The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 29, 1880

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p.1 Bay of Quinte Navigation - Notice is given in the Canada gazette of an application for the incorporation of "The Trenton and Bay of Quinte Navigation Company". The objects for which incorporation are sought are: "to purchase and own steamers, and to run the same on the Bay of Quinte and other navigable waters of Canada, and to rent, lease and purchase land, docks, wharves and warehouses situated on the said bay and navigable waters." The operations of the company are to be carried on in the Province of Ontario, and the chief place of business of the said company is to be Trenton, in the County of Hastings, and Province of Ontario. The capital stock of the said Company is to be $8,500, in 425 shares of $20 each. The applicants are as follows: Jonathan A. Porte, of the village of Trenton, master of the steamer Varuna, James W. Anderson, Philip Roblin, Wm. G. Stafford, and John Howell, all of the township of Ameliasburg, in the county of Prince Edward, in the Province of Ontario, farmers, said 5 to be the first directors of said Company.

p.2 The Alleged Coquette Hoax - yacht was not lost off Kingston as printed in Toronto Mail.

p.3 The Undine's Cargo - There was quite a fandango on board the schooner Undine regarding the disposal of the damaged grain. A landing waiter boarded her at 1 o'clock and demanded that the captain should either pay the duty or destroy the grain. The captain refused to do either the one thing or the other, and prepared the vessel for departure. The landing waiter kept aboard and was carried out into the harbour. After some dickering the captain, finally, about 8 p.m., paid the duty amounting to $29.40. The unreasonableness of the tax was clearly shown in this case. In the first place the vessel was 'docked' $215.60 for the grain, then the duty imposed was $29.40, making a total of $245.00. The captain was offered the munificent sum of $10 for the grain, exclusive of the duty, so that he could only make $10 by the transaction. Formerly he would have received probably $40 for the cargo and thus have been better indemnified for the loss sustained by the damage of the grain. The customs regulations are calculated to do the transferring trade of this harbour an injury. No local dues are imposed upon vessels entering the port, but the tariff is ruinous in its application to grain which has deteriorated in value in consequence of a wetting, however slight. A duty tax like that which the captain of the Undine had to pay is more serious than any harbour dues. American grain will be more largely shipped via Oswego if the Customs orders are not somewhat modified.

Badly Damaged Grain - After the schooner Magdala had lightered at the M.T. Co's wharf, it was found that 715 bushels of her cargo had been damaged, the largest amount reported by any vessel so far this season. The captain informed us that the vessel experienced very severe weather en route from Lake Michigan. She took a week to make a trip which should have been made in 2 days. During the storm there were several vessel accidents. Today Captains Allen and Lewis made a survey of the vessel and cargo and arrived at the conclusion that the damage had been caused by stress of weather. The schooner will consequently not be called upon to pay for the damaged portion of her cargo. The matter lies between the underwriters and the owners of the wheat. The duty upon the corn was paid, amounting to $53.62. At 2 o'clock today it was sold by auction by J.E. Hutcheson. Mr. T. Hanley purchased it for 9 1/4 cents per bushel. He will be recquired to remove it within 12 hours. After the payment of the duty (7 1/2 cents) the sellers of the grain only realized 1 3/4 cents per bushel by the transaction.

Advance of Wages - Yesterday the Kingston branch of the Sailors' Union advanced the wages to $1.25 on the lake and $1.50 through the Welland Canal. As soon as this became known the sailors aboard several vessels struck. Those on the schooner Dundee retired and the sch. left for Port Dalhousie with but the mate and two others. The schooners L.D. Bullock and Victor paid the advance asked for and left this morning. On the sch. Victor it is reported considerable trouble occurred. She was manned by non-Union men who, it was said, were compelled to join the Union before the schooner was permitted to leave port. Some fellow cut the vessel's foresail but not so much as to prevent its use. The vessel left this morning at 7 o'clock. On the schooner Twilight the men struck as she was about to leave the harbour. The vessel came to an anchor off the shipyard. The captain shipped the men - Frenchmen - at Toronto, for the round trip, giving the then going wages, $1.00 per day. Articles were made out to this effect. The captain will compell them to continue the trip.

Wind Wafts - The marine arrivals last evening were few in number. There are at present very few vessels bound for here.

The sch. Vienna, from Toledo, wheat laden, was the only vessel which passed through the Welland Canal for Kingston yesterday.

The sch. Jessie H. Breck was put on the dry-dock at Port Dalhousie for repairs, and it was discovered a large stone had bulged through the bottom. It was easily removed.

Lock No. 1, on the Welland Canal, gave way yesterday morning, delaying navigation until 6 in the evening, when it was fixed so that vessels could pass through. It will be thoroughly fixed today.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 29, 1880