The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 19, 1881

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p.2 Death of Arch. McPhie - had retired from position of Kingston manager of Chicago & St. Lawrence Company in 1877.

p.3 Seamen's Wages - The wages fixed by seamen for the opening of the season of navigation are quite agreeable to the majority of the captains and vessel owners. Several vessels have already engaged their crews and are making active preparations to commence operations at the earliest opportunity.

Sailors Arriving - Every train and steamer brings to the city sailors who are ready to engage on vessels at the Union rates. There are very few vessels employing non-union men.


Presque Isle Bay is clear of ice.

The harbor at Portsmouth harbor (sic) is entirely clear of ice.

The water will be let into the Rideau Canal on the 30th inst.

The schr. Norway cleared for Hamilton from Garden Island yesterday.

The water in the Ottawa river is said to be lower now than in the month of July last year.

The schrs. Mary Ann Lydon and Caroline Marsh cleared last evening from Port Hope for Kingston.

The tugs Lady Franklin and Wren will be launched tomorrow. They have been put in good condition at Power's shipyard.

The first arrival of the season at Cobourg was the schooner Flora Carveth from Kingston to load peas for Hargraft & Co.; freight two cents per bushel. The Greenwood is also loading peas and rye at the same rate for Kingston.

Should the chain tug prove successful in deepening the channel of the Galops Rapids the Cornwall Canal will not be enlarged. It is believed that heavy draught vessels would be able to get through with assistance, as with a deeper channel the current will not, it is expected, be so great.

The contract for the construction of a powerful tug by Mr. W. Power, for Messrs. Folger Bros. and Capt. J. Allen, has just been completed. The boat will be 72 feet in length, 17 feet beam, and about 9 ft. hold. The model is a fine one. The tug will be used for harbor and general purposes. The engine and boiler will be manufactured here. The boat will be ready for service by the 1st of August. She will cost about $12,000. As the building of the tug will have to be energetically pushed forward employment will be given to a considerable number of men, besides those usually employed in the shipyard during the summer.

Suit For Damages.

On April 22nd, 1880, the schooner M.C. Upper was lying at the west side of Kingsville pier and the steamer Erie Belle at the other. On leaving the dock for Windsor the Erie Belle struck the Upper's anchor, which was dropped out beyond the pier, to enable the schooner to be worked out clear of the pier when ready to sail. The Erie Belle ran for five miles and sunk in fifteen feet of water. It cost $1,000 to put her in repair again, for which her owner sued the owner of the Upper. The case was tried last February, but the Judge reserved his judgement to Saturday last, when he decided that the damage was $1,000 and that each craft should pay half and its own expenses.

Struck In the Lime Kilns.

Anderdon, Ont., April 19th - The Alaska passed down this morning. The steam barge Glidden and consort, which laid up at Marine City last fall, iron ore laden, struck when passing down over the Lime Kilns this morning; no damage. Owing to the drill and dredge working on the inside channel the Glidden was obliged to take the westward of the work. It is not safe for boats drawing over 13 ft. 4 in. to attempt the passage without making enquiries as to the state of the water. The work at the crossing is being energetically pushed forward, but the vessels must yet use great caution in passing here, and if not thoroughly familiar with the ground had better employ a pilot.

Ice In Lake Erie.

Buffalo, N.Y., April 19th - The tug W.R. Crowell yesterday made a run through the ice, which extends outward from the south breakwater. She carried only 50 lbs of steam and striking into the field about 400 feet from its inner edge succeeded without much effort in moving completely around the pier. The captain was surprised to find how much the ice had weakened within a week, and is the belief that in six or eight more days of favorable weather a steamer would have a good show for getting up the lake. Fishermen still report two or three feet of solid ice a few miles out in the middle of the lake. The bay at Erie is almost free from ice and what remains is so thin and broken up it does not impede navigation in the least.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 19, 1881