The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Jun 1903

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Met With Slight Accident To Machinery.

A regrettable accident occurred to the steamer Kingston Friday afternoon on her trip up the lake. She left Kingston at five o'clock, apparently in good condition. When about ten miles up the lake something went wrong with one of the cylinders, resulting in the twisting of a piston rod, which brought the machinery to a standstill. As soon as possible the injured cylinder was cut out, and the steamer headed back to the city, working very slowly. When near Snake Island light, the captain of the Kingston saw the steamer Hamilton leave port and head for the east. He signalled the Hamilton, and that boat turned about and went to the assistance of the steamer in distress.

The Kingston was towed into port and taken to the Kingston foundry wharf for repairs. It was expected that by Saturday night or early Sunday morning the injured parts would be restored and the steamer rendered serviceable once more.

The steamer has eighty-five passengers aboard, and these were transferred to the Grand Trunk railroad and sent west at midnight. It is probable that the Kingston will proceed down to Prescott Sunday morning and resume her regular run, missing one trip as a result of the accident. The Kingston was on her second trip of the season.

General Marine Notes.

The schooner Queen of the Lakes cleared for Sodus with feldspar.

Richardsons' elevator: schooners Pilot and Granger from bay ports with grain.

Crawford's wharf: schooners Marianette and Tradewind from Oswego with coal.

Swift's wharf: steamers Rideau King from Ottawa; Spartan up tonight; Toronto down and up.

Charles Moffatt, Montreal, arrived this morning to begin duty as purser of the steamer New York. He succeeds Frank Purcell, of Watertown, N.Y.

The houseboat Halton, from Alexandria Bay, with a party aboard, went ashore at Cedar Island yesterday afternoon, and was pulled off by a Calvin company tug. She was landed at Swift's wharf.

M.T. company elevator: steamer Westmount and consorts Melrose and Minnedosa clear tonight for Fort William with railway iron; steamer Topeka cleared for Oswego to load coal; tug Mary up with three light barges tonight.

Augustus R. Hinckley, Cape Vincent, owner of the boat Hinckley, has filed a complaint against James Gaskin, jr., Montreal, as agent, and master of the steambarge Armenia, now in port at Great Sodus, N.Y. It is alleged that on December 6th, 1902, the Hinckley towed the Armenia from Oswego to Cape Vincent for a consideration of $150. This has not been paid, it is alleged, and the complaint asks to have all persons interested in the boat Armenia cited to appear and answer the matters in the case, and further to have the boat condemned and sold to pay the above amount.

p.5 Incidents of the Day - The repairs to the steamer Kingston were made today in time for the steamer to clear for Charlotte. She will leave that port again tonight for Prescott and be on her regular route tomorrow.

p.6 Damage Was Slight - The steamer Turret Crown, which went on a shoal near Snake Island light, last week, entered the government dry dock this morning for slight repairs. The damage sustained was trifling. The steamer will clear tonight for Fort William.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Jun 1903