The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Jun 1901

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Craig's wharf: steamer Aberdeen from Montreal.

The steamer America begins the Cape Vincent route next week.

The schooner Mary Ann Lydon, Oswego, is at Booth & Co.'s wharf with coal.

The steambarge King Ben, from Montreal, unloaded salt at the ferry wharf.

This afternoon the steamer Aletha left for Bay ports, taking the Hero's place for a week.

Swift's wharf: steamer Hamilton, from Montreal tonight; steamer Rideau Queen from Ottawa.

Tomorrow morning the steamers Ramona and New Island Wanderer clear for Clayton to begin the season's work.

Crawford's wharf: schooner Acacia, from Oswego, with coal, expected today; schooner Suffel cleared for Fairhaven to load coal for Hamilton.

It was expected that the insurance survey of the steamer James Swift would be made today. Four days have been lost in consequence of the inspector's absence, he having been examining the steamer Myles.

The steamer Ramona had a trial spin yesterday afternoon to try her machinery after it had been overhauled and improved. Among other improvements was the raising of her wheel, which used to sit low in water and was in danger of touching bottom every time the steamer ran into shoal water. This danger had now been entirely removed. The improvements have greatly increased the steamer's speed and on her trial trip she went along "like a scared cat."

Incidents of the Day - There was a regular tempest of steamboat whistling in the harbor late last night. A big steamer was calling her crew, and many people thought that some accident had occurred.

p.8 Arrived At Collingwood - Capt. Thomas Donnelly, of this city, arrived at Collingwood this morning with the wrecked steamer Myles, released from Seven Star shoal. Two steam pumps keep the vessel clear of water. 9000 bushels of the steamer's cargo were damaged. The damaged wheat will be sold today, and the vessel will go into drydock for extensive repairs.

The Last of the Hero - H.H. Gildersleeve returned this morning from Belleville having gone up there to examine the remains of the burned steamer Hero. The only thing that remains intact are her paddlewheels. Mr. Gildersleeve stated that the hull is too much damaged to be of any use, and Kingston has, therefore, seen the last of the popular steamer. Belleville being a fit graveyard, the remains of the steamer will rest there. The insurance survey will be made next week.


While working at the Leyland line steamer Assyrian, ashore off Cape Race, the tug Petrel, owned by the Collins Bay wrecking and towing company, was driven on the rocks and wrecked on Thursday afternoon, as stated by the Whig yesterday. The Assyrian went to pieces, and her loss amounts to $380,000. The crews of both vessels escaped safely to the shore, and are housed in the Cape Race lighthouse.

At the time of the first accident to the Assyrian, the tug Petrel was lying in Sydney harbor, and was immediately notified to proceed to the scene of the disaster. William Lesslie, Kingston, left for Cape Race, and had not arrived there when the news of the Petrel's wreck was received here. The Petrel was built in 1892. She was of 346 tons measurement, and was 129 feet long, with a beam of 26 feet. She was valued, with her pumps, which, of course, have gone down with the rest, at between $30,000 and $40,000.

From accounts received it seems that the Petrel was working on the inside of the Assyrian, between the stranded vessel and the steep cliffs. This position was taken by the Petrel in order that she might better protect herself from the seas, she being but a small vessel, little larger than an ordinary river tug. From this position she was driven on the rocks and lost.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Jun 1901