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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Nov 1900

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The M.T. Co's tug Thomson and barges Bella and Dorchester, loaded with coal from Oswego to Kingston, arrived here yesterday afternoon, none the worse for having been ashore on the south side of Amherst Island, about fifteen miles west of here. It was during the snow storm on Wednesday night last, at eight o'clock, that the boats went ashore, the Thomson running out about twelve inches aft, and the barges following her going hard on. It was well for the boats that the wind was off shore when they went on, and continued so until they were released yesterday.

Word was received yesterday morning from Capt. Murray of the condition of the boats and asking to have two tugs and a lighter sent up to release them. The tug Hall left at eleven o'clock yesterday with Capt. Gaskin on board for the wreck, and the steamers Glengarry and Active and a lighter with a number of men on board left three hours later. The Hall after arrival with some difficulty released both the barges and the tug and on her return met the other tugs and lighter proceeding out to the wrecks at Nine Mile point, when all returned to the harbor.

This is considered very fast wrecking work and reflects credit on Capt. Gaskin for the manner in which it was carried out. The Thomson was able to leave here last night with four barges for Montreal, including the two that were aground.

The Vessel Is Safe.

There was no truth in the reports afloat yesterday afternoon of the loss of the schooner Two Brothers. This vessel left Sodus for Kingston this morning, laden with coal with a southerly wind behind her.

Marine Paragraphs.

The steamer Iona, from Montreal, arrived at Craig's wharf this morning, and remained there windbound.

M.T. company's elevator: Steamer Rosemount cleared for Fort William; steamer Glengarry cleared for Oswego with two light barges.

The steamer Pierrepont did not arrive from Gananoque and the islands until after eleven o'clock this morning. The heavy wind had a bad effect on the gunboat.

The schooner Lydon still lies in the harbor awaiting a change in the weather. Her captain is a wise man, and has remained in shelter for exactly one week. He will run no chances.

The tug Thomson and two coal laden barges, which went ashore at Amherst Island yesterday morning sustained little damage; one barge was leaking a little. They proceeded to Montreal.

p.6 Cannot Get To Her - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Nov. 15th - On account of the weather tugs have not been able to get near the Canadian steamer Arabian ashore above White Fish Point. They are in shelter behind the point waiting for favorable weather. The barge Manila bound down is aground above the Canadian lock.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Nov 1900