The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 1, 1881

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The Baltic and Jane McLeod are chartered at Oswego for Toronto.

W.D. Wilson, of Watertown, is repairing several steam yachts at Fisher's Landing.

The vessels at Windsor are fitting out and making the usual spring repairs. The freight prospects there are good. Lake St. Clair is not yet open.

The Westminister Park Association has purchased the steamer Lawrence Gaige and will rebuild her for the ferry between the Park and the Bay.

Crews are arriving at Amherstburg, and getting ready to engage on vessels. They talk about sailing within a week but they do not say where they will sail to.

A big sail vessel is being built for Messrs. Carrington & Casey, Toledo. Her length 265 feet, beam 38 feet, hold 18 feet. She will have five masts. It is calculated that she will be able to carry 140,000 bushels of grain, or about 1,600 tons. She will cost about $90,000. She will be ready to sail this season.

The ice in the lake, off Buffalo, which moved out a considerable distance yesterday, on account of the northeast wind, has returned. There is clear water between the new breakwater and the beach, but over towards the south shore there is little to be seen. It is estimated there are about 60,000 tons of coal held in vessels between Buffalo and Chicago, the result of the sudden closing of navigation last fall.

Seamen's Wages - At a meeting of the Seamens' Union here last evening the question of wages was discussed, but no definite agreement was arrived at. The rates asked will likely be satisfactory to the vessel owners. The seamen do not desire to make any unreasonable demands.

Prosecution Threatened - The members of the Sailor's Union have decided to prosecute a late officer for retaining possession of funds belonging to the Union. The books and bonds of the officer are now in the hands of a lawyer, who will proceed with the suit. Developments are awaited.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 1, 1881