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

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Marine Notes.

M.T. Co. Arrivals - prop. Clinton, from Chicago, 16,000 bushels wheat; barge Clyde, Chicago, 16,000 bush corn; barge Grimsby, Chicago, 19,716 bush corn.

The water in the river near Prescott is so low that the barges Cayuga and Oswego, with 1200 tons of coal, had to lighten before they could proceed. The tug Glide on her last trip took in tow a light barge for that purpose.

The sch. Anna M. Foster, left on Wednesday evening with 5,500 bush of barley for Oswego. She ran over in less than 6 hours. She arrived back this morning with 145 tons of coal. The round trip was made in 38 hours.

Aground On a Pier - Twenty-five years ago an old pier was built by A. & D. Shaw which projected about 50' out from what is better known as the G.T.R. wharf. The pier was built in the shape of a T. It rotted away until now nothing remains but a part of the cribwork, which is about 10 or 12 feet below the surface of the water. During the Summer and Fall season the water falls and vessels have to be carefull in passing over it. About 6 o'clock this morning the prop. Argyle came into the harbour having the sch. St. Andrews in tow. The prop. left the sch. outside while she ran into Swifts wharf to deliver freight. In backing out the steamer ran upon the sunken pier. The prop. Prussia shortly afterwards got a line attached to the Argyle and pulled her off. This is not the 1st time vessels have run upon this pier. There is no buoy to designate it. The prop. was drawing 11' 6" when she left the wharf.

p.3 Arrival of the Folger - The vessel reported to be ashore on the Main Ducks proved to be the B.W. Folger. She arrived here this morning at 4 o'clock in tow of the Active. Capt. B.J. Ryan states that on Monday evening about 6 o'clock the schooner left Oswego for Kingston. There was a fresh breeze and the vessel sped along in fine time. After running some distance the captain went to see what time it was and found that the clock indicated 8:20 p.m. Later he went to the clock and found that it still indicated 8:20 o'clock. The captain was now in a dilemma. He imagined, however, that they were near the Ducks and hauled the vessel to the westward so as to clear these dangerous Islands. He had no sooner done so than the vessel struck and went hard on the rocky shore. Whether it was Monday night or Tuesday morning the captain was unable to say. On Tuesday there was a heavy sea and the crew were unable to reach the shore. A fisherman named Alvin Davis, from Wolfe Island, attempted to rescue them and got within a few boat lengths of the vessel when he was capsized. He succeeded in getting ashore safely. About dusk on Tuesday evening the gale abated and the crew succeeded in getting ashore. They were hospitably received by the fisherman. Yesterday morning Capt. Ryan borrowed the fisherman's skiff to come to Kingston. He met the tug Active about a mile from Pidgeon Island. He returned to the vessel and the steam pump was put aboard. About 60 or 70 tons of coal was taken out and put in the lighter when the schooner was floated without difficulty. A start was at once made for Kingston. This morning 2 gangs of men and teams were engaged in getting the coal out of the vessel. The pump was kept at work and a very large stream of water poured out. When the coal was taken out the str. Pierrepont took the vessel to the marine railway for repairs.

The Hastings - The survey of the str. Hastings has been completed. The damages are estimated at $2500. During the coming winter the steamer will be thoroughly repaired. The upper part of her saloon will be taken off and the ladies cabin extended to the guards. She will thus become a fine excursion boat. The Hero also will be overhauled. Her cabin will be extended to the guards and the upper saloon remodelled. The machinery will be remodelled so that a speed of 14 m.p.h. may be attained.

The Murray Canal - An officer on the Passport has been telling some youth at Toronto that the opening of the Murray Canal would be a great benefit to navigation; and would give the line another port which would add to the traffic returns. The writer closes, however, by saying that he fears the canal will only be enjoyed in the millennium.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 29, 1880