The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 27, 1881

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p.1 End Not Yet - 2 columns of survivors' stories re. str. Victoria; history of Victoria.



Few arrivals have been announced.

The harbor has a quiet appearance today.

The Kingston forwarders are nearly idle.

A fleet of vessels is on its way from Chicago, with corn, for which a rate of 8 to 8 1/2 cents is given.

The grain trade has not fully opened yet, and the timber vessels are mostly on their up trips.

The schr. Pride of America has been chartered to carry 500 tons of phosphate to Chicago for a bulk sum of $625, f.o.b., and canal tolls paid.

The Mail thinks that if the sailors wish to be retained on board while in port they should be willing to work overtime when required, and paid for it the same as any other class of men.

The schr. Mary, of Port Stanley, arrived yesterday. Young Mr. Shephard, the death of whose mother we announced, started at once for home. The vessel floated her flag at half mast all day.

The Eagle states that boats will be put on the new steamboat line between Cape Vincent and Montreal on June 20th. The general passenger agent says they will not carry freight, and the deck below will be as elegant as the cabins above. The boats will run 20 miles an hour.

Welland Canal - Passed Down.

Schr. Grantham, Tryconnell, Collinsby, timber.

Barge Lisgar, Chicago, Kingston, wheat.

Barge Gibraltar, Chicago, Kingston, wheat.

Steam barge Lincoln, Chicago, Kingston, wheat.

Prop. California, Cleveland, Montreal, general cargo.

Prop. Alma Munro, Toledo, Montreal, general cargo.

Prop. Scotia, Chicago, Montreal, wheat.

Disaster at London - Scene At the Cemeteries



On Saturday the 14th, and again on Wednesday evening, Messrs. J. Swift & Co. had trials of this steamer, which has been almost entirely rebuilt according to their instructions, for the passenger and freight business via the Rideau Canal and Cataraqui River between Kingston and Ottawa. There was a time when this route was not only popular with travellers but profitable to shippers, but adverse circumstances necessitated the withdrawal of the better class of steamers running upon it, and traffic seemed to decline and become eventually of small account, judged by the class of boats and barges which were used in connection with it. During the last couple of seasons there has been such a revival of trade as to justify the purchase of the Gypsy. The str., but a couple of seasons old, had been running on the Mosie River. Her hull (iron) is of the best description, and valued at $8,000. As soon as she changed hands - passing from the possession of Mr. McLennan, Montreal, into that of James Swift & Co. - arrange-ments were made to reconstruct her upper works, the changes and improvements being so extensive as to render her scarcely recognisable.

Most Noticeable Improvements.

Most important was the planking of her hull over the iron, with 2 1/4 inch elm, to high water mark, involving an outlay of another $1,000. A splendid new horizontal condensing engine (80 horsepower) and a new boiler, built at the Kingston foundry were put in, and these competent judges speak of in favourable terms. The engine is not enclosed and hidden from sight, but in design and finish is worthy of inspection, especially when in operation. Aft the engine room is an open space which it is intended at present to devote to freight, but it can in the future, if desirable, be set apart for the ladies' cabin, which usually occupies this part of the favourite passenger steamer. The design and finish of the stairs leading to the saloon merit special mention; and to Messrs. H.B. Rathbun & Son considerable credit must be given for the preparation of the material used, not only in this work, but in the reconstruction of portions of the upper works. The saloon is spacious, cozy and well furnished, having a handsome tapestry carpet, and settees and chairs upholstered in crimson plush, supplied by Mr. S.T. Drennan. Off the saloon there are fourteen state rooms, in each of which there are single and double berths with spring mattresses, carpeting, etc. Travellers in occupation of such comfortable quarters should have their desires fully gratified. There are

Promenade Decks Fore And Aft,

one covered, to which passengers may resort. On the same deck with the state rooms, are the pantry, kitchen and purser's office, and before the smoke stack is a kind of vestibule. It is not calculated to become the most unpopular part of the steamer. The saloon is well lighted through glass of red, green and blue tints. The wheel house is somewhat square and high, relieved with pillasters and combings, and the trunk and hurricane decks have a railing which is decidedly ornamental. The boat is painted white, streaked at the main deck with green, and at the promenade deck with red. The Gypsy is 1056 feet long and 28 feet wide. Loaded she draws 2 ft. 8 in. forward and 2 ft. 9 in. aft. She can be loaded down until she draws 5 ft., but no deeper for canal service. As she stands now she must have cost the firm about $18,000, but she is a good boat, and should in time recoup the money expended upon her. The steamer has a staff of officers with the service of whom any steamboat owner should be satisfied. They are:

Captain - Mr. W. Fleming.

Mate - Mr. M.T. Connor.

Engineer - Mr. R. McCaul.

Purser - Mr. H. McNally.

Probably before this notice appears in print the Gipsy (sic) will have left for the capital.

Wind Wafts - The Murray Canal project is nearly forgotten. The Northumberland election is now over, and the Government has gained nothing by its promises.

Nelson Hudgins has been appointed keeper of the Long Point lighthouse. Mr. McCuaig has a nice time of it, endeavoring to pacify half a dozen others to whom he promised the position.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 27, 1881