Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Jul 1895
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p.1 General Paragraphs - The prop. Lake Michigan arrived in last night and proceeded with supplies to the neighboring light houses. The steamer will return to this port, today, and coal up before leaving for the upper lakes.

The steambarge King Ben went down the canal, last night, with coal for Smith's Falls.

The schr. Fleetwing cleared for Oswego, last night, for coal for Swift & Co.

The schr. Acacia got in from Oswego, last night, with a cargo of coal.

Incidents of the Day - On Monday Capt. Shangrue (Sughrue ?) died on Howe Island from general debility. He had been a resident of the island a long time, and had a great many friends. He leaves a wife and family.

Surprised To See The S.S. Campana - R. McNeil, from Scotland, working on Connolly Bros.' new dredge, says he helped to build the S.S. Campana, on the Clyde, in Scotland, twenty-five years ago. When he saw her in Montreal a short time ago he was surprised. He thought she was not in existence. There were two other steamers built after the same lines as the Campana and the three were to carry cattle. The other two boats were wrecked. They were not fit for ocean traffic because they were not steady in the water.

Grappling For The Body - many people at Ogdensburg grappling for Capt. John Saunders' body.


Captain & Wheelsman Killed.

Detroit, Mich, July 18th - In trying to avoid a collision in the St. Clair lake ship canal early this morning the tug Torrent, bound up, became entangled in the tow line of the schr. Yukon, bound down in tow of a steamer. The tow line swept the deck of the tug stripping it of everything movable. Captain Ralph Hackett and the wheelsman were instantly killed and a watchman was knocked overboard and drowned.

The Yukon was in tow of the Sitka. The following are dead: Capt. Ralph H. Hackett, of Detroit; Dave Kennar, watchman, of Port Huron; John Cattanach, wheelman, of Marine City.

The North King Aground.

Brighton, Ont., July 17th - Twenty minutes past two this morning the str. North King, while on her way from Charlotte to this port, ran aground about half a mile west of the main light. There was a dense fog also. The captain says the variation of the compass caused the accident. She is on flat rock. The steamer is not much damaged. A tug from Kingston is on the way to her assistance. Some of the passengers were landed in small boats, and conveyed to Brighton station, where they took the trains to their destinations.

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18 Jul 1895
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Jul 1895