The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Jul 1913

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July 29, 1913



Ogdensburg, N.Y., July 29th - On its way from Oswego to Montreal laden with 1,600 tons of coal, the steamer Nicaragua of the Ogdensburg Coal and Towing company fleet, broke its rudder Saturday night in the rapids near Morrisburg, Ont. The accident was discovered in time to avert a disaster because the waters are full of shoals, and with a broken rudder nothing would have saved the boat had it got started among the shoals. If the boat had advanced fifty feet from the place the accident was discovered it would have been dashed to pieces on the rocks.

The tugs William L. Proctor and Myra went to the steamer's assistance. Part of the cargo was removed. The steamer was securely anchored and ropes trenched from it to the island. It is probable most of the cargo will be taken off before it will be possible to bring the boat back into safe waters.

Captain Alexander McDonald was in charge of the boat. The accident was unavoidable, it was claimed.


At Picton For Repairs.

The steamer Geronia, managed by the Norcross company of Toronto, which has been tied up at the Kingston Shipbuilding company's wharf having a third boiler installed, had a slight fire on her trial trip from Picton to Toronto on Friday. Although the fire was not of a serious nature, it will cause her to be tied up at the wharf at Picton for about two weeks for repairs. The new boiler had been installed for the purpose of trying to increase her speed to sixteen miles an hour. As soon as the speed was increased to the limit, it caused a blaze in the boiler room just under the bar. The floor of the bar was heaved as a result. It was the intention of the R. & O. company to purchase the steamer providing that she proved speedy enough.



The steamers Keyport, Meaford, Renvoile, Calgary and Toiler passed down on Monday.

The schooner Acacia is at Richardson's loading feldspar.

The new freight steamer of the R. & O. company, the Glen Davis, passed up on Monday.

The steamer Ames passed up on Monday.

The schooner Abbie L. Andrews arrived from Fairhaven with coal, and is discharging at Crawford's wharf.

M.T. Co.'s elevator: steamer Turret Cape, from Fort William, discharged a cargo of grain, and cleared for Belleville to load cement for Fort William; steamer Gordon from Fort William discharged grain and cleared for the upper lakes; steamer Hamiltonian arrived Tuesday from Fort William and is discharging grain; tug Br;onson from Montreal with three light barges, cleared for Montreal with three grain barges; tug Thomson from Montreal, three light barges, and cleared for Montreal with grain barges; tug Emerson from Montreal with three light barges.

The steamer America took a large number to the Thousand Islands on Monday afternoon.

The steamer Thousand Islander brought 600 people from Ogdensburg on Monday.

The steamer Alexandria, from Montreal, called at Folger's wharf, Monday night, and discharged a large quantity of freight.

The steamer Waterlily, from Montreal, called at Folger's wharf, Monday night, with a large quantity of freight.

p.7 Gananoque, July 29th - ...The schooner Horace Taber is here.

Schooner In A Squall - Mariners report quite a lively squall on the lake on Monday. The schooner Abbie L. Andrews, coming over from Fairhaven, coal laden, was in quite a severe gale and lost some of her sails.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Jul 1913