The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Jun 1908

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p.2 Arm Was Broken - A sailor on the barge Ceylon, known as "Curly" Davidson, fell into the hold of the boat this morning, and had his left arm broken. He was conveyed to the city, and had the injured member set.

Much Damage Done - thunder and lightning storm - A mast on the schooner Mary Ann Lydon, at Crawford's wharf, was split but no further damage was done to the vessel.



Likely To Be Delayed For Six Weeks.

Cornwall, June 23rd - At seven o'clock this morning, the pier of the New York & Ottawa railway was washed away, causing damage of nearly one hundred thousand dollars. The cause of the damage was a washout from the canal pier, just above lock 18, causing the canal bank to break away, tearing down the large pier of the bridge and falling in the canal. The disaster is so severe that it will disable the navigation through here for six weeks and shutting down all the mills, the street railway service, and the lights and the service from Ottawa to Tupper Lake over the N.Y. & O. railway route.

Cause Immense Loss.

Montreal, June 23rd - This morning's accident to the Cornwall canal will cause an immense loss to the shipping interests of the port of Montreal owing to the extra expense which will be incurred in transhipping cargoes. A prominent shipping man expresses the opinion that the break cannot be repaired and traffic resumed inside of a month. The immense cargoes which are coming down the St. Lawrence, to say nothing of other freights, will have to be taken from Prescott to Montreal by rail if they are to be brought down at all. There will be considerable inconvenience to ocean steamships in consequence. Richelieu & Ontario Navigation company's steamers will also be greatly inconvenienced in getting about and cargoes and passengers will also have to be transhipped.


On Monday afternoon Capt. Thomas Donnelly gave evidence before J.B. Walkem, K.C., local master in chancery, in the case of John W. Klauck, of Buffalo vs. the Federal Insurance company. The evidence was taken at Capt. Donnelly's residence, and the captain was quite strong and bright throughout. George Clinton, of Buffalo, represented the plaintiff, and Frank S. Masten, of Cleveland, the defendants. The case arose out of a contract of the Donnelly company to float two big vessels which ran ashore near Buffalo in 1906. The work could not be completed within the contract time, as the vessels were in a most difficult position, and the owners of the vessels claimed damages for loss of time by the vessels not being in service. The Donnelly company transferred their claim to Mr. Klauck, who is suing the Federal Insurance company for the amount. The work done by the Donnelly company in floating the vessels ranks as one of the most successful wrecking jobs on record. Capt. Thomas Donnelly superintended the work. Through his break down in health Canada has lost one of her greatest marine experts and wreckers.

p.6 Export of Fish - From Kingston to U.S. - Consul Howard D. Van Sant of Kingston supplies figures on decreased fish catch in Ontario waters, exported to U.S.

p.8 Marine Items - M.T. Co.: tug Thomson up, two barges; steamer Howe, from Chicago, 60,000 bushels of corn for M.T. Co. and 20,000 bushels for Richardsons'; tug Emerson cleared for Fairhaven; steamer Fairmount called on her way from Sydney to Fort William for supplies.

The steamer Alexandria went down last night.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Jun 1908