The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 14, 1879

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p.3 A New Yacht - The Belleville Intelligencer says: "Cuthbert has now in frame a yacht of 54' keel, 59 feet over all, and 16' 6 " beam. She is one of the finest models we have ever seen, and looks as if she would move even faster than the famous Annie Cuthbert (now the Greyhound, of Chicago), champion of the lakes, than which she is one foot shorter and one foot less beam, and measures nine tons less, or 56 tons. The new craft will be built of oak and pine, the planking being 1 3/4 inches thick, and the fastenings will all be galvanized spikes, bolts and nails of the best quality."


The schr. Rising Star is reported to have run ashore on the south side of Grape Island, Upper Gap, during the fog. The tug Lady Franklin went to her assistance. The Rising Star is wheat laden, consigned to A. Gunn & Co., from Chicago.

Vessels were wanted at Toronto yesterday morning at 3 cents on barley to Oswego, and 3 1/4 cents on wheat to Kingston. Shippers can afford to pay good rates at present, and vessel men should not be in a hurry making charters in advance of their arrival here.

A special despatch at noon stated: The steamer Algerian is at present tied up at the Jack Straw light house, and the steamer Alexandra is also anchored near her unable to proceed on their way to Montreal owing to the dense fog which hangs over the river.

The prop. Dominion, (owned by Mr. S. Neelon, M.P.) went ashore yesterday on the northeast end of False Duck Island. Some 200 barrels of syrup, fish, nails, and iron were thrown overboard, without securing the release of the propeller. A scow, Calvin & Breck's diver and apparatus have been telegraphed for. These accidents are the result of the fog.

Customs Department - The Customs Department has issued the following: Referring to Departmental Circular No. 2 - of 5th March, 1878, on the subject of wrecking by foreign vessels in Canadian waters, I am desired by the Minister of Customs to inform you that that circular is not to be understood as having any application to cases wherein life may be in danger, or where property may be jeopardized by delay, such, for instance, as the grounding of a vessel in circumstances in which immediate assistance would prevent a wreck; nor is there any possible case in which vessels of any nationality should be prevented from going to the rescue of persons in peril of their lives, or of vessels in danger of being lost. You will understand the term "wrecked vessels or property in Canadian waters" as referring to vessels and cargoes cast upon the Canadian shore, and stranded or wrecked, requiring apparatus for their removal, or the discharge of cargo into other vessels; and to goods which may have been discharged or floated off therefrom, and cast upon the coast; and in either case coming within the provisions of the revenue laws.

Wind Wafts - The continued fog upon the river and lake proves to be very embarassing to navigators. We understand that this fog has been so dense that steamboat captains have, in some instances, been obliged to grope their way along, sometimes stopping to make soundings, and to send small boats out to ascertain their whereabouts. This was the experience of Capt. Trowell on the last upward trip of the Algerian.

Chicago charters to Kingston: schrs. Thomas Parsons, corn; E. Blake, wheat on p.t.; the nominal Kingston rate is 10 cents. Cleared: schr. Bangalore, 23,000 bushels corn for Kingston.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 14, 1879