The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Oct 1913

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To be at the mercy of the waves on Lake Ontario for two hours was the experience of the crew of the steambarge Jeska, coal-laden, from Oswego to Kingston, on Sunday afternoon at three o'clock. It appears that the steambarge was ten miles from Oswego, on Sunday afternoon, with a very high wind blowing, when the rudder dropped off, leaving the barge in a stranded condition. Captain Edward Smith, of this city, who is in charge, immediately gave the signals of distress, and the steambarge Nicarague and the steamer John Lambert ran to her assistance.

Capt. Alexander McDonald, in charge of the John Lambert, gave the Jeska a tow and took her back to Oswego. The steamer John Lambert was on her way to Oswego after being released from going aground at Crossover Light in the St. Lawrence river.

All the crew aboard the steambarge Jeska are Kingstonians. Mrs. Foster is the cook, while the engineer is a man named Sherman, who lives on Earl street. A brother of Capt. Smith is the mate.

On Tuesday morning the steamer Sowards left for Oswego to bring the vessel back to this port.

The Steamer Overhauled - The Wolfe Islander left Davis' drydock on Monday evening and went on her regular trip on Tuesday morning. The steamer was given a thorough overhauling, having been caulked and some new timbers put along the gunwhale. The boilers were also flushed out and new fire grates put in. On the first trip Tuesday morning it took a cab over which was to participate in a wedding.


9,000,000 Bushels Grain

Up to date about nine million bushels of grain have been handled by the Montreal Transportation company's elevator at this port. For the past month things have been a little slack at the elevator, but it is expected that business will pick up during the next six weeks of navigation.

The steamer Alexandria called at Folger's wharf on Monday night on her way to Montreal, loaded with freight.

The barge Montreal loaded grain at Richardson's elevator on Monday for Montreal.

The barge Dorchester is loading grain at Richardson's elevator for Montreal.

M.T. Co.'s elevator: The steamer Kinmount discharged 72,000 bushels of wheat from Fort William on Monday night, and cleared on Tuesday for Fort William. The tug Thomson arrived from Montreal with three light barges. The steamer Rosemount is due from Fort William to discharge on Wednesday.

The tug Bartlett leaves on Tuesday evening or Wednesday with the barges Burmah and Ceylon for Port Colborne to load grain for Montreal. These two barges were recently purchased by the M.T. Co. from Calvin Co. at Garden Island. Since the purchase was made these barges have undergone repairs but it is expected they will be completed by Tuesday evening.

The steamer Advance is due to pass down this evening from Port Colborne to Montreal.

p.6 City Council - Other Business - Montreal Transportation company asking for renewal of exemption of taxes.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Oct 1913