The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Apr 1909

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Down The Niagara River from Buffalo.

Bridgeburg, Ont., April 19th - While making her trip across the river this morning from her dock, at Ferry street, Buffalo, to Fort Erie, the steamer Niagara was caught in the ice which was running heavy and was carried down below the International bridge. The wheel-house and smoke stack were carried away when the vessel was going under the bridge. The tug International followed her down the river but was unable to hold her against the ice and swift current of the river. Luckily there were only a few passengers aboard and no one was injured.


The sloop Laura D. is loading posts for use at the spile dock at Cape Vincent.

The tug Bartlett arrived from Charlotte with the barge Kingston, loaded with coal.

The sloop Maggie L. arrived at Richardsons' elevator with grain from bay ports.

The crews for the barges Aberdeen, A.D., and Drummond arrived in the city yesterday.

The steamer Bickerdike cleared today for Fort William on her first trip of the season.

The steambarge Ida E., Capt. Holmes' new vessel, will arrive from Toronto today.

The steamer Rand, Capt. Shaw's new vessel, arrived from Erie with coal for Crawford's.

The steamer Sharples cleared for Alexandria Bay and will load stone for Fort William.

Capt. Patterson and his crew left for Charlotte to look after the schooner Acacia.

The steamer Edmonton cleared Saturday night for Hamilton to load freight for the upper lakes.

The steamer Prince Rupert, with a cargo of ice, has been aground off the foot of Garden Island for some days. The men hope to have her on her way by Tuesday afternoon, without taking out any of her cargo.

The steamer Hinckley (Capt. Hinckley) arrived in Prescott from Oswego, loaded with coal and a small quantity of other freight. This is the first boat of the season to make its way through the Thousand Islands.

Several of the Calvin boats cleared for Fairport with ice. There was some difficulty experienced with the steamer Prince Rupert, which became fast where she was loaded during the winter. It required three steamers to pull her off.

Steamer Reindeer will commence the season's regular trips between Napanee, Deseronto and Picton on Wednesday, April 21st, affording the travelling public a short route between Kingston and Picton, via Deseronto. Tickets to be had at G.T.R. ticket office.

Capt. Hunter, fish and game inspector, for the Bay of Quinte district, has left for Windsor for the purpose of bringing down the new government patrol boat which will ply these waters in the interest of the fisheries department. The one at Kingston will be taken out to the Kawartha lakes.

Rideau Canal - will be opened on 1st May.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Apr 1909