The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Jun 1903

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Complaint Made About The Fog Horn.

Mariners in port this morning complained bitterly about the fog horn on Nine Mile Point not being blown during the heavy smoke-fog of yesterday and today. The captain of the schooner Fleetwing stated that only for the horn sounding from Tibbet's Point, on the United States shore, eleven miles off, his coal-laden vessel would have been ashore. Other captains made similar complaint, and point out the great danger to vessels. The present fog is very thick, and it is impossible for boats to keep off shore.

Yesterday afternoon the steamer Pueblo, which cleared from the M.T. company elevator after unloading a cargo of grain, ran on Stevenson's reef, this side of Nine Mile Point, in the fog. The captain stated that if the fog horn had been blown, as it should have been, his vessel would have been all right. The Calvin company's tug Parthia went up last evening, but failed to release the Pueblo. She returned to Garden Island, and took the steamer Johnston along. With the aid of a strong wire, it was hoped to pull the Pueblo off this morning. At noon it was reported that the Pueblo had been floated without damage, and had proceeded to Oswego.

Movement of Vessels.

Craig's wharf: steamer Alexandria up.

Swift's wharf: steamers Spartan up; Corsican down.

Crawford's wharf: schooner Tradewind cleared for Oswego.

Soward's wharf: schooner Fleetwing from Oswego with coal.

A big dredge has started work at Cape Vincent to dig out foundations for the pier extension there.

Richardsons' elevator: steamer Erin and consorts from Fort William with 73,000 bushels of wheat.

Corn from Chicago to Kingston will be brought by the steamers Whitaker and Britannic. The rate is 3 1/4 cents per bushel.

William Holleran has commenced an action against the steamer Parnell, owned by M.J. Cummings, Oswego, for $25,000, for injuries received while the steamer was lying at dock in Buffalo on May 12th, 1900.

At the annual meeting of the stockholders of the Thousand Island Steamboat company, held at Cape Vincent, Monday, the following directors were elected: Henry Folger, New York; Howard S. Folger, F.A. Folger, Kingston; A.F. Barker, Clayton; and M.E. Lee, Cape Vincent.

p.5 Schooner Changes Hands - The schooner Acacia, owned by Captain Crosby, recently damaged by going ashore on the Main Ducks, has been purchased by Captain Simmons, who owned the schooner (sic) Owen, which was wrecked on the south shore of Prince Edward county last autumn. The purchase price is unknown. The Acacia is at present loading feldspar for Oswego, and will return with a load of coal for Booth & Co.

Death of John H. Dickson - an engineer for the Thousand Island steamboat company; worked for Calvin company of Garden Island, then on one of the Goodrich line boats out of Chicago; returned to Kingston around 1883 and was engineer on new steamer St. Lawrence of Folger line.

p.6 Parthia Also On A Shoal - The Calvin steamer Parthia had great difficulty in locating the steamer Pueblo, which went ashore inside Salmon Island. So dense was the fog, that the Parthia went ashore, and had to be hauled off by the steamer Johnston. S. Calvin states that the Nine Mile Point fog horn was blowing, but could not be heard so far away. The Pueblo ran off her course entirely. After being released, she was towed out a distance by the Parthia, and set off for Oswego to load coal.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Jun 1903