The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 28, 1881

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The schr. Blanche has taken on a cargo of bolts at Belleville for Charlotte.

The tug Robb of Toronto will bring a raft to Collinsby the first of next month.

It is thought the ice in the Sault Ste. Marie will not be cleared out before the 10th of May.

The yacht Gracie was launched at Belleville on Monday morning and will be fitted out at once.

The steamer Hero could not get away last evening. She left this afternoon at 4 o'clock for Picton.

The first raft, from Garden Island, to go down the river, will start between the 1st and 10th of May.

Capt. Crangle of Toronto, is in the city arranging for releasing the schooner Garibaldi, ashore at Weller's Bay.

The schrs. Bavaria, Siberia, and the barge St. Lawrence, reached Garden Island last night from Hamilton. They were all timber laden.

The steamer Argyle arrived this afternoon from Beauharnois Canal with freight and passengers. She looked well in her new coat of paint. She passed on for Hamilton.

The Jessie H. Breck arrived at Collinsby last night from Hamilton, timber laden. Capt. Booth reports a delightful trip. His vessel never before carried so large a cargo of timber.

Robert McVene, of Sackett's Harbor, aged 82 years, was found dead in his room on the 22nd. He lived alone, was a sailmaker, and one of the earliest navigators on the lake.

The Royal Mail steamers now lying aground in the Lachine canal owing to the letting off of the water, will as soon as floated, be set in order for regular trips. The boats have all undergone more or less repair and ornamentation during the winter.

Strike at Garden Island - This morning about twenty Frenchmen struck at Garden Island. The men objected to work more than ten hours per day. They also asked to have their wages increased to $1 per day. These demands were not granted, so they packed their kit and departed. They purchased tickets this morning from Folger & Hanley for Ottawa. Mr. D.D. Calvin was interviewed this morning, and said that the strike was only in regard to time. They had not demanded more wages as the men were receiving from $20 to $30 per month. Of course season men received more than "transients." From other sources we learned that the men wanted to go east and thought the present an opportune time to leave.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 28, 1881