The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Jun 1902

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Craig's wharf: steamer Alexandria from Charlotte.

The steamer Pierrepont begins her daily trips to Gananoque next week.

Swift's wharf: steamer Rideau King from Ottawa; steamer Spartan expected from Montreal tonight.

M.T. company elevator: tug Hall arrived from Montreal with three light barges and cleared down with four, grain laden.

Crawford's wharf: schooner New Dominion arrived from Sodus with coal; schooners Tradewind and Acacia cleared for Charlotte.

The steambarge Clinton, off which mate Kelly drowned, is still at Garden Island, being detained on account of the weather.



Drowning of Mate Kelly off Garden Island.

It is hardly likely that the body of mate James Kelly, drowned off the steambarge Clinton, near Garden Island on Monday afternoon, will be recovered for some time. It will probably be carried down the river by the current and washed ashore. The way the drowning occurred was this:

The Clinton's yawl had been tied at her starboard quarter, and the exhaust pipe was filling it with water. To save the oars from being washed away, mate Kelly got down into the stern of the yawl. As soon as he did so the water rushed aft, and this, together with the sea that swept in, capsized the yawl, which sunk, carrying the mate down with it. The unfortunate man was unable to swim. Thus a life was lost in trying to save a mere trifle.

As soon as the captain of the Clinton realized what had occurred, he turned about, but both both mate and boat had sunk before any aid could be given. The accident occurred nearly half a mile out from Garden Island, where the water is between seventy five and 100 feet deep.

p.5 Ready For Excursion Traffic - The large sidewheel steamer New York is being placed in excellent condition for her summer service. A great many excursions have been booked off the line of the New York Central road for her during the summer, and a majority of them are coming to Kingston. The New York has been completely overhauled, and is in excellent condition to handle the large business which is ahead of her. She is the only excursion steamer on the river whose hull is steel strapped from stem to stern. She had an excellent season out of Buffalo last year, in connection with the Pan American exposition, where she carried thousands of people during the summer. The people along the St. Lawrence river welcome her back for the summer of 1902. The White Squadron have more exursions booked this year so far than ever before.

p.6 Off On a Trip - M.R. Davis, steamboat inspector, left yesterday on an official visit to North Bay, Sturgeon Falls, Sudbury and other western and northern Ontario points. He expects to return about the 20th inst.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Jun 1902