The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Jul 1908

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Str. Toronto Smashed Into Swift's Wharf.

The steamer Toronto experienced a most difficult time in making a landing at Swift's wharf, Friday afternoon. There was a strong south-west wind blowing, and the waves were washing over the wharf when the big steamer came in. Capt. Booth knew he had a difficult task to perform in effecting a landing at all. He kept well out on approaching the wharf, hoping to slowly work in broadside. The wind and waves, however, caught the steamer and pitched her against the wharf with awful force. The large and heavy fenders were snapped in two, as the big vessel crashed into the wharf timbers. Those aboard and in the vicinity thought the Toronto would be pitched over the wharf, but fortunately this did not occur. The wharf received a severe shaking up from the vigorous collision. On leaving, the Toronto experienced more trouble. A tug had to aid her in getting clear of the wharf and in starting her on her course up the harbor. One of the immense hardwood posts was jerked out when the Toronto pulled on one of the ropes. Swift's wharf is in need of rebuilding and lengthening, and this will no doubt be done before next spring.

Marine Paragraphs.

The schooner Bertha Kalkins cleared for Oswego.

The schooner Maxwell cleared today for Oswego.

The schooner Clara arrived from Oswego with coal for the Grove Inn.

The steamer Alexandria was at Folger's last night, on her up trip.

The steamer Dundee passed today, on her way from Montreal to Hamilton.

George Plunkett has received a contract to carry 10,000 tons of coal from Charlotte to Kingston, for the C.P.R. The steamer Charlie Marshall will do the carrying.

At M.T. Co.'s wharf: The tug Bartlett arrived from Montreal with three light barges, and cleared for Montreal with four grain barges; the steamer Canadian cleared for Fort William.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Jul 1908