The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 7, 1881

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The str. Algerian passed up last evening from Montreal to Toronto.

The Hyderabad has finished loading at Port Dalhousie and sailed for this port.

The St. Lawrence river raised fourteen inches during the month of April.

The steam barge Carlyle and barges have left for Ironsides to load iron ore.

The barges Energy and Dalhousie have arrived from Belleville with 30,000 bush. of rye.

The tug Robb sailed yesterday morning from Toronto with a raft for Kingston. There were four drams.

The Maud will commence on Monday morning to make two trips per day, leaving Kingston at 6 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Two charters were reported yesterday at Toronto. The Twilight and Greenwood each gets 2 cents on wheat to this port.

The schr. Eureka has arrived from Charlotte and will leave this afternoon with 120 tons of stone for the same port.

The yacht Lena has been sold to A.B. Cleveland, the Cape Vincent seed man. This craft went up the Rideau on Wednesday.

On Monday the steamer Cayuga will commence her daily trips from Cape Vincent to Alexandria Bay and return, touching at Clayton and Thousand Island Park.

The schrs. Norway and A. Falconer, from Kingston for Toledo, passed up through the Welland Canal yesterday, and the St. Louis, from Detroit to Kingston, grain laden, passed down.

The following barges have left for Montreal: Oswego, 600 tons coal; Advance, 13,000 bush. peas; Toronto, 6,000 bush. rye, 10,000 bush. peas; Montreal, 21,000 bush. rye; Chicago, 15,000 bush. peas, 500 bush. wheat.

The schr. Caroline Marsh has made four round trips - two to Oswego and two to Kingston - in fourteen days. She will stay at Port Hope till the opening of the canal, as the wharves on the other side are overloaded with freight.

The steamer Ontario will begin her regular trips between Kingston and Montreal next week. The owners of the vessel advertise as an attraction that the scenery on the Upper Rideau rivals the far famed Thousand Islands.

The steamer Prince Arthur, from Toronto, touched here on her way to Ogdensburg, where she will be docked for repairs. No dry dock large enough could be found in Ontario. Is the Government going to loan a sufficient amount to complete our dock? It's time some decision was reached.

About two o'clock yesterday afternoon the schooner Gleniffer was loading timber in the Welland river for Kingston, when a young man named Thomas O'Brien belonging to St. Catharines was caught between a capstan bar and the tow-post and instantly killed. The top of his head was taken completely off from the ears upwards. The unfortunate young man was about 18 years of age and this was his first season on a vessel.

A Saucy Craft.

The schr. White Oak has hauled up alongside Swift's wharf. She presents a very handsome appearance. Last year the vessel was thoroughly rebuilt from the keel to the water mark. This year the repairs were continued until she is now almost entirely rebuilt. During the winter she has received new decks, beams, hatches, combers, rails and stanchions, costing $600. A poop deck has been added aft, which will make the capacity of the vessel about 1,000 bushels more. The cabin has been painted blue and handsomely grained, while the rest of the timber has been likewise touched up. With new sails the vessel will be one of the sauciest crafts on the lake. She classes A 2. She will load iron ore for Cleveland, and will thence proceed to Toledo, to load grain for Kingston. Capt. Jos. Dix will again command her.

p.3 A Ghost Scare - The grangers around Consecon are excited over a real genuine ghost. From the Belleville Ontario we learn that for several nights past, strange, mysterious lights have been visible, moving in a circle round the wreck of the Belle Sheridan, and sometimes to and from the shore. Some of the most daring farmers in that vicinity decided to pay a visit to the wreck, and they accordingly set out one fine afternoon and reached the wreck. They moved round the wreck rather suspiciously, but saw nothing until they rowed up close to it and shoved the cabin door open. There they distinctly saw a man who very much resembled the mate of the ill-fated vessel (and who, it will be remembered was found drowned) standing on the cabin floor. Of course the men were greatly astonished, and quickly returned to shore and told their story. No one believed it, and other persons determined to visit the place. They did so, but with the same results. The man (or mate) stood exactly in the same position as when first seen. It was reported that the mate had considerable money about his person when on board the vessel, but when found the money was missing.

Government Testimonials - to people who helped at wrecks of Belle Sheridan and Garibaldi.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 7, 1881