The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 30, 1880

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Marine Notes.

The harbour was very quiet today. No arrivals.

The props Cuba and Armenia have left for Toronto.

A sailor has been fined $7 for serving on a non-union vessel.

The sch. Olivia has been stripped and laid up at Stone Mills.

The sch. Jessie Scarth run into this harbour last night for shelter.

The str. Gypsy is having her bottom planked. She will have a new boiler and engine put in.

The str. Pierrepont arrived from Stone Mills last night with 400 sheep. About 11 p.m. the steamer left for Cape Vincent.

The new barge for the M.T. Co. is being pushed ahead at a lively rate. A large number of workmen are engaged upon it.

The sch. Florence, now in the Railway, has had her name changed to Cherokee by order of the Deputy Minister of Marine.

The tug Wren, owned by Mr. Gilbert, contractor for the deepening of the Galops Rapids, will be hauled out here for thorough repairs.

The sch. Eureka left Bath last night for Oswego with 10,000 bushels of barley. Capt. Saunders hopes to make several more trips this year.

The sch. Flora Carveth is anxiously looked for at Oswego. A number of bills are awaiting payment. The captain of this craft was in the city on Sunday.

The sch. Eureka has received the best freight yet on barley, 5 cents from Bath. She left Kingston on Friday, went to Bath, loaded, and reached Oswego today at 11 o'clock.

The sch. A.G. Ryan is having a new piece of keel and some new planking at the Marine Railway. These repairs were made necessary by the vessel having run ashore on Wolfe Island.

The owners of the sch. Ocean Wave have paid all the claims against her at Oswego, where she was attached. The debt amounted to $154. The vessel is owned by McDonald & Merritt, of Picton.

The owners of the sch. Governor, which has lain for a number of years in Cataraqui Bay, and which was recently blown up by dynamite, will take an action against Ald. Gaskin for the value of the hull so destroyed by him.

The str. Chieftain, which went up on Sunday evening to the assistance of the Flora Carveth and Huron, anchored at Timber Island, broke her piston yesterday afternoon. The tug Hiram A. Calvin left last night to convey the disabled steamer to Garden Island.

Sinking Water-Pipes - Mr. Patrick Burke, diver, is now engaged in sinking water pipes at the Asylum. They extend into the lake about 20' ?, and are sunk a depth of 30'. The last length was to have been laid today, but a heavy sea prevented it. Mr. Bourke has completed his difficult work at the Penitentiary and has received the approval of the officials there.

Harbour Obstruction - We are glad that a movement has been begun tending to the removal of the obstructions which have proven so dangerous and damaging during the past season, and the presence of which is not desirable in view of the increased traffic which must follow the opening of the enlarged Welland Canal. We hope our Council's present tactics may be successful.

A Presentation - The citizens of Oswego presented Capt. C.W. Ferris of the tug F.D. Wheeler on Saturday afternoon, with a magnificent gold watch valued at $200, as a recognition of the gallantry displayed by him in attempting to save the schrs. Wood Duck and Sea Bird, which recently went ashore at that place. Several Canadian vessel men contributed towards the gift.

The sch. Huron, with iron ore for Charlotte, will remain in South Bay this winter. The captain will immediately strip the vessel.

The sch. Carveth ran for Oswego last night, but was compelled to run back on account of a snow storm. She will try to make Oswego today.

p.4 St. Lawrence Trade - The Montreal Star, discussing the question of the route of the western grain trade, points out that the natural and shorter highway to the ocean has been abandoned for the longer one, owing to the shrewdness of Western railroad managers in connection with the Erie Canal. The comparative statements of Montreal with the various Atlantic ports of the United States, show that Montreal's grain shipments have increased 33% since 1873; New Yorks 138%; Baltimore 600%; Philadelphia 700%. These southern ports, which are actually from 500 to 800 miles further removed from Liverpool than we are, are fast outstripping Montreal. This is owing, it contends, to the heavy tonnage rates and the port charges imposed for the deepening of the Lake St. Peter. It considers that a similar amount of intelligence and capital to that bestowed in securing the trade for the Am. ports would ensure the transportation of 4/5 of the wheat trade to Canadian companies for 6 months of the year. "What is wanted," says the Star, "is larger propellers to run as far as Kingston, the organization of proper transfers at that port, the abolition of canal tolls, the reduction of harbour fees and charges on both inland and outward-going vessels."

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 30, 1880