The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 11, 1881

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Seamens' Union.

At a meeting of the Seamens' Union, held at their hall, Princess Street, last evening, the election of officers took place with the following result:

President - Mr. C.W. Crowley.

Vice-President - Mr. J. Quirts.

Secretary - Mr. John Crowley.

In the selection of these representative men much interest was manifested, and that the most popular were chosen was indicated by the majorities which they received - Mr. C.W. Crowley 40 votes to Mr. Freak's 4; Mr. J. Quirts 29 to 8 cast for Mr. J. McCutcheon; and 20 for Mr. John Crowley against 12 and 2 for Messrs. J. Hurley and L. Ryan respectively. The President is a good Executive officer, whose service last year was so efficient and so much appreciated that his salary has been increased from $540 to $600 per annum. He is a young man, a native of the city, and very watchful of the interests of the Association. The Kingston Union has now a membership of 427, including those residing on the islands. The seamen are quite hopeful of a good season's business.

A Sailor's Trials - Gonyeau, the poor sailor who fell from the masthead of the Oliver Mowat last September, breaking his leg and arm, arrived here a few days ago. The treatment he received in the Chicago hospital was good. The injured leg has been shortened about an inch, and his arm is still very stiff. It will be remembered that at the time of the accident $60 was raised by his fellow sailors to help him along. The money was handed to a doctor at Cheboygan, $10 to be retained for services rendered, the balance to be paid to Gonyeau, but the doctor retained the whole amount. Mr. R. Power, President of the Chicago Union, has written repeatedly to the doctor for a refund, but without effect. While in the hospital Gonyeau composed a poem anent the Vessel Owners' Convention, a copy of which he has presented to the Whig.


Capt. Porte has about 500 cords of wood at Trenton for the use of the Veruna (sic - Varuna) and Utica. They burn about 1,700 cords in the season.

The work of refitting and rebuilding boats in the vicinity of Amherstburg is being pushed forward rapidly. Boats which were caught there by the ice last fall are being overhauled and fitted out.

The following vessels laid up at Picton and at South Bay will be commanded this season by the captains named: Schr. J.N. Carter, Capt. Troy, of Toronto; schr. Olivia, Capt. George O'Brien; schr. Nellie Theresa, Capt. D. Hogan; schr. Flora, Capt. P.D. Ostrander; schr. W.W. Grant, Capt. D.F. Hicks; schr. C. Gearing, Capt. Wm. Lobb; schr. British Queen, Capt. W. Wellbanks; schr. Kate, Capt. Paul Clarke; schr. Picton, Capt. Wm. Ostrander.

Capt. Sweet, of Carthage, N.Y. was in the city today stopping at the British American Hotel. We understand that he came here to obtain shafts for a new steamer which is designed for service on the Black River. The steamer Thorn is to have a new compound engine, by the use of which the speed of the boat will be increased and the consumption of her fuel made lighter. This boat will be commanded by Capt. Sweet, jr.; the str. Maynard, running between Alexandria Bay and Clayton by Capt. Sweet, sr.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 11, 1881