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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Nov 1899

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The tug Hall cleared today with four grain-laden barges for Montreal.

The schooner Acacia left for Waupoose today to go into winter quarters.

The schooner Wells, from Oswego, is unloading coal at the hosiery mill wharf.

The tugs Thomson and Hall arrived from Montreal on Sunday with nine light barges.

The schooners Burton and Eliza White are being laid up for the winter at Crawford's wharf.

The sloop Minnie from bay ports with wheat unloaded at Richardsons' elevator this morning.

The tug Active arrived from Charlotte on Saturday night with the barge Dunmore, coal laden.

The tug Nellie Reid, with two barges grain-laden, cleared yesterday from Richardsons' elevator for Montreal.

Incidents of the Day - John Donnelly, jr., was in the city yesterday but returned today to Prescott where the Donnelly wrecking company has a contract for the laying of sewage and water works pipes for the municipality. The pipes are laid but it will take a day or two to complete the contract, extra work having to be done.

May Be Promoted - At the annual meeting of the Montreal transportation company it is expected that James A. Cuttle, with the company for nearly a quarter of a century, will be appointed manager in succession to the late D.G. Thomson.

p.5 The steamers Persia from Montreal, Alexandria from Brighton, and Melbourne from Toronto, are expected at Craig's wharf tonight.

The schooner Augusta, Toledo, 22,500 bushels of corn, arrived this morning at the Mooers' company elevator.

p.6 Taken To Picton - The steamer Porter which was recently raised near Quebec by the Donnelly wrecking company, arrived here on Saturday afternoon, and was towed to Picton by the Chieftain. The Porter was purchased by A.W. Hepburn, of Picton, and is to be used as a freight vessel between Charlotte and Montreal. It will be rebuilt this winter.

Death of a Captain - Detroit, Nov. 20th - Capt. Michael B. Kean, one of Detroit's oldest residents, died in this city early this morning, aged seventy-five. Kean was one of the old-time vessel owners of Detroit. He was widely known along the lakes and was respected by all who knew him.


St. Thomas, Ont., Nov. 20th - The schooner Maple Leaf was brought into Port Stanley harbor last night by the tug Snowstorm. She was tossing in the waves abreast of New Glasgow, a complete wreck above decks. Her captain, Ralph Robson, Leamington, also her owner, and his brother John Robson, also of Leamington, were both drowned, and the two surviving members of the crew, David Adams and J.A. McIntosh, had a terrible experience. The storm struck them some twenty-five miles north of Cleveland on Friday night.

Capt. Robson was engaged to be married on Wednesday to Miss Clara Foster of Leamington.

Leamington, Nov. 20th - The schooner Maple Leaf, owned by Ralph Robson, of this place, caught in a storm about twenty-five miles off Cleveland on Friday night and which almost foundered, being towed into Port Stanley harbor last night nearly a complete wreck, was on the way from Cleveland to Rondeau with coal oil.

A telephone message received from Port Rowan this morning stated that Capt. Adams, of a vessel which was near the Maple Leaf at the time, states that seeing the schooner in trouble he anchored near and remained there during the night, but when morning broke nothing was seen of her and it was supposed that she had foundered.

The unfortunate brothers, Ralph and Ivan Robson, were sons of Joseph Robson, on the lake shore here. All their friendsa and relatives live in the vicinity.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Nov 1899