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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 May 1901

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The Steamer Released.

Cardinal, Ont., May 14th - The steamer Porter was released from the shoal this morning with very little damage. The three vessels are still hard on the shoal and in a worse position; one vessel is completely sunk and broken. The steamship Northwestern is still ashore at Sparrow Hawk Point. Several tugs and scows have gone to her assistance. Her cargo will have to be discharged as she is deep in the mud. She is on a soft, sandy bottom, and will not be damaged to any extent.



Crawford's wharf: schooner Tradewind cleared for Oswego.

Craig's wharf: steamer Aberdeen, Brighton to Montreal, called.

M.T. company wharf: the tug Thomson cleared for Charlotte with two light barges.

Richardsons' elevator: tug Richards and one grain laden barge cleared for Montreal; schooner Queen of the Lakes cleared for Pelee Island.

The steamer Belmont, which arrived from Montreal, has been chartered by H.H. Gildersleeve to run between Oakville and Toronto. She will undergo repairs here.

Swift's wharf: steamer James Swift arrived from Ottawa, and cleared again; steamer Algerian arrives tonight from Montreal; schooner Falconer cleared for Oswego; steamer Belmont arrived from Montreal.

The large rock between the harbor tower and Swift's wharf is again an object of discussion, and mariners would like it to be put out of the way for convenience sake. Blasting would be the quickest remedy. Every season a couple of vessels reprise upon this shoal.

After Two Brass Cannon.

Capt. Matthewson is fitting out the tug Lulu for her usual summer work in and around the harbor. This season her captain and crew will be busily engaged in recovering from the bottom of Dead-Man's Bay and Navy Bay a number of cannons, square timbers, and a great many other articles lost there during earlier years in the history of the city, when stirring events - even naval engagements - occurred in these waters. It is said two brass cannon repose beneath the blue waters of the lake. The recovering of such property proves a lucrative employment. More than this, it is a great advantage to the harbor to have all such debris annually removed. Those engaged in the work have the privilege of retaining all the articles they may find and bring to the surface.

p.5 Loaned to the Government - Nicholas Henderson today forwarded to Ottawa 3 pictures, borrowed by the dominion government to form part of Canada's exhibit at the Pan-American Exhibition. The pictures constitute a history of lake marine during the past fifty years. One represents an old-time fleet of vessels, of both countries, off Chicago; another, the M.T. company's steamer Rosemount in Lake Superior; and the third the famous Clipper ship. These pictures were made from plans prepared by the late Capt. Power, and were done in honor of that skilful mariner. One of the pictures captured a prize at the Chicago world's fair.

A New Set of Flags - to be given to steamer Kingston by city council.

p.6 Incidents of the Day - The steamers Chieftain and Johnston, of the Calvin company, left this afternoon for Cardinal to relieve the steamship Northwestern, which went aground near that place.

The steamer New York, which left here on Sunday, is windbound at Brighton. Capt. Miller expects to enter Toronto harbor at night and show the people of the queen city what finely lighted floating palaces are in commission at Kingston.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 May 1901