The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Jun 1903

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Buffalo, June 23rd - Coming from Duluth, laden with flour and freight, last night, the steamer Chemung crashed into the tug A.W. Chestney at a point about seven miles up the lake. The tug sank immediately, carrying with her the captain, John Whelan, Steward Andrew Shafer and fireman Edward Duggan. Engineer Byers and fireman McManus, who were on watch, sprang to the liferaft, and on this they floated until picked up. The accident happened about three o'clock this morning. The Chemung was steaming at full speed toward Buffalo, off Point Abino. She was hailed by the tug O.W. Chestney. For some unexplained reason the latter ran directly across the bows of the big freighter, and in an instant had been crushed by the impact. The night was dark and rainy.



M.T. company elevator: steamer Denver expected from Chicago.

Swift's wharf: steamers Toronto down and up; Hamilton up tonight.

Crawford's wharf: schooners Marianette and Tradewind cleared for Oswego.

The schooners Fleetwing and Annandale, from Oswego with coal, are discharging at the asylum wharf.

Grain Freights.

We quote grain freights as follows: Fort William to bay ports, 1 7/8 cents wheat, 1 1/2 cents oats; Fort William to Kingston, 4 cents wheat; Kingston to Montreal, 1 5/8 cents making the wheat rate, Fort William to Montreal by all water, 5 5/8 cents; lake and rail, 5 7/8 cents; Chicago to Kingston 3 5/8 cents wheat, 3 1/4 cents corn; Chicago to Montreal 5 cents wheat, 4 7/8 cents corn; and Chicago to Buffalo, 1 3/8 cents wheat, 1 1/4 cents corn; Buffalo to New York, Erie canal, 2 1/8 cents wheat, 3 3/4 cents corn, 2 7/8 cents oats.


Patrick Driscoll, Wolfe Island, had a narrow escape from death this morning. The steamer Donnelly was at the water works' wharf for some repairs, and P. Driscoll was seated at the top of the paddle wheel tightening a loose bolt. He lost his balance, fell to the bottom, and striking one of the steel frame works, badly injured his back and cutting the back portion of his head in two places.

In his unconscious state he fell into the lake and was several feet under the surface when rescued by a ship carpenter, named John Clarke. Briscoll was attended by a physician and two nasty scalp wounds were drawn together. He will be unable to work for several days.

p.3 Lax Custom Officials - letter to editor - steamer New York ran an excursion to Brockville on Sunday and was allowed to land and depart; why are the customs officials preventing the same from happening at Kingston?

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Jun 1903