The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 2, 1881

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p.3 Steam Yacht Camilia - Dr. Holland writes to the Brockville Recorder that the new yacht Camilla, built for him by the Herreshoff, has not run 24 miles an hour, nor is she guaranteed to run 18 but 15 miles. The Dr. writes: "I hope I have a higher interest in her than this very selfish and childish one, and I hope the people on the St. Lawrence will look upon her, not as my possession simply, but as an educator. I present her to their inspection as the ripe result of the best and most careful experiments by a skilful band of brothers, through a period of twenty years. There is not a part of her model, her boiler, her engine, her wheel, that has not been arrived at by experiment. They are the only builders I know who have such an exact knowledge of their art, in every department, that they can definitely promise to build a boat of any certain stipulated speed, and hit the mark every time. The hull is modelled with reference to sea worthiness and great speed; the engine is compound; the boiler is a patent of the Herreshoffs, and according to a board of United States naval engineers, "practically unexplodable" and the propeller is a special design, having four blades."

Labour Troubles.

As the steamer Passport, of the Upper Canada Mail Line of the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation Company, was about to leave Montreal on her usual trip yesterday morning, the firemen and deckhands, some 15 in number, struck work, saying they would not return to work without their wages were raised $2 per month. After the steamer had been delayed for nearly an hour by the men refusing to return to their duty, their demands were acceded to and they returned to work. The crew of the Corsican, of the same line, made the same demand as the crew of the Passport, as their vessel was about to leave Montreal on Tuesday morning, and were actually in the act of leaving the vessel with their kits when the Superintendent of the Company gave in and they returned to duty. It is expected, says the Star, that the crews of the three other vessels of the line will follow suit.


The schr. Gearing is loading stave bolts at the esplanade for Oswego.

The Ariadne brings a load of wheat from Toronto at the current rate, 1 3/4 cents.

Repairs on the schr. Undine are about completed. The work done was to the extent of $1,500.

It is probable that the str. Hastings will be taken to Portsmouth and hauled out for some repairs to her hull tomorrow.

The Garibaldi, of Port Hope, is loaded with staves at the H. & N.W.R. for Kingston. She is now waiting for a shift of wind.

The schr. W.R. Taylor, which was abandoned by the owners, has been taken safely at Detroit and is now on a dry dock for repairs.

Vessel captains complain of the apprehension they constantly feel about the shoals in entering this harbour. The Government might spend a little money in taking it away.

An order was issued this morning by Mr. Ellis, Superintendent of the Welland Canal, cancelling the order lately issued restricting the loading of vessels passing through the canal to 9 ft. 3 in. Vessels can now load to a depth of 9 ft. 8 in. This will prove interesting to vessel owners.

Welland Canal - For Kingston.

Schr. P.B. Locke, Chicago, wheat.

Schr. Sligo, Chicago, corn.

Schr. Westside, Chicago, wheat.

Schr. Bismarck, Chatham, timber.


Tug Glide, Montreal, two barges.

Tug Edmund and barges, Cape Vincent, light.

Prop. Glenfinlas, Montreal, freight.

Prop. Armenia, Ogdensburg, pass. and fgt.

Str. Corinthian, Hamilton, pass. and fgt.

Str. Passport, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Schr. Philo Bennett, Charlotte, 200 tons coal.

Steam Yacht Wauwmet, Alexandria Bay.


Schr. Eureka, Charlotte, iron ore.

Schr. Anna Foster, Charlotte, iron ore.

Schr. George Suffell, Charlotte, lath.

Str. Edith Sewell, Sackett's Harbor, fish.

Lake Freights.

Toronto - No changes in rates. They remain at 1 3/4 cents on wheat to Kingston, and $1.25 on lumber to Oswego. Charters reported: Schrs. Ariadne, wheat, Hamilton to Kingston, 1 3/4 cents; Blanche, wheat, Port Dalhousie to Kingston, 1 7/8 cents; and Julia, Oshawa to Kingston 2 cents.

Chicago - Demand for vessels continues active. Leadville chartered to Kingston at 8 cents and a propeller to Montreal at 10 cents on corn.

Detroit - Grain freights very dull. Rates quoted at 8 cents to Montreal, 5 1/2 cents to Kingston and $33 per thousand for pipe staves to Kingston.

Toledo ? - Freights quiet and unchanged, 5 1/2 cents on wheat and 5 cents on corn to Kingston, and ? on wheat and 7 1/2 cents on corn to Montreal.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 2, 1881