more modern type of boat most strongly built. The Times should correct the bad impression given.

p.4 Broke the Swing Bridge - An accident occurred this morning by which the Cataraqui swing bridge was disabled. About half-past six the schooner Two Brothers approached the bridge to get to the K. & P. dock, and the ponderous monster was swung open. But the schooner did not steer a straight course and struck the bridge on one side, breaking some of the stays. This completely disabled the bridge, so that it could not be closed again. Men were soon put to work to make repairs, and expected to have it in condition by noon. The break-down was a serious affair, for traffic was much delayed.

p.5 They Gave Way - This morning the steamer Erin, which lost her wheel at Four Mile Point last Friday morning, left the dry dock all ready for departure to upper lake ports. The steamer New York had the right of going into the dock before the Erin, but the Folger Bros. gave way to the disabled steamer.

p.6 Not Yet Raised - The tug Walker has not yet been raised to the surface. Work was continued the greater part of yesterday, but the storm last night must have seriously interfered with the work today. It was understood yesterday that chains had been put around the tug and that she had been raised five feet.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 May 1899