The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 12, 1881

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The Rideau Canal boats will commence running on the 1st of May.

The freight for carrying malt will probably be from 2 cents to 3 cents per bushel.

The schooner Baltic, of Oswego, arrived at Toronto yesterday, having had a rough passage.

Navigation has opened between Port Hope, Charlotte and Oswego. Kingston harbor is now open.

Rathbun & Son have 30,000,000 feet of lumber on hand, and 5,000,000 feet of manufactured cedar.

Calvin & Son's wrecking steamer Chieftain was the first out this season. Last night she steamed up and took a run around the harbor, breaking up the ice.

The schr. Blanche, of Colborne, left Port Hope at 4 o'clock on Saturday afternoon with 600,000 shingles for Upton & Co., Charlotte, at the current rate of 20 cents per m.

The schr. Floretta at Chicago gets, it is said, 10 1/4 cents on corn from that port to Kingston. This is on a basis of 15 cents to Montreal, which is the highest that was reached last season.

The schr. Mary Jane has been chartered to carry seven cargoes of oak timber from Detroit and Lake Erie at $87.50 per m. The schr. Elgin has been chartered at $85.

There will be a large amount of lumber shipped from this port during the coming season. The rate will be from $1 to $1.25 per m. Vessel men will not carry it for less than $1 per m.

The challenge from Cuthbert's yacht Atlanta (sic - Atalanta ?) to the New York yacht club will be sent immediately. The Atlanta will probably have to sail against the sloop Gracie, which is slightly larger than the Canadian cutter.

The State of the Ice.

The str. Pierrepont forced her way through about half a mile of ice to open water this morning. The ice was about 18 inches thick in the harbour, but quite honey-combed. She left for Cape Vincent at 2 o'clock, having a car load of horses aboard for Geo. Drummond, Rome, N.Y. The animals were valued at $80 apiece. The steamer made her first trip to Cape Vincent last year on March 5th.

Bath reports that the ice is sound, that people are crossing on foot from Amherst Island to that village yet.

At Napanee the boats can't run for a few days. The ice is not all out of the mouth of the river.

At Deseronto the ice bridge is still strong. The bay, however, as far as can be seen is clear. The steamers are ready and being launched, but will not begin their regular trips until next Monday. Several vessels are being fitted out.

About two or three miles of ice broke loose and drifted out of South Bay yesterday. Should there come a heavy west wind it will all break up and disappear.

The ice in the bay at Belleville is rapidly disappearing. The Prince Edward ferry steamer has commenced running.

Presentation To A Kingstonian - Mr. T.W. Hugo, chief engineer of the str. City of Owen Sound, a former Kingstonian, presented with gift for teaching technical subjects during winter. [Owen Sound Times]



The agents of the Canadian Lake Underwriters Association in this city have received the tariff of rates for vessel insurance for the ensuing season. The companies composing the association, and the only ones licensed by the Government to do business in the Dominion, are British and Western Assurance, and the Phoenix, Anchor and Royal Canadian Insurance Companies. The season began on the 1st of April and will continue up to noon on the 1st November. The rates are slightly higher than last year. They are: On A 1 and A 1 1/2 vessels, 5 per cent; A 2, 6 per cent; A 2 1/2, 6 1/2 per cent; and B 2, 8 per cent. For yearly risks one half per cent will be added. No valuation less than 80 per cent of that recorded in Lloyd's register will be taken. The Association's report for 1880 gives the following figures: Premiums received, $113,375 ?; losses incurred, $125,596; paid on losses,$77,569.

At Chicago a gentleman states that all the leading insurance companies have entered into a compact to sustain the hull rates recently printed in the Whig, and will instruct agents that deviations from the tariff will involve their dismissal from service. Apparently no further efforts will be made to secure harmony of action and uniformity in cargo rates, and cutting and slashing will be in order. Ample evidence of a determination to cut rates in order to secure business, says the Tribune, is afforded in the case of the schr. Manzanilla, which has just completed a cargo of corn for Montreal via Kingston. The shipper made arrangements with a prominent insurance agency to cover a portion of the cargo until it reaches its destination at $1.25 per $100, and immediately thereafter secured a rate for a $5,000 risk in the Traders at 90 cents per $100, with an expression of willingness to assume the entire risk at this figure. Under the circumstances the agency first contracted with had to reduce their note to correspond in order to keep their rate from falling into the hand of the Traders. The managers of the latter company are understood to be very pronounced in their determination to make war upon the agencies which have heretofore secured a lion's share of the cargo business, and a lively cotillion may therefore be looked for.

Sailors Wages - fixed by Seamens' Union at $1.25 on Lake Ontario, and $1.50 through canal.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 12, 1881