The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 9, 1881

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The excursion down the river on the Pierrepont today was not well attended.

Quite a number of timber laden vessels have arrived at Garden Island from Toledo.

The schrs. G.M. Neelon and S. Neelon, timber laden from Toledo, arrived at Collinsby this morning.

The str. John Thorn arrived about noon with a large party of excursionists from Alexandria Bay and Clayton.

The propeller Niagara brings 15,000 bushels of wheat to Kingston from Milwaukee at a through rate, about 6 cents.

The steamer Maud today filled one of the burned steamer Flower City's excursion engagements. Several others are to follow.

Tug Metamora, with barges, clear this evening from Collinsby for Cheboygan, and the schr. James R. Benson sails for Chicago.

Endeavors are being made to get the dry dock scheme in shape. It will be badly wanted by the time the large vessels come here.

The schooner Richardson will be completed, we are informed, by the end of the week. She has received a new pocket piece and garboard streaks.

There is at present sufficient water in the Rideau Canal for all purposes. Captains say that this is the best season for several years for navigation purposes.

The new harbor tug has been planked and caulking will be begun within a few days. The engine is now being put in. The boiler will be added at Portsmouth.

The steamer Nellie Cuthbert is undergoing alterations at Toronto, her promenade deck being extended to the bow. She is regarded as a failure. She is compelled to carry life boats, which take up much of the space intended for the passengers.

Welland Canal - Bound Down.

Victor, Toledo, Kingston, corn.

W. Greenwood, Toledo, Kingston, wheat.

L. Hamilton, Morpeth, Garden Island, timber.

Denmark, Toledo, Garden Island, timber.


Str. Gipsy, Ottawa, pass. and fgt.

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

Str. Passport, Hamilton, pass. and fgt.

Str. Magnet, Charlotte, pass. and fgt.

Str. Alexandria, Trenton, pass. and fgt.

Str. Algerian, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Barge John Gaskin, Oswego, 800 tons coal.

Barge Montreal, Oswego, 480 tons coal.


Tug Champion, Montreal, 1,300 tons coal, 36,000 bush. grain, and 40 tons phophate.

Accidents on Vessels.

James Stanley, Wolfe Island, a sailor on the schooner Bismarck, had two fingers injured a few days ago by getting them caught between the line and capstan.

While the schooner Bismarck was loading at Wheatley, G. Beechy got his leg between the saddle of the capstan and a stick of timber. The fleshy part of his leg was badly lacerated. Beechy will be laid up for some time.

Daniel Doran, on the schooner Norway, was prying a stick of timber with a pinch bar at Toledo, when the chisel end of the bar flew up and struck him on the face, making a terrible gash, seven stitches being required to bring the opened flesh together. Doran is very ill now.


The Flower City, burned at Clayton on Saturday, was built by Geo. W. Ault, Rochester, in 1879 and made her first trip in June 1880 for Mr. John H. Barry. She was 115 feet in length, and 24 feet beam under the rail. Proving a little cranky, she was sent to Oswego and false sides put on, and she afterwards proved one of the staunchest and most seaworthy boats on the lake. Last spring she was furnished with state rooms and fitted up with special reference to the pleasure travel. The first part of this season she made excursion trips to immediate pleasure resorts and the Thousand Islands. On the 17th of July she left for the Thousand Islands to make excursions on the river until September 1st, having been chartered for that purpose. She was a great favorite with the public on the river, as was also her commander, Capt. Estes. She cost between $20,000 and $25,000. It was calculated that she would carry 700 passengers safely and was 120 feet in length, 34 feet breadth of beam. upper and lower decks and aft cabin. There are some that advanced the idea that the fire was the work of incendiaries in the interest of rival boats, but it is not worthy of being entertained. The boat was insured for$18,000. Three thousand dollars of this amount were put on only two days before the fire. The origin of the fire has not been learned.

Captain George Crawford - complimentary address from passengers on str. Hastings.

Harbour Improvements - shoals should be removed.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 9, 1881