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

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p.2 (Editorial) In the region of the Welland Canal, considerable interest is manifested in the Sunday labour question. The Government has ordered or permitted the opening of the Canal for Sunday traffic, and the Christian element of the community is naturally enough indignant at the unseemly innovation. The protestants against this species of Sabbath desecration are memorializing the Government to shut down on it, and in their efforts to abate the evil they will command the sympathy of the entire Christian community. As compared with many parts of the United States, Canada has at present an enviable reputation for the decencies of Sabbath observances, and the departure from this habit in the matter of a public work like the Welland Canal cannot but have a demoralizing effect upon the moral tone of the community in this regard. We hope that the resistance to this piece of governmental laxity will prove successful, and that the authority to open and run the Canal on Sunday will be promptly revoked.

Storm Signalling (Editorial) - The terrible havoc made by the recent gale will give fresh importance to the system of storm signalling, and will surely induce mariners to pay greater attention than heretofore to the warnings issued by the meteorological department. The fact that the signals may not in every instance be reliable is no reason why commanders of vessels should not derive all possible benefit from them such as they are, and there is no question but that they are even now of incalculable value in their premonitions of approaching storms. Vessel men should at any rate give themselves and their crews the benefit of these forecastings and not venture out, especially at this uncertain and stormy season of the year, when thus officially warned of the approach of the tempest. The recent destructive storm was distinctly foretold by the observatory department and it is fair to suppose that had the warning been duly heeded many valuable lives would have been saved and the destruction of a vast amount of property averted. In any event, and despite the utmost human vigilances, life and property will be lost in seafaring pursuits, but it is none the less the duty of all who are interested to see to it that by the adoption of every possible precaution the aggregate of such losses may be reduced to a minimum.

The Snow Bird - The following accident occurred to the crew of the sch. Snowbird ashore at Oswego: When the tug Morey's line was being let go it picked up the yawl and smashed it on the cabin. The yawl struck Captain Beard a hard blow on the back of the head and neck but did not disable him. Daniel Sullivan, the cook, was almost frightened to death. When coming out of the cabin a sea boarded the vessel, knocking a door violently against him, felling him to the deckload and almost washing him overboard. He was in a very exhausted condition. He is an old man and is said to have been a soldier at Fort Ontario several years ago.

p.3 The Bessie Barwick, timber-laden for Kingston, dismasted in October storm, is lying above lock 3 awaiting the arrival of the steamer Argyle, which is expected to tow her to Kingston to be unladen.

Marine Notes.

The sch. Oliver Mowat will probably winter at Chicago.

The sch. Huron is loading at Swifts 300 tons of iron ore for Charlotte.

The sch. Siberia was towed up to Collinsby this morning from Garden Island.

Drum ordered up at Lake Stations. A gale is approaching from the south-west.

The str. Varuna received a new wheel at the Kingston Foundry on Saturday.

Mr. John O'Shea was paid $25 for recovering the anchor of the sch. Lily Hamilton.

Many vessels in the west are laying up for the winter on account of the advance of wages.

29 men and 6 boys have been rescued by the Oswego life-saving station during the present month.

The sch. T.C. Street has been abandoned, and for the present time the wrecking operation has been withdrawn.

The sch. Nellie Sherwood will be stripped and winter on the beach on Weller's Bay, where she ran ashore.

The str. Hiram A. Calvin released the Dundee, ashore near Brockville, and towed her here for repairs.

The sch. Annie Falconer, ashore on the west bank of the channel at Belleville, was towed off on Saturday morning by the tug Sherwood.

The sch. T.C. Street, ashore at Wellington, once made a voyage across the Atlantic, and was once capsized.

The prop. City of Montreal started for Oswego yesterday but had to run back on account of the snow storm.

The tangled rigging of the sch. Norway is being cleared up. The steam pumps will be used to raise the vessel.

It is believed the Zealand disaster took place about 40 miles west of Long Point, and 15 miles from the North Shore.

The sch. White Oak, from Oswego with 286 tons of coal, and the Minnie Blakely, 223 tons of coal, arrived this morning for Swift.

M.T. Co. - Arrivals: prop. City of Montreal, Toronto, 13,524 bush wheat; sch. Cataract, Port Stanley, 13,019 bush of wheat.

The sch. M.C. Upper did not go up the lake in tow of the prop. Albion as announced, but was towed into Gunn's wharf, where she will receive a new suit of canvas.

The sch. Erie Stewart, which left Toronto Point on Thursday morning with timber and lumber for Oswego, has not been heard from yet. She was out with the Snowbird, which went ashore at Oswego.

The Pierreponts time for leaving Kingston for Gananoque has been changed to 3:30 o'clock. On the return she leaves Gananoque Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, at 7 o'clock a.m. sharp.

The prop. Lincoln, from Chicago with 17,000 bushels of corn and the barges Lisgar, 21,800 bush corn and Gibraltar 18,500 bush corn, arrived yesterday consigned to the K. & M. Forwarding Company.

The str. Kingsford, for whose safety fears have been entertained, arrived at Oswego yesterday morning, she having been windbound in Hay Bay during the recent storm. She reports having experienced no particularly hard storm. The crew is safe.

A Floating Terror - The sch. Mowbray is ashore at Erie and pounding considerably. Efforts to get her off have been unsuccessful. Some fear she may explode, having a cargo of 20 tons of nitro-glycerine. The Mowbray was built about 40 years ago by Mr. William Power, formerly of Quebec, now of Kingston, for packet service. For several years she has been engaged in the transport of nitro-glycerine. Three years since she wintered in Cataraqui Bay, but Kingstonians were not aware of the fact. The Erie people are greatly alarmed. The explosion is likely to do great mischief.

A Life Station Wanted - One of the most dangerous places on Lake Ontario is the Ducks. Many crafts have been damaged and lost in passing this point, and the Government is urgently requested to erect a life-saving station on one of the Islands. The American government has found such installations advantageous. The life-station at Oswego is an example of the value.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 15, 1880