The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 21, 1881

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Mr. R.M. Roy has received a new suit of canvass for his yacht Gracie from Kingston.

The ferry company are building a new bridge across the Wolfe Island Canal.

The barge John Gaskin is loading railroad iron at the M.T. Co.'s dock for Toronto.

The schr. Herbert Dudley has been black balled all along the line as far as Chicago.

The dock laborers are having little to do. Their wages do not run high into the tens.

On Friday morning next the steamer Hero will leave here for the Thousand Islands with an excursion party.

The schr. Ben Folger is chartered for the season to carry iron ore from Belleville and Port Hope to Big Sodus at (50 cents ?) per ton.

The schr. E.H. Rutherford left here on the 12th for Toledo, loaded, and on her return to Kingston reached the Canal yesterday.

The company owning the barge Minnie say that it will cost $1,000 to blow her up. It will be taken off as soon as the water rises.

The schooner Guelph arrived yesterday at Port Dalhousie from Kingston, with iron ore for Milwaukee, drawing 9 feet 10 inches, and was refused permission to lock through the canal and will have lighten two inches.

Capt. John Van Alstine of the schr. Wm. I. Preston was robbed of all his clothing, except a suit he had on, in Chicago by thieves who entered the vessel's cabin in his absence. They got no money. The captain fortunately had his valuable watch with him.

American vessel men have the advantage of Canadians. The former can have wheat carried to Kingston, and run their craft to Oswego or Charlotte to load coal for Chicago. This Canadian vessels cannot do, and thus their up freights are scarce and unprofitable. Any freight from Canadian ports for American ports should be given to Canadian vessels. Tit for tat, you know!

Trouble With Dockmen.

Cobourg vessel men say that Mr. R.S. Smith, of Port Hope, owner of the schooners Picton and Annie Minnes, was in Cobourg last week loading the above named vessels with lumber and refused to pay the longshoremen 20 cents per hour, union wages, where upon the men quit work, declining to accept Smith's offer of 15 cents an hour. Next he offered 20 cents, provided the men would handle two boards at a time instead of one. This offer was also rejected. Mr. Smith then engaged "scabs" but the union men whipped the "scabs" and frightened the others, whereupon all stopped work. Two of the union assailants were arrested and fined $10 each. The union men paid one of the fines and the man was released. Mr. Smith then went to Port Hope and engaged union men, at union wages, and took them to Cobourg, but upon learning the condition of things they refused to go to work. Smith then offered all the union men twenty gallons of beer to load the vessels, but this offer was rejected and Mr. Smith finally concluded to pay the men union rates and the fine of the unionist remaining in jail, and thus matters were satisfactorily settled.

Notice To Vessel Owners & Shippers - To prevent trouble, notice is hereby again given, and for the third time, that vessels will not be allowed to proceed up the old Welland Canal drawing more than 9 feet 8 inches. W. Ellis, Superintendent

Welland Canal - Passed Down

Schr. Cataract, Tyrconnell, Collinsby, staves.

Schrs. Florida and G. Thurston, Toledo, Garden Island, timber.

S. Neelon, Tyrconnell, Collinsby, timber.

Rutherford, Toledo, Kingston, corn.

Barge Lisgar, Chicago, Kingston, corn.

Barge Gibraltar, Chicago, Kingston, corn.

Steambarge Lincoln, Chicago, Kingston, corn.


Str. Algerian, Hamilton, pass. and fgt.

Str. Alexandria, Toronto, sundries.

Str. D.C. West, Westport, pass. and fgt.

Str. Gipsy, Ottawa, pass. and fgt.

Sloop Ionia, Deseronto, lumber.

Schr. Eureka, Charlotte, 286 tons coal.

Prop. Lake Michigan, Toledo, lightened 4,000 bush. grain.


Schr. Magdala, Oswego, lumber, posts and stay bolts.

Schr. Acacia, Oswego, light.

Schr. Julia, Charlotte, light.

Schr. Wm. Elgin, Fairport, 245 tons ore.

Schr. Jessie Scarth, Oswego, light.

Schr. Nassau, Oswego, light.

Sloop Delle (sic - Belle ?), Cape Vincent, 1,500 lbs. fish.

Sloop Ionia, Deseronto, lumber.

Str. Edith Sewell, Sackett's Harbour, 4000 lbs. fish.

Tug Bronson, Montreal, three barges, 55,000 bush. grain.

Lake Freights.

Toronto - Grain freights are dull at 1 3/4 cents, with no charters reported.

Detroit - Grain freights nominal at 8 cents for wheat to Montreal, 5 1/2 cents to Kingston, and firm to Buffalo at 3 cents.

Chicago - Lake freights dull and nominal at from 3 1/4 cents to 3 1/2 cents on corn to Buffalo, with no charters reported to Canada ports.

Toledo - Freights quiet and unchanged, to Kingston 8 cents on wheat and 5 1/2 cents on corn; to Montreal 8 1/2 cents on wheat and 8 cents on corn. Charters reported were schrs. Annandale and Ella Murton, corn to Kingston.

Port Dalhousie - Freights quiet and unchanged at 1-1 3/4 cents for wheat to Kingston.

Regatta Arrangements.

Last evening in the Council Chamber there was a meeting of yachtsmen and those interested in aquatics, and arrangements were fairly perfected for the regatta which will take place on Dominion Day. The following managers and committees were appointed:

Commodore - Mr. J. McKelvey.

Secretary - Dr. C.L. Curtis.

Treasurer - Mr. G.S. Oldrieve.

Managing Committee - Messrs. J. Wilson, G.S. Oldrieve, C.F. Gildersleeve, G. Offord, W. Harty, T. Robertson, G. Powers, M.W. Strange, J.G. King, Capt. J.F. Allen, Dr. Curtis, Capt. Fairtlough.

Sailing Committee - Messrs. G.S. Oldrieve, J. McKelvey, W. Harty, R.T. Walkem, G.A. Kirkpatrick, M.P., and Capt. J.F. Allen.

Judges - Messrs. G.S. Oldrieve and R.T. Walkem.

Second Class Race - Open to any yachts of twelve tons and under, and also to all yachts owned in Kingston, the course to be about 26 miles yet to be designated, and the yachts over twelve tons to allow the smaller ones seven minutes. First prize $75; second $50; third $30.

Third Class Race - No restrictions as to ballast or sails; to go once over the course. First prize $25; second $10.

Anchor start at 9:30 o'clock.

Winning yachts to have 10 per cent deducted from the prizes.

All yachts of twelve tons and under to carry no more than seven men.

No restrictions as to ballast. Each yacht, however, must bring back the same number of men and amount of ballast as in starting.

A Suggestion - shorten course for yacht races.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 21, 1881