The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 13, 1881

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The rate from Detroit to Kingston is 5 cents.

The schr. Reed Case loaded coal at Oswego for Chicago.

The yacht Nora is on the dry dock at Deseronto undergoing repairs.

The steam yacht Madeline, from Brockville, called here this morning.

The schr. Lady Dufferin has cleared from Chicago for Kingston, with 21,565 bush. of corn.

The schr. Edward Blake, with 23,000 bush. corn, has arrived at Portsmouth from Toledo.

The schr. Jessie H. Breck is loading timber in Hamilton. Capt. Booth left the city today to resume command.

The barge Huron carries 831 tons of coal, net, in 9 feet of water. The barge has left in tow of the Seymour for Montreal.

The Hiram A. Calvin has brought a quantity of wreckage of the schr. Norway to Garden Island. It was picked up at South Bay Point.

The str. Prince Arthur is to form one of the line of steamers between Cape Vincent and the other American river ports this season.

The schr. M.L. Breck anchored in the harbor this morning. She is on her way from Port Dalhousie to Ogdensburg. A tug took her down to that port.

An Ottawa paper has ascertained the fact that probably two passenger steamers will soon commence running between Ottawa and Kingston.

Toledo rates are weaker. The schrs. Albacore and Antelope are chartered with corn to Kingston at 5 1/2 cents; corn to Ogdensburg 6 cents; corn to Montreal 3 cents (?).

The coal taken from the Garibaldi, and now on board the Foster, lying at Toronto, will be washed, screened and sold for the benefit of whom it may concern.

Vessel men were beginning to say that navigation had opened too early. There had been a good, lively opening, but the rates kept so low that nothing could be made.

The schrs. S. Neelon, Toledo, 20,300 bush. of corn; Victor, Toledo, 17,500 bush. of corn; Enterprise, Port Hope, 3,491 bush. of wheat; 1,479 bush. of rye, have arrived for the M.T. Co.

Swift's wharf - Arrivals: Algerian, from Montreal; Ocean, from Montreal; Armenia, from Toronto; Armenia, from Deseronto; Cuba, from Ogdensburg; Van Allen, from Chatham; Africa, from Montreal.

The following vessels passed through the Welland Canal yesterday for Kingston: Flora Carveth, Port Stanley, wheat; Siberia, Albacore, Singapore, Antelope and barge Albion, Toledo, corn.

The schr. Bangalore, Toledo, 23,065 bush. wheat; Pandora, Toledo, 18,855 bush. corn; Speedwell, Hamilton, 11,963 bush. wheat; schr. Samana, Toledo, 17,200 bush. corn; Cataract, Hamilton, 12,500 bush. wheat have all arrived and are awaiting discharge.

The steamer Utica arrived at Deseronto yesterday from Wellington and has the appearance of a hard winter's quarters. Her hurricane deck is all blown off. She was hauled out today for general repairs. It is the attention of the owner to have her placed on the Napanee and Picton route.


In the launch yesterday afternoon, after leaving the ways, off which she slipped as nicely as could possibly be desired, the barge John Gaskin became fast. She must have brushed the bottom, as numerous huge air bubbles appeared in the water on each side of her. It was certainly well that dredging took place previously, the depth of the wate having been increased to four feet. At 4:30 o'clock the barge was pulled over the little ridge of mud which must have been raised at her side when she plunged into what is called on such occasion her "natural element." At five o'clock the swing bridge was reached, and shortly after that the tow - the barges having been taken hold of by the tug Glide - passed through the opening in Cataraqui Bridge, and ran into the slip formerly used by Jones & Miller, forwarders.

When she was launched quite a number of persons were on board, the officers of the M.T. Company, the Mayor, Aldermen and officers of the city council being particularly conspicuous. Subsequently a large number boarded the barge, and a short excursion was made around the harbor, refreshments in abundance being supplied to all who desired them.

The barge draws 3 feet aft and 2 ft. 6 in. forward. She will be loaded at once and sent to Montreal. There were some fears entertained about the success of the launch, and had there been aught to near (sic - mar ?) the event shipbuilding at Place d'Armes would have been discontinued. Now it is probable that ere long another barge for the same company will be begun.

As the barge touched at the wharf the second time, and before the company separated, the Mayor referred to the auspiciousness of the occasion, to the credit which the barge was to the company owning it and the city, and called for cheers for those instrumental in having it built here, for the company's agent, Mr. J.D. Thompson, and Capt. Gaskin, and the men who were in their employ. These were lustily given, a tiger having been added for his worship the mayor.

Damaged Grain - This year there will be no necessity to cast overboard American grain damaged in transit as in years past. The regulations by which captains have suffered have been abolished, and now, instead of paying the same duty on damaged as on sound grain, the former is appraised and twenty per cent ad valorem collected. This re-arrangement was made last winter at the earnest solicitation of Mr. G.A. Kirkpatrick, M.P., who had seen the grain, good for feed, pitched over the rail into the lake. The agitation of the question in the Whig is admitted to having had done considerable good.

p.3 Forwarding Facilities - Whig is upset that News claimed Kingston's were insufficient, and that this was quoted in Mail.

p.4 Smuggling Oil - on schr. Sea Bird. [Oswego Times]

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 13, 1881