The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 24, 1880

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p.2 "A Booming Industry" - about the recently developed ice trade with U.S.

Belleville - ferry at Prince Edward broke rudder in ice.

ad for Jas. Knapp's Boat Building Est., Barriefield - pleasure boats and shooting skiffs.

p.3 St. Lawrence Steamboat Company - a proposal to form this company to run steamers between Cape Vincent and Montreal - details (no ship names mentioned).

Rough Passage - The schr. Persia, which left Toronto Saturday night for Oswego, had a rough passage across the lake. During the night a great gale arose, a severe storm set in, and the Captain and crew say they never had such an experience before. The captain said that had the vessel leaked they would have gone down as men nor time could not have been spared to work the pumps. The booms were lashed to the timber heads, and the wind blew so strong that the men could not stand without holding to something. They had to keep salting the decks, as ice made faster than at any time last fall. The cook, Mrs. Jennie Fleet, of Toronto, is rather venturesome. She was lashed to the rigging of the schooner Trenton, wrecked off Presque Isle last Fall, and was plucked up by a passing boat. She started out with the schr. Ontario a week ago for Oswego, but the Ontario sprung a leak and had to return to Toronto. She then shipped on the Persia.

The Ice Fleet - The following is a correct list of the ice fleet which will sail from this port as soon as a chance is offered. The vessels are all up from Dead Man's Bay, except the Victor. In harbour - S. Neelon, Riverside, Singapore, Eureka, Niagara, White Oak, E.G. Benedict, Tranchemontague, B.W. Folger, A.G. Ryan, Julia, Victor, Forest Queen, Brooklyn and Florida, the 2 latter being below the bridge. At Wolfe Island - Arabia and R. Gaskin. Garden Island - Jessie H. Breck, Bismarck, Siberia, Norway, and Oriental. Collinsby - Albacore and W.R. Taylor. Button Bay, Wolfe Island - L.S. Hammond, Polly M. Rodgers and Paragon. There are 30 vessels, with nearly 120,000 (sic) tons of ice, or an average of 400 tons each. [News]

Sale of Cargo - The cargo of ice in the schr. Neelon, belonging to Messrs. Stewart and Allan, has been sold for $3 per ton, delivered at Erie, Pa. There is about 550 tons in the vessel.

The Murray Canal - The Belleville Intelligencer has commenced a vigorous advocacy of the Murray Canal, in the construction of which it thinks 500,000 could not be more advantageouslyexpended by the gov't. We have no objection to the building of this missing link (as it has been called), if it is going to do the country any good, but those who fancy it is going to divert the grain trade from Kingston are laboring under a grand delusion.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 24, 1880