The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 26, 1879

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p.2 Latest Telegrams - Sailors on Lake Ontario now demand $2.50 a day and $3 for going through the Welland Canal.

p.3 In Memoriam - Oswego vessel men mourned for the loss of the crew of the schooner W.B. Phelps, which was lost on Lake Michigan last Wednesday. The father of Daniel Downey, one of the lost, lived in Kingston.

Murray Canal - Our contemporary (Whig) wants to know "what particular use the Murray Canal would be, or what protection it would have afforded the Seymour's tow." The tow started from Ogdensburg for Port Dalhousie. Had the Murray Canal been in existence the Seymour would have directed her course to Kingston instead of taking the open lake. She would have reached the Bay of Quinte as soon, if not sooner, than she did Cape Vincent. Once inside, the hurricane on the lake would have had no effect upon her, and from Presqu' Isle to Port Dalhousie the danger tonavigation is comparitively nil. [Ontario]

The writer of this statement really knows better than to draw the inference that had the Murray Canal been built the Seymour's tow would have left the American channel, taken the round about course via Kingston en route from Ogdensburg to Port Dalhousie, and run into the canal on the fateful night in question. How could she reach the Bay of Quinte as soon, if not sooner, than she did Cape Vincent is a precious bit of philosophy. It is the finishing touch to a very fanciful picture. We hope the Murray Canal will be built if it is going to do Belleville and the country any good, but we doubt it. We cannot see things in the same light as our friend on the Ontario. Nor can we say we ever will. Disinterested as we are we cannot advocate what must prove largely impracticable and of little or no benefit.


The schooner Northman, F. Cataract, captain, from Toronto to Oswego,arrived here last night with her steering gear damaged. It was caused by heavy weather off Cobourg. The vessel is being repaired here.

The barges and tugs of the M.T. Company have been laid up for the winter.

The schooner Florida has gone into winter quarters at Gunn's dock.

A tug, with wrecking tools from Detroit, has gone to the rescue of the schooner Edward Blake which is ashore at Presqu' Isle.

The captain of the schooner Dominion, ashore at Ford's shoal, has abandoned her to the insurance company.

The schooner D.M. Foster, with barley from Napanee for Irwin & Sloan, has arrived at Oswego from South Bay. Her crew reports one of Calvin & Breck's side wheel steamers to the assistance of the large green fore and after, ashore on Gull Bar. Also a white fore and after, of about 10,000 bushels capacity, ashore and high out at Fredericksburg, opposite Indian Point. There are four small grain vessels at South Bay, two of which started for Oswego with the Foster, but returned - the Sea Gull and Flora Emma.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 26, 1879