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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Dec 1901

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p.2 Incidents of the Day - The steamer Arabian unloaded 38,000 bushels of grain at Richardsons' elevator today. The Arabian may winter at Kingston.


The last civil case on the calender of the December term of the United States circuit court at Utica was an action entitled "The matter of the application of Andrew A. Leyare, Patrick H. McCarthy and John J. McGrath to have Thomas W. Laidlaw adjudged a bankrupt."

Upon the call of the calendar there were no appearances and the case was declared withdrawn and thrown out.

Two or three years ago Thomas A. Laidlaw, a wealthy resident of Ogdensburg, purchased the large excursion steamer Unique, and placed her in commission on the St. Lawrence river. She was at that time the speediest boat running in these waters.

Mr. Leyare contended that he, acting under contract with Laidlaw, organized a company known as the Rapid transit company to buy and operate the Unique on the St. Lawrence and that just before the company was completely organized Laidlaw broke his contract, and sold the boat to other parties.

It was Mr. Leyare who instituted the proceedings, the others coming in at his suggestion, because of having been members of the proposed stock company. The matter has now been amicably settled.

The boat is now running on Chesapeake Bay and has distanced all other crafts on the bay or on the Delaware river. She is known as the Diamond State.

The Loss of Life.

During the past season ninety-five sailors went down with their vessels, against thirty five for the previous year. The most historical event of the season was the drowning of the twenty four men who went down on the Hudson, in a severe storm on Lake Superior, September 16th. Thirty-seven were lost overboard or drowned in harbors. Eight fell through open hatches, and seven were crushed on ship board. Five met death in collisions, and five jumped overboard.

Fire caused a loss of four, three were killed by broken lines, one sailor was crushed beneath falling spars and one was scalded to death. Two light house keepers at Skillagalee were drowned by overturning of their sailboat. The lake claiming the largest number of victims was Superior, in whose cold waters forty-six were drowned. Lake Huron was next with thirty-four, Lake Michigan added twenty-two, and Lake Erie eleven. Lake Ontario had but six fatalities, but the small number is not surprising in view of the low ebb to which the carrying trade on that lake has gone. Eight were lost in the Detroit and St. Clair rivers, and five in St. Mary's river. Next to the Hudson the most serious loss of the season was the Baltimore, which foundered on Lake Huron, with a loss of thirteen sailors, on May 24th. The tug Fern carried down five men on Lake Superior on June 29th, and when the whale-back barge Sagamore was sunk on Lake Superior by collision with the Northern Queen, three of her crew went down with the wreck. Four Canadian sailors were lost in trying to save the derelict schooner Marine City on Lake Huron on November 6th, and the same number of American sailors were lost in trying to save the old barge Jupiter in about the same locality two months earlier.

Closing the Welland Canal - J.L. Weller, superintendent of the Welland canal, announces that the canal will close at midnight on Saturday, December 14th.

Improving the Norma - sailing yacht, owned by Frank Strange, to be shortened to 30 feet.

p.5 May Buy a Steamer - Wolfe Island, Dec. 9th - The council members have decided to consult with Mr. Pierce, Portsmouth, and have a draft of a steamer and cost of same got ready, so as to present it to the electors for approval on nomination day, said steamer to ply between Kingston and islands, at the expiration of the present lease in 1903.

p.6 Plans Are Ready - for ship-building plant to be located at Canadian Soo.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Dec 1901