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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Oct 1900

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The S.S. Bannockburn cleared for Fort William last night.

The steambarge King Ben arrived at Craig's wharf with a general cargo from Montreal.

At Richardson's elevator: Schooner Katie Eccles and steambarge Chub, from lake ports.

The schooner Jamieson, from Toronto, discharged grain at the M.T. company elevator to-day.

The steamer Pawnee and two consorts, Edwards and Orton, went ashore on Gull Island reef, Lake Erie. Tugs worked on the stranded steamer all day, but could not release her. The boats are owned by Henry McMorran, Port Huron. They had no cargoes.

Capt. Dunlop stated this morning that last season's business on the upper end of the line outdid any year the R. & O. navigation company has had on this route. The passenger trade was the greatest they ever had and he believes that the line between Toronto and Montreal will show more profits this year than the lower end.

Capt. Donnelly felt highly elated by a telegram he received from Detroit this morning. In August, 1899, the steamer Morley, bound up the Detroit river, collided with the steamer Lansdowne owned by the G.T.R. railway, opposite the city of Detroit. The Lansdowne was laden with fourteen cars of general merchandise and the Morley with 3,008 tons of coal. Both vessels sank, but were afterwards raised. The case was tried at Detroit before judge Swan and occupied three weeks. The amount of money involved was about $100,000. Capt. Donnelly received a telegram this morning from Detroit to say that the court decided Lansdowne wholly at fault. The Morley was insured with the Underwriters for whom Capt. Donnelly is Inspector, while the Lansdowne was insured in England.

Incidents of the Day - Two schooners of coal have been received at the water works pumping station and another one is expected. This will make complete the season's supply of coal, some 600 or 700 tons in all.


Sad Death of Alexander McLennan.

The body of the late Alexander McLennan, Port Hope, the old sailor who fell from the triangle of the schooner Marianette yesterday morning at nine o'clock, together with two other sailors, Mattson Cunningham, Colborne, and J.A. Fox, Port Hope, while scraping the mast, was brought to the city on the vessel last evening. The accident was a very sad one. The three men were scraping just below the cross-tree when their rope gave way and were dashed to the deck. McLennan was at the front of the mast and had no chance of breaking his fall. His head was split in several places, a number of ribs smashed, his two legs broken, and internal injuries sustained. The accident occurred near the Cross Light, below Rockport, as the schooner was being towed up by the steamer Niagara.

Two doctors were brought from Alexandria Bay on a tug, with all despatch, but the poor fellow's life could not be saved, and he succumbed three hours later. Mrs. McLennan was also engaged on the schooner as cook and had her little daughter, about twelve years of age, with her. Her husband was conscious and knew that he had made his last voyage. McLennan was about sixty-five years of age and practically past the time of working, but upon the request of his wife and family Capt. Shaw had taken him aboard this season. Although the crew did not want to see the old man work yet he was bound to do his share. The mates protested against his going up the mast yesterday morning but he would do it unfortunately. The deceased had just finished the season as wheelman on the steamer Argyle, and this was his second trip on the Marianette.

Cunningham's fall was broken by striking his father, who was scraping the boom on the shoulder in his descent. This probably saved his life. Outside of injuries to his head, which caused concussion of the brain he escaped injury. He was taken to the general hospital and will be all right in a few days. When the rope gave way Fox grabbed the peak halyards, and saved himself from harm. No blame is attached to anyone. It was an accident pure and simple, and there is no one who feels more downhearted over it than Capt. Shaw himself. McLennan was wheelsman on the steamer North King for many years and consequently was as well known in Kingston as in Port Hope. He was an old salt water sailor, and could keep a company interested for hours as he related his experiences on the high seas. He had six of a family, four boys and two girls. The remains were coffined at Reid's undertaking establishment and sent to Port Hope early this morning.

The schooner was towed to Kingston by the steamer Niagara and on the trip up the latter had her flag hoisted at half mast. There were many of the old man's friends at Craig's wharf when the remains arrived.

The schooner Marianette cleared today for Port Hope, after obtaining three sailors.

James Cunningham, father of the young man in the hospital, had his left shoulder badly injured by his son falling on him.

p.5 He Belonged To Bath - On Sunday morning the captain of the schooner Fabiola arrived here with the crew in the yawl boat. Their vessel sank out in the lake near the False Duck Islands. The men just managed to get out of the boat with what they had on and lost all their clothes. The mate of the vessel was Roy Hoselton, son of Gaylord Hoselton, this village.

Incidents of the Day - The tug Reginald has been laid up at Sarnia by the Standard Oil company. The crew returned to Garden Island today.

In towing the schooner Marianette into Craig's wharf yesterday the steamer Niagara made a bungle of the work, and smashed her stern and yawl.

The captain of the schooner Marianette met with a great difficulty in his search for three sailors to make up his crew. No sailors from Kingston could be enticed to ship, so superstitious were they.

p.6 Grossly Unfair Charge - in a letter to Wednesday's Montreal Star, N. Henderson, Ontario street, Kingston, charges that government hired an American bottom to work on government survey of St. Lawrence, when he had offered his steam yacht; they hired the Jessie Bain, owned by the Folger Bros. who are American; the Bain would have to be brought under Canadian registry; much more on politics involved.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Oct 1900