The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 16, 1881

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The steamer Magnet was detained in Oswego harbour five hours last night by the gale.

The tug Gardiner (Gardner ?) lost her tow on the lake, her engine having become disabled. Assistance was telegraphed for and the drifting barges picked up.

If the old barge is allowed to remain in the harbour until Friday Sir H. Langevin will have no difficulty in concluding that it is anchored on a shoal, although he may not think much of the old hulk as a buoy.

The steamer John Thorn arrived here at noon with about 250 excursionists, one of whom (a handsome young lady) overstepped the gangway and would have been drowned but for the assistance gallantly rendered by Mr. Joseph Swift.

The steamer Corsican, which ran aground in the upper river some weeks ago, was found, on her arrival in Montreal Sunday evening, to have sprung a leak, and had seven inches of water in her hold. Owing to this the Passport took her place on the line to allow of repairs being made.


Schr. Filmore, Chicago, 19,000 bu. corn.

Schr. M.L. Breck, Detroit, 18,333 wheat.

Schr. Sligo, Toledo, 20,000 bu. wheat.

Str. Gipsy, Ottawa, pass. and fgt.

Str. Alexandria, Trenton, pass. and fgt.

Str. Armenia, Deseronto, pass. and fgt.

Str. Spartan, Hamilton, pass. and fgt.

Str. Magnet, Charlotte, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Scotia, Chicago, pass. and fgt.

Important Steamboat Enterprise.

A new and promising combination is on the tapis. It is proposed by the St. Lawrence Steamboat Company to join hands with the Saguenay Steamboat Company for the next year in order to have a through line from Toronto to the Saguenay established. One strong company of the two will be formed, and an English steamer, after the style of the Campana, now in Cantin's docks at Montreal, will be purchased and placed upon the lakes to carry both freight and passengers. All the river boats will be fitted up in the palatial style of the St. Lawrence Company's present steamers, with the addition of elegant staterooms. During the winter the enterprise will be well advertised throughout the States and Canada, and arrangements will be made to give through tickets from all points in both countries. The new combination will be under the enterprising management of Messrs. Leve & Alden, of the St. Lawrence Company, and they hope to be able to bring tourists hereafter in such numbers as have never yet been known on the St. Lawrence.

Deseronto Items

The str. Flight called here two nights last week with moonlight excursions from Napanee and Picton. She had a full load each time.

The schooner Pinafore is on the dry dock. She is to be cut in two and lengthened. Capt. Taylor was up a few days ago to class the craft, but after seeing her did not do so.

The new steam barge which has been in course of erection will soon be ready for launching. She is now receiving two new engines and boiler, which were all built at Messrs. Rathbun & Sons' shops. The new boat will be operated by the Deseronto Navigation Co. and will have an upper cabin for the accommodation of passengers. She will make regular trips between here and Oswego.

Returned From The West - Capt. J. Donnelly.

A Bargeman Drowned - off barge Huron.

p.4 Grain Trade Route - Can The Route Via Toronto Successfully Compete With New Welland Canal?

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 16, 1881