The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 20, 1881

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The ice is all gone from the bay opposite Bath.

The new cribwork in the market esplanade is being planked over.

The str. Maud makes her first trip to Cape Vincent tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock.

The steamer Hero will taken to Portsmouth, hauled out and strengthened.

The steamer Pierrepont went to Gananoque this afternoon. She returns in the morning.

The steamer Flight will, tomorrow morning, begin her regular daily trips from Napanee to Picton.

The upper works on the str. Gipsy are well advanced. The promenade decks will be spacious, the cabin comfortable.

The schr. Denmark arrived at Toronto from Kingston yesterday. She is being loaded with timber for Kingston at $30.

The schr. B.W. Folger was launched at Portsmouth yesterday afternoon. She was towed to the city by the Mixer.

The schr. Polly M. Rogers, that has wintered across the channel from Cape Vincent, was yesterday towed into that harbor to be fitted out.

The schrs. Erie Belle, Lady Hamilton and Hercules have commenced fitting out at Portsmouth. They do not expect to move until the Welland Canal opens.

The schr. Annandale left Kingston on Monday afternoon and arrived in Oswego on Tuesday morning at 6 a.m. Capt. McMaster reported a pleasant trip and no ice on the lake.

The ice in Consecon harbor is fast wasting away. The upper bay is quite clear, but there is yet quite a lot in the lower bay, which probably will be all gone by the first of next week.

Capt. T. Longuay, of Tonawanda, N.Y., has arrived to take charge of the schr. Brooklyn. He brought his crew of four with him. The vessel will enter into the iron ore trade between Cleveland and Escanaba.

The first arrival reported at the Custom House was a scow laden with peas and beans from Cape Vincent for Wolfe Island. The grain will be used for seeding purposes by the Wolfe Island farmers.

The ice went out of Big Bay yesterday, leaving the bay clear of ice from Belleville to within two miles of Picton, where it is apparently quite firm. There is about eight miles of ice between Stone Mills and Macdonald's Cove.

The new Lloyds register for 1881 has been issued and is now in the hands of the various insurance agents. The work has been carefully compiled. The presence of Capt. W.R. Taylor, of this city, at the board meant the proper classification of Canadian vessels.

The schr. John Wesley, Capt. M. Mullin, took a trip down Big Bay, from Belleville on Monday, and found the ice still unbroken from the vicinity of Northport eastward. How far the ice extended those on board could not see.

The harbor at Collinsby is clear of ice. The schooner Gulnair expects to leave for Hamilton on Thursday. The Bessie Barwick is to be taken to St. Catharines for repairs. The Collinsby Rafting Company expects several cargoes of timber from Hamilton before the opening of the canal. They have been making spring arrangements, and have put on additional steam winches to meet the business.

The schooners Oriental, Capt. A.H. Malone; Bavaria, Capt. Jas. Dix; and Siberia, Capt. Ezra Crawford, which were in tow of the steamer Chieftain and were let off Nicholson's Island on Sunday, reached the Hamilton piers about dusk on Monday night. Yesterday morning the Chieftain started from the beach with the Oriental for the H. & N.W. wharf, but could not reach it on account of the strength of the ice. The Oriental was left out in the ice, and the Chieftain returned to the emigrant wharf.

The grain carrying from Toronto does not promise to be profitable this season. There is to begin with, only about 250,000 bushels of grain in store in that port. Shippers believe they can count of the presence of a number of medium sized vessels going there during the season. One vessel captain said yesterday that he had been offered, in good faith, the rate of 1 1/2 cts. to Kingston. And in good faith he did not close the bargain. Vessels have sailed for that rate within the last three years, but owners do not expect such a rate this spring.

A Jury's Disagreement.

A case interesting to mariners came up at the Assize Court, Cobourg, on Tuesday last. It was entitled Munson vs Hayden. The case arose out of an agreement that was entered into last November between the parties whereby the plaintiff was to proceed to Wellington Beach and remove the defendant's schooner, the Albatross, where it was stranded. The Albatross was driven ashore during the disastrous gale last November, he 5th of that month being the date of the wreck. On the 15th of November the parties arranged that the plaintiff should proceed to the scene of the wreck, after procuring the necessary supplies and provisions at Cobourg, for which they were to receive $8 an hour while working at the vessel, and $4 an hour for any time which it might be necessary that they should seek shelter on account of the storm. The plaintiff was bound to use all due diligence to save the vessel, and the defendant contended that he had not done so. Plaintiff brought several witnesses to prove that he had to seek shelter in Presque Isle Bay, and that he was unable to leave there until the following Monday morning, and during all the intervening time it was not safe to go near the wreck. The defendant offered evidence from several mariners, that the plaintiff could have reached the wreck had he been so disposed, and that therefore, he had not "used all due diligence." The judge charged the jury slightly in favor of the plaintiff, but they returned to court after being out over two hours, stating that they could not agree. It is understood that they stood seven for plaintiff and five for defendant.

New Steamboat Line.

The Montreal Witness is informed that arrangements have been completed to run a line of steamboats in connection with the Rome, Watertown and Ogdensburg and Utica and Black River Railroads from Cape Vincent, Clayton and Ogdensburg to Montreal during the present season to accommodate the pleasure travel. Its informant says he has seen the list of shareholders, which includes the names of Mr. J.K. Gorrison, of New York, and that it is no "U.C. Amouse" company, a necessary assurance after the many rumors that have been started about the line it is proposed to run over the same route. It is proposed to run trains in connection with these boats by the Rome, Watertown and Ogdensburg Railway from Niagara Falls to Cape Vincent, and also by the Utica and Black River Railway to Clayton, and passengers will leave Cape Vincent at 7 a.m., and arrive at Montreal about 5:30 p.m. The boats, it is said, will be specially fitted up for summer travel with every convenience to ensure the comfort of passengers. The culinary arrangements are to receive especial attention. The boats, it is anticipated, will commence running about the end of next month. The company is being organized under the laws of the State of New Jersey, and it is said the necessary capital $500,000, has been subscribed.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 20, 1881