The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 30, 1881

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Messrs. Bush & Eves of Wolfe Island have purchased the sloop Minnie.

It will be some days, in all probability, before this harbor is clear of ice

The old schr. Hawke, owned by S. Purdy of Simcoe Island, has been cut up for firewood.

The schr. E.G. Benedict, now lying at Detroit, will again be commanded by Capt. Webster.

The str. Varuna is having false sides put on her at Trenton. The work will greatly improve her.

Curious is the announcement that the schr. Polly Rogers is loading ice at Button Bay for the west.

The schooners Rutherford and Victor will go into the grain trade between Toledo and Kingston.

The schr. Undine will be overhauled at Robertson's yard, Hamilton, on her arrival from Kingston.

The str. Alexandra is being fitted out at Picton; her engine and boilers are receiving a complete overhauling.

The water is to be drawn out of the Welland Canal on the 4th of April to admit of the necessary repairs.

Capt. Wellbanks will have charge of the Acacia and Capt. Ewart the Twilight. The latter will receive a new foremast.

Capts. James Griffith and J.C. Graham, of St. Catharines, have purchased the schr. New Dominion, of Toronto, for $3,000.

The Welland Canal is almost entirely free from ice. The water is to be drawn out on the 4th of April to make the necessary repairs.

The Toronto Sailors' Union believes the opening rate, sailors' wages, will be $1.25 on Lake Ontario and $1.50 through the canal.

Capt. C. Staley will have command of the steambarge Albion. She will tow the Ark. Both will carry timber from Port Dalhousie to Quebec.

There is talk of a shipmasters' association, and it is urged in support of the project that such an association could also attempt the regulation of seamen's wages.

The schr. Philo Bennett, lying at Wolfe Island, has received repairs to the extent of $1,400. She is in good trim for the season. Capt. D. Earle will be in command.

Captain James Johnston, of the Gulnair, at Collinsby, and Capt. John Irving, of the Undine, at Kingston, have arrived and taken charge of their respective crafts.

The sloop Dolphin made the trip from Alexandria Bay to Brockville yesterday afternoon. She is loading lumber at the latter place for Ogdensburg. She has received considerable repairs.

The Gulnair will have an engine put in her by Copp Bros. & Barry, of Hamilton. She is going into the timber trade, and the sticks will be hauled in by the engine instead of in the old time horse and windlass fashion.

A new staircase has been put in forward on the Geneva, formerly of Kingston, but now of Hamilton, from the main to upper deck. She has had new tubes put in her boiler, and when the painting is finished a considerable sum of money will have been expended on her improvements.

Welland Canal - On the 1st of May it is expected that the Welland Canal will be thirteen feet deep to Lake Erie level. This will be the depth for the whole of the twenty-six miles, from Port Colborne to Port Dalhousie. The lock gates are to be put in this summer, and all that then will be necessary to finish the canal will be to make it a little wider in some of the sections. This work, however, cannot be completed before next year, but it will be as deep as on the 1st of May as it is intended to make it.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 30, 1881