The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 22, 1881

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p.2 Challenge Accepted - by N.Y. Yacht Club of Bay of Quinte Yacht Club for America's Cup.



The tug Chieftain has left for Hamilton where she takes a raft to Oswego.

The 3rd attempt to launch the str. Nellie Cuthbert, built at Belleville by Capt. Cuthbert, was successful.

It is reported that Rothesay made the run from Clayton to Cape Vincent yesterday, 17 miles, in 55 minutes.

Last week there were six crafts in this harbour named the Ontario, two propellers, a tug, a schooner, a barge and a scow.

The Prussia, of Grand Maria, and Groton from Sault Ste. Marie, with pine, and Oriental, Toledo, oak, have arrived at Garden Island.

The prop. Dominion, which was disabled off Scarboro' Heights on June 10th, has been repaired and gone to Toledo to load grain for Montreal.

The line formed by the Magnet from Rochester to Prescott, and the Cultivateur from Prescott to Montreal, will form a strong opposition to the new line.

The barge John Gaskin leaves tomorrow in tow of the Active for Toronto with 1,130 tons of railroad iron, the largest cargo of the kind reported to have been yet carried by any craft on Lake Ontario. The Gaskin only draws 10 ft. 3 in. of water.

This morning information was brought to the city that the steam yacht Swan was high and dry upon Simpson's shoal, Howe Island. The yacht is laying partly upon her side so that her keelson is exposed. The tug Mixer was despatched to her assistance. Her passengers yesterday returned to the city in waggons more or less disappointed and crestfallen.

The steamer Prince Arthur, destined to take passengers between Cape Vincent and Montreal, has left Montreal. She will, in the course of a day or two, make her trial trip in connection with the steamer Rothesay, and a number of newspaper and railway men from New York have been invited to attend. Capt. Taylor inspected the craft on Monday and rated her about B 1.


Str. Spartan, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Str. Corsican, Hamilton, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Armenia, Ogdensburg, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Cuba, Toronto, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Persia, St. Catharines, sundries.

Prop. Acadia, Toledo, lightened 4,000 wht.

Prop. Lincoln, Chicago, 15,800 bush. wheat.

Schr. J.R. Noyes, Chicago, 20,950 corn.

Schr. Oliver Mitchell, Chicago, 22,615 do.

Schr. Jamaica, Chicago, 18,000 wheat.

Schr. Mary, Port Stanley, 14,025 wheat.

Schr. Hyderabad, Chicago, 19,886 corn.

Schr. L.S. Hammond, Chicago, 20,099 bush. corn.

Schr. B.W. Folger, Fairhaven, 250 tons coal.

Schr. Polly M. Rogers, Chicago, 25,966 bush. corn.

Steambarge R. Anglin, Deseronto, lumber and lath.

Barge Gibraltar, Chicago, 18,200 bush. corn.

Tug Glide, Montreal, four barges.

Welland Canal - Passed Down.

Schr. Bigler, Whitefish Bay, Kingston, timber.

Schr. Gleniffer, Grand River, Kingston, timber.

Schr. Victor, Toledo, Kingston, corn.

Schr. R. Gaskin, Bay City, Collinsby, timber.

Barge Southampton, Bay City, Collinsby, timber.

Steambarge Indian, Bay City, Collinsby, timber.

Fast Rival Tugs.

The appearance of the salt water tug Conqueror on Lake Ontario has given rise to considerable discussion on the merits of the various tugs, and anything relative to their rates of speed will, no doubt, prove interesting to marine men. A correspondent, writing from Prescott to the Mail, says: "The side-wheel steamer Chieftain left Toronto on Thursday at 2 a.m. with four drams of timber in tow, belonging to Mr. Latimer, of Toronto, and arrived at Prescott at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, the 19th inst., making the run in 88 1/2 hours. This I consider a very good run for the side-wheel steamer; but the steam tug W.T. Robb has done still better, having left Toronto the same day, Thursday, at 7:30 a.m., and arrived at Collinsby on Saturday at 9 p.m., having three drams of timber belonging to J. Durkin, and one dram belonging to McArthur Bros. The latter dram the tug left at Collins' Bay and proceeded to Prescott with the other three drams, arriving there at 1:30 a.m. on Monday morning, making the run in 90 hours. This, after deducting the time consumed in going in and out of Collinsby (7 hours) brings the time down to 83 hours, which is sufficient to prove that the Chieftain cannot excel the tug W.T. Robb towing. While I am writing I may as well inform the public that the steamer Conqueror, from Quebec, towed Heath & Bradley's raft in 110 hours from Hamilton to Prescott. Either the Robb, Edsall, or Chieftain can beat that time every trip."

Visit To Brockville - on steam yacht Oneida, 50' x 10', description.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 22, 1881