The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 19, 1881

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p.2 A New Yacht - the Rob't A. McCorkill, built by McCorkill, 4 1/2 tons; beat Hard Tack (formerly named Thistle, Wolverine)



The work on the new harbor tug is progressing favorably.

The schr. D.M. Foster is loading iron ore for Milwaukee on private terms.

The steam barge Water Lily is having her shaft repaired at the ship yard.

The barge Adventure is loading at Gunn's wharf from cars, tan bark which goes to Portsmouth.

The schr. Julia, of Kingston, was tied up at the foot of Scott street, Toronto, yesterday, on a claim for sailors' wages.

The tug Ellswood and barges have arrived from Ottawa, the latter carrying 150 tons of phosphate, consigned to A. Lomer & Co., Montreal.

Calvin & Son's sixth raft made the run from Garden Island to Quebec in a little less than eight days. This is about the fastest time on record.

The schr. Singapore is loading salt at Gunn's wharf for the Welland Canal, on her arrival at which instructions will be given for the delivery of the cargo at either Detroit or Chicago; rate not yet fixed.

The steam barge Belle Wilson, recently burnt at Picton, is now at the Kingston foundry receiving the engine and boiler which have been built for her. The engine's cylinder is 6 in. in diameter.

The steam barge Indian, owned by Capt. Fraser of this city, with four barges, is in trouble at Fighting Island, one of the barges being aground, with her fore quarter stove in. They are loaded with timber.

The yacht Gorilla, which left Oswego on Sunday for Port Hope, was driven into Little Sodus by the shifting of the wind to the westward. Her windows were shattered by the seas, so that there was three feet of water in her cabin. She was wind-bound yesterday.

The boy who attends the horses on the schr. Bismarck was nearly drowned at Wheatley on the last trip up. The Captain asked him to swim out and tie a line to a piece of timber. The rope was fastened around his neck, and he jumped into the water. He had not gone more than two boat lengths when he was seized with cramps and would have gone under had not the yawl boat been sent to his rescue.

When the steamer Passport ran by the Corsican this morning the latter was still upon the beach. Captain Donnelly had begun work upon the Corsican and hoped to have her off soon. The steamer listed over so much that the aft rail was in the water and the kitchen had about a foot of water in it. Pumps were placed aboard last evening and got to work. The steamer will be taken to Montreal for repairs. She will resume her trips probably at the end of this week.


Str. Gipsy, Ottawa, pass. and fgt.

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

Str. Alexandria, Trenton, pass. and fgt.

Str. Corinthian, Hamilton, pass. and fgt.

Str. Passport, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Str. Norseman, Rochester, pass. and fgt.

Schr. W.J. Suffel, Oswego, 100 (400 ?) tons coal.

Schr. Fabiola, Oswego, 280 tons coal.

Tug Eleanor and barges, Ironsides, 300 tons ore.


Tug Carlyle and barges, Ottawa, coal.

Welland Canal - Bound Down.

Gleniffer, Toledo, Kingston, timber.

Craftsman, Chatham, Kingston, wheat.

Augusta, Toledo, Kingston, timber.

American, Chicago, Kingston, wheat.

W.J. Preston, Chicago, Kingston, corn.

John Magee, Chicago, Kingston, wheat.

Elgin, Detroit River, Kingston, timber.

Bavaria, Toledo, Garden Island, timber.

Siberia, Toledo, Garden Island, timber.

Norway, Toledo, Garden Island, timber.

Denmark, Toledo, Garden Island, timber.

J. Walters, Chatham, Quebec, timber.

Lake Michigan, Toledo, Montreal, gen. cargo.

Charmed Lives.

On Saturday the Flora Emma was on her way from Oswego to Oshawa with about 360 tons of coal on board. When she was abreast of Port Britian, and working up the lake, a gust of wind struck her, taking off her jib-boom and straining the hook of the block till it was almost straightened. The topmasts were the next to go, then the mainmast and foremast below the trestle trees, all over the starboard side bringing down the rigging to the deck with a run. The mainsail was split in two. It is simply a marvel how the crew escaped with their lives in such a crash, large spars falling over seventy feet, and bringing with them the heavy iron wire shrouds, blocks and tackles. The men were all on deck, and yet not one received even a scratch. The damage is estimated at from $800 to $1,000; fully covered by insurance.

Corsican's Mishap.

A Montreal merchant, in conversation with a Star reporter, gives the following details in regard to the Corsican's accident:

Yesterday morning, between 7 and 8 o'clock, we were going up the Galloop Rapids, (to avoid, I suppose, the Edwardsburg Canal dues.) When near the head of the current the boat was not able to stem the stream, stopped, and then had to fall back. She made a second attempt, but did not get so far as the first time. When making a third attempt, the wind, which was blowing rather fresh at the time, took her near shore, and she scraped over a rock, but still kept going up stream. This time, however, she made less progress than ever, and the captain would have to go down again and enter the canal. Ten minutes later the boat commenced to lurch heavily from one side to the other. The passengers, of whom there were about thirty on board, were just then at breakfast, but the crockery began to play such antics that the steward had to interrupt the repast, saying, "Gentlemen, we shall have to discontinue this breakfast." As there was a considerable quantity of water in the hold, Capt. Sinclair, who acted with great judgement and coolness throughout, brought the steamer down along the American shore until he found a "soft" spot to beach her. The purser was despatched in one of the Corsican's boats to Prescott for assistance, and returned with the str. Cultivateur. Meanwhile the attention of the stranded passengers was engaged by the appearance of an individual driving furiously for the Corsican. This gentleman introduced himself as a deputy officer of the United States Customs, and actually insisted on the Cultivateur paying paying $200 tonnage dues before he would allow the Corsican's cargo to be transhipped.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 19, 1881