The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 30, 1881

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p.2 Ship Carpenters - Mr. T.S. Darling, of Detroit drydock, to pay $2.25 per day; got about 15 men; company is building 9 vessels for the grain trade; 1,200 men engaged.

p.3 Light House Repairs - Mr. P. Harty, Lighthouse Inspector, has returned to the city. He has been making repairs to various light houses in this vicinity. At Pigeon Island a new pier has been built and the building placed in good order, at a cost of $200. The barns and stable at Nine Mile Point have been repaired at a cost of $50. Slight defects in the lights at False Ducks and Snake Island have been remedied. At the latter place the pier has been fixed. Mr. Chas. Sonchie, of Wolfe Island, has acted as Mr. Harty's aide-de-camp, while these improvements have been going on.


The schr. Belle will take 2,800 cedar ties to Charlotte.

The barge Albert is on the ways at Portsmouth for caulking.

The schr. Nellie Sherwood is loading ore for Charlotte at the esplanade.

The schr. Garibaldi has received all the repairs necessary to be made to her. She will be launched tomorrow.

The barge Lancaster, rebuilt, will probably be launched tomorrow. She was filled with water by the fire steamer today.

Captains report severe fogs on the lake. The cause is the heated state of the air and the extreme coldness of the water.

The schr. Sir C.T. Von Straubenzie, from Tryconnel, for Kingston, timber, passed through the Welland Canal on Saturday.

There is half a million bushels of grain on the way down the lake for the Chicago and St. Lawrence Forwarding Company.

The barge M.A. Grant has been launched from the ways at Portsmouth. She has received a thorough overhauling.

The captain of the schooner Lily Hamilton broke his leg at the mouth of the Thames, while the vessel was loading there on Tuesday.

The steam barge Saxon left Port Dalhousie on Wednesday night for Kingston, and had to return, as her wheel broke and bucket and the stern pipe became loose.

The Ottawa Citizen states that the Ontario will not continue her through trips between Montreal and Kingston, but that she will confine her work to the route between Ottawa and Montreal, running in connection with the Gipsy.

The prop. Lake Michigan, carrying railroad iron, from Montreal to Hamilton, ran aground 1 mile below Morrisburg on Friday night. The steamer Hiram A. Calvin was sent for and she was got off without receiving much injury.

The barge Maggie struck the pier while entering the Cornwall Canal. The line parted and the barge ran over the Long Sault rapids and struck on Crab Island. The Minnie (sic) is grain laden. She was in tow of the prop. Lake Ontario, and on Friday lightened 4,290 bush. of wheat here.

Capt. Donnelly has returned from Georgian Bay where, since the 21st of February, he has been working at the steam barge Isaac May and her consort, the barge Severn, which went ashore last fall. They were laden with lumber. On Friday he handed over the barges to the owner in Detroit. The barges were greatly damaged. The bows of both were broken in. The steam barge had to be floated to Detroit on pontoons.


Sch. Katie Eccles, Toronto, 8,900 bush. wht.

Schr. Nellie Hunter, Hamilton, 11,123 bu. wht.

Prop. City of Montreal, Toronto, 13,000 bu. wht.

Prop. Cuba, Toronto, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Armenia, Ogdensburg, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Ocean, Chicago, lightened 4,486 bu. wht.

Str. Spartan, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Str. Corsican, Hamilton, pass. and fgt.

Str. Corinthian, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Schr. Eureka, Port Dalhousie, 8,057 bu. corn.

Schr. North Star, Port Dalhousie, 10,165 bu. corn.

Schr. A. Muir, Toledo, 10,240 bu. corn.


Steam barge India, Bay City, light.

Barge Southampton, Bay City, light.

Barge J. Gaskin, Bay City, light.

Schr. Floretta, Chicago, light.

London Disaster - referred to in churches.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 30, 1881