The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 5, 1880

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p.2 Toronto - Capt. Maurice Fitzgerald, of the sch. Mercie Hall, who was seized with delirium tremens and imagined that his ship was attacked by pirates, was discharged at the police court this morning.

Steam vs Horsepower - The vessel owners have a grievance. The Gov't has seen fit to abandon the tow path in the Welland Canal and permit a combination to be formed by tug owners for the towing of vessels through the canal. The grievance was largely increased on Saturday last. The sch. Alexander, owned by Mr. G. Malone, of Garden Island, arrived at the canal but could get no tug to take her through until an old bill for $137, due a member of the tug combination by the vessel since 1877, was paid, although since the debt was contracted the vessel has changed hands and the present owner cannot legally be held responsible for the payment of the bill. A telegram was sent to Mr. Malone, stating the facts. Mr. Malone, rather than have the vessel detained, authorized the captain to draw on him. This, however, will not be the last of the case. Since the horsepower has not been allowed the cost of towage has greatly increased. While the towpath was in existence a full-sized canal vessel paid $20 for being taken through the Welland, but now $39 is charged - a charge which falls the more heavily upon the timber vessels which carry their own horses. The Government policy is reference to the present management of the canal is most unpopular. Is it in keeping with the now-famous motto "Canada for the Canadians"?

p.3 Painstaking Officers - custom's officer is zealous in checking sch. Victor for having overage of wheat, while anchored out in harbor - details.

Marine News.

The forwarding business is again suspended, this time because there are no barges.

A forwarding company has advanced its rates from this city to Montreal to 3 1/2 cents on account of the disaster at Lachine. Several propellors were lightened at this rate.

A large number went to Oswego and Rochester last evening and this morning on the strs Magnet and Hastings. They will return tomorrow morning, after viewing the 4th of July demonstrations

Passed Through the Welland Canal for Kingston: schrs. J.H. Breck, Point Sauble, timber; Bismarck, Point Sauble, timber; Alexander, Point Sauble, timber; Gold Hunter, Toledo, corn; Augusta, Cleveland, timber.

The other arrivals at the harbour yesterday and this morning were : sch. Garibaldi, Toledo, 12,810 bush corn; sch. Clyde, Chicago 18,200 bush corn; prop Clinton, Chicago 11,700 bush corn; barge Grimsby, Chicago 19,687 bush corn.

Arrivals at Swifts - Cuba, from Toronto; Corsican, from Montreal; Magnet, from Charlotte; Algerian, from Hamilton; tug Edmond with barges Ontario and Quebec, 1,429,750 feet lath for Charlotte; Highland Beauty, Charlotte, 95 tons coal. The sch. B.W. Folger is loading lath.

Wind Wafts - The str. Pierrepont yesterday transported the Humpty-Dumpty Circus Co. from Picton to Cape Vincent.

Promoted - On Friday last Mr. William Ada, mate of the str. Corinthian, Ontario and Richelieu Navigation Co., was called to the Directors Office, in Montreal, and there promoted to the command of the steamer made vacant by the untimely death of Capt. Farrell. Mr. Ada is a Kingstonian. After a service of over 20 years his merits have been fittingly rewarded. He is to be congratulated.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 5, 1880