The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 26, 1881

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The barges Active and Monitor have been hauled out at Deseronto for repairs.

The number of railroad ties shipped from Canada to Cape Vincent was never larger.

The steamer Maxwell will be put on to the route between Cape Vincent and Montreal this week.

There is an apparent goneness around the city docks. There is nothing doing worth mentioning.

The rate on coal from Oswego has not changed for some weeks. It ranges from 25 cents to 30 cents per ton.

The weather today on the lake today was very severe. The water at the gap was lashed into a fury, and small craft had a rough passage through it.

The Thousand Island Park managers seem determined to kill off the Island Wanderer. They now demand 10 per cent of her gross receipts as payment for the privilege of landing at their dock.

The str. Hero will bring the Belleville Bridge Street C.M. Church Sabbath school people to this city on Friday. Fort Henry, and the penitentiary will be the attractive points for the excursionists.

The question as to whether the Cultivateur or Passport was the swiftest on the river was settled last week, when the former vessel gained twenty minutes on the latter between Cornwall and Montreal. So says the Star.

A floating dry dock is being built in the city between the knitting mill and Gleeson's ice house. The dimensions are 110 feet long by 40 ft wide. It will be suitable for small class vessels, but large enough for any Rideau Canal boat. We will give further particulars of it at another time.


Str. Gipsy, Ottawa, pass. and fgt.

Str. Algerian, Hamilton, pass. and fgt.

Str. Magnet, Rochester, pass. and fgt.

Str. Alexandria, Trenton, pass. and fgt.

Tug Conqueror, Prescott.

Schr. Jennie White, Cleveland, 420 tons coal.

Schr. Forest Queen, Charlotte, 265 tons coal.

Schr. A.G. Ryan, Oswego, 240 tons coal.

Schr. Twilight, Toronto, 13,545 wheat.

Prop. Europe, Chicago, lightened 4,000 wheat.

Welland Canal - Bound Down.

Defiance, Chicago, Montreal, corn.

Hyderabad, Milwaukee, Kingston, wheat.

Laura, Milwaukee, Kingston, wheat.

Cavalier, Rondeau, Collinsby, timber.

Grantham, Perry, Collinsby, timber.

China, Windsor, Collinsby, timber.

Annandale, Sandusky, Kingston, coal.

Mediterranean, Toledo, Kingston, coal.

J. Norris, Rondeau, Kingston, timber.

Oriental, Toledo, Garden Island, timber.

Dromedary, Toledo, Montreal, corn.

A.D. Porter and barges, Toledo, Collinsby, timber.

Shortage Question.

The InterOcean says two good-sized shortages are reported at Buffalo on grain cargoes from Chicago, the first being 343 bushels in the cargo of the steambarge C.J. Kershaw, whose bill of lading called for 54,363 bushels of corn. The steambarge Wm. H. Barnum, on a cargo of 49,000 bushels of corn, weighed out 237 bushels short.

A Dismasted Schooner.

People arriving in Chicago Friday by Northwestern trains reported that they heard a rumor at Waukegan that a sailor from some foundered craft had come ashore at that place. Later in the day the craft was mentioned as the Chicago. There was no foundation for the rumor. During the day the schooner Bessie (Boalt ?) arrived in the harbor and reported a three-masted schooner, wholly dismasted, lying at anchor off Waukegan. On receipt of this information the Vessel Owners' Towing Company promptly dispatched the tug Thos. Hood to the rescue. Captain William Pough, of the Knapp, saw the dismasted vessel, and says nothing was left of her spars except a stump of the mainmast. She was black and of canal size. Her jibboom and head gear are also gone.

At 1 o'clock Saturday morning the tug Hood arrived with the dismasted vessel in tow. She proved to be the schooner George B. Sloan, bound from Chicago to Oswego, and laden with 20,000 bushels of corn. The cargo is insured in the Chicago Grain Pool. The vessel is also insured. The Sloan measures 343 (313 ?) tons, is owned by Thomas Martin, of Oswego, classed A 1, and has an insurance valuation of $15,600. The tugmen said one of the seamen had been killed in the wreck of falling spars.

Striped Bass In Lake Ontario - imported.

Sudden Death - daughter of Capt. Jackman of schr. D.M. Foster.

Elevator Accident - one of elevators of St. Lawrence & Chicago Forwarding Co.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 26, 1881