The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Aug 1902

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Steamer New York In Trouble Down The River.

On Saturday night about half past eleven o'clock, the steamer New York ran on a shoal off Fine View, just below the Thousand Island Park. She was returning from Ogdensburg to Clayton with 800 Syracuse excursionists. The night was very dark, and there were none of the usual lights on Fine View wharf. Capt. Miller, one of the best river mariners, mistook a small island reef for the wharf. Suddenly the New York quivered, as it ran on the shoal, about 150 yards off shore. It was running under half steam at the time, as the water at that part of the river is shallowing.

The New York was raised fully a foot in running on. There was no panic among the passengers, the officers assuring them that there was no cause for alarm, and explaining exactly what had occurred. The night indeed must have been pitch dark, else none of the experienced captains of the "White Squadron" steamers would have met with such a misfortune. Three hours later the passengers were all taken off and landed at Clayton by the steamers Islander, Island Belle and a naptha launch.

On Sunday afternoon the steamers America and Donnelly succeeded in pulling the New York off the shoal, and the latter immediately came to Kingston, arriving last night. She entered the government dry dock, where it was found that the damage to the bottom was very slight. Repairs were at once begun, and the steamer will be out tonight, in thoroughly sound condition.



Crawford's wharf: schooner Acacia cleared for Charlotte.

Craig's wharf on Sunday: steamers Ocean and Melbourne down; steamer Persia up; steamer Alexandria down this evening.

Swift's wharf: on Sunday, steamers Kingston and North King. This morning steamer Corsican cleared for Montreal, and steamer Rideau Queen for Ottawa.

M.T. company wharf: tug Thomson cleared for Charlotte with two light barges; steamer Porter and consort cleared up; tug Bronson with four grain-laden barges cleared for Montreal.

The steamer Rival owned by the Calvin company, was sold on Saturday to Capt. Roys of the steamer Aletha, who will have the boat fitted up for passenger traffic. This fall he will use her in the fruit carrying trade between Bay of Quinte ports and Montreal. The consideration, it is understood, was $2,000.

p.5 To Mariners - explanation about the prevailing winds in August. [Canadian Meteorological Report]

p.6 The cost of repairing the steamer New York, including dock fees, will not exceed $50.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Aug 1902