The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Aug 1904

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p.1 Want Channel Cleared - Detroit, Aug. 20th - wreck of burned steamer Minnesota, near Grande Point, St. Clair River, has been found a menace to navigation; only 18 1/2 feet clearance.



Crawford's wharf: schooner Voges, from Oswego with coal.

Craig's wharf: steamers Alexandria and Waterlily up this morning.

The steam barge John Milne is here from Smith's Falls, en route to Oswego, but is remaining in port until the storm subsides.

Swift's wharf: steamers Hamilton down last night; Toronto, down and up; Caspian down and up; Spartan up tonight; Rideau Queen from Ottawa.

p.5 Came To The Wharf Nicely - The steamer Caspian was about half an hour late in reaching Kingston this morning, owing to the heavy seas and the strong head wind with which she had to contend. The manner in which Capt. Bloomfield brought his boat into the wharf excited the admiration of all observers. He was unable to make a landing in the usual place on account of the heavy swell which was dashing over the wharf, but showed his ability by making a very skilful landing on the wharf end.

The Fawcett's Excursion - The steamer Fawcett's excursion to Fairfield Grove, above Collins' Bay, last evening, was largely attended, the boat having her compliment, 175, and being unable to take on any people at Portsmouth. The water was quite rough and there were quite a number of sick people aboard on the home trip.

p.6 A Vigorous Storm - (part) In the harbor the waves rolled high and washed furiously over the wharves. November could hardly give a more vigorous storm. This morning it was thought that the steamer Fawcett would not attempt the trip from Wolfe Island, but she came across before ten o'clock, almost in the trough of the waves, and did very little rolling.


At four o'clock this morning a collision occurred in the harbor between the schooner Lizzie Metzner and the steamer Alexandria. The captain of the schooner, H. Daryaw, states that he was bound for the knitting mill wharf with coal, but had decided to run into the harbor for shelter. He saw the Alexandria approaching and, although the schooner was showing her signal lights, the steamer, he said, did not appear to be taking any notice of them. He then showed bright lights, but the steamer came right on and a head-on collision resulted. The bow of the schooner was badly shattered and the raffee yard broken from the force of the collision. Neither of the crafts were moving at full speed or more serious results might have ensued. The schooner's yawl boat was also wrecked, while the schooner was making a landing at the K. & P. wharf. Capt. Daryaw holds the owners of the Alexandria responsible for the damage done, as the steamer was at fault in not heeding the signal lights of the schooner. The latter left Big Sodus last night loaded with coal for the local knitting mill.

J. Briceland, Wolfe Island, has got the contract of painting the new Wolfe Island steamer T. Fawcett.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Aug 1904