The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Jul 1903

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The sloop Volunteer is in Davis' dry dock for caulking.

Booth's wharf: schooner Acacia from Oswego with coal.

The schooner Clara Youell cleared for Fairhaven to load coal.

Richardsons' elevator: schooner Pilot cleared for Picton with corn.

Mooer's elevator: steamer Turret Crown cleared for Fort William.

The steamer Aletha is raising the steamer Rob Roy, sunk below Cataraqui Bridge.

M.T. company wharf: S.S. Fairmount and consort Winnipeg clear today for Fort William; tug Bronson up with four light barges.

Swift's wharf: steamers Toronto from Toronto; Caspian from Charlotte; Rideau King cleared for Smith's Falls; Corsican from Montreal tonight; Rideau Queen from Smith's Falls.


Steamer St. Lawrence Towed to Kingston Disabled.

The steamer St. Lawrence of the Thousand Island Steamboat company, when near Fine View on her trip from Alexandria Bay to Clayton, Wednesday afternoon, broke her walking beam, resulting in the smashing of he cylinder and the demolishing of much of her valuable machinery. The accident came without warning as the engine was running smoothly. There were only a few passengers on board.

Suddenly there was a cracking, then a smash and an escape of steam which startled all on board. Assistant Engineer Michael Dietro, standing by the engine room door, when the crash and escape of steam came, jumped to the throttle and shut off the engine, though not before the big piston had raised havoc with the machinery. Chief Engineer Barney Farrell was near by and as quick as he could he jumped to the check valve, and turned off the steam. Capt. Milo D. Estes, piloting, sprang to the wheel to direct the vessel, while the deck hands began to secure the life preservers on the passengers should they be needed.

Several women ran to the rail and were on the point of jumping overboard, but were restrained by the officers. It was only a short time before the extent of the accident was learned and the people on board quieted. The steamer was still moving through the water and the captain ran her up along the shore of Wellesley Island, and she was moored just above Peel's dock.

When the steamer Islander came up afterwards the passengers, mail and baggage were transferred to her for Clayton. The St. Lawrence was towed to Kingston, where repairs will be make.

Howard S. Folger, general manager of the Thousand Island Steamboat company, said that the accident was one which could not have been anticipated and against which every measure had been taken. The machinery was inspected last month by Robert Chestnut, United States inspector of steam vessels, and had been under frequent inspection by the engineer of the company. The cause of the accident, as examination showed, was a hidden flaw in the walking beam.

The work of repairing the vessel will begin immediately. Several new parts will be needed, but the company has the patterns for them and expects it to be only a short time before they can be repaired. No estimate was made of the damage to the boat. There is no insurance.

The steamer New York will make the daily runs of the steamer St. Lawrence until the latter boat can be placed in commission.

p.4 Recover Treasure - Owen Sound, July 16th - search organized for vessels sunk in Lake Huron.

p.5 Incidents of the Day - The dredge working in the north-eastern part of the harbor rooted up from the bottom the skeleton of a man. The bones were found near the spile wharf of the K. & P. wharf, and were embedded in the soil.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Jul 1903