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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 14, 1881

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Last evening a concert was given in the hall of the Seamen's Union.

The schr. Helena collided with the prop. Asia off Marquette, Mich. The steamer had her bows stove in and sank immediately. No lives were lost.

Passengers for Oswego and Rochester will remember that the str. Magnet leaves on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 5 o'clock p.m. and not at 5:30 o'clock.

The water in the Rideau is said to be falling, and some people fear freight may be delayed. The steamers Gipsy and D.C. West can run quite safely, however, as both draw very little water.

Rideau, Sand and other small lakes in the vicinity are now being visited by tourists from the Ottawa district and American side. Kingston merchants have received large orders for camp supplies.

The schr. Camanche is in Oswego, light, from Kingston, receiving repairs. She is reported to be chartered to carry coal, Oswego to Evanston, at $1.95 per ton net, which is considerably higher than any rate paid this year.

The well known yacht Gorilla, of Cobourg, called here last night and anchored off Barrack Street wharf. She goes to Oswego, Charlotte, and then home. Her owner, Mr. Geo. Gravely, and a number of friends compose her crew.

Deseronto Ship Yard.

The schr. J.S. Bullock is being repaired.

The schr. Peerless is receiving a new mast head today.

The schr. Clara White is being thoroughly repaired with new timbers and planked.

The str. Pilgrim lost her wheel while on her route to Napanee today. She will be hauled out this afternoon.

The str. Prince Edward was hauled out yesterday. She has been caulked and launched, and left for Belleville this afternoon.


Prop. City of Montreal, Toronto, 14,000 wheat.

Prop. Glenfinlas, Hamilton, 14,016 wheat.

Prop. Ocean, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Str. Algerian, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

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

Str. Cultivateur, Prescott, light.

Schr. Mary Taylor, Oswego, light.

Schr. Annie, Chicago, 22,403 corn.

Schr. White Oak, Hamilton, 12,291 wheat.

Schr. E.H. Rutherford, Hamilton, 18,638 corn.

Steam barge Gatineau and barges, Ottawa, ties.


Tug Bronson, Montreal, five barges 90,000 bush. grain and 100 tons phosphate.

Steam barge Gatineau, Cape Vincent, barges, ties.

Welland Canal - Bound Down.

Florida, Toledo, Kingston, timber.

J.R. Benson, Toledo, Kingston, timber.

Singapore, Toledo, Kingston, corn.

L. Hamilton, Chatham, Kingston, timber.

B. Barwick, Bay City, Kingston, staves.

Prince Alfred, Grand Island, Kingston, timber.

M.C. Upper, Toledo, Kingston, timber.

Acadia, Detroit, Montreal, wheat.

Celtic, Chicago, Montreal, gen. cargo.

Complaint Against A Steamer.

Very much has been done recently by the authorities in enforcing the law with respect to life boats on lake and river steamers. I wonder if something could not be done to make steamers responsible for failing to call at ports at which they are advertised to call when no mishap to the steamer or weather necessitates such a failure. Yesterday morning six or seven persons waited at Seeley's Bay for several hours in a broiling sun for the D.C. West, which was expected to call on her downward trip. Tiresome hours passed and no steamer arrived. At last these disappointed travellers had to obtain dinner at a hotel, hoping that ere long the wished for steamer would come after. But no steamer came. After dinner enquiry was made at the telegraphic office, when it was discovered that the D.C. West had passed a lower point several hours before, not having called at Seeley's Bay. This was most provoking, as there was no other way of getting to Kingston except by a hired conveyance, and as this is the busiest season with farmers it was with much difficulty that a team was obtained, the owner consenting to bring us to Kingston only on the payment of a most exorbitant sum. I do not know why the D.C. West failed to call at Seeley's Bay yesterday morning, but I do know that it is not the first time it has done the same thing and disappointed travellers; and I think it is time the public knew that this steamer is not to be depended on so far as connection at Seeley's Bay is concerned. I shall be a little relieved if the owners of the boat can give some satisfactory explanation of this irregularity.

One of the Sufferers

p.3 Steamer Seized - str. Island Belle overcrowded.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 14, 1881