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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 8, 1881

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The steambarge Saxon, of Belleville, is on the ways at Power's shipyard undergoing repairs. She is receiving a new wheel.

The St. Lawrence Steamboat Co. has purchased another steamer, called the Maxwell, which will run on the lower end of their route.

The barges Elm and Ox have arrived with the first cargoes of salt shipped west from Montreal this year. The barges carried about 3,000 bags.

This morning a raft of timber, in tow of the tug Conqueror, passed down the river. There were five drams. The timber, from Toronto and Hamilton, was bound for Quebec.

The Sailors' Union have started a subscription list for the benefit of the man who,last fall, fell from the crosstrees of the schr. Oliver Mowat, breaking his leg in two places. He is still a sufferer.

A canal steamer arrived at New York yesterday, nine days from Buffalo, bringing 7,500 bush. corn and towing a consort laden with 90,000 bush. corn (sic). This is, in time and tonnage, said to be unprecedented.

Capt. Allan's new tug is now ready for planking. The finest oak and elm are being used. The tug will probably be completed in about a month. The engine and machinery in the Lady Franklin will be transferred to the new tug. The hull of the Lady Franklin will be burned up.


Str. Gipsy, Ottawa, pass. and fgt.

Str. Magnet, Prescott, pass. and fgt.

Str. Passport, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Str. Algerian, Hamilton, pass. and fgt.

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

Prop. Cuba, Ogdensburg, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Prussia, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Ocean, Chicago, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Africa, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Armenia, Toronto, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Lake Ontario, Chicago, lightened 4,100 bu. wheat.

Tug Carlyle, Ironsides, barges iron ore.

Schr. Guiding Star, Milwaukee, 20,000 wheat.


Steambarge Nile, Ogdensburg, lumber.

A Steamer Burned - This morning the schooner (sic) Ionia took fire at the foot of Wolfe Island and was entirely destroyed, as well as her cargo of hay. She was owned by Mr. C. Kelsey, of Cape Vincent. This is the second vessel, laden with hay, that has been burned at the foot of Wolfe Island.

A Captain's Death - Last evening the fine propeller Prussia, of the Merchants Line, came into Swift's wharf with her flag flying at half mast. On enquiry as to the cause it was learned that the flag was floated out of respect to the memory of Capt. More, of the California, of the same line, who fell through an open hatch at Cleveland and sustained fatal injuries. Capt. More was highly respected by all who knew him. He had been a mariner for upwards of 40 years. His home was in Prescott.

Steamer Nellie Cuthbert - The steamer Nellie Cuthbert has not left port because the Government Inspector will not issue his certificate until she has been made to fully comply with the law. The recent steamboat disaster at London has sharpened the Government officials, who are especially particular that all the necessary apparatus for saving life is provided. The boats on the Cuthbert were considered too small, and an extra outlay of $80 has been made to remedy the defect. New steam pipes, bells and life preservers have all to be added. Altogether upwards of $800 ($300 ?) will have to be outlaid before the steame can pass inspection satisfactorily. Mr. Cuthbert, the builder, will be a loser to some extent by the strict enforcement of the Act. In a few days her repairs will be completed. She will then leave for Toronto, from which she has been engaged to carry passengers to Lorne Park. She is said to be capable of making 13 1/2 miles an hour. She ran from Deseronto to Kingston at that rate of speed.


A Talk With The Experienced Builder Capt. Cuthbert

Last evening Capt. Cuthbert was found quietly enjoying himself at an Ontario street residence. He was approached by our reporter and his reverie disturbed. Everybody knows the Captain to be a Scotchman (with Canadian ideas.) He came to this country when quite young and for the past twenty three years has been engaged in yacht and shipbuilding. He first established a yard in Cobourg at which some speedy crafts were built, but they were of small moment compared to those now the favorites. Among the first yachts built were the Sir John Macdonald and Garibaldi. Both of these have long since been converted into kindling wood. The Annie Cuthbert, now the Greyhound, of Chicago, was modelled and built by him, and is the fleetest craft in the harbor of that western metropolis. Following her came the Katie Gray, Surprise, Madcap, and many others. It is a remarkable fact that nearly all the fast yachts owned on Canadian waters at present were made by Mr. Cuthbert. The Countess of Dufferin was a big undertaking, unfortunately too large for fresh water. He said that her recent sale was a good one. He was asked what he thought of the Emma. He built her several years ago at Trenton (to which place he removed) for Mr. G. Offord. She is trim and fast; in moderate winds hard to beat; in a heavy blow he thought she might not be so successful. Altogether she was an excellent boat. He referred to the Atalanta which is now in course of construction at Belleville. He was laying himself out, he said, to make her that she could not be beaten. She will be about 84 tons burthen, yacht scale, but about 56 tons by Customs measurement. She is, he thinks, his best model. Only the most select material is being used in her construction, and no expense is being spared to make her such that the Queen's cup, now held by New Yorkers, may come to Canada. Her cost will be about $5,000. Capt. Cuthbert emphatically stated that the winning of the cup was a matter of honor to him. The Atalanta is now nearly ready for planking. Captain Cuthbert said that "new wrinkles" in yacht building were becoming known every day, and constant attention was necessary in order to fully understand them. He thinks that the Atalanta's model compares well with any he has seen. He keeps himself thoroughly posted on the latest improvements. He related his experience in yacht building in this city. Over ten years ago he started the Lady Stanley in Mr. McCorkell's ship yard. He about half finished her, and then (for some reason he did not explain) took her to pieces and removed her to Cobourg where she was completed. All the sails so far for Mr. Cuthbert's yachts have been manufactured at Messrs. Oldrieve & Horn's in this city, who, he considers the most expert in this line in Canada. If he can arrange the matter satisfactorily he will give the firm the contract for the outfit for the Atalanta.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 8, 1881