The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Jul 1901

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Steamer Bigelow Under Water Up The Rideau.

The steamer Bigelow, owned by Capt. John Davis, of Alexandria Bay, struck a stump up the Rideau near High Banks yesterday afternoon, and sank in twenty minutes. She left Swift's wharf at two o'clock, with a New Jersey party aboard, who were going to spend a week fishing. The accident occurred four miles above Kingston Mills. When the pilot found the boat was filling he ran her in towards High Banks where she settled down to her hurricane deck. The passengers were all taken off safely, and driven to Kingston, remaining at a hotel overnight. This morning they again proceeded up the Rideau, on the yacht Cyrus.

The Calvin Company sent a wrecker to the scene of the accident, and it is expected the Bigelow will arrive here tomorrow night. She will be placed in Davis' dry dock for repairs.

Marine Intelligence.

Craig's wharf: steamer Alexandria, Quebec to Olcott, N.Y.

Crawford's wharf: schooner Acacia, from Oswego with coal.

Swift's wharf: steamer Toronto from Toronto; Caspian from Charlotte; Rideau Queen from Ottawa; Hamilton from Hamilton.

M.T. company elevator: tug Thomson arrived from Oswego with three coal laden barges, and cleared for Montreal with five laden barges.

"Mogue" Redmond, second engineer on the steamer Armenia, will go to Toronto to work during the rest of the season on the steamer Richelieu, plying between that city and Oakville.

The new mate on the steamer New Island Wanderer is Capt. James Pappa, Oswego, who for half a century has been considerred one of the most skilful and careful pilots on the chain of lakes.

The owner of the steamyacht Nettie, Alexandria Bay, will sue the owner of the steamyacht Jopl, of Brockville, for damages sustained by a collision last Tuesday. The former claims that the Jopl did not observe proper signals.

The steamers Rideau King and Rideau Queen have excursions out of Smith's Falls, two evenings each week. One steamer takes the excursionists to Oliver's Ferry and the other returns them, both steamers being on their regular trips.

Capt. R. Delaney, Prescott, does not believe that Capt. Batten took down the river to Montreal three boats drawing fourteen feet, six inches, and challenges Capt. Batten to a piloting contest. Capt. Delaney would also like to learn the names of the three boats in question which Capt. Batten is said to have piloted down the river on such a deep draught.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Jul 1901