The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 14, 1881

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p.2 Suggestion Advanced - a letter to editor - a temperance resort for sailors needed.

ad - Toronto & Ogdensburg Line of Steamers - The passenger steamers Armenia and Cuba, with schedule. May 14th.

p.3 Metallic Lifeboats - Last evening Messrs. McKelvey & Birch completed and shipped from their establishment two metallic life-boats. The largest was for Capt. Fairgrieve, of the propeller Canada, sent to Collingwood. Its dimensions are 22 ft. keel, 2 ft. 9 in. deep and 5 ft. 6 in. beam. It is capable of carrying fifty persons. The other is for the propeller Africa, which plies between Cleveland and Montreal. Both of these boats have been built according to the Government specifications, and guarantee safety in the roughest weather, and are provided with air compartments of large size. The building of metallic boats has become quite a trade in itself, and it requires very competent men to build them. In this respect Messrs. McKelvey & Birch have a reputation to sustain. It is the intention of the firm to extend this branch of their business, putting up a separate shop and placing in it modern machinery so that they may be in a position to fill all orders and meet any competition that may arise.


A public meeting, for the presentation of Government testimonials to the men who imperilled their lives in attempting to rescue the shipwrecked crews of the schooners Belle Sheridan and Garibaldi on Weller's Beach in November last, was held in Victoria Hall, Consecon, last (Friday) evening, the 13th inst. Cards had been sent to favored individuals and small bills were out a week before hand, inviting the general public and announcing that representatives from every municipality in the county would be present. Quite a number of persons arrived by the mail train from Picton, and a special from Trenton brought others.

Interesting Proceedings

At 7 o'clock the immediate neighborhood was well represented, and the hall was full. Mr. W.H. Allison, Judge of the Maritime Court, occupied the chair; Mr. S. Conger, of the Picton Gazette, acted as Secretary. Quite a number of leading Conservatives were on the platform.

Mr. J.J. Redmond, Inspector of Fisheries, read his correspondence with the Government, having been the first to call its attention to the matter.

Mr. J.S. McQuaig, M.P., read his correspondence with Sir J.A. Macdonald, and the Department of Marine and Fisheries, and gave a statement of what was to be done, eulogizing the men, Mr. Redmond, and the Government.

Testimonials for humane and gallant conduct, with cheques for $25, were then given to the following: W.A. Young, Joseph Brickman, Marshall Chase, Wm. Delong, Frank Bonter, A.P. Taylor, R.T. Hayes, W.R. Dempsey, Walter Locie, Rev. J. Hallowell, John Huyck, Capt. Collier, Stephen A. Clark and W. Anderson.

W.C. Clark who (was ?) handed a binocular glass sent to him through the Mayor of Hamilton.

Honours To Ladies.

Mrs. W.A. Young and Mrs. Joseph Brickman receive $25 each as extra honours to their husbands. Mrs. J.S. McCuaig and Mrs. Robinson presented them. Herman Weeks, overlooked hitherto, is to be recommended for a testimonial

Winners of Medals.

Four men of the schr. J. Walters are to receive medals.

Stephen Taylor, Capt. Maitland, and Capt. Weaver, all of Presque Isle, are to receive $25 each at some other time and place, as they were not present.

Mr. D.B. Solmes offered to have the names of the men enrolled in the office of the Board of Underwriters in Montreal and Buffalo.

Speeches On The Occasion.

Messrs. R. Clapp, of Picton; T. Worthington, of Trenton; J. Cadman, of Consecon; and B. Hubbs, of Athol, gave addresses. Thanks were tendered to the chairman and the press representatives, cheers were given for the Queen, Messrs. McCuaig, Redmond and the ladies, and meeting closed about 10 o'clock, when a special train left for Picton.

Errors Requiring Correction.

Some blunders have been made in the matter. Besides overlooking Hermon Weeks, who helped to pick up McSherry, Simpson of Presque Isle, who helped to rescue the first two off the Garibaldi, was not mentioned. W.A. Young was praised and rewarded for helping at both wrecks whereas he was only at the first. W.C. Clark was at both but his services at only one was mentioned on the glass given him, which was worth only $25.


The barge John Gaskin is having her name painted on the bow.

Capt. Ben Tripp, of Toronto, is at the Anglo American Hotel.

The schr. Victor is loading iron ore for Fairport. She carries 400 tons.

The schr. Edward Blake has cleared from Portsmouth, light, for upper lake ports.

A report from Toledo states that all of the Canadian timber fleet has left with cargoes.

The schr. Jane McLeod has been chartered to carry wheat from Dresden and Amherstburg to Kingston at 6 1/2 cents.

The schr. China has finally reached Collinsby, with lumber from Hamilton. She cleared from Garden Island in April.

Swift's arrivals: Armenia from Ogdensburg; West from Westport; tug Easton and barges from Ironsides with 400 tons iron ore.

Grain freights from Detroit to Kingston are dull at 6 cents with the following charter reported: Kincardin to Kingston 7 cents on wheat.

The water was yesterday morning let into the section of the new Welland Canal, between Allanburg and Thorold, a distance of 2 miles.

The schr. Pandora, Toledo, 18,555 bush. of corn, and the Queen of the Lakes, Toronto, 16,100 bush. of peas, have arrived at Portsmouth.

The yacht Clara Louise, owned by Mr. Jarvis of Hamilton, which has been undergoing repairs here, has left for the "Ambitious City."

The steam barge Nile, with barge Bedford in tow, arrived here from Ogdensburg this morning. They cleared later for the Rideau Canal.

The steamer Eclipse, of Hamilton, has been purchased by Capt. Kirby, of Sarnia, for $6,500. She will ply as a pleasure steamer on the Detroit River.

In Toledo rates are nominally at 6 cents on wheat and 5 1/4 cents on corn to Kingston, 8 1/2 cents on wheat and 8 cents on corn by steam to Montreal, but no charters to either port for the last two days.

Departures in tow of the Bronson for Montreal: Barges Harvest, 12,000 bush. of peas and 5,500 bush. wheat; Wheat Bin, 21,800 bush. corn and rye; Cleveland, 17,500 bush. corn; Toledo, 21,500 bush. corn.

The schrs. Bavaria, J.R. Benson and Denmark, from Toledo, and Prussia and Anglo Saxon, from Ecorce, all timber laden, have passed through the canal for Kingston. The G.M. Neelon is on her way to Collinsby.

Quinn Bros., submarine divers, from Detroit, formerly of Kingston, with steam pumps, are now working to raise the str. Emerald, sunk in Toledo harbor during the spring flood. Thus far their efforts have been unsuccessful.

The much talked of steamers between Clayton and Montreal is taking form. It is to be composed of the strs. Rothesay and the Prince Albert, the latter to run from Dickinson's Landing to Montreal, and the Rothesay from Clayton to Dickinson's Landing.

This morning the steamer Hero made the run from Picton to Kingston in 3 hrs. 40 min. She stopped at nine intermediate ports. The Armenia stopped once, but she was left far in the rear. The Hero left Belleville at 6 a.m., and was here at 11 o'clock.

A new excursion boat is to ply in Toronto waters, called the Rupert, and is now on the way from Quebec to Kingston, where she is to be thoroughly overhauled. It has been bought by Messrs. Walmsley and Cornell at a cost of $25,000, and will carry 2,000 persons.

A gang of men are at Weller's Beach to commence operations for the saving of the schr. Albatross, which was stranded there last fall. The lumber is being unloaded preparatory to getting her off. She lost part of her head gear, which was carried away by the ice, otherwise it is believed she has sustained but little damage.

Grain rates may have been shaded a little during the past two days in Toronto, but are again firm owing to the expected movement in through freight. Three charters were reported yesterday, the schrs. Vienna, 2 cents to Deseronto, Katie Eccles and prop. City of Montreal, 2 cents to Kingston. The Herbert Dudley, owned here, is also reported chartered by Capt. Tripp at $2.25 on iron rails from Whitby to Chicago.

Holding Out - The Caughnawaga Indians are still holding out for an advance in wages and the prohibition of "pale faces" from running the rapids as pilots of rafts. Messrs. Calvin & Sons, who have employed them, refuse their demands. In an interview this morning Mr. D.D. Calvin said that the river runs as well for the white as the black man and no one can stop it or those trading upon it.

Infringement Of The Law - schr. Sea Bird seized for coal oil smuggling by Mr. Ross, Collector of Customs at Picton.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 14, 1881