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

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p.2 Personal Mention - William Stitt, steward on the steamer Bohemian, having laid up that boat for the summer, has taken over the duties of head steward on the steamer Corsican.

Board of Works - A communication was read from the city engineer, stating that the city required more yard room, and advised that the Donnelly Wrecking company be asked to remove their plant, etc. from the water works property to the wharf. Such removal would give the city what space was required. It was decided that the engineer consult the wrecking company and the water works committee chairman.

Waterworks Committee - Regarding the requirement of the water works yard from the Donnelly Wrecking company, which has a lease of it at $125 a year: On motion of Ald. Graham, the committee recommended that the chairman and the superintendent confer with the city engineer.



Alberta Went Up In Smoke Near Trenton.

The steambarge Alberta, owned by Capt. Smith, Belleville, was burned to the water's edge near Trenton on Wednesday night. She was engaged to load grain at Trenton for Richardson Bros., Kingston, but had no cargo at the time of the burning. The fire started in the engine room. Captain and crew escaped. The Alberta was purchased by Capt. Smith from Mr. Hinckley, Cape Vincent, about a year ago, and was valued at $2,000. There was no insurance on the vessel.


Craig's wharf: steamer Alexandria up.

The steambarge King Ben cleared for Wellington.

Swift's wharf - schooner Falconer, Charlotte, with soft coal; steamer Rideau King from Ottawa; steamer Spartan from Hamilton.

The tug Frontenac cleared this morning from Richardson's elevator for Montreal, with the barge Augusta (sic), which had 70,000 bushels of oats. This is the largest cargo of grain that has ever left Kingston for the metropolis, and also the largest cargo that has ever passed through the St. Lawrence in one vessel.

p.5 In Our Own Circuit - Benson Bongard, Picton, mate on the steamer Corona, was presented with two elegant meerschaum pipes in an alligator case, and an address from members of the crew.

p.6 Death of a Captain - Collingwood, Oct. 10th - Capt. A.C. Cameron, one of the best mariners of this port, died last night. He sailed out of this port for a great many years, and at different times was in the employ of the Lake Superior Transportation company, the Great Northern Transit company and the North Shore Navigation company. He leaves a wife and a number of small children.

Near Death Once Before.

It may not be generally known, but is nevertheless a fact, that fifty-three years ago last August, the late Col. Duff had a narrow escape from meeting a watery grave, his two companions on the occasion going down to rise no more. This occurred on August 2nd, 1849, when a matched race three rival sailing yachts was held in the harbor.

One of the yachts, the Golden Arrow, was owned by the clerks in the Glasgow warehouse; another, the Glance, was the property of George Osborne. It was built at Battersea and brought to Kingston. The third yacht, the Rough and Ready, was the joint property of Walter Macnee, Alexander McLeod and John Duff, who manned the boat on this memorable day.

The course lay from the harbor to George's barn on the Wolfe Island shore, thence to a buoy near the foot of Simcoe Island, and then back to the starting point. Twice around this course would complete the race. On the first stretch the Rough and Ready had rounded the Wolfe Island buoy, and was on the stretch to Simcoe Island. Just then the steamer Sylph, the first side-wheel ferry boat to run between Kingston and the island, hove in sight. The Rough and Ready tried to cross her bow, but the attempt was a failure. The steamer struck the yacht amidships, and the little craft went under the steamer's wheel. Messrs. Macnee and McLeod were both drowned, but Mr. Duff clung to a floating boat seat until he was rescued, more dead than alive.

The colonel, though asked several times to relate the incident, always shrank from doing so, replying that he had rather not recall such a painful event.

Walter Macnee was an uncle of the present well known citizen, Walter Macnee, of the firm of Macnee and Minnes. Mr. McLeod was at the time a young law clerk studying in the city. A large monument, erected to their memory, still rears its shapely form in Frontenac Park. William Allen, the Brock street shoe dealer, recalls the fateful event as distinctly as though it happened but yesterday, instead of over half a century ago.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Oct 1902