The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 4, 1881

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The tug Ellswood, and barges Conley and E.B. Eddy, have cleared for Noble's Bay, to load phosphate for Montreal.

The schr. A.G. Ryan is loading lumber; the schr. Nellie Theresa, ties, and the North Star, railroad ties for American ports.

The schr. O.S. Storrs has been chartered, Port Dalhousie to Kingston, at 1 3/4 cents for corn. Several cargoes of salt offered, Lake Huron to Chicago at $1.12 1/2 per net ton, f.o.b.

The propeller William Johnston, in attempting to run through a shallow place between the two piers at Garden Island, struck a sunken piece of timber and broke her wheel on Saturday.

There is no reason to complain, as is occasionally done, that the Canadian vessels are not properly classed in the Underwriters' registry. The inspection of Canadian vessels was done last spring by Canadian officials.

A reporter of the Commercial Bulletin has been investigating keenly in New York business circles and concludes that two cents a hundred pounds can be saved by making use of the Canadian route to the ocean. "Enlarge our canals" was the sentiment of the business men of New York. The commercial metropolis is quite agitated on the subject.

Slow Work In Toronto

The Toronto Mail and Globe are continually making disparaging illusions to the Kingston harbour, pointing out its disadvantages and the improvements necessary in order that the interests of mariners may be properly promoted. It does not seem to have occurred to our contemporaries that a little attention to local affairs is quite advisable. Take the experience of the barge John Gaskin in illustration of our argument. She was sent to Toronto, drawing 11 ft., and could not get into that harbour without being lightened, and when she did reach her destination it took five days to unload her, whereas at the farthest the work could have been done in two days in Kingston. What would Toronto do if it had the trade of this place? We cannot conjecture. People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.


Schr. Erie Belle, Chicago, 17,300 wheat.

Str. Magnet, Charlotte, pass. and fgt.

Str. Corsican, Hamilton, pass. and fgt.

Str. Corinthian, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Armenia, Toronto, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Cuba, Ogdensburg, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Africa, Cleveland, pass. and fgt.

Tug Eleanor and barges, Merrickville, ties.

Prop. Argyle, Chicago, 100 tons R.R. iron. (sic)

Prop. Shickluna, Chicago, lightened 3,600 bush. corn.


Prop. Argyle, Chicago, 100 tons R.R. iron.

Schr. Mystic Star, Oswego, light.


The dreadful holiday disaster at London has but tardily awakened the authorities on both sides of the lake and the St. Lawrence to the changes which encompass steam navigation despite the strict provision of the steamboat laws and the great power given to effect their enforcement. The officials are, however, at least generally in motion, and detentions of boats, owing to lack of equipment are now frequent.

The inspections in Kingston have been quite regular and efficient, yet even here there were weaknesses which called for peremptory stoppages. There remains, however, a great unchecked evil in steamboat navigation - that of racing. This season captains are particularly given to this foolhardy indulgence. It has been frequently reported recently as occurring between tug boats on the lake, and between passenger steamers on the Bay of Quinte and river. The introduction of a new or rival boat is the certain prelude to a series of races. The comfort and safety of the passengers seems to be of comparative insignificance compared with the glory of outsailing that other boat a quarter of a mile in fifty miles. It cannot be said that accidents do not occur by such foolish rivalry, for the writer not long since witnessed a very threatening one. No more tragic warning could be given than the fate of the small steamer Phaeton, which, while racing last week with the steamer Handy on the Ohio River near Cincinnati, was torn to pieces by the explosion of her boilers. Five persons were killed outright, two fatally and many slightly injured. Both steamers were loaded with passengers, and the escape from a worse calamity is marvellous, since the Handy was close enough to have her smoke stacks blown away. Racing set in on Thursday between the large steamers on the St. Lawrence, and the interposition of the Government should be prompt. If there be no law to properly restrain captains, it is hoped that the next Parliament will provide it in company with a provision to limit the number of passengers on excursion boats through capable inspectors.

p.3 Wind Wafts - Emma and Katie Gray go to Ogdensburg.

An Old Bell - old copper bell formerly on str. Great Britain, for 25 years in tannery at Milburn, now on str. Corinthian.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 4, 1881