The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 Jul 1899

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The tug Minnie Bell cleared for Ottawa on Saturday.

The steamer Orion cleared today for Fort William.

The sloop Rover from Deseronto is at Crawford's wharf with millwood.

The schooner Freeman arrived from Sodus today with coal for Crawford & Co.

The steamer India passed through the Welland canal Saturday. She made good time between this port and the canal.

The steamyacht Merry Monarch, Sackett's Harbor, with a party of pleasure seekers, passed here on Saturday on its way through the Rideau to Ottawa.

The tug Active cleared on Saturday night with three grain laden barges for Montreal. She arrived this morning from Prescott with two light barges.

In A Wrecked Condition.

The steam yacht V.R.I., on which several sergeants of "A" battery left last week for Sand Lake for a pleasure tour, is lying above the locks at Kingston Mills in a helpless condition. The party evidently met with some kind of an accident on the way down, for the wheel is badly broken, and other damage done to the stern. The sergeants continued their trip on the steamer John Milne.

A Delightful Sail - The steamers America and New York, of the Folger line, ran excursions down the river on Saturday afternoon. Owing to increased patronage two boats were found necessary. It was the first time that one company has utilized two steamers on the same afternoon to carry pleasure-seekers from this port among the islands.....



[Detroit Free Press]

In these days, when sailing vessels are looked on as almost obsolete, the schooner Stuart H. Dunn has made a run that well deserves to be recorded. She made a round trip with a cargo of timber, from Toledo, back to Toledo, discharging cargo at Garden Island, near Kingston, Ont., in ten and a half days. She made the extraordinary run from Kingston to the Welland canal inside of twenty-four hours, and arrived at Port Colborne Sunday morning at five o'clock, making the run from Kingston to Port Colborne in thirty five hours. She reached Toledo last Monday evening, making the run from Kingston to Toledo in three days, coming up light. James Dix, master of the Dunn, naturally feels elated over his quick trip, and his satisfaction is shared by Eber L. Kelsey, under whose control the vessel is. Mr. Kelsey says that, in his forty years' experience with sailing vessels, he has never known this record to be equalled.

'Twas A Rough Passage.

The steamer Toronto passed through the fierce gale which swept Lake Ontario Saturday afternoon. Shortly after leaving Charlotte the storm broke in all its fury. The sturdy steamer withstood the shock and behaved herself beautifully, although the huge waves frequently swept the decks, ofttimes getting into the cabins and wetting the bedding and furnishings. In one stateroom a young lady attempted to close an open window, but before she could accomplish it, a huge wave rolled in and drenched her. The crew never saw such a furious storm. When the Toronto was entering the dock at Alexandria Bay she struck the stern of the steamer Argyle. The wind was so high that the captain found it difficult to handle such a big boat. The collision did not result in any serious damage being done. The Toronto's injury was the most serious. Part of her forward rail was broken in, while the Argyle had a fender smashed.

p.6 A Fine Yacht Burned - steam yacht Consuela, owned by G.T. Rafferty of Pittsburg, caught fire in boat house opposite Alexandria Bay.

For The Comfort Of Passengers - A small pavilion has been built on the ferry wharf just inside the ticket gate, to afford accommodation to passengers travelling on the boats of the "White Squadron." A row of seats are on either side, and the small building is both convenient and necessary. Hitherto passengers have been left to the mercies of sun and storm, but now ample protection is given against these two elements.

Incidents of the Day - The schooner-yacht Wavecrest, from Buffalo, is anchored in the harbor today. There is a party aboard on their way down the river.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 Jul 1899