The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 22, 1880

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p.3 The Schooner Northman - On Thursday it was reported that a vessel had foundered at Port Credit. The Mail says: The despatch of the following day, that no wreckage had come ashore, served to strengthen the belief that no vessel had been lost, and the rumour was fast dying out when the telegram from Capt. Hall once more attracted public attention. It was then learned that the sch. Northman, of Hamilton, had been an unusual length of time making her trip to Kingston. The Northman left Port Dalhousie on Thursday afternoon, the 15th inst.,with a fair wind and fine weather, bound for Kingston,loaded with 23,400 bushels of wheat and 600 bushels of corn. After she left port nothing further was learned of her until the rumour appeared in the Mail that a boat was seen bottom up this side of Toronto, which, it is conjectured, was the ill-fated craft. The crew were eight in number. The captain was Frank Cardotte, of Three Rivers. The mate came from Kingston, and the cook, his wife, with 5 seamen, were all French from the Lower Provinces, and their names are not known. The Northman was a comparitively new vessel, having been built scarcely 5 years ago, and she was considered one of the best of the lake fleet. She had a registered tonnage of 325 tons, and was valued at $16,000, and was insured for $6000 in the Anchor Company. She was loaded by Mr. Merritt, of the Welland Railway, at St. Catharines.

We may add that the names of the mate and his wife was Garpee, they lived on Ontario St. It was stated in this city that the Persia, which arrived here this morning, had passed a cabin afloat on the lake, but to our reporter the captain of the boat denied the statement.

Difference In Route - The distance from Chicago to Montreal, via the Welland and St. Lawrence canals, is 1261 miles; the distance from Chicago to New York, via Buffalo and the Erie Canal, is 1419 miles, or 150 miles in favour of the former route, a gain of 7 3/4 days in favour of the Montreal route. The time on the Erie Canal is shortened by 3 days when steam is used.

Marine - A Port Colborne despatch says the sch. Wawanosh, Toledo, cleared light. Wind south-west,light.

The G.W. Maberly, formerly a gulf pilot boat, then a Kingston pleasure yacht, and lastly a dynamite carrier, will this year supply the Gov't lighthouses with oil.

Wind Wafts - The Richelieu & Ontario Nav. Co. boats will only run tri-weekly for a while after starting.

Capt. A.G. Frazer, late of Watertown, is visiting here preparatory to assuming the charge of his tug, the Prinderville, of Detroit, Mich.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 22, 1880