The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 18, 1880

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Marine Notes.

The prop Argyle towed the dismasted Bessie Barwick to Collinsby.

Vessel men are asking 3 cents per bushel freight for barley from here to Oswego.

The forwarding companies are settling their barges in winter quarters below the bridge.

The sch. Erie Stewart arrived at Oswego about noon yesterday with the loss of perhaps 1000 feet of her deck load.

The sch. Sligo has reached Port Dalhousie from Kingston with fore topmast and jibboom carried away in the late storm. She will go to St. Catharines for winter quarters and repairs.

The Welland Canal works are making slow progress. According to the contract let in July last for the bridges, two were to have been in place by the 15th of October but as a matter of fact work on one of them is yet to begin.

It is thought that the schooner Olive Branch, which was sunk on Hennessy's Shoal, has gone to pieces, as pieces of wreckage supposed to have been from her came ashore near Indian Pt.

The sch. Anna M. Foster will load barley for Oswego. Capt. Allen hopes to make 2 more trips to that port, and afterwards to ply between here and Cape Vincent until navigation closes.

The anxiety of the people of Erie on account of the sch. Mowbray, loaded with nitro-glycerine, has been dispelled by the removal of her cargo. The Mowbray being waterlogged, it was impossible to get her afloat without unloading her.

The sch. Richardson, loaded with nitro-glycerine for the Canada Pacific Railway on her arrival at Thunder Bay, had to anchor off Prince Arthur's Landing until the Frances Smith broke the ice in the Kaministiqua River.

Foundered Zealand - A fisherman reported to J. Redmond, Inspector of Fisheries for the county of Prince Edward, that a body had come ashore at Point Petre yesterday having a life-preserver attached with the name of steamer Zealand marked on it. Another fisherman reports having found an empty chest with the lid torn off and the name of Zealand upon it.

Some 2 dozen barrels of apples, part of the cargo of the prop Zealand, consigned to Messrs. Kirkpatrick & Cookson, of Montreal, have been picked up and delivered. Although the apples had been underwater for a considerable time they are not seriously damaged.

Captain Zealand within the last few months had his homestead improved and enlarged, and was quite abe to retire from active work and enjoy the fruits of his labour. Instead of this his family are denied the poor privelege of being able to give his body Christian burial.

An incident worthy of record was told in a vessel broker's office in Detroit on Tuesday concerning Capt. Ed Zealand. A few years since the sch. Hercules, which he then owned, ran into a sch., grain-laden, near Kingston, causing her to sink and involving a loss of $13,000. Satisfied that it was the fault of his vessel, he kept on paying as he could until this season he paid off the last dollar of indebtedness in full. His word was always as good as his bond.

Beaching Vessels - The Chicago Inter-Ocean holds that "if the masters of canal vessels have good coverage and common sense they would beach their vessels instead of foundering outside, or foundering to their anchors near the beach, sacrificing the lives of all on board. When a vessel must go down or be wrecked, the location of the disaster, when possible, should be where the crew can escape. One life is worth more than any vessel and cargo dare be! The great trouble is that masters are afraid they will be charged with cowardice if they do not "hang out" to the last minute; and considering the mothers, wifes, and families at home, this very fear of being called cowards is the greatest possible cowardice that can be. The owners of vessels never have treated masters' widows very well, and in cases of emergency masters should think of their families and the families of the crew, and not of the owners at all." Very good advice but not always applicable. How can a vessel be beached when disabled by a gale, and left in the trough of the rolling seas?

Life-Saving Station - Mariners are united in their advocacy of the erection of life-saving stations. The only question upon which there are differences of opinion is where should they be located. After many interviews with the lake captains we are disposed to favour the place of one at Long Point, near which more wrecks occur than any where on Lake Ontario. A station here would be contiguous to Presque Isle, Wellington Bay, etc., and besides more help could be got from the mainland than could be expected if the station were fixed at the Ducks. One captain says that after sailors pass Long Point they feel safe from all storms.

An old tar thinks there should not be one station, but several of them along the Canadian shore, especially at Pidgeon Island, Nine Mile Pt. and Long Point. It is said that a premium should be given for each life saved, but the idea is not popular.

Wind Wafts - The Upper Canada steamers belonging to the Richelieu company have all been laid up. The Quebec boats will run for some time yet.

There is an agitation in favour of a life station at the False Ducks. The Ontario thinks hardy fishermen of that locality would not hesitate to "man the life boat" in case of shipwreck.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 18, 1880