The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 25, 1880

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p.3 A despatch from Detroit says that there are 123 vessels in Lake Erie, St. Clair River and Lake Huron frozen up, with slight chances of reaching their destination. There is no water within sight of Detroit.

A body found on the shore at Peter Point has been identified as that of Demas Lajice, mate of the ill-fated str. Zealand.

Capt. Saunders was not fined for contempt of court in Port Hope as stated some time ago. The offender in this respect was another person.

Marine Notes.

The ice in Lake St. Peter is 5 inches thick.

The sch. Flora Carveth will load 14,000 bush barley for Oswego at 3 cents. The Anna M. Foster will also load here.

It is said that the Shickluna and Prussian, now at Montreal, will not get back here this year. The prop Argyle is frozen in somewhere in the Beauharnois Canal, and not likely to get out before the spring thaw.

The prop Scotia (Captain Scott) has done pretty well this season. She made 9 round trips between Chicago and Montreal; two trips from Lake Ontario ports to Montreal; one trip from here to Ogdensburg; and one trip from Toledo to St. Catharines.

The sch. Cataract started out for Charlotte on Monday evening last. She was loaded with iron ore. She got as far as South Bay, where she laid until Tuesday night. She got up within 35 miles of Charlotte when she was becalmed, and remained so for some time. A gale followed, driving her down the lake. She labored hard, but finally reached here last night about 7 o'clock. She had hard work in getting around 9-Mile Point. The captain may again try to get up the lake.

A telegram from Sacketts Harbour says: The schrs. Monitor and L.B. Stone are here wind-bound, bound for Oswego with barley. The schrs. Mary Lyon and Jenny White are laid up here. The sch. Cornelia, which dragged ashore during the gale, was pulled off by the tug Gardiner yesterday. Her cargo of barley was transferred to the steam-barge Johnson for Oswego. The Cornelia will be towed to Clayton for repairs, which are slight. The barges Iroquois and Williams are here light, waiting for the tug Gardiner to tow them to Kingston.

Powerful Tug - The tug Champion, purchased recently by the Montreal Transportation Company from Mr. Berchard, was to arrive this afternoon, having in tow eight barges, the conveyance of which, up the river is considered a good test of her power. The tug is perhaps 5 or 6 years old, and has been in service between Montreal and Quebec. She is just what the M.T. Co. had long been looking for, and when the opportunity occurred negotiations were opened and carried to a successful issue for the purchase of the boat, the present value of which is put down at $13,000. The Champion takes the place of the Elfin, recently sold to the Ottawa Forwarding Company, with which Mr. J.M. Kinghorn is connected. She has 2 smoke stacks, one behind the other, and looks somewhat like a small steamship. With the new barge in course of construction, and the substitution of the tug Champion for the Elfin, the M.T. Co. gives promise of having facilities for any increase of business which the future may bring forth.

The Taylor Accident - The sch. W.R. Taylor which went ashore at South Manitou, laden with corn for Toronto, has 9' of water in the hold. Her cargo is a total loss, as the vessel will likely be. The vessel is insured for $13,000 on a valuation of $18,000, equally divided between the Orient, Greenwich and Manhattan Companies. The cargo consisted of 25,000 bushels of corn, shipped by Wm. Young & Co., and is insured for $12,000, equally divided between the New England Mutual and Orient Mutual.

Mr. D. Rourk left here on the W.R. Taylor for Chicago. He returned home by train. S. Cannon, son of William Cannon, Division St., was the cook on the vessel.

The Schr. Garibaldi - three seamen arrive at Kingston, denounce Riley as a fraud, Stonehouse was mate frozen to death. "When discovered on Monday morning he was standing besides the cabin window, encased in ice." - a member of Toronto Sailors Union; cook was Mrs. Matthews of Hamilton.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 25, 1880