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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Jun 1908

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Attempt to Release Her Failed.

The steamer Arundell, which ran on a shoal in the narrow channel between Thousand Island Park and Fine View, has been abandoned, and handed by the owners to the underwriters. The Star-Cole Company, owners, after several days work, failed to release the stranded vessel, and gave up the task.

The Arundell was just starting on her first trip of the season, from Alexandria Bay to Oswego, N.Y., and was between Fine View and Thousand Island Park when she hit the United States shoal. The accident occurred at 7:25 o'clock, Wednesday morning. At the time the boat was under the command of Capt. J.E. Meno, of Port Huron, Michigan, and it was his first trip over the island course in this steamer. The first mate is also a new man and none of the old officers that have been running the boat for years had been retained on her for this season.

It is said that the high water of this year which had completely covered the shoal was to blame for the accident. The steamer ran so far up on the shoal that only about three feet of the after part of her keel was not on the rocks and her stern was forced clear out of the water.

This is the twelfth season that the Arundell has been running summers over this course and during all that time she has never had an accident. She has always run right on schedule time and has very rarely missed a trip because of bad weather. The Arundell was originally built in 1873, but since that time she had been rebuilt almost entirely and at the present time was in very good shape. She is 166 feet long with 26 feet beam and a gross tonnage of 339. Her value would probably be in the neighborhood of $25,000.


The schooner Granton (sic - Grantham ?) is at Davis drydock for repairs.

The schooner Tradewind cleared for Oswego to load coal.

The schooner Jamieson arrived from Oswego with coal for Anglin's.

The schooner Cornelia is at Richardsons', loading feldspar for Charlotte.

The steamer America carried a good sized crowd to Cape Vincent on the Sunday trips.

The steamer Howe is expected at the M.T. company, on Wednesday, with grain from the west.

The schooner Burton, loaded with coal, from Oswego, passed down on her way to Gananoque.

The steamer Rideau King carried quite a large number on the excursion to Jones' Falls, this morning.

The steamer Prince Rupert, from Fort William, will arrive at Richardsons' Wednesday or Thursday.

The schooner Clara is at the Grove Inn from Oswego, with coal for the Frontenac Lumber and Coal company.

M.T. Co.: tug Mary up, two barges, cleared for Montreal with three grain barges; tug Mary P. Hall cleared for Oswego and Fairhaven.

The tug Emerson, which went aground near the Morrisburg canal, was released and towed to Kingston by the tug Mary P. Hall, and entered the government dry dock for repairs.

Swift's: steamer Rideau King down Monday morning; steamer North King down and up Sunday; steamer City of Ottawa down Sunday morning; steamer Dundurn up Sunday.

The schooner Mary Ann Lydon arrived with coal for R. Crawford from Oswego. The schooner Acacia will arrive tonight from Fairhaven with coal.

The wreck of the steamer Picton, tied at the foot of Frederick street, Toronto, was broken away from its moorings, on Friday night, and drifted over to Fisherman's Island. She is out of the course of the steamers going in and out of the harbor, and the harbormaster has, therefore, taken no steps to have the wreck removed.

p.8 A Lively Yacht Race - last in series for Bruce Carruthers trophy; stiff wind, Chiriya won on time allowance - details.

Steamer Released - The steamer City of Montreal, which went aground at Farran's Point, a few days ago, has been released. It was not known here today, whether she would be towed to Kingston or not, one report stating that she would be taken to Ogdensburg. The steamer is in bad shape.

Applied To The Consul - Three sailors off the steamer Arundell, stranded below Thousand Island Park, applied today to United States Consul Van Sant for aid, as they were in the same condition as the steamer. The Consul sent them as far as Cape Vincent, N.Y.

Incidents of the Day - The M.T. company's barge Bella will go into government dry dock tomorrow.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Jun 1908