The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 18, 1881

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The barge Advance is receiving new timbers, new sides and a new deck at the M.T. Co.'s wharf.

The shipyards near Cataraqui bridge looks as if considerable work has been done at them. The ways have been improved.

The str. Ontario, running between Kingston and Montreal, via Ottawa, has been detained, pending her compliance with the customs regulations now very strictly enforced.

Welland Canal - Bound Down.

G.M. Neelon, Toledo, Kingston, timber.

Anglo-Saxon, Toledo, Garden Island, timber.

Gulnair, Romney, Collinsby, timber.


Str. Algerian, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Str. Spartan, Hamilton, pass. and fgt.

Str. Magnet, Prescott, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Cuba, Ogdensburg, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Persia, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Glenfinlas, Port Dalhousie, 20,000 wheat.

Schr. Singapore, Toledo, 12,014 corn.

Schr. Vienna, Port Dalhousie, 9,404 wheat.

Schr. C. Marsh, Hamilton, 15,457 wheat.

Schr. G. Suffel, Oswego, 100 tons coal.

Schr. Forest Queen, Charlotte, 260 tons coal.

Lake Freights.

Toronto - Dull and unchanged at 1 3/4 cents wheat to Kingston.

Chicago - Freights dull and rates nominal, with no charters reported to Canadian ports.

Detroit - Freights dull and nominal, 5 1/2 ? cents to Kingston and 8 cents to Montreal.

Charters reported - Bessie Barwick, two cargoes of pine timber, Duncan City to Garden Island, $80.

Toledo - Freights continue very dull at 6 1/2 cents on wheat and 6 cents on corn to Montreal, with nothing offering to other ports. Charter reported - Mediterranean, coal to Kingston, $1.50.

Steamboating in 1818.

A friend of the Star has exhibited the backboard of an ancient mirror on which is pasted the first page of the Montreal Herald, on Saturday evening, November 7, 1818. Among other things to which it is said to have made reference is the following: "The steamboat Frontenac, James Mackenzie, master, left Kingston for York on the 1st, 14th, and 21st days of each month; left York for Kingston on the 3rd, 13th and 23rd; left Niagara for Kingston on the 6th, 10th and 26th. The bay and river steamboat Charlotte left Prescott for Kingston every Thursday and Saturday morning."

Catching The Chain Tug.

Since the chain tug is working so far out in the rapids, it makes it very dangerous for boats to get up them, as they have to swing before they are really over the pitch. The str. Corinthian, on Friday, came so near the chain tug that the left point of her paddle box and her paddles touched the chains which are out on each side of the tug to keep her in position. These were quickly slackened by the men on the tug. Had they not noticed the accident it is thought the Corinthian would have been capsized.

The pilots of the mail steamers think they will have to canal it after this, as they run too great a risk in the river.

Accident To The Corsican.

The steamer Corsican struck and knocked a hole in her bottom yesterday morning while ascending the pitch in the Gallops Rapids. As there was a strong north wind blowing she took a shear and struck the shoal, which is a sharp perpendicular rock at that point. As the water commenced to run in she listed badly to the starboard and Capt. Sinclair ran her down to the sand beach, about one mile east of Cardinal, and grounded her in 9 feet of water. She had on about fifty passengers and about 150 tons of freight. With the assistance of the pumps the hands succeeded in keeping the water down and preventing her freight from being damaged. The steamer Cultivateur, on her way down, stopped and took the Corsican's passengers to Prescott and afterwards lightened her of her freight. The pilot thinks he can take the injured steamer to Montreal with the assistance of a pump which is now on its way from here, having left today by the steamer Traveller with John Donnelly in charge. As the Corsican was lying in American waters the Cultivateur was obliged, by the Ogdensburg Customs officer, to pay $180 tonnage dues.

The steamer Magnet has taken the place of the str. Corsican on the regular line for the present, the str. Norseman will replace the Magnet, and the Hastings runs on the Port Hope and Charlotte route.

A telegram this afternoon says the str. Corsican listed over a great deal more during the night.

Whats The News? - new yacht Sylvia sold to Napanee party.

Our Dry Dock - We are informed that theGovernment is favourable to the granting of a loan to the Kingston dry dock on terms similar to those upon which the Halifax dock was in this way assisted - that is, it will be advanced 1 1/4 per cent on the capital stock, to be paid annually during a period of ten years. Arrangements are being made to resume the work of construction at an early date.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 18, 1881