The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Aug 1899

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Cleveland, Aug. 28th - The steamer which burned off Fairport Friday night was the Sir S.H. Tilley, a Canadian vessel of 750 tons. The fire started in the engine room and spread so rapidly that the engineer did not have time to shut off steam, and the crew and passengers, about twenty in number, had difficulty in escaping.

All the members of the crew save two and three women passengers and the cook were placed in the life boat and rowed to the steamer's consort. Two of the crew remained on board the burning vessel and, after lashing the wheel, escaped, one of them on a hatch cover and the other with a life preserver. They were both picked up.

The wheel being lashed, the steamer continued to run in a circle about an hour; then the machinery stopped. The fire continued burning until early in the morning. The wreck was finally towed into Fairport harbor. The Tilley is almost a total loss. She was valued at $60,000. She carried no cargo.

New Cup For International Races - Rochester, Aug. 28th - a cup was donated by Manager George W. Sweeney of the Ontario beach park association for Canadian and American yachts; races likely to be held off Charlotte in September.



To this popular steamer, placed in charge of Capt. Carnegie, was assigned the duty, on Saturday afternoon, of doing the regular excursion among the river islands. She had a very large passenger list, which was composed almost entirely of Kingstonians and a respectable and appreciative party belonging to the Methodist church at Odessa who thoroughly enjoyed the splendid trip, which consisted of a passage down the commonly used south channel past Clayton, Round Island, Murray Hill, Thousand Islands and St. Lawrence Parks, Point Vivian, Edgewood and the other well-known fine sites, to Alexandria Bay; after passing which the able and careful captain took those entrusted to his care through Deer Island channel, towards Rockport on the Canadian shore, along which channel are to be found some of the very best scenery and most expensive and attractive structures to be found on the river, with which the tourists were highly deligted. The steamer wended her way steadily up the Canadian channel past Rockport and Echo Lodge, when the boat's whistle was opened and its varying sounds were heard to reverberate through the wooded hills, vales and nearby rocky cliffs quite distinctly, and amused and interested the passengers very much, especially those whose first experience it was to hear those echoing sounds. Proceeding on his course towards home, Capt. Carnegie shortly afterwards took his guests into the beautiful "Lost Channel" and the "Fiddler's Elbow," whose unique and romantic scenery delighted all on board. To many it was a surprise to learn that such unexcelled beauty could be found so near and convenient to our city. It required great care, rare skill and knowledge of these intricate windings and narrow passages to take a vessel through them safely, but to Capt. Carnegie they were all quite familiar, for he and his capable helmsman took his craft along as calmly and as surely as if they were sailing about our own harbor of Kingston. A cut was now made into the main channel again, taking in Horseblock point and Hustead bay, soon getting into the Admiral group of islands opposite Gananoque, whose beauties were vividly brought out by the boat's searchlight, which greatly delighted those on board. Home was reached at the early hour of nine o'clock after one of the most delightful trips of the season.


The schooner Burton cleared today for Sodus.

The steamer Myles cleared for upper lake ports.

The schooner Acacia arrived today from Oswego with coal for Crawford & Co.

In 1898 there were built in Canada 328 vessels, with a total tonnage of 24,522.

The tug Nellie Reid and two barges, from Richardsons' elevator, left for Montreal on Saturday.

Wreckage from the schooner John Breden, which foundered in Lake Huron five weeks ago, was sighted fourteen miles above Fort Gratiot.

The steamer Brockville was disabled by a broken wheel when leaving Ogdensburg. She had just come out of dry dock, where she had received a new shaft.

Arrivals at Richardsons' elevator - steamer Myles, from Duluth, with 42,500 bushels of corn; schooner Maggie L., from bay ports with oats and barley.

At Quebec, steamship Columbian backed into the Carolina and the upper structure of the Columbian was damaged, the bar being almost completely demolished.

Arrivals: tug Active from Montreal, with two light barges; tug Hall from Montreal with three light barges. Clearances: tugs Hall and Thomson for Montreal with nine grain-laden barges.

The steamer Glengarry and consort Winnipeg, from Fort William, arrived at the M.T. company's elevator yesterday morning with 75,000 bushels of wheat. They cleared this morning for upper lake ports.

The steamer Jessie Bain, of the White Squadron fleet, running during the summer between Clayton and Alexandria Bay, has been taken off that route, and will lay up here until next season. The traffic on her was larger than ever before.

The Lehigh Valley coal company at Buffalo has increased the wages of its employees on the docks from twenty-five cents an hour to thirty cents. It is probable the employees of other docks will demand the same increase.

Tug Bronson To Be Launched.

It was expected that the M.T. company's tug Bronson would be launched today. The tug was burned at Alexandria Bay on June 22nd, and work was commenced on her the first week of July. She is now ready for service again, having been rebuilt on the company's marine railway. There is to be no ceremony in connection with the launching, as, according to Capt. Gaskin, the tug has not changed its religion and does not require a re-christening. No wine will be spilt.

Busy Day For White Squadron.

No less than four of the boats of this fleet left the Folger dock at the foot of Brock street Saturday afternoon at the same hour, the Empire State, New York, America and Pierrepont, the State, under Capt. Allan, taking a large number of passengers to Cape Vincent, which route and trip are becoming quite popular again since the rate for the round passage has been reduced to a nominal sum. The New York

R. & O. Steamers Are Popular.

This is the best season the R. & O. navigation company's boats ever experienced. They carry a full complement of passengers on almost every trip between Toronto and Montreal. What is true of their western division traffic is more true of that on their eastern division. Last Thursday the steamer Spartan could not furnish berths sufficient to accommodate all her passengers and large numbers had to be quartered in the saloon. This has been a frequent occurrence on these boats. By applying early, however, berths can generally be secured. The season has also been free of calamities and accidents of any kind. The officers on all the boats are capable and obliging men.


More Marine News.

The schooner Fleetwing from Charlotte is at Swift's wharf with coal.

The steamer Cambria was down from Toronto yesterday.

The steamer Varuna passed up this morning from the Thousand Islands with an excursion from Trenton aboard.

The steamer Merritt, of Belleville, took the Hero's bay route today.

The steamer Hero made her last trip this morning to meet the R. & O. steamer Bohemian at Dickenson's Landing.

After this week the steamer Columbian will connect at Prescott with the steamer Corsican. The steamer will be taken off, and the steamers Toronto and Corsican continue to run on the Prescott-Toronto route.

These steamers called at Craig's wharf yesterday: Melbourne from Toledo; Argyle from Charlotte; Persia from Toronto; Ocean from Montreal; Lake Michigan from Montreal; steambarge Waterlily from Montreal.

The government tug Shanley, of the Rideau canal, is at Craig's wharf.


Cleveland, Aug. 28th - A big deal in vessel property was closed here Saturday, which adds the name of J. Pierpont Morgan to the list of vessel owners on the great lakes. Shortly after noon Capt. W.C. Richardson announced that the steamer Appomattox and consort Santiago had been sold by Capt. James Davidson, of Bay City, Mich., to the Boston coal, dock and wharf company, of which M. Monsairrat is president. The combined capacity of these vessels is 8,000 tons. The coal company is backed by the Morgan syndicate, which owns a vast track of land in the Jackson district of southern Ohio.

It is well known that early in 1893 the syndicate came into possession of the Hockling Valley railroad, a coal carring road, and is now negotiating for the Ohio Central and the Columbus, Sandusky & Hocking railroad, both coal carriers, and the deal may be closed before the end of the year. The one thing lacking, therefore, between the mines and consumers in the far northwest has been the lake transportation facilities, and these boats are looked upon as the nucleus of a fleet that will supply this deficiency.

The fact that wooden vessels were purchased when the lakes have gone mad on steel vessels is thought also to be significant, as it may mean that the whole of the Davidson fleet of wooden vessels will go to the same company. The story is going, in fact, that negotiations are now pending for any number of these large vessels, and the belief is that before the year ends the Morgans will be rivals of the Rockefellers and other large vessel owners on the great lakes.

Thousand Island Park, Aug. 28th - ....The steamer Arundell was on the river yesterday with a large excursion from Oswego. This will be her last Sunday trip this season. The Varuna from bay ports and Kingston also made her last trip of the season here on Saturday and remained until this morning....

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Aug 1899