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

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p.1 To Be a Record Breaker - many large excursions have been booked for the Folger line. [Syracuse Post-Standard]



The schooner Acacia clears this evening for Oswego.

The tug Hall arrived today from Montreal with five light barges.

The sloop Echo, from Trenton, is unloading cordwood at Crawford's wharf.

The tugs Thomson and Hall cleared this afternoon for Montreal with eight barges, grain laden.

The steamer Orion loaded a cargo of oats and hay at Richardsons' elevator, and cleared this afternoon for Fort William.

The S.S. Bannockburn and consorts Minnedosa and Dunmore arrived last night at the M.T. company's elevator from Fort William with 190,000 bushels of wheat. They cleared again this afternoon for Duluth.


As Told By The Watchman On Board.

G. Meagher, a Kingstonian on the steamer Sir Leonard Tilley, burned off Fairport, Ohio, on Saturday night last, in writing to a friend in the city, has this to say of his dangerous experience:

"Thursday evening about ten o'clock I shipped as watchman on the steamer Tilley. All went well until Saturday night. About 9:30 p.m. I was sitting forward talking with the purser. It was then that the ladies' maid came running forward, shouting, "Fire, fire!" I started at once to go below. I had got only to the top of the stairs when I was driven back by volumes of smoke and fire. The engineer could not start the pumps as the fire had already reached the engine rooms.

"We then lowered the life boat, put the women in first, the crew following. Quite a heavy sea was running, and the steamer was going twelve miles an hour. Under these unfavorable conditions we were trying to get into the lifeboat. After we had pushed away from the burning craft we discovered that the plug was out of the bottom of the boat, and that she was filling rapidly. We were then picked up by the vessel Merritt, which we had in tow. The ladies were first placed on board, and then we clamored up ourselves.

"When the fire first broke out the women were screaming and running around the deck half wild, the cook being especially excitable. Not anything was saved by the crew or passengers. The wheelsman, a little Frenchman from near Montreal, stood at his post until the last minute, and one of the deck hands held the painter of the life boat. Consequently they were left on the burning steamer, and we never missed them until we were on the other vessel. One of them threw a hatch overboard, and the other jumped with a life preserver on. They were picked up by a steamer and sent to us. I tell you there was a yell when we knew they were safe.

"The lady passengers were sent home today. We are still aboard the vessel, sleeping on deck. Ours was a narrow escape. We had the boat lowered and all hands safe in about an hour. I was quite cool, never losing my presence of mind. I had my boots off, ready to swim. The ladies' maid values her loss at $500."

p.6 Made Quick Time - The tug Reginald, of the Calvin company, left yesterday for Sarnia with two oil tank barges. She made good time up to the Welland Canal, covering the distance in 19 hours.

Leg May Go - Toronto, Aug. 31st - David Landraw, a sailor on Algerian, hurt by gang plank while passing through Murray canal.

Had a Fine Gathering - Ruby Donnelly and 75 friends on her father's steamer Donnelly sailed around harbor and stopped at Channel Grove for supper and dancing.

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