The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Jun 1900

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The schooner Acacia cleared this afternoon for Oswego.

The steamer Cuba, from Montreal, called at Craig's wharf this morning.

The schooner Volunteer is the new name of what was the L.D. Bullock.

The steamer Arundell runs three weekly trips between Charlotte and Alexandria Bay.

The steamer Myles carried 40,000 bushels into Goderich, for Richardson's elevator.

The steamer Spartan, recently thoroughly rebuilt, will be up from Montreal on Monday next.

The schooner Monitor, from Waupoose Island, unloaded grain at Richardson's elevator this morning.

The sailing yacht being built for George Davis, New York, will be launched for Davis & Sons next week.

The yacht rebuilt by Davis & Sons for mayor Tudhope of Orillia, was shipped to-day. It will be called the Soucie.

Arrivals at Swift's wharf this afternoon: Steamers Algerian from Hamilton; Hamilton from Montreal; Toronto from Prescott.

The citizens of Goderich were taken up on a complimentary trip by the steamer City of Toledo, with Marine band in attendance.

Capt. John Ryan, Kingston, has been engaged as mate on the steamer Brockville. He entered upon the discharge of his duties Wednesday.

J.W. Rogan, Montreal, has purchased a tug at Oswego, to be used for sand trade. The tug will be brought to Kingston and rebuilt at Davis' dry dock.

Notice is given that the Gallup Island gas buoy, No. 1, in Lake Ontario, is out of order, and burning dimly. It is likely to go out at any time. Mariners are warned.

The grain trade is very slack at this port at the present time. One elevator does not expect much grain for two weeks. Shipments seem to be heavy over the Parry Sound & Ottawa railway.

The big lake tow barge Iron City, bound from the Atlantic coast to Buffalo, arrived in port yesterday. She is one of several boats taken from the great lakes two years ago to trade on the Atlantic sea-board. Four other big barges of this line, the Iron Age, J.B. Page, Sunlight and Winslow, are also on their way up from the sea coast, all bound for Buffalo.

The staff of the Merrick boat works at Arnprior is constructing a sail boat for Lindsay Russell, Ottawa, intended for use on the St. Lawrence river and gulf. The boat will be of rugged build. Its length will be 60' over all, with beam of 18'. It will be schooner rigged, and carry an iron keel of several tons weight. About 5,000 pounds of ballast will be required to weight the craft.



Thousand Island Park, June 22nd - The naptha launch Bay Side, while crossing the channel to the island, Bay View, was run into by the big lake boat Corsican, of the Richelieu line, and instantly sunk. Those aboard were James Chalmers, gelatine manufacturer, Williamsville, a suburb of Buffalo, Mrs. Chalmers, William Ehrman and Benjamin Unger, both of Buffalo. None of the party was injured.

The Corsican was on her regular trip to Montreal. She was leaving the dock at about the same time the launch was pulling out. The launch ran along the front of the park to Gardner's boat house and there turned to cross the river. The Corsican was also going down the river to the main channel, which is very narrow at this point. When she was about two hundred yards above the course of the launch Mr. Chalmers saw he was running in close quarters and stopped his engine, waiting for the big boat to pass. The Corsican was headed directly for Lighthouse Island, fearing to run any closer to starboard because of the shoals.

Mr. Chalmers could not alter his position so he shouted to attract the attention of the Corsican's captain. She came down on the little craft at a speed of about twelve miles an hour, striking her lengthwise with the port side. The launch slid along the hull of the Corsican, directly into and under the wheel on the port side.

The launch was crushed in the powerful wheel. Her stern was mutilated and she sank at once. The occupants were thrown into the water. Mr. Chambers (sic) held his wife for a moment and then threw her to Mr. Ehrman, who was holding one of the iron braces, just in front of the wheel. Mr. Chalmers lost his position in the effort and sank back into the water. Ehrman reached Mrs. Chalmers and held her until they were picked up by a skiff.

The boat kept its course and Mr. was left with nothing for support. Twice he went down and was on the point of sinking a third time when M.J. Diepolder, lighthouse keeper, came up in a skiff. Benjamin Unger, meanwhile, had clung to the wheel and crawled up through the wheel-box and reached the deck. Several skiffs went out and the people were carried to their cottage. The launch Bay Side was twenty-one feet long and was new. The boat was sunk in eighty feet of water and no effort will be made to raise it.

p.5 Incidents of the Day - The schooner Two Brothers, Fairhaven, is at Anglin & Sons' wharf discharging coal.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Jun 1900