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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 May 1909

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Duluth, Minn., May 8th - The steamer Adel Shores, a wooden boat, 200 feet long, 35 foot beam, with a tonnage of 738 gross, engaged in a general lake traffic, is reported to have sunk off White Fish Point, in Lake Superior, with all on board. The crew and passengers consisted of twenty-one passengers. Sailors on board the Northland, which reached this port last evening, brought the news of the probable disaster. As the Northland was passing the point wreckage was discovered all about the path of the steamer. The Shores was in command of Captain Holmes and was bound for Duluth and was six days overdue. It is thought the steamer was sent to the bottom of Lake Superior by the same gale that foundered the Russia, Nestor and Urania several days ago when the wind swept the lake at a seventy-mile velocity.



"Just so thick, you could cut it with a knife."

A marine man made the above statement this morning, when asked about the fog, and others expressed a similar opinion. The fog was very heavy all night, and vessels had to move about with extra precaution. The steamer Alexandria did not arrive from Montreal, and it was reported that she had been detained by the fog.

The steamer Ralph cleared for Oswego to go in the dry dock. The vessel has been waiting here for a chance to go in the government dry dock, but owing to pressure of other work here, could not get the required work done, so had to go to the other side, as valuable time could not be wasted. The tug Weddell and her scows are still in the dry dock, and it was stated this morning, that it would be another week before the work would be completed on this job.

The steambarge Westport cleared yesterday with her cargo of grain and freight for Rideau canal ports.

One of the finest boats on the river this year will be the new 61-foot launch built by Frye & Denny at Clayton, for Senator Richardson, of Dover, Del., whose summer home at Frontenac is unsurpassed. The boat will have a 100 h.p. Leighton engine.

On Thursday, the steamers Wolfe Islander and the Stranger, made the trip from Kingston to the foot of Wolfe Island at the same time, and on Thursday last, the two indulged in a friendly race, which was quite an attraction. It would be unfair to pick the winner, as they both went some.

Swift's: steam barge Mary Louise from Morton, with slabs; steamer Dundurn up today; steamer City of Ottawa up today with fifty tons of freight; schooner Cornelia due from Oswego with coal; schooner Keewatin due from Sodus with coal.

p.12 Wolfe Island, May 3rd - Municipal council - ....Moved, Niles-Greenwood, that minutes be confirmed by rectifying mistake in mate's wages. Carried.

Resolved that the boat run on the same time table as last year up to June 1st.

Accounts paid, steamboat: James Swift & Co., amount of account, $158.96; Calvin Co., amount of account $146.37; Queen City Oil Co., $32.55; G. Keegan, amount of account ?; C. Cummings, rent, storehouse, 1907-8-9, $54; Miss A. Hearn, interest on note, $30; James Davis, balance on March, $4; James Crawford, one month as captain, $50; James Davis, 30 days, mate, $40; D. Simons, one month, engineer, $66.66; R. Berry, 30 days, fireman, $35; R. Kiel, 30 days, deck hand, $20; J. Crawford, 30 days deck hand, $20; Mrs. Davis, thirty days, cook, $20; G. Keegan, 25 days, purser, $25; G. Keegan, 658 meals, $78.96; McKelvey & Birch, amount of account, $41.94.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 May 1909