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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Sep 1905

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Alpena, Mich., Sept. 21st - The little Canadian schooner Cavalier, bound from Little Current to Sarnia, loaded with cedar, after being buffeted around in the storm and leaking badly, dropped anchor off Middle Island. The anchor dragged and the boat went on the reef. Life savers rescued the crew of two men and a woman cook in a famished and exhausted condition. The boat was released after throwing her deck load of cedar overboard. Supplies were furnished the crew, and the boat left for Sarnia last evening.


Quick Firers For The Cruiser Vigilant.


Ottawa, Sept. 21st - The justice department has given instructions for the necessary steps to be taken to secure the condemnation of the American fishing tug Bertha L. Cockrell, seized by the Canadian government cruiser Vigilant in Lake Erie last week.

Regarding the request of Capt. Dunn of the Vigilant to be provided with a quick firing gun of sufficient calibre to inspire a more wholesome respect among the American poachers for its orders, an examination of the Rush-Bagot agreement of 1817, between Great Britain and the United States, shows that the Canadian authorities are at perfect liberty to arm the Vigilant if they see fit with any arm firing up to shot of eighteen pounds.



Capt. Donnelly Looking After Insurance Claims.

The steamer Melbourne, owned by the Merchant's Line, while bound from Montreal to Hamilton, and commanded by Capt. Daoust, caught fire in the Murray canal, Trenton, and burned to the water's edge. This steamer was built in 1873, and was formerly the Alma Munro; was rebuilt in 1899, hailed from Port Stanley, of 894 ? gross tons, and was insured in English companies for $20,000. Capt. Donnelly went up this afternoon to settle the loss.

Capt. Donnelly has had an unusually busy time of it the last few months, having been called on from all parts of Canada to handle losses on behalf of the English underwriters. Last week he surveyed the loss on the steamer Ralph T. Holcomb, which stranded on Red Island Reef in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, with a load of lumber. Capt. Donnelly then went up to Wiarton, the upper end of Georgian Bay and settled the loss by fire on the tug A. Seamen. This tug, towing the barge Lothair, ran in for shelter behind Cape Croker. The rolling in the heavy sea upset the cook stove and the tug was burned to the water's edge, making a complete loss. To get to the scene of the accident Capt. Donnelly had to drive thirty-five miles. Tuesday he surveyed the loss on the barge Minnedosa, which damaged 8000 bushels of oats during the very heavy gale on September 13th, while bound down Lake Michigan in tow of the steamer Westmount. The grain was sold to James Richardson & Son, by Capt. Donnelly, on behalf of the underwriters. As soon as he returns from settling the loss of the Melbourne he is going to Quebec to settle the loss on the barge Eva L. Robinson, stranded in lower St. Lawrence with a load of lumber and ties. This barge is insured in London, Eng.

Yacht Burned at Rockport.

A special from Rockport, says the yacht Sophia, owned by Captain W. Visger, of Alexandria Bay, N.Y., burned to the water's edge, at the Canadian port on Wednesday night. The owner was in Kingston. The captain and engineer had left the craft tied up at Cornwall's wharf, and how the fire originated is a mystery. The yacht was valued at $5,000, and insured for $3,000. The fire made a very beautiful sight at night, and scores of yachts came from all points of the river to see the conflagration.

Marine Notes.

The tug Bronson is in light from Montreal.

The schooner Tradewind is at the waterworks dock with coal.

The schooner Maggie L. is in with grain from bay ports, at Richardsons'.

Swift' wharf: steamer Kingston down and up; steamer Belleville down last night; steamer Aletha from bay ports.

It is a peculiar coincidence, that both Captain William Daoust and Purser J.H. Wild, who were with the steamer Melbourne, when she was burned at Trenton, were on board the steamer Advance, in their same respective positions, when she was burned 2 years ago. The Advance was known for years as the Tilley.

p.8 System of Signals - used by the poaching U.S. fishing tugs, according to Capt. Dunn of steamer Vigilant.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Sep 1905