The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Aug 1910

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The weather man hit it right on Thursday when he said that there would be a storm at night. Marine men say that the wind storm, which came on quite early in the evening, was one of the worst experienced so far this season. There was no great damage, as the mariners had ample time to prepare for it, but it was a very wild night on the water.

The steamer Brockville, which carried the excursionists from this city on the Foresters' trip to Picton, was forced to go into shelter at Stella on the return trip for several hours. It was very rough for the little steamer and although it was rather inconvenient for the passengers they were glad to get into port and escape the high seas.

The steambarge Navajo arrived from Toronto, light, and the members of the crew state that it was awfully rough. The schooner Major Ferry arrived from Oswego with coal and is being unloaded at Crawford's wharf. Luckily the Major Ferry was nearly over the lake, when the storm set in, and they got over without mishap. Vessels caught out in the storm made for shelter as speedily as possible. It was so rough that several vessels due to go across the lake did not clear from Kingston.

A motor boat belonging to some of the staff at Rockwood asylum, ran aground near Lake Ontario Park and is reported to have been very badly damaged.

The schooner Charley Marshall is at the penitentiary loaded with stone for Cobourg and should have got away last night but owing to the wind had to stay in port.

The wind was quite strong early in the evening and between seven and eight o'clock there was a light shower of rain. About midnight there was quite a downpour, accompanied by an electrical display.

Swift's wharf: steamers Kingston and Caspian down and up today; steamer Britannic up yesterday; steamer Rideau Queen up from Ottawa this afternoon.

The heavy wind, which continued until Friday forenoon, did not stop the old reliable, the steamer America, from making her trip to Ogdensburg, and when she pulled out from Folger's wharf, there were two hundred and fifty passengers on board.

The steamer Alexandria will be at Folger's wharf from Montreal and Quebec, tonight.

The passengers coming over on the steamer Kingston, last night, had a great siege of sickness, and when the steamer tied up on the wharf not one passenger could be noticed out on the deck. Usually, when the steamer touches Kingston, the decks are crowded with tourists, but owing to the heavy gale they were glad to keep to their berths.

The steamer Sowards and the schooner Merrill have unloaded their cargo of coal and are ready to clear across the lake, but it all depends on the wind as to whether they will get away today.

M.T. Co.'s wharf: tug Thomson cleared for Cobourg light; she will bring down a dredge and scow; the steamer Kinmount with grain from Fort William will arrive Saturday morning.

Those who went up to Picton on Thursday, on the I.O.F. excursion, had an experience of rough weather that was the real thing. The steamer Brockville is only a small boat and the sea that was running last night tossed her a good deal. The captain sighted bad weather when Stella was reached and ran in there until about four o'clock this morning, when he cleared for Kingston. Even then there were passengers who would not attempt to come down with the rest and stayed in Stella until the Caspian came down. Those who stayed with the boat behaved admirably, very few being sick to speak of.

The steamer Caspian was nearly an hour late, this morning, on her regular trip, not arriving at Swift's wharf until about eleven o'clock. The crew said it was very rough coming across the lake. Quite a number of the passengers were wearing overcoats as it was very chilly on the water. Those who remained in Stella over night came down on her this morning.

Crescent Invites Kingston Club.

The Watertown, N.Y., Times says: In addition to the regular Labor day schedule of races to be held by the Crescent Yacht Club, it is expected that an open race between boats of the Kingston Yacht Club and the Crescent Club will be held. An invitation has been sent by the local club to the owners of boats in the Kingston Club and it is believed that the invitation will be accepted. The boats from Kingston which will probably be entered are the Chiriyia, Isis, Baby Grand, Tezpi and the Kathleen. The Crescent, Chiriyia and Kathleen are old competitors and each has scored a victory over the others once this season.

It is probable that the race will be run over the triangular yacht club course, twice around.

Accident To a Captain - Capt. Densmore of schooner Cornelia fell while boarding, will be laid up for a while..

Round Up of Drunks - in police court five mariners in lineup out of seven, several from str. Westmount; "We got paid yesterday."

p.5 A Sudden Death - Arthur Lower, a young sailor, removed from steamer Westmount, died at hospital from pneumonia, 28 years old, from Kingstown, Ireland.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Aug 1910