The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Sep 1899

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p.1 Another Steamboat Captain Fined - Toronto, Sept. 27th - George O'Brien, captain of the steamer Argyle, consented at the police court to a plea of guilty on a charge of selling liquor on his boat. He was fined $60 and costs or three months. Two other charges of the same nature against him were withdrawn.



The sloop Rover arrived from Washburn today light.

The coal and grain vessels are all lying snug in the harbor until the storm on the lake abates.

The S.S. Rosemount and consorts from Fort William are expected at the M.T. company's elevator on Friday.

The steamer Brockville arrived last night from Brockville, and entered Davis' dry dock for repairs. The bottom will be caulked.

The tug Thomson started out yesterday for Oswego with two light barges, but had to run back again on account of the heavy sea and wind.

The yacht Valkyrie, with a party of Cape Vincent residents aboard, was in port last evening en route from Rideau canal points to Cape Vincent.

The steamer Ocean from Toronto did not arrive until noon today. She was due last night, but had to run a long way out of her course on account of the storm.

The steamyacht Sport, from Alexandria Bay, was at Craig's wharf this morning with the Wilbur party aboard. She left for a trip up the Rideau, where the party will go on a hunting expedition.

Arrivals at Richardsons' elevator: schooner Kate, from Wellington, with 5,000 bushels of peas; schooner Falconer, from Cobourg, with 9,500 bushels of wheat; sloop Madcap, from Bath, with rye.

The tug Petrel, of the Collins Bay rafting company, spent several hours on Tuesday grappling for the big anchor and chain lost at the bottom of the river near the channel opposite the C.P.R. dock, Brockville, during the raising of the steamer Armstrong ten years ago. The efforts of the crew of the Petrel were unavailing.

A sloop belonging to Edward Malette, Gananoque, en route to Kingston loaded with brick, Sunday night, in the heavy blow sprang a leak near Milton Island. The captain finding it impossible to keep her afloat made for shore and succeeded in beaching her in about six feet of water. Mr. Malette and a gang of men are endeavoring to lighten and raise the boat.

Schooner Emery Driven Ashore.

The captain of the steamer Toronto, which arrived at Swift's wharf this morning, brought word that the schooner Emery, owned by Capt. Mitchell of this city, had been driven ashore near Sodus Point in the gale yesterday. It was with great difficulty that the crew was safely landed. The vessel it is said, is in a bad position and is apt to go to pieces. It is only a few months ago that the schooner Emery met with a similar accident, and had to be repaired in Davis' dry dock.



Washington, Sept. 27th - Mr. Spaulding, acting secretary of the treasury, has advised collectors of customs at ports on the great lakes that taxes on tonnage of steam vessels, which have been imposed since January 1st, as inspection fees by Canadian authorities in the province of Ontario, will no longer be collected. The fees were in contradiction of the agreement by which Canadian vessels entering the United States from Ontario are exempt from tonnage taxes.

Ottawa, Sept. 27th - The step is due to the discovery of a treaty arrangement of twenty-five years' standing, of which the government was not aware at the time this last act was introduced and passed. On its being brought to the attention of the government by the Washington authorities no other course was open than to remit the taxes already collected and stop the further collection.

p.6 Steam Barge Burned - Leamington, Ont., Sept. 27th - The large steambarge Mess, owned by the Cleveland sand and gravel company of Cleveland, and used for carrying sand, was completely destroyed by fire on Tuesday morning off the north side of Pelee Island. The crew, nine in number, were all saved. The owners have been notified. Insurance not known.

In A Bad Condition.

A despatch from Rochester, N.Y., states that the schooner W.Y. Emery, Capt. A. Mitchell, coal laden for the K. & P. railway company, went ashore at Bear Creek, fifteen miles from Charlotte. The vessel is in a bad position, with a heavy list to port and with seas running high. As soon as the Emery's signals of distress were observed by the life savers at Charlotte, they secured the tug Proctor and launched their life boat and went to the rescue of the crew. They had thrown out the anchors, but the wind and sea forced the vessel toward the breakers. The life saver's boat was launched from the Proctor and with great difficulty all of the distressed crew were taken off.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Sep 1899