The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 24, 1880

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p.2 Belleville Regatta - Katie Gray first, Emma second at fifth annual regatta of Bay of Quinte Yacht Club.


Marine Notes.

The barges Minnie and Star have arrived with salt from Montreal.

The Rideau Canal is so very low that its navigation has become quite difficult in some places.

The yacht J.F. Dayan arrived this morning from Sacketts Harbour with a cargo of water melons.

Another attempt will be made to remove the wreck of the schooner Trenton, now lying at the entrance to Brighton harbour.

The steamer City of Belleville has been hauled out at Portsmouth, and will receive a new wheel and other repairs.

Capt. Saunders, of the sch. Eureka, had his finger bruised by the fall of a tie, while accompanying Capt. Taylor in making an inspection of the vessel.

Swifts - Passing Steamers: Algerian from Hamilton; Cuba from Ogdensburg; Ocean from Montreal; Armenia from Toronto; Peerless from Ottawa.

The steam yacht Clarence touched here this morning. She had on board a party of New Yorkers, who intend to spend a short season in hunting and fishing.

Today steam pumps were despatched from Garden Island for Gananoque, where they will be employed in raising the sunken steamer Queen, purchased by Capt. Allen.

Montreal Transportation Co. Arrivals: sch. S. Neelon, Detroit, 22,270 bush wheat; barge Cayuga, Oswego, 543 tons coal; a barge from Oswego, 609 tons coal.

Passed Through the Welland Canal for Kingston: schrs. Hyderabad, Chicago, corn; Mary Battle, Chicago, corn; barges Grimsby, Chicago, corn; Clyde, Chicago, wheat; steam barge Clinton, Chicago, corn.

Capt. J. Donnelly, chief of Calvin & Son's wrecking party, left for Owen Sound, near which place the prop Lake Erie is ashore. He will superintend the work necessary to release the distressed steamer.

There is some talk about a weekly steamboat line being established between Brockville and Kingston. The St. Lawrence Steamboat Co. will probably put the Princess Louise in commission upon this route next season.

The tug Bronson arrived with 5 barges from Montreal, light, and left with the Star 20,000 bush corn; Harvest, 16,000 bush wheat; Kinghorn, 21,000 bush corn. The tug Active left with barges Cayuga carrying 1,152 tons coal; barge Colborne, 21,000 bush corn; and Detroit, 19,000 bush wheat.

Yachting Notes: The Belleville Intelligencer refers to Mr. G. Offord as that plucky and persistent yachtsman who for years has endeavoured to snatch the laurels away from the local fleet and would have done so at Toronto last year but for an accident, which none regretted more than the people of Belleville.

The yacht Una is commanded by Capt. Dick Belton. She went to Belleville but did not enter for the race.

The yacht Emma will be sailed by Capt. Cuthbert in the regatta at Belleville today.

Price of Barley - The price of barley has dropped 5 cents per bushel in Oswego. 78 cents is now the prevailing figure. The American dealers are well aware of the fact that Canadian grain merchants have no other port to which to ship.

Fish Market - more developments.

Insurance Management.

The Chicago Inter-Ocean has also been misled in regard to the way in which the agents of insurance companies at Kingston do their business.

"It is most laughable to hear the cargo department of an insurance company complaining against the hull department of the same company. The cargo department of the particular company alluded to is managed by agents of Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, Toledo, etc. and the hull department by agents at Kingston, Montreal etc., the nominal manager of the company allowing the agents generally to run him as they please. Up here the cargo agents insure grain for little or nothing, and down there - on the St. Lawrence - the hull agents insure old traps of barges for little or nothing, and when the grain from here gets into the old barges the latter sink, and the company has to pay for cargo and hull too. This looks bad for insurance management, and shows clearly that there is their commissions and nothing more."

Now if the Inter-Ocean will give a list of the barges in which any grain has been wet or lost on the river it will oblige the insurers and forwarders. The letter of Marine Inspector Taylor clearly shows that not a cent of insurance has been paid by any companies during during the years of 1879-80 for loss or damage in grain shipments, except in two instances. If the western record were as good the Chicago papers would have reason to expect a compliment.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 24, 1880