The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 May 1902

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Rochester, N.Y., May 24th - A terrible thunderstorm passed eastward along the southern shore of Lake Ontario during Thursday night, doing considerable damage to crops ashore and churning the surface of the lake into mountainous seas. A schooner supposed to hail from Oswego and bound for Charlotte was struck by lightning a short distance east of Sodus Point, and burned to the water's edge. It has not been learned as yet if the crew escaped.

The schooner New Dominion, from Toronto, outward bound from that city, was caught by the storm in the middle of the lake. She was forced to scud before the wind under bare poles and made Charlotte after great difficulty. Her foresail was torn to shreds by the force of the gale and she will need other repairs.



The steamer Melbourne passed up this morning.

Craig's wharf tomorrow: steamers Ocean and Cuba down; steamer Persia up.

The steamer Calvin and consorts clear from Garden Island this evening for Port Colborne.

Swift's wharf: steamers Algerian from Hamilton; Hamilton from Montreal; North King from Charlotte on Sunday.

Crawford's wharf: schooner Acacia arrived from Charlotte with coal; schooners Tradewind and Two Brothers arrive from Charlotte with coal on Sunday.

Last night the steamer Pierrepont went to Gananoque and towed to Kingston the steamer Valeria which broke her shaft yesterday. The Valeria will be delayed here several days for repairs.

Richardsons' elevator: steamer Erin and consort cleared for Fort William; schooner Maggie L. arrived from bay ports with grain. To arrive tomorrow are the schooners Katie Eccles from Colborne and the Jamieson from Whitby, both with barley.

M.T. company elevator: S.S. Rosemount and consorts, the two new steel barges, expected from Fort William tomorrow with 218,000 bushels of wheat, the largest cargo ever arriving in Kingston harbor by a single tow; tug Thomson arrived from Charlotte with two coal-laden barges, and clears tomorrow for Montreal with three barges, laden.

The new steamer Montreal, of the R. & O.N. line, was to leave Toronto at daybreak this morning, and was expected to reach Kingston this afternoon. On her arrival here she will lie at Swift's wharf until Sunday morning, when she will go down the river, and shoot the rapids, if the weather is favorable. Capt. Batten is pilot. With him are Capt. Booth, of the steamer Toronto, and Capt. Esford of the steamer Kingston.

Boats Will Be Busy - This afternoon the America makes her first trip of the season, with Capt. R. Carnegie on the bridge as of yore. She goes to Cape Vincent to meet northern New York state excursionists who are coming to Kingston to spend Sunday and Monday. The America will arrive here tonight about a quarter past nine o'clock with our Yankee cousins.

On Sunday, at one o'clock in the afternoon, the America brings the United States troops over from the Cape. Then she goes to Ogdensburg and arrives here at one o'clock on Monday afternoon with excursionists from river points.

The steamers St. Lawrence and New Island Wanderer will bring more excursionists from the Cape on Monday, and the steamer Pierrepont will attend to the island traffic. The latter will make an extra trip across at six o'clock Monday evening.

The steamer Aletha and other boats will bring crowds from Bay of Quinte points. There will also be other boats up the river with large parties.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 May 1902