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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Dec 1906

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Twenty Vessels Caught In St. Mary's River.

Detroit, Dec. 10th - Anxiety regarding the steamers McLuth and Michigan has been dispelled, the former being reported safe at Marquette, and the latter at Sarnia.

The passenger steamer Ionic, of Port Huron, Mich., belonging to the Northern Navigation company, ran ashore on Lake Superior, in a snow storm on Saturday, a mile and a half from Whitefish Point. Wrecking tugs have been sent to her aid from Sault Ste. Marie.

Twenty Vessels Caught.

Sault Ste. Marie, Dec. 10th - Twenty vessels are caught fast in the ice in the St. Mary's river, the cold snap of the past few days having caused six to eight inches of ice. The Lake Carriers' Association organized an ice-crushing expedition, which left Sault Ste. Marie, yesterday, under the leadership of the steamer Algoma, to attempt to release the imprisoned boats.

A Channel Opened.

Detroit, Dec. 10th - President Livingstone, of the Lake Carriers' Association, was advised last night, that the ice breaking fleet of tugs headed by the steamer Algoma, employed by the Pittsburg Steamship company, had succeeded in opening a channel through the ice in St. Mary's river, at four o'clock on Sunday afternoon, through which upbound boats were reported passing, while the down-bound craft were held out of the way. The conditions in Mud Lake will not be known till a tug can get there and back and make a proper report. The down-bound fleet will not be permitted to start until the channel is free from the upbound boats.

Steamer Monarch Lost.

Capt. Thomas Donnelly has been advised that the steamer Monarch, owned by the Northern Navigation company, was sunk forty miles east of Port Arthur and is a total loss. The passengers and crew reached an adjacent island and were taken off by the steamer Edmonton on her way down. The steamer Ionic went on at White Fish Point on Saturday. She is on a sand bottom and will likely not suffer much damage.

A Vessel Well Laden - Detroit, Dec. 10th - Loaded with copper mineral, in the estimated amount of six million pounds, one of the richest cargoes ever shipped from Northern Michigan, the product of the Calumet and Hecla mines, the steamer Flagg is en route to the lower lakes.

p.2 Incidents of the Day - The steambarge Navajo did not make the trip to Amherst Island for hay. The bay was so full of ice that she was forced to return to Kingston.

The Wolfe Islander had a hard time making the city this morning, owing to the denseness of the snow fall.


The Anchor Line steamer India of Buffalo has been sold to Canadian parties, and she will next season ply between Toledo, Cleveland and Montreal, carrying freight and passengers on the Merchants' Montreal line. The steamer China, it will be remembered, was purchased from the Anchor line, and is now in the Montreal service under the name of the City of Montreal. She is wintering in Kingston.

It is understood the India will be named the City of Toronto.

The Anchor line has sold the wooden steamer Wissenhickon (sic) to Canadian parties. The Wissahickon is one of the old arch boats, of which few are left on the lakes. The Anchor line reserved the rights to the name Wissahickon, which may be given to the new steel steamer now under construction.

A Very Rough Trip.

When the steamer Simla arrived at Richardsons' Saturday afternoon, she appeared as she might have been with Peary, the explorer, on his trip to the north pole. The vessel was covered with ice, and presented a very pretty picture. The vessel came from Chicago, and carried a cargo of 54,000 bushels of corn.

Capt. Malone reports a very rough trip, and members of the crew say that they do not want to take a similar passage again. It will be remembered that last year the Simla made a late trip and was coated over with ice when she reached here.

Not Released Yet.

Loaded with grain, and on her way to Kingston, the Montreal Transportation company's steamer Fairmount ran aground at Seven Acre Shoal, near Snake Island, Saturday afternoon, and up until this morning had not been released. The northeast wind of today was considered to be much in her favor, and it is believed that she will be released soon. The Fairmount is one of the finest vessels owned by the M.T. company. It appears that the Fairmount, which left Fort William several days ago, was running close to the steamer Simla on her way from Chicago, with corn for Richardsons', when coming through the canal, and continued in this way until near Four Mile Point was reached, when the Simla took the lead. Some time after this the crew on board the Simla heard the Fairmount blow the distress whistle, and it was at once surmised that the vessel had run aground.

Immediately when the Simla arrived, Capt. Malone reported the case, and the tug Emerson and a lighterer were sent out to the scene. They worked all day Sunday, but were unsuccessful in an attempt to release the vessel.

The Fairmount is in a rather dangerous position should a strong west wind set in. The vessel was on her last trip of the season, and was to lay up here for the season.

The tug Emerson took provisions out to the stranded steamer.

p.5 Incidents of the Day - The bells went wrong on the steamer Wolfe Islander, on Saturday night, and the craft bumped the Garden Island wharf with considerable momentum, but luckily no damage ensued.

p.8 Has Reached Port - The steamer Fairmount, which went aground near Seven Acres shoal Saturday, was released at noon today, and arrived at the M.T. company's elevator about three o'clock, accompanied by the tug Emerson.

Two of the sailors who came down from Chicago on the steamer Simla Saturday, returned by train today to the Windy City. They made the trip with the understanding that their railway fare back would be paid.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Dec 1906