The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 25, 1880

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p.2 Navigation Past & Present - President Brown's Address to the Oswego Board of Trade - 42 years ago he was captain of the schooner Lewis Goler, capacity 2,800 bushels, later captain of Ellen Bronson, cap. 3,300 bushels, and Liverpool; the enlargement of the Welland Canal, and the possible future of an Oswego-New York City barge canal also discussed.

p.3 Drowning Case - a canoe with outriggers upsets off Four-Mile Pt., 1 boy drowned, the other found by lighthouse keeper Nathaniel Orr (details).


The W.W. Grant, with 270 tons of coal from Oswego, came in this morning, 20 cents per ton.

The sch. Augusta, Capt. Saxey Brooks, arrived here from Toledo with 22,000 bush corn.

Longshoremen in Oswego demand 25 cents per thousand for unloading piece lumber from vessels.

The schooners Water Lily and Gipsy Queen are loading ties below the swing bridge for Cape Vincent.

Freights from Toledo to Kingston are 4 1/2 cents on wheat and 4 cents on corn. From Detroit 5 cents to 5 1/4 cents on wheat.

The Globe says Kingston is well supplied with excursion steamers. 'Tis a fact, and the public are well aware of it.

Sch. Guelph, 286 tons ore for Fairport, N.Y.; B.W. Folger lath for Charlotte, and Anna M. Foster, lumber for Oswego, sailed this morning.

Sch. Edward Blake, Toledo, 22,826 bush cornl; Dundee, Toronto, 13,000 bush corn; L.S. Hammond, Toledo, 17,250 bush corn, are the latest arrivals at Portsmouth.

It has been decided to remove the Ontario and Richelieu Nav. Co's steamer from the Ottawa and Grenville route and run her on the St. Lawrence. Want of business causes the change.

The B.W. Folger has been in the ice business since the 9th of March. She took the last cargo of 2000 tons at Bakers Island, near Trenton, on Saturday. She also loaded lath for Charlotte.

Passed Through the Welland Canal for Kingston: Erie Belle, Kincardine, wheat; Willie Keeler, Toledo, corn; G.B. Sloan, Chicago, corn; William Elgin, Toledo, corn; Siberia, Sarnia, timber; Norway, Toledo, timber.

M.T. Co.'s wharf: Arrivals - Olivia, Bay ports, 7,580 bush rye;; Van Straubenzie, Chicago, 20,480 bush corn; steam barge Lothair 17457 bush corn; and consort Corisande, Chicago, 19,591 bush corn; Victor, Toledo, 16,400 bush corn; prop. Argyle, Chicago, lightened 5766 bush corn; prop. Van Allen, Chicago, lightened 2000 cubic ft. of black walnut timber; Speedwell, Toronto, 14,500 bush corn.

Departures: in tow of tug Glide, barges Colborne, 22,000 bush corn; Star, 17,000 bush corn; 2000 bush wheat, and 2000 cubic feet walnut timber; Duluth 21,000 bush corn; Glengarry, 14,400 bush corn.

Marine Law - The following letter, from the official named possesses a certain interest to Kingstonians:

Gentlemen: Your letter of the 13th inst. is received, in which you informed the Department that the St. Lawrence Steamboat Company, incorporated under the laws of the State of New York, proposes to run 2 steamboats under British registers the coming season, pending the building of steamers that will be entitled to American registry, and to carry the American flag. You inquire whether in case these steamers should take on passengers at Cape Vincent or Clayton for Montreal, and the passengers should land at Alexandria Bay resuming their journey on a later trip of either steamer, the steamers would be regarded as infringing our navigation laws. You are informed that if passengers on steamers running under a British registry depart in good faith from an American port for Montreal, or any other Canadian port, a temporary stoppage at another American port will not be regarded as subjecting the steamers to the penalty of violating the navigation laws of the U.S.

Very Respectfully, J.K. Upton, Assistant Secretary

Vessel Collision - On Saturday morning a collision occurred near Oswego between the schooners J. Bently from Toronto, and Maize, from Toledo. Bently was on the port tack, when a vessel light was discovered. She hauled round to permit the vessel to come to windward, but before this could be done the Maize ran into her, causing serious damages. One seaman on the Maize was knocked overboard, but was rescued, another was knocked under the wreck, causing serious injury. The Maize, it is thought, loses her bowsprit, jibboom, and foremast, having struck stem on.

A Sailor Drowned - Intelligence has reached here of the drowning of a man named Butler (said to be of this city) a hand on the schooner Albacore, bound down from Chicago. He was knocked overboard while passing through Lake St. Clair on Friday evening last. A heavy gale was blowing at the time. His body was not recovered.

Wind Wafts - str. Geneva now running on Burlington Bay.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 25, 1880