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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Apr 1909

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Schooner Tradewind's Damage $1,500.

Fire, which broke out at an early hour Sunday morning, did damage, to the extent of $1,500 to the schooner Tradewind, owned by Capt. Oliver, which has been laid up at the Kingston & Pembroke railway wharf, all winter, and which was in readiness for her first trip across the lake, tonight. The cause of the fire is unknown, but it is believed that it started from a small stove in the vessel. Some painting had been done on the boat, and the fire had been put on in order to dry it. Every thing was in proper shape when members of the crew left early Saturday night. Some young men passing along early Sunday morning noticed the fire, and sent in the alarm to the firemen, who were soon on the scene. As the vessel was over at the railway wharf, it was difficult for the firemen to get at it, and with the aid of ropes, the blazing schooner was hauled over to the wharf, and the streams the firemen played upon it, soon extinguished the fire. The vessel is partly covered by insurance. Clothing and tools, belonging to members of the crew, were destroyed by the fire.

People who were the first to arrive on the scene, were in a great state of excitement, as they were of the opinion that members of the crew were on board, but in this they were mistaken, as no person was on board. Those who were on hand, rendered valuable assistance to the firemen.

It would appear as if Kingston vessels were having a bad start off for the season, as on Saturday, the schooner Bertha Kalkins ran against the Cataraqui bridge, doing considerable damage.

Work on the repairs to the bridge is being pushed along, as rapidly as possible, and it was stated today, that the work would probably be completed, and the bridge in working order again, by Tuesday night.

The schooner Kalkins is now undergoing repairs, and it is expected, will be ready for her first trip in another week.

A large number of the M.T. Co. barges were close by the Tradewind, and had the fire been allowed to spread, the result would have been a very serious one.

Capt. Desmore, of the schooner Cornelia, is looking to the harbor master for a new hat, he having made the first trip over the lake, from this port, arriving Sunday from Oswego, with a cargo of coal for Swifts, and in remarkably good time at that.

The steamer Edmonton, laden with oats, from Toronto, was reported due at Richardson's, today.

The steambarge Navajo cleared for Oswego, to load coal for Collins Bay.

The schooner Ford River, loaded with ice, cleared Sunday for Fairport.

The schooner New Dominion will clear for Oswego to load coal, making the trip the schooner Bertha Kalkins should have taken.

The steamer City of New York cleared from Cobourg, for Oswego, to load coal for Toronto.

The tug Mary P. Hall cleared with the barge Hamilton, to load cement, at Belleville, for Fort William.

The government tug Reserve arrived from Prescott. The tug Scout is working in this district.

p.5 Home From a Trip - Capt. John Donnelly back from Buffalo and Cleveland - strike could last a while.

Ice Crush At the Soo - Soo, Ont., April 12th - ice field blown by wind down river; steamer Algoma of International Transit Co. was shoved back into shallow water.

p.8 First Into Oswego - The Oswego Times of the 10th inst. announces the first arrival in port, and states that Capt. Desmore, of the schooner Cornelia, wins the silk hat this season. She arrived in that port about noon on Saturday, after a good trip over from Kingston. The Cornelia at once took on a load of coal for James Swift & Co., this city, reaching here at midnight last night.


Meaford, Ont., April 12th - Capt. J. McInnis, owner of the fishing tug Primrose, of this town, while bringing his tug from Owen Sound, where it had wintered, fell overboard, on Saturday, and was drowned before assistance could reach him. The accident happened off Cape Rich. The deck being coated with ice Capt. McInnis lost his balance and falling over the rail into the icy water sank immediately. Capt. McInnis, one of four brothers operating fishing tugs from this port, leaves a wife and three children. The body has not yet been recovered.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Apr 1909