The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 27, 1881

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p.2 ad - R. & O. Navigation Co. - Royal Mail Through Line - str. Algerian.

Toronto Sailors' Union.

A circumstance took place on Tuesday afternoon that shows some of the inner workings of the Toronto Sailors' Union. The schr. Herbert Dudley, Capt. Parsons, was loaded with wheat for Kingston, ready to sail. Capt. Parsons was looking for a crew, and had all he wanted but three men. He was negotiating with two non-Union men, but his efforts fell through, and he applied to President Murphy, of the Sailors' Union, for a crew. President Murphy remembered that Capt. Parsons had sailed with a non-union crew last year, and he told Capt. Parsons that he could not help him. At least he could not promise him a crew till he had first telegraphed to St. Catharines. After some time the answer was said to be have reached President Murphy, and he agreed to help Capt. Parsons. The captain had at the time his mate, wheelsman, and a greenhorn, but wanted three men more. After waiting all afternoon two sailors got along to where the Dudley was lying about 7:30 o'clock last evening. Captain Parsons expected three men, but he concluded to go with what he had got, paying the two men the wages he would have paid for three. He was still one man short, but the men he got were good sailors. He left last night about 8 o'clock. The Dudley gets 2 cents on about 15,000 bushels to Kingston.



The schr. A.G. Ryan has cleared for Oswego with a cargo of rye.

The barge Ion will be fitted up for the iron ore trade between Ironsides and Kingston.

On Saturday evening the propeller Africa leaves for Cleveland to load provisions for Montreal.

The steamer Maud arrived from Cape Vincent today at 12:55 o'clock. She only makes one trip a day.

The sloop Alice Mary has been chartered to carry lumber from Trenton to Kingston at 85 cents per 1,000 feet.

The schr. Forest Queen has returned from Charlotte. Capt. Courson reports an agreeable passage across the lake.

The str. Hero will leave this evening for a trip up the bay. She goes as far as Picton and will return tomorrow.

The storm drum has not yet been hoisted. Why? may we ask the Chairman of the Committee on Wharves and Harbours.

Capt. William McDonald, of Amherst Island, has bought the schr. George Suffel from Mr. D.T. Rowse, Bath, for the sum of $2,250.

The schr. D.M. Foster is unloaded at Garden Island, but Capt. Jackman has not yet decided whether he will lay up or continue running, on account of low freights and high sailors' wages.

The propeller Celtic, Capt. Green, starts on Monday for Montreal. She will take part of her load at Port Dalhousie. The Lake Michigan and the Lake Ontario will start in the beginning of the week.

The steamer Algerian, Royal Mail Line, will make her trial trip tomorrow, leaving at 6 a.m. for Gananoque. She will return about 4 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m. leaves for Toronto and Hamilton.

The captain of the schr. Richardson will leave for Fort William (where the vessel now lies) as soon as he can secure a passage to it by steamer. The schooner has been chartered to carry deals from the upper lakes to Kingston at a good rate, $7 per m. it is reported.

The tug Seymour with four barges in tow passed Cape Vincent yesterday afternoon on her first trip from Ogdensburg to Oswego. The str. Alexandra touched at the same place landing a cargo of cattle and other freight from Picton.

The str. Hiram A. Calvin having had a thorough repair and repainting was launched from the marine railway yesterday. She looks gay, and is as good as new. Capt. John Sughrue will command her this season. She commences running on Saturday.

Why The Difference? Vessel men in this city are enquiring why they have to pay 6 per cent for ensuring their vessels with the Canadian underwriters when for the same class of vessels American underwriters only ask 5 1/2 per cent. Some marine men have had their vessels insured in Chicago to save the difference.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 27, 1881