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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Jun 1901

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p.1 H. Youlden is confined to the house from scalds received on the steamer Ramona on Monday.



The steamer James Swift arrived from Ottawa last evening at eight o'clock, having made the trip in the usual time. She is now at Davis' dry dock where repairs will be rushed ahead immediately. Capt. Noonan expects to have the steamer in commission again by June 25th. The finishing repairs can be done while the Swift is running.

The damage is greater than was at first thought and will amount to somewhat over $5,000. This loss is covered by $8,000 in the Western fire insurance company. The whole interior of the steamer was badly damaged, everything of value being destroyed, including the electric light plant. The staterooms are all right, but will have to be raised in order to put new flooring in the saloon deck. The repairs to be made will not be temporary, Capt. Noonan said. Everything will be thoroughly repaired and replaced. It is likely that the steamer Aletha will make a couple of trips to Ottawa until the James Swift is ready.

The origin of the fire has not yet been discovered. It must have originated on the main deck, as there was no fire in the hold at the time.

Marine Paragraphs.

Craig's wharf: steamer Persia from Toronto.

Crawford's wharf: schooner Acacia cleared for Oswego.

M.T. company wharf: tug Thomson arrived from Oswego with two coal laden barges.

The steamer Calvin and consort Augustus cleared this morning from Garden Island for Toledo to load timber.

The steamer Islander leaves tomorrow for Clayton to commence her season's route between that place and Alexandria Bay.

Swift's wharf: steamer Hamilton from Hamilton; steamer Toronto from Toronto; steamer Rideau Queen from Ottawa this evening.

The Calvin company's new tug, yet unnamed, has been placed in the water. It is thought that the tug will be christened Salwac. (Frontenac - ed.)

The steamer Pierrepont will no longer run the Sunday ferry, as she will remain at Gananoque from Saturday night to Monday morning during the summer.

The steamer Empire State has been placed on the marine railway at Portsmouth where repairs will be made. The company has not yet decided as to the extent of the changes.

Personal Mention - On the arrival of the steamer Persia at Craig's wharf, early this morning, Capt. Scott received a telegram telling of the death of W.A. Geddes, Toronto, president of the company. The flags on the Persia were half-masted.

p.6 Commercial Matters - It is reported that negotiations are practically completed between the Richelieu and Ontario navigation company and the Niagara company by which the latter undertaking will be absorbed by the Richelieu. The fleet of the Niagara company, which includes the well-known Lake Ontario steamers Chippewa, Corona and Chicora will, it is said, become part of the Richelieu line.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Jun 1901