The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 9, 1880

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p.2 ad for St. Lawrence River Steamboat Co. Ltd. - schedule to Cape Vincent, Garden Island and Wolfe Island.

ad for R. & O. Nav. Co. - Corsican, Spartan, Corinthian, Passport, Algerian (Capt. Trowell), Magnet, with schedules. June 9th.

p.3 Aquatic Contests - rowing race in harbour between Mr. Joseph Swift and Harry Nichols, purser of Algerian; Capt. Dunlop of Algerian was referee, a long column of details.

Yachting Meeting - to plan races - details.

New Light - A lighthouse has been built on the outer end of long pier, Portsmouth, that is, at the west side of the entrance to the harbour. A red light will be shown both up and down the lake. It will be finished and lighted on Wednesday, the 9th inst.

Marine News.

Steamers calling at Swift's - Cuba, Armenia, Persia, Corinthian.

Coal charters from Oswego to Kingston - schrs. Kate and B.W. Folger.

The prop Acadia, Toledo, lightened 4000 bush of corn and proceeded to Montreal.

The prop Zealand is loading at the M.T. Co.'s wharf 120 tons of pig iron for Hamilton.

The str. Magnet commences running on the Oswego, Charlotte, Brockville and Kingston route on July 1st.

The new sch. Flora, of Bath, takes her first cargo of coal, 180 tons, from Oswego. She is a handsome and staunch fore and after.

The handsome little steamer City of Hamilton has been sold to Messrs. P. Paradis & McCarthy, of Prescott, for $7000. She goes down the river today.

Passed Through the Canal for Kingston - sch. W.J. Suffel, Toledo, corn; barge Lisgar, Milwaukee, wheat; Gibraltar, Milwaukee, corn; steambarge Lincoln, Milwaukee, corn.

The tug Eleanor has reached here from the canal with the barges Bloomer, Ox, and Minnie, having a combined cargo of 416 tons of iron ore, which the sch. New Dominion is loading for Astabula.

The Labourers Union had a meeting last evening. Eight new members were admitted. It was decided to dispose with the contract system. Every man can now look out for himself, the rate of wages to be 20 cents per hour.

The tug Active arrived last night from Montreal with 4 barges, one containing 146 tons of railroad iron. She also towed here 2 bateaux, belonging to Gilmore & Co., bound from Quebec for Trenton, to be employed in the lumber trade.

Some persons fail to see how it is that vessels will carry grain to Kingston from Toronto for 1 1/2 cents. When 8 1/2 cents is readily paid from Detroit and Toledo, 12 1/2 cents from Chicago and 13 cents from Milwaukee to Montreal, it is surely worth 2 cents from Toronto to Kingston.

Last week the river freights were reduced from 3 cents to 2 3/4 cents on wheat, and from 2 3/4 cents to 2 1/2 cents on corn. This morning the M.T. Co. received an intimation that a further reduction had taken place, the present rates being 2 1/2 cents on wheat and 2 1/4 cents on corn. This is in consequence of the rivalries existing between the forwarding companies.

The following appears in the Chicago Inter-Ocean: The sch. Hyderabad, of Kingston, wheat-laden, and the schooner Ford River, from St. Joseph bound to Chicago, loaded with cedar posts, collided off Clay Banks on Sunday morning. The Hyderabad was so badly used up that she was abandoned. She lost her fore-topmast, bowsprit, jibboom, and nearly all of her headgear, and was left leaking badly. The schooner and cargo are both insured, but the captain cannot say for what amount. The crew reached Manitouwac on the Ford River. The Ford River lost her bowsprit and jibboom. We may add that the Hyderabad now lies at Milwaukee, and that Mr. W. Power has gone to inspect her.

Destroying Grain - damaged grain destroyed at Portsmouth a waste - details.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 9, 1880