The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Jul 1899

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The schooner S.H. Dunn, Toledo, timber laden, arrived at Garden Island this morning.

The steamer Spartan, Toronto to Montreal, touched at Swift & Co.'s wharf this morning.

The Calvin company's tenth raft cleared for Quebec this morning in charge of the tug Parthia.

The steamer Haskell from Chicago, arrived at Richardsons' elevator this morning with 50,000 bushels of corn and wheat.

The Calvin company received a message this morning from Lachine stating that the steamer Mae had successfully run the rapids and was now safe in Montreal.

Work is being rushed on Calvin's new steambarge India, building at Garden Island, so as to have her ready for sailing on Saturday. She will be a most substantial craft.

The steamer Cambria, Toronto to Alexandria Bay, passed down this morning and up again this afternoon. She was taken down the river and back again in charge of pilot John Tuttle.

It is claimed that the steamer Hero ran aground near Alexandria Bay because the large buoy placed on the shoal has changed its position, moving thirty feet from the original place. An action may be entered by the owners of the boat against the United States government for damages.



At the late historical exhibition in Toronto was a candlestick found at the bottom of Lake Erie, and formerly belonging to the 23rd regiment Royal Welch fusiliers. This exhibit, which is loaned by Mrs. Thomas Shortiss, is connected with a very sad accident in the history of that gallant regiment, and of the marine of Canada. The story, as told by a lady residing near Dunnville, is as follows, the account being dated Port Maitland, May 9th, 1848:

"This most melancholy accident on the lake has occupied all our attention that I could not write before. You have probably seen full particulars of it in the papers, but as it occurred within two miles of us, I will mention it again.

"The Despatch steamer, on her way to Buffalo, ran into the Commerce, propeller, bound for Port Stanley with a detachment of the 23rd regiment on board. She sank in fifteen minutes, and forty men, women and children were lost.

"The assistant surgeon had left a wife and child in Kingston. He was lost. The other officers were saved, but lost everything they had. One of them said he had just drawn three months' pay in advance on Lake Erie. They were taken on board the Minos, the government steamer. We just now saw them leaving in the Earl Cathcart. The ensign, Sir Henry Chamberlain, and a few men are to remain here to attend to the melancholy duty of burying any of the poor fellows whose bodies may be washed on ashore. They are bound for London. The regimental plate, wine, stores, etc., are all lost, and a very large sum of money. About seventy five men are saved. The most of them are without clothes. They have been partly supplied from Dunnville and this neighborhood, and we all sent them the bedding and blankets we could spare. A poor little fellow, son of the commissary at Montreal, was going up with them for a pleasure trip, and he was lost. You may suppose it banished everything else from our minds."

Deseronto Doings - July 18th - ....The steamer Varuna made her first trip to the Thousand Islands on Saturday. Great crowds take in the Friday excursion by the steamer Ella Ross to Belleville and Trenton....The steamer Calvin with Ceylon and Augusta as consorts, cleared from the iron works today for upper lake ports....

p.5 Cannon To Be Raised - Alexandria Bay, July 19th - brass cannon in St. Lawrence River near Alexandria Bay; said to be associated with burning of steamer Sir Robert Peel in 1838. (only half of column has survived).

p.6 Incidents of the Day - The steamer Ocean called at Craig's wharf this morning on its way to Toronto.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Jul 1899