The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 2, 1880

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p.2 Editorial - The discovery of the wreck of the Waubuno will be a matter of melancholy satisfaction as it will doubtless afford some clue to the cause of the disaster which resulted in the loss of every soul on board of her. Till now a mystery overhung the fate of the vessel not a trace of her having previously been found to indicate the cause of the cruel fate of her passengers and crew. One thing only was known, viz., that she was utterly unseaworthy, and that her officers were quite aware that the lives of all on board, including of course their own, were in immenent jeopardy when they set out upon the fatal voyage. So ominous was the foreboding of danger that the engineer expressed his conviction just before embarking that he believed they were all going to their death to put to sea in such a craft, and yet he was bound to run his share of the risk for lack of other employment. It is a shame that such a vessel should be permitted to put to sea at all. There are surely enough of legitimate and unavoidable casualties upon our lakes without tempting wreck and death in floating coffins like the rickety hull of the Waubuno. There is a screw loose somewhere when worn-out vessels of this class are allowed to carry an illfated company to certain destruction. There is evidently a necessity for some radical improvement in our system of steamboat inspection, which shall reduce the possibility of appalling accidents of this nature, if indeed we may characterize as an accident what from the known condition of the vessel was almost sure to be its fate. An examination of the wreck will throw some light on the mystery which has hitherto enshrouded the event, and will we trust lead to the adoption of such precautionary measures as will prevent the recurrence of such avoidable disasters for the future.

New Steamboat Line - Plans and estimates have been obtained from Roach, of Chester, Pa., and others, for three side-wheel, iron steamboats, one hundred and eighty feet long, to cost $80,000 apiece, and to be finished and placed on the route by July 1st, 1880. The plan is to make a daily line of fast day boats as part of the great tourist routes between New York, Niagara Falls and the Thousand Islands, Lake Champlain, Lake George, and the White Mountains. The Delaware, Lackawanna and Western, the Rome, Watertown and Ogdensburg and its branches, the Utica and Black River, the Ogdensburg and Champlain, and all connecting northern and eastern roads agree to enter the pool and sell tickets exclusively for this line, as between Cape Vincent and Montreal. [Pittsburgh Evening Chronicle]

A Worthy Tribute.

To the Editor of the British Whig;

Dear Sir, Messrs. Calvin & Breck's ship Garden Island was decorated today with all her bunting in honour of Capt. Thos. Donnelly's marriage. Capt. T. Donnelly has made his mark and many friends during his short time on salt water. He is one of the youngest men that has passed for master in England, and passed with the shortest preparation on record, having been only seven days in school, and passing what is termed a first-class examination.

Yours truly, P.J. Fraser

Chief Officer, Barque Garden Island, March 31st, 1880



The tug Franklin brought up the schooners Florida and Brooklyn from Deadman's Bay this morning.

The Hiram Calvin towed the Oriental up from Howe Island.

The Pierrepont leaves this evening for Gananoque. In all probability she will get through. She returns tomorrow.

As soon as the steamer Kelly is launched at Clayton, Mr. Consaul will lay the keel for a 250 ton schooner. The new vessel will be about half as large as a full size canal vessel, and will be launched on July 4th. The timbers are already out.

The steamer Pilgrim, of Mill Point, arrived at Napanee this morning. She will make three daily trips during the season between Napanee and Mill Point for the accommodation of passengers, etc.

Withs - About 30,000 withs have been brought into the city by the K. & P.R.R. They belong to Calvin & Breck, and are used in making up rafts.

Sailor's Union - The Kingston Branch of the Chicago Seamen's Benevolent Union met at their hall last evening. The meeting was called to regulate the wages for the coming Spring, as vessels are commencing to fit out. It was unanimously carried that the wages shall be $1 per day, on Lake Ontario, and $1.25 going through the canal. Non-union men are to be looked after.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 2, 1880