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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 May 1906

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The Steamer Erin Had A Collision.

Courtright, Ont., May 31st - About 3:30 o'clock this morning, when the steamer Erin, bound up, with the barge Danforth in charge, was rounding the bend in the St. Clair River, about one mile south of here, she was struck amidships by a steamer bound down. The Erin sank almost immediately in twenty feet of water. Amos Chester, Frederick Chester and Charles McLeod, fishermen, on the Canadian side, being close at hand, saved six people. The rest, consisting of the chief engineer, one fireman, the first mate, the woman cook and one lady passenger, were drowned. Names not known.

Too much praise cannot be given the fishermen, for, undoubtedly, if they had not gone to assist, all on board the Erin would have been drowned. The unknown steamer kept right on her course, offering no assistance to the ill-fated craft. The Erin is owned by Connolly Brothers, of Thorold. Capt. Sullivan was in command.

It is supposed that it was the steel trust steamer Cowles, bound down, that did the damage. Capt. Sullivan and a boy were saved.

The chief engineer, first mate and fireman, have come ashore, alive, having caught some wreckage and drifted.

The Huronic On Her Route - Detroit, May 31st - After nearly two weeks in the drydock of the Detroit Shipbuilding company, the steamer Noronic, of the Northern Navigation company, Sarnia, will get away some time tonight to make her regular runs between Sarnia and Duluth again. The Huronic hit an obstruction near the entrance to the Canadian lock at the Soo, on May 14th, and received serious injuries to frames and plates.

River Barge Burned - Ogdensburg, N.Y., May 31st - An old landmark, or rather watermark, was destroyed last night, in the burning of the barge Kent by orders of Mayor Hannan, who is president of the Ogdensburg Coal and Towing company, which owned the vessel. The boat had been stranded on the bar off Riverside Park for about 20 years and has been used mainly as a swimming dock for the small boys.



The government dry dock is again empty.

Steamship Rosedale cleared light, last night, for Fort William.

The steamers Simla and Burmah arrived at Garden Island last night with timber.

A. Turcotte has returned from the raising of the Zimmerman, sunk in the Soo River.

Steamboat travel is beginning to show signs of improvement, as the weather becomes warmer.

Schooner Tradewind passed down this morning, on her way to Gananoque with coal from Oswego.

Swift's: steamer Picton down last night; steamer Belleville due up tonight; steamer Rideau King for Ottawa this morning.

The steamer Badger State has been purchased by the H.M. Loud company, Ogdensburg, N.Y., and will again go into the lumber carrying trade.

M.T. company: tug Thomson cleared for Montreal with three grain barges; propellor Rosemount and consorts Melrose and Hamilton cleared for Fort William last night.

The White Squadron.

There is quite a scene of bustle and activity around the Folger wharf these days. At present the steamer New Island Wanderer is plying on the Cape Vincent route, but, on Monday, the America will take the run, and the Wanderer will lay up for a few days to receive a thorough overhauling before beginning her regular summer route among the islands, where the steamer Islander is already doing a big excursion business. Everything points to the White Squadron having the most successful year since the inauguration of the excursion service. Already many of the St. Lawrence cottagers are opening up their summer homes among the islands, the hotels are accommodating a large number of guests for this season of the year, and everything points to a record influx of tourists and summer visitors.

p.3 Picton, May 30th - July 21st to the 28th is the date set for the Crescent Yacht Club, of Watertown, to cruise in the Bay of Quinte. Their headquarters will be at Glen Island during the week. On Thursday, July 26th, a monster regatta will be held at the island, and already several clubs in the Quinte district have expressed a desire to be on hand.

p.5 The Parties Drowned - Detroit, May 31st - The loss by the sinking of the steamer Erin today are: Mrs. Mary Reed, Spanish River, Ont.; watchman shipped from Detroit, home Amherstburg, Ont.; woman cook from Bufallo, name unknown.

p.8 Has Difficulty - The Donnelly Wrecking company is having considerable difficulty freeing the steamer Sovereign, which was burned at Lachine wharf last winter. In sinking on the rock bottom her keel has likely been pierced by the jagged rocks, so that four chains placed under her have failed to move her and divers will be sent down to find out the state of the hull. Many marine people fear the steamer will be a total loss.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 May 1906