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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Jun 1904

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

Craig's wharf: steamer Melbourne up; tug Col. By arrived this morning with a load of mill wood.

The steambarge Sault Ste. Marie arrived at Garden Island this morning from Sault Ste. Marie with timber.

The steamyacht Idler, owned by Capt. Visger, Alexandria Bay, is in Davis' dry dock to receive repairs to its shaft.

The steamer New Island Wanderer leaves tomorrow for Clayton to begin her summer route from Clayton to Alexandria Bay.

M.T. company wharf: tug Thomson from Charlotte, with two coal-laden barges and cleared for Oswego with three light barges.

Richardsons' elevator: schooners Charlie Marsh, from Pelee Island, with corn; Maggie L. from bay ports; Highland Beauty from Wellington.

Swift's wharf: steamers Kingston down and up; Hamilton up; schooner Acacia cleared last evening for Charlotte; steamer Corsican up last night.

The seventy-foot steam yacht built by Davis & Son for Mr. Hepton, of England, for use on Muskoka Lake, had a trial over the harbor today. It has a speed of sixteen miles an hour, and is fully up to expectations. The yacht will be shipped to Muskoka tomorrow.

Picton, June 23rd - The schooner A. Falconer, steamer Niagara and sloop Gull cleared port this morning.

Belleville Yacht Club - reorganized; Commodore, H. Corby, ex-M.P.P.; vice-commodore, E. Guss Porter, M.P.; captain, W. Rogers; secretary, F.W. Burrows; details.



Rutland Transit Co.'s Steamer On Crib.

Cleveland, Ohio, June 24th - The steamer Prince of the Rutland Transit company of Ogdensburg, N.Y., tore a hole in her bottom on the eastern sunken crib, just off the harbor entrance early yesterday morning and had to be grounded in the shoal water in the west basin to keep from sinking. The boat had half a load of package freight and stopped in here to complete the load before making the trip to Duluth.

The steamer reached port at three o'clock. The night was very smoky, so that at times the harbor lights could not be seen at all. The lights on the two sunken cribs, each 1000 feet from the harbor entrance, were burning but were obscured by the smoke. The cribs are just level with the surface of the water and are a part of the new harbor improvement.

In the smoky atmosphere the boat bumped into a corner of the eastern crib, opening her seams and damaging her bottom considerably. Capt. E.B. Shay of Ogdensburg, however, ran the Prince on into the harbor. When he was well down in the river it was discovered that the boat was leaking badly, so two tugs took lines from the steamer and hauled her out around the breakwater and into the Western basin, where they ran her aground in twelve feet of water. All of the boat's decks are out of water.

Two planks on the starboard side of her hull were ripped out for twelve feet and there is fourteen feet of water in the hold. She is being pumped out. Several carloads of books are a total loss.

Dull Lake Business - Chicago, June 24th - Vessels unable to get grain cargoes, even at three-quarters of a cent a bushel, are being sent back light to Lake Erie for coal. Among those ordered to return without cargoes were the Sevona, New Orleans and Niagara.

Other boats have waited five and six days without result, and some of these will be sent into ordinary to remain there until there is an improvement in lake trade.



Thomas Clancy To Be Honored On Sunday.

There will be a most interesting ceremony on Swift's wharf on Sunday afternoon at five o'clock, a ceremony which is of annual occurrence. Capt. Thomas Clancy, the celebrated watchman, will stand on the outer end of the wharf, at the salute, as the steamer North King swings out. Capt. Jarrell will give three toots of the whistle to the veteran, who will also wear the medal given to him by Capt. Thomas Donnelly. On this medal are inscribed the words "Thomas Clancy, champion ship-keeper of Canada," and also a picture of the North King, which "Tom," as he is best known, declares is the best boat in the harbor. He has been in the employment of the Gildersleeves for 43 years and has been master of eight boats. Besides being guardian of the steamers North King and Caspian, Capt. Clancy is a treasurer-gatherer. Often he might be seen about the harbor in a little punt and a very long pike pole. He says there was a box of gold lost near the Martello tower in 1813, and he still searches for it. The shoal off the tower has been named after him - the Clancy shoal.

The Harbor Master Aroused - Harbormaster McCammon has been stirred up about the Whig's comments concerning the loud whistling of vessels, and has posted notices of warning to vessel owners, calling their attention to the by-law and to the fine of $50 for violation. Hereafter only nice nice quiet toots will be heard in the harbor.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Jun 1904