The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 20, 1880

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p.3 Up the Lake - a trip from Toronto to Duluth and return, details of scenery along the waterway.

A Wharf Scene - Some vessel men became much annoyed recently because it was stated that the forwarding companies were delayed in their elevating business by the chronic indisposition of Canadian captains to leave the slip as soon as the vessel cargoes were unloaded. In the beginning of the week the manager of one company was considerably put about by the obstructive location of a schooner, which could not be removed in consequence of the absence of the master. Yesterday another vessel was allowed to remain too long in a place which was wanted for another craft. The wharf manager stepped on board and asked a couple of men to assist him in moving her. The mate was on shore, and they hesitated to act without his authority. Time was valuable; business could not be blocked unnecessarily, and so several Frenchmen on adjoining barges were summoned to aid in removing the vessel to another mooring. The end of the wharf had only been reached when the captain made his appearance. He had been in the cabin, and became greatly angered because his functions had been so unceremoniously usurped. He ordered the representative of the forwarding firm and his men to go ashore. As they did not obey him he made a race at one and attempted to take him by the throat, but was warded off. He then picked up a capstan bar and made a blow at two of the 'pirates' but missed them. He contemplated a second wrestle when a bright thought seemed to pass through his mind and he quietly disembarked and proceeded up street. Meeting another officer of the same company the captain remarked that he was just on his way to Muckleston's, that he intended to purchase 2 revolvers and make the outside manager fight a duel. The circumstance was discussed but no one thought the sanguinary vessel man meant what he said. Fancy the sensation, however, when the duellist returned. He exhibited 2 shooting irons, (nickle-plated), valued at perhaps $5.00 each, and ball cartridges, of which the offending person was requested to take his choice and repair to a place where they could blaze away at each other without danger of shooting others not involved in the personal encounter. The honour of the vessel commander had been injured, he intimated, and nothing but mortal combat would satisfy his yearning for satisfaction. The two men repaired to the wharf, and stood for a few moments discussing details and preliminaries. The captain had put his revolver in his coat pocket. A light-fingered spectator robbed him of it and disappeared. Bye & bye he felt for the weapon, and missed it. As he realized that he was inciting the party of the second part to make an attack without being able to defend himself he became somewhat alarmed. He could not account for his loss of the instrument of death which he had cocked for instant use. He felt that he was at the mercy of his opponent, and instantly weakened, having suddenly remembered that he was wanted at the telegraph office, and as suddenly forgotten to let any one walk on the tail of his coat. Two good citizens now find themselves in possession of articles of which they were in heed but not previously possessed, while the captain feels sadly the humiliation he has suffered and thinks harshly of his investment in the very things which made a civil man of him. These facts goes (sic) to show that the captains are not so much hurried as they appear to be, and that the delay occasioned in this case was without a palliating circumstance.

Marine News.

For Kingston & Montreal Forwarding Co. - sch Niagara, Chicago, 16,259 bush corn.

The harbour continues to have a lively appearance, the transhipping companies having all they can do to forward the grain to Montreal without delay.

The opinion is confirmed that the yacht Phoenix, of Charlotte, was stolen and that the thieves have been drowned. The Rochester Express is not very consolatary when it says "Peace be to their bones."

The grain rates on Lake Ontario are not improving as on the Upper Lakes. The rate on grain from Toronto to Kingston is 2 cents on corn, and 2 1/2 cents on wheat. Vessel men talk of 3 cents as what the rate should be.

The sch. Marquis was towed here yesterday by the Robb. In entering the harbour the vessel was taken between the buoys, and of course run on the bar. The tug spent 2 hours in hauling it off. The cargo was not damaged.

Arrivals for the St. Lawrence & Chicago Company - schrs. Hartford, Chicago, 21,000 bush wheat; Speedwell, Toronto, 14,700 bush wheat; Annie Falconer, Port Dalhousie, 12,287 bush wheat; Cataract, Toledo, 13,100 bush wheat; S. Neelon, Chicago, 22,295 bush do.; Albacore, Toledo, 23,590 bush wheat.

Vessels Passed Through the Welland Canal for Kingston: schrs. Singapore, wheat; Liberia, Elk Rapids, timber; Norway, Elk Rapids, timber; St. Andrews, Toledo, wheat; Lewis Ross, Toledo, wheat; Emerald, Detroit, wheat; Undine, Toledo, wheat; Prussia, Elk Rapids, timber; E.R.C. Proctor, Toledo, corn; Vienna, Toledo, wheat.

The vessel arrivals for the M.T. Co. since Wednesday are: Lem Ellsworth, Chicago, 23,341 bush wheat; J.G. Worts, Toledo, 22,998 bush wheat; W.J. Preston, Toledo, 15,554 bush wheat; Pride of America, Toledo, 21,000 bush do.; Mary, Toledo, 14,340 bush do.; Victor, Toledo, 16,500 bush do.; Hercules, Toledo, 17,200 bush do.; Twilight, Toronto, 12,599 bush do.; Ontario, Port Dalhousie, 13,500 bush corn; Lady Macdonald, Toledo, 17,200 bush wheat; Marquis, Toronto, 30,889 bush do.; Antelope, Toledo, 19,000 bushels do.; The following propellors lightened: Celtic, Toledo, 4000 bush wheat; Ontario, Toledo, 4148 bush do.; St. Magnus, Port Dalhousie, 8433 bush do.; Scotia, Chicago, 4800 bush do.

The departures are: tug Bronson, with barges McCarthy 23,240 bush wheat; Montreal, 18675 bush do.; Jean (bark), 16,600 bush corn; Chicago, 19,000 bush do.; A. Demars, 8600 bush wheat; Waterloo, 11,650 bush do.; Ontario, 17,375 bush do.; The tug Glide left with the barges Milwaukee, 22,000 bush wheat; Detroit, 21,500 bush do.; Lorne, 16,000 bush do.; P.Q., 11,500 bush do.; Howard, 12,000 bush corn; Immaculate, 11,500 bush wheat.

On a Fishing Cruise - Last evening the steam yacht Minnie, with 6 smll boats in tow, arrived from Alexandria Bay - details.

Capt. Cuthbert, the well-known yacht-builder, has made up his mind to remove to Toronto.

Barge Larceny - A lad employed on the barge Winona has informed the Montreal police that he was robbed of $11 while the vessel was making the run between Kingston and Montreal. The money was taken from his trunk, and he suspects some of the hands employed on the barge, but does not wish to have them arrested.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 20, 1880