The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 21, 1881

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p.1 America's Cup - Accepting Challenge of Capt. A. Cuthbert of Belleville [N.Y. Herald]



Further Details Respecting It.

The New Boats Ordered For It.

The project for a new line of river steamers, which has been semi-occasionally mentioned during the past year, has finally assumed tangible form and become a fixed fact. The boats purchased to open the new line are the Rothesay and the Prince Arthur. The Rothesay has for several years been running on the route from Niagara to Toronto or Hamilton. She is a first class lake boat and a rapid sailor. She will be provided with new cabins and furniture. Her consort, the Prince Arthur, came off the marine railway at Ogdensburg, where she had been caulking and receiving some needed repairs, and went to Prescott to be transferred to the new company. She is 160 feet long and has also good speed. At Montreal she receives new cabins and furniture. The route of this line is from Cape Vincent to Montreal in connection with the Rome, Watertown and Ogdensburg Railroad and the Lake Shore. They will accommodate the pleasure travel from Niagara Falls and all the South Shore avenues going down the St. Lawrence to Montreal. The name of this company which is putting on this line is Murray, Ferris & Co., of New York city.

Since writing the above we have learned from a gentleman who has information from headquarters, that it is the intention of the company to build two new steamers and to have them ready for the next year's business. The new boats will be built at some American port on Lake Ontario or the River St. Lawrence. [Cape Vincent Eagle]



The shipping business along the lake front is extremely dull.

Strs. Pierrepont, Princess Louise, and Watertown make excursions on Tuesday.

The forwarding companies have done very little business so far this season, but a fleet of vessels are on their way down the lake.

The Island Belle has had her propelling power increased. She will soon commence running between the Cape and Alexandria Bay.

Capt. Cuthbert has contracted to build for a gentleman in Brockville a yacht 35 feet long, 8 feet beam, and 4 feet draught of water. The rig will be similar to that of a sharpia, namely, two spars with leg of mutton sails and a jib.

The Troy Times says a vessel, the James McDonald, is loaded with red iron ore from Africa for Canada. The ore was loaded on the ship which bore it across the Atlantic by African women, who make their heads the means of transportation. What are you giving us?

Our exchanges says that the recent victory of the Sailors' Union in Kingston over Calvins, of Garden Island, has spread a thorough feeling of alarm among vessel owners along the lakes. It appears they had no idea that with their strength the Unions combined so much daring and diplomacy.

The tug Florence, in going out of the Eddy below St. Anne's lock with two barges, loaded with lumber, broke her hawser. The barges struck the tug and broke the steampipe. The two firemen got scalded. Napolean Brisbers has died and Suplieu Brunet got his two arms scalded to the elbow, also a part of his face, but not dangerously.

Late Freight.

The schr. Julia loads lath for Charlotte at 12 1/2 cents per m.

Rate for ore, 40 cents to Charlotte and 80 cents to Fairport.

Schr. Philo Bennett, ties and cedar posts to Charlotte, 8 1/2 cents apiece.

Schr. A. Falconer, 7 cents wheat from Goderich to Kingston.

Prop. City of Montreal, wheat, from Toronto to Kingston, at 1 3/4 cents.

Freights from Detroit are nominal at 5 3/4 cents on wheat to Buffalo and 6 cents to Kingston.

Wheat to Kingston from Toledo, 5 1/2 cents, and 5 cents on corn; 8 cents on wheat and 7 1/2 cents on corn to Montreal by steam.

From Chicago to Kingston, the rate on wheat was called 8 3/4 cents, and on corn 8 1/4 cents; to Montreal on wheat, 12 1/2 cents. Chartered: Prop. Lake Ontario, and tow Maggie and Fortune, wheat; prop. Lincoln and tow Gibraltar and Lisgar, wheat. The Lincoln and her tow for Kingston; the Ontario and her tow for Montreal, not discharging cargo at Kingston.


Str. Corsican, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Str. Corinthian, Hamilton, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Georgian, Montreal, sundries.

Prop. Shickluna, Montreal, sundries.

Str. Alexandria, Montreal, sundries.

Str. Armenia, Deseronto, freight.

Str. Passport, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Schr. Erie Queen, Cobourg, 18,300 bush. peas.

Tug Bronson, Montreal, five barges.


Tug Active, Oswego, two barges, light.

Welland Canal.

G.B. Sloan, Chicago, Kingston, corn.

Lady Dufferin, Chicago, Kingston, corn.

Canada, Cheboygan, Collinsby, timber.

Erie Belle, Toledo, Kingston, corn.

Manzanilla, Chicago, Kingston, corn.

Floretta, Chicago, Kingston, corn.

Kate Kelly, Toledo, Ogdensburg, corn.

Collins Bay.

Arrivals - Schr. Mary Jane, Detroit, timber; tug Mixer, with raft from Rideau Canal; tug Admiral Porter, with schooner Annie Craig, Toledo, timber and staves; and barges M.C. Cameron and Ayr, Toledo, timber.

Departures - Tug Mixer, Kingston, light.


Six of the Scotchmen, brought out for Messrs. Calvin & Son's timber vessels, arrived at Oswego on Thursday afternoon. Later in the day eleven more reported themselves at the same place. Arrangements were made here by which the latter were transported to Cape Vincent. They were sent from Portsmouth in a large skiff. On the way over they mistook their course and had a serious experience. The pilot became confused. A storm arose making the trip dangerous, at last they landed on the Galloups. On Thursday the party crossed to Sackett's Harbor, and thence to Oswego. The Palladium says they all took trains for Buffalo. They admit being offered union wages by Calvin & Son after they complained at Kingston, but say that, being afraid they would deduct their passage money from their wages, they left for the American shore. It cost Calvin & Son about $1,700 to import these "salts," and they gave neither a dollar nor a day's labour in return. They are most dishonorable fellows.

Wind Wafts - Kane, a hand on the prop. Dromedary, dropped dead at Hamilton yesterday.

Personal Mention - Capt. Gaskin has gone to Montreal with the barge which bears his name. He returns to the city on Monday.

Rescue Of A Boy - son of Mr. Stevenson, steward of str. Magnet, fell off Swift's wharf.

Absurd Talk.

"Often times schooners lie at Kingston harbor for from one day to ten days, waiting for a convenient time for unloading, and act as floating storehouses, and often times are obliged to run over to Oswego and unload there and send their cargoes down to New York by the canal. We all know Kingston is an open harbor, and when the wind is blowing off the lake it is impossible to unload there, and having no other place to go the vessels go to Oswego and we lose the rest of the freight. [Intelligencer Correspondence]

In connection with the transhipping operations of this port some singular statements have been made, but the above is the most absurd. For the information of the public we desire the Intelligencer's correspondent to name the vessels which have been consigned to Kingston, but which have been taken to Oswego to be unloaded, and we hope he will also state the occasions on which he has known unloading to be discontinued on account of the weather. Our local affairs are, of course, open to criticism, but not to misrepresentation.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 21, 1881