The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Nov 1906

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p.1 Want Appropriation - Detroit, Nov. 13th - Lake Carriers' association wants Congress to pay for new lock at Soo.

Coal Barge Ran Aground - Rochester, N.Y., Nov. 13th - The coal barge Quebec of Ogdensburg went aground on a sand bar off the Charlotte pier, on Sunday night, through the breaking of a hawser in heavy weather. She is loaded with 200 tons of coal, and fears are felt that she may go to pieces. The life-saving crew rescued the crew of four men and two women.



Craig's: steamer Alexandria down this evening.

Swift's: steamers Hamilton down today; Aletha down and up today.

The steamer Navajo is expected at Wolfe Island today from Oswego, with coal for William Allinson.

The schooner Acacia cleared this morning for Sodus for coal for Crawford. The snow storm of Sunday and Monday delayed the vessel.

The schooner Bertie Kalkins cleared for Oswego this morning after being anchored in the harbor for two days. She will return with coal for Sowards.

The M.T. Co.'s barge Quebec was reported, this morning, to be still ashore near Charlotte. Donnelly's wrecking crew left for the scene this morning.

p.3 A Gift To The Town - Half Moon Bay, on the south side of Bostwick Island, presented to Gananoque; history of using for religious services.

To Deepen Canal - Kingston Board of Trade supports having Dominion government deepen Welland canal.



With a cargo of 2,100 tons of coal, the barge Quebec, the property of the Montreal Transportation Co., is riding a sand bar north of the East pier at Charlotte, N.Y., with the prospect that she will pound until she breaks her back, until the sea goes down, or steps can be taken to get her into deeper water. A broken hawser is responsible for her predicament. The crew, including Capt. Sauve, four men and two women were taken off by Capt. Gray and the Charlotte life-saving crew.

It was about five o'clock Sunday afternoon that the tug Proctor, of Ogdensburg, in charge of Capt. Joseph Richards, Ogdensburg, put out from Yates docks, Charlotte, with the Quebec in tow. When four or five miles out, bad weather was encountered and the captain of the Proctor thought it best to put back. He believed he could ride the storm, but had his doubts as to the seaworthiness of the barge with 2,100 tons of coal aboard.

A nor'easter had been blowing all day, piling the waves over the piers at Charlotte and combing the surf on the beach.

Just before the tug and her consort reached the piers, a 4-inch hawser parted and the Quebec was left to itself. Capt. Richards obtained another line and warped it to the barge, but it got foul of his tiller and before he could straighten the mess out, the barge, which draws twelve feet of water, was aground.

Richards sounded four blasts on the whistle and the life-saving crew, in charge of Capt. Gray, put out. The Florence Yates also ran out, in charge of Capt. John Barney. The bad weather prevented the Yates from going alongside the grounded vessel, but the life-savers took off the crew. All went ashore. The coal was consigned to the George Hall company, Ogdensburg.

Wolfe Island, Nov. 5th - Township council - Steamboat accounts passed: Capt. Cummings, $50; R. Berry, mate, $41.32; D.J. Leslie, engineer, $66.66; G. Sudder, fireman, $36.16; Miss S. Freeman, cook, $25; John Crawford, deckhand, $20.66; H. Martin, $20.66; G. Keegan, purser, $31 and for 754 meals, $90.48; R. Crawford, coal, August, $155.25; James Swift, coal, September and October, $324.19; McKelvey & Birch, $8; A. & D. Staley, insurance, $405; Queen City Oil company, $2.80; locomotive works, $4.44; ice, $2; Calvin Co., $95.50; Thomas Donnelly, surveying fire loss, $15; A. Rushford, caulking, $15.20; George Rawley, caulking, $12.90; Thomas Compeau, caulking, $12.90; telegraph messages, $8.40; W. Hawkings, work, $4.50; W. Kelly, work, $2.50; Mrs. Eccles, work, $3; Mrs. Fraser, work, $3; James McDonald, caulking, $8.10; T. Howard, caulking, $7; telegrams, $1.40; E. Briceland, settling fire loss, $15; E. Briceland, expense fitting out, $7.50; E. Briceland, expense to Gananoque, $1.90; B.O. Britton, advertising, $5; James O'Brien, loss of cow, $20; T.C. Wilson, damages to horse, $70; township of Wolfe Island, account, $556.60.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Nov 1906