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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Jun 1899

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The schooner Acacia cleared today for Oswego.

The schooner Emery cleared yesterday for Charlotte.

The steamer Toronto arrived up from Prescott this afternoon.

The tug Thomson arrived today with eight light barges from Montreal.

The government canal tug Delisle coaled at Crawford's wharf this morning.

The barge Columbia left for Bedford Mills this morning in tow of the tug Edmond.

The schooner Katie Eccles, from lake ports, unloaded 8,000 bushels of wheat at the M.T. company's elevator this morning.

The Donnelly wrecking company is still busy raising the tug Walker, which will be immediately placed on the M.T. company's marine railway.

The S.S. Bannockburn and consorts Melrose and Selkirk arrived from Fort William this morning with 155,000 bushels of corn for the M.T. company.

At Richardsons' elevator today these barges loaded for Montreal and left in tow of the tug Nellie Reid: Alfred, 18,000 bushels of corn; Laura, 14,000 bushels of wheat and 8,000 bushels of peas; Alberta, 12,000 bushels of corn and 6,000 bushels of rye.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Dalhousie, June 22nd - Passed up: steamer Bothnia, Kingston to Green Bay, light; barge Valencia, Kingston to Toledo, light; steamer Glengarry, Kingston to Fort William, light; barge Winnipeg, Kingston to Fort William, light.

Port Colborne, June 22nd - Passed up: steamer Bothnia, Kingston to Green Bay City, light; barge Valencia, Kingston to Toledo, light.

Toronto Harbor - Ottawa, June 22nd - expected that Toronto will get substantial government help for harbor improvements.

Incidents of the Day - The steamers Algerian and Hamilton of Hamilton-Montreal route arrived here this afternoon.

p.4 Goderich Notes - June 21st - The St. Andrew cleared on Monday evening after discharging her cargo of 37,000 bushels of wheat for Richardson Bros. Bales of hay as usual were shipped up north upon her. Capt. Featherstonehaugh is quite proud of the good St. Andrew. The steamer City of Toledo came in with a large number of excursionists from Detroit.....Capt. Dan Sutherland, of the M.L. Breck, is busily engaged carrying salt from Mooretown to Collingwood and Owen Sound.



Last night at nine o'clock the tug Hall arrived from Alexandria Bay having on board the crew of the tug Bronson, burned yesterday morning. The Hall left immediately for the same place and proceeded down the river with the barges left by the Bronson.

Capt. Murray, in command of the burned tug, was seen this morning, but naturally did not care to say much about the affair. The fire he thought originated from a lamp exploding near the engine room, and the flames spread so rapidly that nothing could be done, although the crew got on the hose at once. In one hour from the time the fire started the tug was a total wreck. The crew were forced to the sides of the vessel and had to hang on to the towline, but this was soon burned and fireman Hastings and deck hand O'Niel sank in the deep waters. Just where their drowning took place the rest of the crew do not know, as every one was endeavoring to save their own lives, and it was impossible to keep track of one another. It was second engineer Rankin who was burned about the arms and not engineer Hepburn. It is doubtful if the drowned sailors will ever be recovered, as the water at the place of the accident is between 150 and 200 feet deep. The Bronson, or what remains of her, is still at the Bay.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Jun 1899