The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Sep 1907

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The schooner Mary Ann Lydon cleared for Charlotte.

The schooner Clara is unloading 107 tons of coal at Richardsons'.

The steamer Midland Queen is expected at Richardsons', on Monday, from Fort William with wheat.

Folger's wharf: steamer Alexandria up; steambarge Waterlily up; schooner Metzner from Sodus with coal.

The steamer Wahcondah arrived in Kingston from Prescott at ten o'clock Friday night, and cleared for the west.

Swift's: steamers Rideau Queen from Ottawa tonight; Belleville up last night; Hamilton down last night; Aletha from bay ports today; City of Montreal up yesterday.

M.T. Co.'s wharf: steamer Omaha from Chicago, 40,000 bushels of corn; tugs Bronson and Thomson, from Montreal, with two light barges each; Thomson cleared for Montreal with one grain-laden barge; tug Emerson arrived from Ashtabula with two coal barges, and cleared for Montreal with two grain barges, and one coal barge.

p.3 Gananoque, Sept. 7th - The schooner Briton has gone to Picton to undergo some necessary repairs.



Brockville, Sept. 7th - The Donnelly wreckers are working at the big steel steambarge Edmonton, which grounded, yesterday, on the Hillcrest shoal, in "The Narrows," three miles above Brockville.

Just as the steamer was entering "The Narrows" the steering chain broke and before the machinery could be stopped the freighter had drifted broadside on the rocks. The shoal - one of the most dangerous on the river - is about eight feet wide and is now marked by a gas buoy. The Edmonton is lying about ten feet west of the buoy of the buoy with her bow pointing directly towards Hillcrest. The light of the buoy is hidden from view to boats travelling eastward.

A new feature of the construction of the boat is that she has a false hull. This with the inner hull was pierced and she is leaking badly, though kept afloat by two steam pumps. A considerable portion of her 75,000 bushels of wheat cargo will have to be removed before she can be released. A lighter is now engaged at this work and the operations are being directed by G.E. Matthews, of Toronto, one of the owners, who is on the scene. The Edmonton was drawing fourteen feet at the time of the accident and there is twelve feet of water on the shoal.

A party of Toronto ladies who boarded the steamer at Port Dalhousie for the lake and river trip to Prescott were taken off in passing launches, the captain thinking the boat might slip off in deep water and sink.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Sep 1907