The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 15, 1880

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Marine Notes.

The harbour is quite dull, a small list of arrivals reported.

The sch. B.W. Folger left for Charlotte with 800,000 lath.

Four barges with 75,000 bush wheat and corn left for Montreal today.

The sch. C.T. Von Straubenzie with 22,481 bush corn came in this morning.

The steam barge Milo brought 3400 bush rye down the canal for a local house today.

Very few vessels yesterday passed through the canal, and none of them are for Kingston.

The scow John Wesley is unloading sundries on the esplanade. The crew are not all Methodists.

More barley has been shipped from Kingston this season than from any other port on the Canadian side.

The sch. William Elgin is loading 250 tons iron ore for Charlotte. Some big 'stones' are being put on board.

The props Celtic, from Detroit; Lake Ontario from Toledo; Michigan from Detroit; Scotia from Chicago, lightened and proceeded to Montreal.

Passing Steamers at Swifts: Corinthian from Montreal; Calabria from Montreal; Cuba from Ogdensburg; Armenia from Toronto; Passport from Hamilton; Prussia from St. Catharines.

The Sailors Union at this port is about demoralized. Frank Shephard endeavored to make himself President, but was unpopular. He left the city in disgust on the sch. Bangalore. Frank may be a good sailor but to be President he don't boom up well. Here is an example of his composition:

Mr. --- is hereby initiated by acclamation in Kingston, 13th Sept.1880 at meeting held in hall. Frank Shephard, No. 1814 Chicago Branch, a large meeting held. paid nothing. please accept him as a brother.

This brother had previously asked the late President for a card, but was refused as it was beyond his power to give it.

Wind Wafts - The smoke from the burning bushes still impedes boats in travelling at night near Gananoque.

Declining Trade - In 1878 from 1st August to 11th Sept., there were shipped from Detroit to Kingston 749,700 bushels of wheat; during a similar period in 1879 713,111 bushels were shipped; in 1880 only 135,244. Nearly as bad a falling off is shown in shipments to Oswego and Buffalo, while the quantity sent by rail (especially over the Grand Trunk) have increased. The evident lesson is that the cars are gradually supplanting the natural route to the ocean, the Welland Canal included. This is not comforting to a seaport town like Kingston.

Yacht Races - This fall is not to pass without a number of yacht races occurring. Hamilton leads the way, followed by Belleville, and now a grand regatta is announced to take place at Charlotte shortly. The second class race will be open to Canadian yachts. The Ella of Oswego, and the Ida of Charlotte will enter for the 1st class race. If it could be arranged to have a good yacht race here while the fair is being held it would add to the interest of the week.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 15, 1880