The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 22, 1880

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Harbour Notes.

New lumber washed from the deck of some vessel during the gales came ashore at Wolfe Island last week and was secured by some of the farmers.

If the Richelieu and Ontario Navigation Co. pay only 5% dividend, it gives nearly 8 1/4 as an investment, if it pay 6% which is not among the improbabilities, it will be equal to a 10% investment.

Sailors wages are now $3 per day, not a cent too much considering the work to be performed.

The captain of the prop Alma Munro says that he laid at South Bay three days waiting for favourable weather.

The ice in the Beauharnois canal yesterday was reported to be 3" in thickness, and that in the Lachine canal 1 1/2 ".

Another vessel, supposed to be the Queen of the Lakes, is at anchor 6 miles east of the piers at Frenchman's Bay and not far out.

Sch. Guelph is on the beach 3 miles east of Frenchman's Bay. The crew got off all safe. This vessel also had coal from below for Toronto.

The ice on the Welland Canal is about 3" thick. The Superintendent has tugs engaged in breaking it to let vessels through. There is a large fleet bound from Chicago to the Canal.

Our canal special reports the wind blowing a gale from the south-west, with a heavy snow-storm. The captain of the sch. Ganges, which arrived there today, reports about 70 vessels at anchor at Long Point.

A raft of 5 drams of elm, coming through Lake St. Peter in tow of str. Rapid on Sunday evening, was wrecked by the heavy storm. It is feared that it will be a total loss. The proprietors live in Kingston, says the telegram - Calvin & Son, we presume.

Sailing is not only very unpleasant but most dangerous. The few vessels which came in yesterday were coated with ice. Their sails fairly glistened in the sunlight. A couple of captains, though contrary to expectations, are seriously thinking of laying up here.

The captain of the steam barge Carlisle, from Mill Point, reports that he saw a small schooner ashore near the Brothers, and that ice was formed on her rigging and masts as high as the cross-trees. Her name was unknown.

Several steamers have been stormbound. At Swifts wharf alone this morning the props Lake Michigan, Acadia, Scotia, Calabria, and Bienbenu (sic), were awaiting a calming of the storm for the lake. The prop Cuba was also detained, but proceeded westward at an early hour.

Sylvestor Bros., of Toronto city, yesterday received a telegram from Frenchman's Bay informing them that the Wave Crest was ashore. The message was from Captain James Taylor, commanding the Wave Crest, and was as follows: "Got vessel between piers, scuttled, laying easy, no sea to hurt." The Wave Crest had coal from Oswego for Toronto.

A Sailor's Life - The sch. Garibaldi, which was anchored at Presque Isle Harbour, broke her cable and drifted ashore on Weller's Beach yesterday. There were 6 men and a woman on board. A boat from Brighton went out twice and took 4 of the crew off, but was unable to go again, so the remaining 3 were in the rigging all night. This morning the boat went out again, when one of the men was found frozen to death, and the other two very much exhausted, and their feet and legs frozen.

Vessel Obstruction - Today 2 attempts were made to blow up the hull of the old schooner Governor, sunken below the Cataraqui bridge and an obstruction to navigation. The two discharges of nitroglycerine were not productive of the desired result.

Grain Trade - The sch. Forest Queen was loading, at Richardsons, 9000 bushels of No. 1 barley for Oswego.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 22, 1880