The Lachine Canal opens on Monday next.
The Louis Ross sailed for Collinsby, where she loads ice.
The schr. W.R. Taylor, with ice, sailed for Black River.
The str. Algerian left today for Gananoque, where she loads freight for the west.
The tug Metamora leaves Collinsby today, with barges, for Dunkirk and Cleveland, loaded with ice.
The D.C. West went up the canal yesterday. She was heavily laden. She was the 1st boat passing up.
The tug Elinor (sic - Eleanor) and barges left this morning for Ottawa, where they load ore (from the Forsythe mine) for Astabula.
The prop. Persia, from St. Catharines, Armenia from Toronto, Cuba from Ogdensburg, called at Swift's dock today.
The schooner Ontario ran ashore this morning on Cassidy's shoal, down the river. She is loaded with stone. The tug Hiram Calvin pulled her off.
To the Editor of the British Whig;
Dear Sir, - Having taken into consideration the situation of the majority of the Kingston Branch of the Chicago Seamen's Union I find it necessary to make a few remarks. I as a seaman for the past 12 years, having sailed and experienced all kinds of weather, and know the trials and difficulties that our seamen have to contend with. Of course the captains expect a fair day's work and all we ask is a fair day's pay, and I say that any man who considers himself a seaman is not worthy of the name that does not uphold the profession. Come and join us, for union is strength and the labour is the source of all men's wealth. 'Tis for a good cause our union is formed and our principal object is to benefit ourselves, but the owners will find it more beneficial in the end to have a crew of able-bodied men and have work done not only cheerfully, but well.
Kingston, April 28, 1880. G. Gamble, Seaman.
To the Editor of the Whig:
Dear Sir, - I wish to make a few remarks concerning the late disaster on our lakes. The public at large have had all kinds of suppositions about how the sch. Northman was lost. Well, it is like this. The Vessel, like a good many more this Spring, has had too many greenhorns or landlubbers, as the sailor terms them, on board; they loaded the vessel too deeply, and she became unmanageable. Now there is one way to stop all this, and that way is for Companies not to insure vessels that are not properly manned by seamen. And as for officers, captains and mates, they should be made pass a Board, the same as they make Engineers. The captains and mates have as much under their charge as the engineers for they have the whole crew of the vessel, and if they take any men that come along to ship they are just taking them out to drown them. Now if Insurance Companies would take this hint they would save a good many lives and much propery.
Yours truly, C.C.
Kingston April 28, 1880.
p.3 Laborer's Meeting - to form Labourers Union - details (dock labourers ?)
Wind Wafts - An Act to prevent fishing with nets on U.S. waters in Lake Ontario has passed the House of Assembly of New York State. It has been called forth by the utter exhaustion of the salmon, whitefish and bass fishing at least for pleasure.
Capt. Sam Fraser will sail the sch. Brooklin this year. The vessel set sail yesterday with a cargo of ice, and after discharging on Lake Erie will go to Lake Superior for ore.