The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 13, 1881

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p.2 ad - Deseronto Navigation Co. - Pilgrim, Deseronto, Armenia, with schedule.



A beacon is being put up at Oswego, on Lake Ontario.

The schr. Oliver Mowat has arrived, after an absence of eight months.

The keel of Capt. J.F. Allen's new harbour tug has been laid at Powers' ship yard.

An offer of $9,200 has been made for the schr. W.R. Taylor as she now lies at Buffalo.

The schr. Lady Dufferin ran ashore at Cleveland on Thursday last, but was released uninjured.

Capt. Lewis and Capt. Taylor have made a survey of the damages to the schr. Lily Hamilton.

The old str. Passport made the run from Kingston to Brockville on Saturday morning in three hours and a half.

The schr. A.G. Ryan left here Thursday afternoon for Fairhaven to load coal. She arrived back on Saturday evening. Good time.

Capt. Cuthbert expects to launch tomorrow the steamer upon which he has been engaged at Belleville for the past three or four months.

The propeller Enterprise, which is undergoing repairs at Port Dalhousie, when finished, will be one of the largest carriers on the lower lakes.

It was the sailors instead of the shovellers that last struck at Portsmouth. They were discharging the grain and wanted 30 cents an hour for night work.

Members of the Kingston Boating Club are in possession of the new boat house, adjacent to the Grand Trunk wharf. It is roomy, capable of holding 30 or 40 boats. Its convenience cannot be too much appreciated.

Collinsby Timber Arrivals.

Mary Merritt, Lake Superior.

G.M. Neelon, Toledo.

China, Toledo.

Augusta, Toledo.


Schr. Guelph, Toronto, 17,000 bu. wheat.

Schr. Kate, Oswego, 159 tons coal.

Schr. Speedwell, Toronto, 14,500 bu. wheat.

Str. City of Montreal, Toronto, 15,000 bush. corn.

Str. Spartan, Hamilton, pass. and fgt.

Str. Corsican, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Persia, Montreal, sundries.

Prop. Cuba, Toronto, pass. and fgt.

Prop. California, Cleveland, pork.

Schr. Oliver Mowat, Cleveland, 500 tons coal.

Schr. A.G. Ryan, Fairhaven, 250 tons coal.

Prop. Alma Munro, Toledo, lightened 4,300 bush. corn.

Schr. Ontario, Oswego, 118 tons coal.

Schr. Geo. Suffel, Oswego, 122 tons coal.


Schr. Speedwell, Oswego, light.

Tug Bronson, Montreal, three barges, 6,000 bush. corn, 100 tons phosphate.

Tug Eleanor and barges, Ironsides, 250 tons coal.

Lake Freights.

The following are the charters from Chicago to Kingston: Schrs. Nassau, 21,000 corn; Penokee, 21,000 corn; P.M. Rogers, 22,000 corn; Bangalore, 11,000 corn. All receive 7 1/2 cents.

New Excursion Boat.

Tomorrow the steamer Lady Rupert will leave here for Toronto, from which she will run as a passenger and excursion boat to Thousand Island Park, Oswego, Rochester, Lewiston, Niagara, Grimsby, Port Dalhousie, in fact to any place east and west on Lake Ontario pursuant to engagement. Her appearance is certainly very attractive. Last May she was purchased by Mr. W.E. Cornell, of Toronto, from Mr. J. Wilson, of Quebec, having been built and used for a couple of seasons for towing in the gulf. She was brought to Power's shipyard and rebuilt from the lower deck up, the alterations costing about $6,000. The improvements include a splendid promenade deck, an awning deck, a cosy cabin, smoke consumer, etc. The boat has been supplied with life boats, life preservers, fire hose, in fact every thing which can guarantee safety to the traveller. The steamer is strongly built, and has an engine which is capable of driving her along at an average speed of about 16 miles an hour. It is said that she can make 18 miles an hour if necessary. Speed and safety are the greatest essentials in steamboating now-a-days, and of both of these the Lady Rupert gives assurance. As she stands now, virtually new, she is valued at $32,000. On Saturday evening it was intended to have her make a trial trip, but the work of the finishers was not sufficiently advanced to admit of such a thing. Her size may be judged by the fact that it is estimated that she will carry about 2,000 persons. The rebuilding and refitting of the boat have been done under the supervision of Captain Tripp and Mr. J.M. Wilkie, both of whom have reason to be elated at the result of their mission or commission.

Tug For The Lakes - Yesterday the tug Conqueror arrived from Quebec, and at this port shipped her new commander, Captain Reid. She is owned by Mr. Ross, of Quebec, and will be employed during the summer in towing rafts on the lake. The Conqueror has an iron hull and two compound engines, which can be worked singly or together. She is said to be not only fast but powerful. In turning in the harbor one wheel was worked forwards and the other backwards, having machinery of which few boats are possessed. The tug went to Toronto last evening.

p.4 County News - pressed hay carried on Mary Taylor, Mary O'Gorman.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 13, 1881