The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 28, 1880

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p.2 Old Ben, the Porter - All who have travelled down the Lake and St. Lawrence River will no doubt remember old Ben Parker, the courteous and obliging porter on board the steamer Algerian, of the Royal Mail Line. Ben, as he is familiarly called, has been steamboating 33 years, and consequently is a veteran in the business. For the last fifteen years he has been in the employ of the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation Company, and during that time he has handled the baggage of almost every noted traveller in this country and Europe. From his likeness to the great German statesman he has been dubbed "Bismarck, and is no doubt as much a success in his line as the celebrated Chancelior of the German Empire. Ben is now sixty-four years of age, but is as nimble as a cat, and unless time makes greater inroads upon his health in the future that it has in the past, old Ben is likely to live out three score years and ten. Ben relates many interesting stories of his checkered career on shipboard, which if put in print, would make a novel rich, rare and racy. [Hamilton Times]



Passed through the canal for Kingston - sch. Canadian, Toledo, corn; J.C. Woodruffe, Astabula, timber.

Called at Swifts: props Prussia, Chicago; Armenia, Ogdensburg; Cuba, Toronto; and Dromedary, Montreal.

The yacht Countess of Dufferin arrived here today. As soon as caulked she will leave for a cruise to the Bermudas.

The first steamer on Lake Ontario was built at Sacketts Harbour in 1816. Her engine was 21 horse power and her speed was 8 miles an hour.

The tug Eleanor and barges Ox, Bloomer, and Minnie, from Ottawa, arrived this afternoon. The former carried ore, the two latter lumber.

The Pierrepont is undergoing repairs.

The prop. Prussia, Chicago, lightened 4223 bushels corn and proceeded to Montreal.

The schrs. R. Norwood, Toledo, 18,850 bush corn; P.M. Rodgers, Toledo, 23,804 bush corn; W. Elgin 10,095 bush corn arrived last evening.

Ho! For the Cape - St. Lawrence Steamboat Co. running excursions to Cape Vincent on Saturdays.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 28, 1880