The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 10, 1881

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p.2 Steamboat Disaster - editorial on Victoria disaster.



The Mail has published many erroneous statements respecting the transhipping of this port, some of which we have corrected and contradicted. The most absurd allegation was that contained in yesterday's edition, as follows:

"A number of delays have already been reported in Toronto, and last night another was added to the list, the prop. City of Montreal having to refuse a load of wheat and sail light rather than take the chances of a delay, as she is a regular line boat, and must connect at other ports on time. Unless the Kingston men make a move and keep up with the times, there is every prospect of their forwarding business, like many another good thing passing away."

The propeller referred to has not been delayed in this port an hour during the present season. She has brought grain to Kingston five times, and has had her cargo discharged on each occasion within four hours from the time of her arrival. And her case is not exceptional. The forwarders have been ready for service at all times, excepting on Sundays, to facilitate the departure of steam and sailing craft from this port. Work has been begun at midnight and carried on all night, without extra expense, in order that expedition may be attained and the good reputation of the harbor sustained.

Raising Of The Barge Maggie.

Capt. McKennan, the underwriter's wrecking master, has rescued the barge Maggie. It had been stated that 7,000 bushels of her cargo of corn was saved dry, but this is contradicted. The entire cargo of about 19,000 bushels was wet, and a portion of it was, of necessity, pumped overboard. It is thought that the remainder can be sold to distillers at some price. The vessel is damaged to a considerable extent. The hull is insured for $10,000 in three companies, and the cargo was in the Chicago grain pool.

The barge arrived this morning at 11 o'clock and is now at the ship yard. She has two steam pumps aboard. Four frames aft are broken, and her bottom is much damaged. She was brought here from Dickenson's Landing in tow of the Jessie Hall. Her damaged grain has been sold to Buffalo parties for 25 cents per bushel.


The schr. Ella Murton clears for Oswego, where she loads coal for Hamilton at 40 cents..

The Canadian schr. Persia has been fully recaulked at Sloan's dry dock, Buffalo.

Mr. John Mackenzie, who was killed at Chicago on Monday, is the owner of the Canadian schooner Thomas R. Merritt.

Vessels having cargoes for Collingwood, Lake Huron, generally clear for Ogdensburg, away down on the St. Lawrence.

The barge Lily Hamilton is at Portsmouth undergoing repairs. She has received eleven new planks on her bow, new bulwarks, covering board, rails and stanchions.

The str. Hastings has been hauled out at Portsmouth and four new pieces put in her keelson. She will also have a new forefoot, new stanchions and other repairs.

The prop. Kincardine arrived last evening with barges Hercules and J. Walters in tow, on their way to Quebec. The barges are laden with timber from Goderich.

The str. Gipsey has made the fastest time between Ottawa and Kingston since the Rideau Canal opened. She left Ottawa at 6 p.m. yesterday evening and arrived here at 7:15 a.m. this morning. It is expected that she can do even better.

The barge Lancaster, belonging to the M.T. Company, was launched today. She has been thoroughly rebuilt at an expense of about $6,000. She carries 18,000 bushels of wheat. The other repairs to barges owned by this company are about completed.

The schr. W.R. Taylor, of Picton, which was wrecked last fall, is at Central wharf, Buffalo, being stripped of rigging and canvas, which are being stored in Vosburg & Baker's sail loft under the inspection of a Customs officer. This is done pending a decision in the matter of insurance.

The Toronto Globe says it is generally advanced that extended storage capacity must be provided at Kingston to realize from the new canal the benefit that might be expected, that there would be no difficulty in the way of finding men with capital to build all the elevator room that is wanted. But they would be deterred from investing their money lest in a few years the Government should deepen the St. Lawrence Canals, which would render the Kingston elevators of no value as storehouses. Kingstonians do not consider a stationary elevator a paying investment, and owners of grain do not desire it to be stored here. They want it sent to the seaboard as soon as possible.


Schr. Siberia, Toledo, timber.

Schr. Sam Cook, Chicago, 20,000 bu. corn.

Prop. Prussia, Chicago, lightened 3,025 bush. wheat.

Prop. Africa, Montreal, freight.

Prop. Cuba, Toronto, pass. and fgt.

Str. Gipsy, Ottawa, pass. and fgt.

Str. Spartan, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Str. Corsican, Hamilton, pass. and fgt.


Tug Glide, Montreal, four barges, 75,000 bush. grain.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 10, 1881