The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 23, 1880

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p.2 ad - Cheap Excursion to Cape Vincent - on Maud on Saturday July 24th.

Lachine Canal - extensive operations commenced, using the biggest water pump on continent, 35,000 gallons a minute, run by two 75 horse power engines.

p.3 The Sailors' Union - For the past 2 weeks a rumor was current to the effect that the visit of President Powers, of the Chicago Sailors Union, was for the purpose of removing Mr. E. Cochrane from the position of President of the Kingston Branch of the Sailors' Union. Complaints had been made in Chicago that men were allowed to ship under rates, and that Mr. Cochrane did not try to prevent it. The facts are these: Old seamen came to this city for the purpose of shipping, ans as they were in nearly all instances strapped when they arrived here they accepted any rate which was offered them. When they reached Chicago they complained of Kingston because such work was allowed. Mr. Cochrane, not being allowed any salary, did not prevent these men from shipping. At a meeting held last evening, and attended by Mr. Powers (Chicago), Messrs. Carey (St. Catharines), Tymon (Toronto), and Skillen (Oswego). Mr. Cochrane was advised to withdraw either from his saloon business (this was another objection urged against him by some) or resign the Presidency of the Union. He was given two weeks to consider the matter.

The American Tug Law - An Amherstburg despatch says: Canadian tug captains here are much amused at the letter of Assistant Secretary French in respect to the towing of American vessels between Chicago and Buffalo by Canadian tugs, and do not seem to care if the law is enforced or not, as they say they pick up their tows in neutral waters, (sometimes in Canadian waters), and therefore the law does not affect them in the least. But in case they should be prohibited from towing American vessels anywhere between American ports, they will probably, in retaliation, petition the Canadian Gov't to at once stop the work now being done at the Lime Kiln Crossing, as the water there is of sufficient depth for all purposes recquired by Canadian vessel owners, while the dredges and drills at work interfere to a great extent with the navigation of Canadian waters. A Canadian tug captain puts the following question as to the effect of that towing law. "Suppose an American vessel clears from Detroit for Oswego, how is she going to get through the Welland Canal if she is not allowed to be towed by a Canadian tug, as the law that would prevent a Canadian tug from picking up an American vessel in Lake Huron would also prevent a Canadian tug from picking up an American vessel, with a similar clearance, at Port Colborne?"

Marine News.

Freights remain firm from Detroit and Toledo 7 cents on wheat.

The sch. Snow Bird is loading 90,000 feet of lumber for Oswego at H.B. Rathbuns.

The sch. Paragon cleared for Charlotte yesterday with 750 telegraph poles and 300,000 feet of lath.

The sch. Huron, Chicago, 17,257 bush corn; Mary Battle 22,000 bush corn, and the tug Active and 4 barges arrived at the M.T. Co. this morning.

The sch. Freeman went aground about half a mile from Napanee, while sailing in that harbour yesterday afternoon with a cargo of coal. She is yet aground.

The sch. W.J. Suffel, Toledo, 19,112 bush corn; New Dominion, Toledo, 14,800 bush wheat, and W. Keeler, Toledo, 16,300 wheat, have arrived at Portsmouth.

Called at Swifts - steamers Corsican, from Montreal;l Argyle, from Montreal; Ocean, from Montreal; Cuba from Toronto; Armenia from Ogdensburg; Passport from Hamilton; Magnet from Prescott.

The schrs. Nellie Therese, Toronto 7460 bush wheat, and Richardon, Toronto, 8589 bush wheat, arrived this morning. She received 1 3/4 cents as freight. This was caused by all the vessels going to Toledo.

The Toronto Mail gives the names of a number of vessels that were delayed here a few weeks ago, but forgets to remark that the cause of the detention was the Lachine Canal disaster. No barges could be procured for transportation purposes.

Passed Through the Welland Canal yesterday for Kingston: New Dominion,of Toronto, Toledo, wheat; J. McLeod, Milwaukee, corn; Albatross, Toledo, wheat; O. Mitchell, Chicago, corn; J.E. Bailey, Toledo, wheat, H.P. Murray, do., wheat.

There is one steamboat captain thinks that some people are hard to please. He was recently chartered to take a temperance excursion from Hamilton, and about 50 of the excursionists went ashore on learning there was no lager beer aboard.

Early this morning the prop. Garland collided with the steam yacht Mamie,on the Detroit River, a mile above Grosse Isle. The Mamie had on board Father Blyenburg of the Trinity Catholic Church, of Detroit, and his altar boys, 16 in number. Father Blyenburg and 4 boys were saved. Twelve boys, 2 women, and the engineer were lost. The Mamie was cut in two amidships.

Yacht Accident - The steam yacht Rippler, of Rochester, with a party on board bound for Alexandria Bay, having a large yawl boat in tow, met with an accident when about 20 miles from Cape Vincent early yesterday morning. The yawl boat collided with the sch. L.T. Vorce, of Cape Vincent, breaking the schooners bowsprit, and obliging her to return to the Cape for repairs. The Despatch says no lives were lost.

Breaking the Peace - two sailors arrested for drunkeness.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 23, 1880