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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 31, 1880

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The sch. W.T. Greenwood has arrived from Toronto with 9300 bush corn.

The tug Edsall from Toronto, passed down this morning with a heavy raft of timber.

Messrs. Davidson, Doran, and Co. are putting an engine in Commodore Wilson's new steam yacht.

The sloop Home, with 1000 bushels of oats from Gananoque, discharged at Richardsons this morning.

The sch. Richardson is not in service. Charters are very scarce. The schooner Iona is also in ordinary at the foot of Earl St.

The T.C. Street has arrived from Toronto with 21,000 bush corn. She left here on Thursday morning arrived in Toronto on Saturday afternoon, loaded and returned today.

The props Armenia and Persia, steamer Spartan, and sch. Parthenia, Oswego, general cargo, were the arrivals reported at Swifts.

Capt. Samuel Wood, a navigator on the lakes for 40 years past, died in Buffalo on Wednesday last. He was a good sailor and an upright man.

The sch. B.W. Folger from Fairhaven, arrived yesterday. She carried 250 tons coal for J. Swift. She made the run from Fairhaven to this city in 7 hours.

The prop. Scotia, from Chicago, lightened 4113 bush corn; prop. Lake Ontario, Detroit, 4000 bush wheat; prop. California, Detroit, 3,712 bush wheat. All proceeded to Montreal.

The str. Island Belle has had her boiler thoroughly refitted. She will leave soon for the Islands. She will run from Cape Vincent to Alexandria Bay during the coming season.

The Chicago Tribune report the tug Metamora cleared from that port for Quebec with the barges C. Manley, Frank Russel, and Benson, loaded with black walnut and other hardwood lumber.

The sch. Noyes loaded at Fairhaven for Chicago 3 weeks ago last Monday, was in Chicago 3 days, went to Kingston and unloaded, and is now in Oswego loading coal for Chicago - good time.

The sch. Snow Bird 5198 bush corn, and Speedwell 14,500 do., from Toronto, were the only new arrivals for the M.T. Co. The tug Bronson arrived from Montreal yesterday with 4 barges light, and the barge Eagle, 150 tons pig iron.

Three Oswego schooners fell short here - the Oliver Mitchell 70 bushels on her cargo of corn, the John R. Noyes 20 bushels wheat, and the F.D. Barker 50 bushels of wheat. The Barker had to pay $65 and the other vessels paid proportionately, all coming out of the freight.

The Indian, recently converted from a propeller into a steam barge, ran into this harbour yesterday for refuge. Her siphon pipe having been broken during the gale, there was 3' of water in her hold when she reached Gunn's wharf. She was laden with 150,000 feet of lumber, consigned from Trenton to Oswego. She should have had her bottom caulked here, but could not be drawn out laden. A dry dock is an absolute necessity.

The Oldest Steam Craft - The 1st steamer on Lake Ontario was built at Sacketts Harbour in 1816. Her engine was 21 h.p., and her speed 8 miles an hour - [Watertown Despatch]. The steamer here spoken of was the Kingston, built by Chapman and Teabout. She was 100 feet long, with 24' of beam, but had to abandon her proposed route, between Lewiston and Ogdensburg, being unable to answer its wants. It is related of her that she occupied 10 days to do the round trip of 600 miles. In the same year Teabout built the Frontenac near Kingston - She was a much greater success. Her length was 170' with 32' of beam. Her cost was 20,000 pounds. The two boats were almost contemporaneous.

Harbor Improvements - meeting of Committee on Wharves and Harbor - want part of shoal at Martello Tower removed.

Regatta Meeting - to arrange for Dominion Day.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 31, 1880