The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Jul 1900

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The tug Active cleared to-day with four laden barges for Montreal.

The schooner Kate from Oswego, is unloading coal at Soward's wharf.

The steamer Persia, from Toronto, called at Craig's wharf this morning.

The tug Thomson arrived from Oswego this morning with two barges, coal laden.

The schooner Monitor, from the islands, unloaded grain at Richardsons' elevator this morning.

Arrivals at Swift's wharf: Steamer Algerian arrived from Montreal, late last night; steamer Toronto on her downward trip.

T.S. Wheeler's house boat, "The Duchess", is ready for use, having just been fitted out very lavishly. Mr. Wheeler and wife intended to go down the river on it to-day, providing that the wind was favorable. They will remain among the islands all summer

The steamer Unique arrived at Swift's wharf last night, from Ogdensburg, having covered the distance, 72 miles, in four hours and ten minutes, or an average per hour of about 17 1/2 miles. The Unique is a long, narrow steamer, fitted up for river excursion business.

The unfortunate accident to the steamer Spartan brings to mind the statement made by a prominent captain of the R. & O. navigation company last summer. He said that he did not mind taking a steamer down the rapids, but it would be done perhaps once too often. It was a most dangerous business and some day there would be a terrible calamity.

There were some who speculated that the steamer Rideau Queen could not be well handled in stormy weather, but on Friday and Saturday, she encountered gales on the Rideau Lakes, and ran in the teeth of them without difficulty. She steamed through the cuts, in the openings as if gales were an every day event. The wheelsman had no difficulty in handling the craft.

State of the Spartan - The vessel is not leaking and so Capt. Johnston, superintendent, thinks she will come off without harm. She is only eight inches above her usual height, so it is thought that when the tugs get to work she will come off in short order. The Calvin Company have sent the William Johnston and the Parthia to the scene and they, with the asistance of a block and tackle rigged ashore, will commence operations. When she is off she will be brought down the rapids immediately.

News of the Schooner Picton - On Saturday the schooner Annie Minnes sailed through a lot of wreckage, spars, fenders, etc., but saw no trace of the crew of the schooner Picton, though one of the Annie Minnes' crew says he thinks he saw the body of a boy in the water. The supposition is that the crew of the ill-fated Picton were washed off the vessel before she foundered.

The Picton's cargo was 270 tons of coal for the Rathbun company. It was insured. The vessel was classed as B-1 and was not insured. It would be worth about $1,500.

Capt. Sidley was a son of the late Sylvester Sidley and was born in Belleville about 45 years ago. Since his early boyhood he had been a sailor and was one of the best known captains on the lakes. Some 18 years ago he married Miss Kate Murphy, of Gananoque, and she, with three little daughters and two little sons, survive him.

p.6 May Not Do The Trick - The Calvin company's wrecking crew are afraid that they will be unable to release the steamer Spartan from its position in the Lachine rapids. The current is twenty miles an hour and it is almost impossible to get a boat which can work around the Spartan.

Rival Steamers Collide - The rival steamers New York and Unique met with an accident at Ogdensburg, N.Y., on Monday night. When the New York turned in to come up the Oswegatchie she was struck amidships by the Unique, breaking her paddle box and rail and greatly terrfying the passengers.

Toronto, July 4th - needed harbor improvements to cost $1,194,000; dredging, pier extensions and new wharves are part of plan.

The steamer New York carried 800 people from Cape Vincent to Ogdensburg this morning.

The tug Thomson cleared this morning for Oswego with two light barges to load coal.

The steambarge Tecumseh and consorts are unloading timber at Collins Bay.

The schooner Dunn cleared this afternoon for Oswego to load coal for Hamilton.

The tug Marion Teller sunk in Lake St. Clair, and three of her crew went down with the boat.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Jul 1900