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

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p.3 Effect of a Leak - About a week ago the sch. Undine, of Hamilton, loaded 12,146 bush of wheat at Toledo for Kingston. After she had started and while sailing down Lake Erie the mate heard a gurgling sound, and suspecting that the vessel had sprung a leak, began investigation. He found it in the stern of the vessel on the starboard side. The bulk-head in the mates room was knocked out, the cabin floor was cut away and by crawling down upon the grain the leak was discovered. The hole was not larger than a mans finger, but through it the water was rushing at a lively rate to the damage of the grain. The leak was stopped by a plug, but the mischief had already been done, as when the vessel was discharged at the M.T. Co's wharf it was found that 196 bushels were injured. The Undine had been a staunch craft in her day, but she now needs overhauling. The Captain of the Undine paid the value of the 196 bushels, and will now be recquired either to pay the duty or throw it overboard. One gentleman offered him 10 cents for the damaged grain - the largest amount yet suggested.

Damaged Grain - At Portsmouth the schr. T.R. Merritt had after transhipping her cargo 76 bushels of damaged wheat. The grain was not much injured, and its condition warranted the payment of the duty.

Among the vessels consigned to the Kingston & Montreal Forwarding Company lately two had large quantities of damaged grain. The sch. Mary Merritt had 110 bushels, upon which the duty was paid. It looks wasteful to throw grain overboard, but still the grain will bring but a small amount after the duty of 15 cents per bushel is paid.

The sch. J.G. Worts arrived on Saturday and about midnight was discharged. She had 100 bushels damaged. There being no landing waiter present the vessel unfurled her canvas and left with the dutiable goods aboard. She was afterwards compelled to throw the grain overboard or be liable to seizure. [Just here we may mention an important fact. The manager of a forwarding company is expected to act as landing waiter in the absence of the proper officials, and to report all damaged grain to the custom's officers. If he does not the company which he represents is held liable for the duty].

Other vessels are reported to have smaller quantities of grain which were destroyed. The fish in the harbour are having good food, and plenty of it. In all probability 300 bushels of grain have been thrown overboard within a few weeks.

Steam Yacht Swan - On Monday evening the new steam yacht Swan was christened by Mr. M. Doran, one of the owners, and yesterday a trial trip was made with satisfactory results; 60' x 9', built by Robinson & Sons - details of construction, etc.

Marine News.

The steambarge Carlyle, with 3 barges, having lath and iron ore, arrived from Ottawa today.

The harbour presents quite an animated appearance today. Another large fleet of vessels is en route hither.

The sch. Anna M. Foster, with 115 tons of coal for Messrs. Swift & Co., reached here today.

M.T. Co. - The sch. Victor from Toledo, arrived with 16,400 bush wheat; and the prop. Zealand from Toledo, lightened 4,067 bush wheat.

Passed Through the Welland Canal for Kingston: schrs. Oriental, Toledo, timber; Erie Stewart, do., wheat; Pierrepont, do. wheat (sic)

Called at Swifts - str. Corinthian, from Montreal; Algerian from Hamilton; Cuba from Toronto; Persia from St. Catharines; Armenia from Ogdensburg.

The sch. Folger arrived here yesterday from Oswego with a cargo of flour for Montreal. It was transhipped here. It was reloaded with lath for Charlotte.

The sch. Herbert Dudley, Toledo, 15,000 bushels wheat; Mary Taylor, Port Dalhousie, 9,483 bush wheat, and Twilight, Toronto, 13,500 bush corn, arrived today.

How long are Hon. Mr. Powell's iniquituous regulations respecting the destruction of damaged grain to be enforced? Is it sensible or right that such enormous quantities should be cast into the lake?

Today the Magdalla's hatches were opened and elevating began. It is not known positively, but it is computed that from 700 to 800 bushels will be damaged. The vessel is from Chicago, and during her trip hither suffered severe weather. The amount is so large that probably the company with which she is insured will be called upon to make good the amount lost.

The tug Active departed for Montreal with barges D.L., 10,275 bush wheat; Milwaukee, 23,500 bush corn; Detroit 19,562 bush wheat; Richelieu 9950 bush wheat; Ontario 15,996 bush wheat; Charles 10,725 bush wheat.

Sailors Union - This afternoon the sailors had a conference regarding the wages question. The Toronto branch advanced seamen's pay to $1.25 on Lake Ontario, and $1.50 through the canal. The Kingston Union will, no doubt, follow suit.

Wind Wafts - on Saturday evening the steamers Alexandra and Varuna tried their speed up the Bay of Quinte. The Varuna won.

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