The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Jul 1904

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p.1 The Cuba Did Damage - Port Dalhousie, July 23rd - The steamer Cuba, in turning around in the harbor early this morning, crashed into the Grand Trunk dock, near the elevator, doing considerable damage to the wharf, but apparently no damage to the boat. The Cuba left for her destination about six o'clock this morning.

p.2 Yachthouse - centre of action; six years since last L.Y.R.A. races were held in Kingston; this mornings' races postponed because of bad weather and some yachts hadn't arrived yet.


M.T. company wharf: tug Emerson cleared light for Charlotte.

Crawford's wharf: schooner Tradewind from Oswego with coal.

The schooner Acacia arrived at Swift's with coal from Oswego.

The schooner Fleetwing arrived at Soward's wharf with coal from Oswego.

The schooner Granger from Amherst Island with oats is at Richardsons' elevator.

Craig's wharf: steamers Niagara and Waterlily up last night; Verona of Brighton down last night; Persia due up tonight.

While returning from Kingston, Ont., to Clayton, N.Y., on Friday, the steam yacht Castanet took fire. The 150 passengers on board were transferred without injury to another steamer.

Swift's wharf: steamers Toronto down and up; Hamilton down this morning; Caspian down and up; Rideau King to Ottawa this morning; Rideau Queen from Ottawa tonight; Spartan due up tonight.

The old boat known as the Marquis of Lorne has been withdrawn from service. It was built thirty-four years ago as a pleasure boat by Alexander Gunn, Kingston, and was used for that purpose, but it was later purchased by Mr. Brigham and used as a tow boat on the canal and from Ottawa to Montreal. The last trip was made by the boat in 1901, when it towed twenty-five cribs of square timber to Montreal, but since that time it was left in the Rideau canal basin, at Ottawa, and owing to it being closed tight to prevent intruders entering, the damp air has completely rotted the lower sections. It is now being despoiled of everything valuable remaining and the wood will be used for firing.



Steam Yacht Castanet Afire On St. Lawrence.

The steam yacht Castanet, of the Visger line, returning to Clayton, N.Y., from Kingston, Ont., on Friday noon, with a load of 150 excursionists, caught fire in midstream, and only by the most fortunate circumstances was an awful accident averted.

The yacht was four miles from Kingston, and half a mile from shore. A stiff breeze was blowing, and the passengers were enjoying the sail, when suddenly, without a sound of warning, a sheet of flame shot up through the hatchways. The passengers at once ran to the ends of the boat. The flames shot up to the canvas awnings, and in a moment these were ablaze to the stern. While the passengers were huddled forward and aft in fear, the engineer and fireman crawled from the flames of the engine room. The crew had meanwhile caught up armfuls of life-preservers, which they handed to the passengers. Then they began to fight the blaze. The captain, Barney Nunn, turned his boat from its course, heading it for the shore, followed by the steamyacht Nokomis, which was a mile away when the blaze burst out. The burning boat was beached on Cedar Island, and in a moment the Nokomis was run in close behind her. The transfer of passengers was quickly made without the loss of a life, and the united efforts of both crews extinguished the blaze. Engineer Charles Wood, and his son, Raymond Wood, the fireman, were both badly burned but will recover. The cause of the accident was an explosion of gas in the firebox, which threw the fires out into the engine room and down the galleys. The boat was a handsome excursion yacht, built in 1898. The damage to her can be repaired.

Aid By Kingstonians - steam yacht Boadicea, Charles Webster, came to assistance of the passengers.

The Yacht Races - details of races in 20, 30 and 40 foot classes.

p.6 Thirty Years - of changes seen in Thousand Islands region (1 1/2 columns). [Watertown Standard]

p.10 Bay of Quinte - description of picturesque scenery from Murray canal to Kingston. (1 1/2 columns). [Rochester Democrat & Chronicle]

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Jul 1904