The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 17, 1881

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p.1 City Council - lighting the Clock - Deputy Minister of Marine & Fisheries doesn't want to pay extra costs of gas from having bigger burners.

p.2 Welland Canal - Passed Up from Kingston - Schrs. Lewis Ross, Toledo, light; Grantham, Tyrconnell, light; Wawanosh, Chicago, light.

Passed Down - Schrs. Rutherford, Toledo, Kingston, corn; Augusta, Toledo, Collinsby, timber; M.C. Upper, do., do., do.; Pride of America, Toledo, Kingston, corn; Norway, Toledo, Kingston, timber; J.R. Noyes and Mary Copley, Milwaukee, Kingston, wheat; Laura, Toledo, Kingston, timber; A. Craig, Ayr, M.C. Cameron and tug Admiral Porter, Toledo, Collinsby, timber.



The str. Lady Rupert is said to be able to run 16 m.p.h.

The tug Champion, with three barges from Montreal, arrived at 3 p.m.

The Algerian, from Hamilton, passed down this morning. She was heavily laden with freight.

A raft belonging to W. Leslie went to pieces in the Rideau Canal just above Kingston Mills locks.

The tug Carlyle and barges, carrying 416 tons of iron ore from Ironsides, arrived this afternoon.

Mr. F. Gilbert has arrived from Montreal, and will take the tug Wren to the Galop Rapids tomorrow.

It is probable that the yachts Kathleen and Gracie will race for the Cole flag before the close of the present week.

The yacht Surprise was launched in Belleville on Saturday. She will in all probability sail in the regatta at Gananoque.

There were forty men engaged in getting the Albatross off Weller's Beach. The men receive seamen's wages while at the work.

The steamer Armenia, from Deseronto, called at Swift's wharf this afternoon. She unloaded freight and proceeded down the river.

The barge John Gaskin has loaded 37,000 bush. corn at 9 feet draught. She could carry 40,000 bushels and draw 10 ft. 6 in.

The schr. Denmark of Garden Island lost three of her jibs on her way to Kingston from Toledo. The tug McArthur towed her in.

The steamer Ontario ran aground this morning near the basket, between here and Kingston Mills. She succeeded in getting off about noon.

The schr. Eureka made two trips between Charlotte and Kingston last week. She has loaded stone at the Penitentiary and will be ready to leave this evening.

Gananoque is quite a wicked place. Every Sunday the young men revel in boat racing. On Sunday evening last fourteen yachts and skiffs were engaged in the sport.

The steamer Edith Sewell took on a load of fish here for Sackett's Harbour. The fish came from Toronto in large refrigerators. They were of large proportions.

The tug Robb towed a raft from Toronto to Prescott in three days and eighteen hours. The Mail thinks this tug carries the broom until a better record can be shown.

The propeller Acadia loaded 11,442 bush. of peas in Port Hope for Kingston in two hours. The captain says it was the fastest loading by elevator he has ever had done for him.

The steam barge Anglin brought in yesterday 20 tons of iron ore which had been fished out of the canal at Newboro. It was from the old Chaffey mine. It will be shipped to Cleveland and used healing in furnaces.

The steamer Utica was launched at Deseronto today, and proceeded to Picton in tow of the steamer Varuna. The latter will be hauled out for repairs. The steamers of the Deseronto Navigation Company are running remarkably well.

The str. Ontario on Saturday made a trial trip making three miles in fifteen minutes. Her engines worked satisfactorily and her speed was even faster than was expected. Altogether the boat looks well and does her builder Mr. R. Davis, Wolfe Island, credit. She left today for Montreal via Ottawa. On this route she will run making a trip a week.

The crew, five union men, of the schooner James Wade left the vessel as she was about to leave Oswego with coal for Toledo, on Saturday, because the captain refused to pay them union wages, $2. The captain claimed they signed articles shipping from Kingston to Toledo at $1.50. The men admit this but say they were obliged to go only direct from Kingston to Toledo and that the fact of the captain's putting (in) here voided the articles. They were offered $1.75 a day, but refused to go less than $2, and no union men are allowed to take their places. The captain is trying to get non-union men.

The steamer Hero had a rough passage to Belleville last evening. In the Gap the waves washed over the deck, and at times it seemed as though the little craft would be swamped. Passengers could not be landed at Amherst Island on account of the violence of the storm. Two attempts were made, one nearly resulting in running the steamer ashore. The passengers were taken on to Picton. The steamer then ran on to Deseronto, where she lay over night, going to Belleville this morning. Lights could not be kept in on the lake and one craft ran so close to the Hero that a collision nearly occurred. A schooner passed within six feet of the Hero's bow. At Deseronto vessels were rolled heavily. Several slight accidents were reported. Capt. Crawford says it was a "terrible night."

p.4 Cape Vincent - history of Cape Vincent as port; and list of custom officers over the years. [Eagle]

May 18, 1881


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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 17, 1881