The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 25, 1881

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p.2 Steam Yacht Race - Lancet ahead at Ogdensburg.



The tug Bonar, of Belleville, has brought here two drams of timber.

The steam yacht Nellie Cuthbert will run between St. Catharines and Port Dalhousie for the balance of the week.

The steamer Maud goes to the Thousand Island Park tomorrow. Joe will give one of his best spreads. Be sure and go.

The yacht Zitella, of Kingston, was in Brockville on Tuesday afternoon, having on board Messrs. J.C. Strange, F. Strange, John Strange, H.B. Strange and R.N. Kirkpatrick.

This morning the steamer Norseman arrived here with a party of Rochester ladies and gentlemen, who have been on a visit to the Saguenay River, Lake Champlain, Quebec and Montreal. They reach home today.

The steamer Corsican arrived last evening and did not leave until past midnight. The boat was detained at Montreal longer than it was expected she would be by the repairs which were being made to her hull.

The hot days and the cool nights have had the effect of producing dense fogs on the lake. Nearly every day, for some time, the mail steamers have been delayed. The Spartan, which reached Toronto yesterday, was four hours late.

The prop. Europe has reached here with a cargo of pig iron, consigned from Marquette to Montreal. This is a new trade. Canadians ship ore and stone to the States and the iron is then returned at a cheaper rate than we can manufacture it.

Capt. John Pomeroy, an old lake-sailing master and also a printer, committed suicide at Chicago by taking laudanum. In 1858 he took a cargo of grain through the lakes and across the ocean to Europe. His was the second vessel that ever made the trip, the Dean Richmond having made the passage in 1857.


Str. Passport, Hamilton, pass. and fgt.

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

Str. Magnet, Charlotte, pass. and fgt.

Str. Corsican, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Prop. City of Montreal, Toronto, 15,400 corn.

Prop. Argyle, Toledo, 16,500 wheat.

Prop. Ocean, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Schr. Sligo, Toledo, 20,910 wheat.

Schr. M. McRae, Toledo, 23,600 wheat.

Tug Active, Montreal, four barges, 600 tons coal.

Schr. E.H. Rutherford, Toledo, 18,128 corn.

Schr. Eureka, Charlotte, 260 tons coal.

Prop. Europe, Marquette, 163 tons pig iron.


Tug Active, Montreal, four barges, 80,000 bush. grain.

Schr. John Magee, Oswego, light.

Welland Canal - Bound Down.

Oriental, Toledo, Kingston, timber.

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

Guiding Star, Chicago, Kingston, corn.

Heavy Action For Damages.

The Richelieu & Ontario Navigation Company, through their counsel, have taken an action against Enoch Lunt & Sons, of St. John, for $20,000 damages for alleged breach of contract. In 1877, says the Star, the agreement was made between the two parties, to last for ten years, that the St. John firm agreed to withdraw from all the routes run upon by the Richelieu Company's vessels the two steamers Rothesay and Prince Arthur. The Richelieu Company paid $10,000 for the withdrawal, and the arrangement stipulated that if the St. John firm broke their contract they were to pay $20,000. The Richelieu company complain that not only did the Messrs. Lunt permit the steamer Rothesay to be run by them on their upper line, but that they have organized a rival company. In consequence they claim the enforcement of the penal clause for damages.

Obstruction Removed - Some time ago while the hulk of an old barge, from which hoisting machinery had been taken, was being towed across the harbour, it grounded upon the bar of Point Frederick. The obstruction was not only dangerous but unsightly, and some ill-feeling was caused on account of the efforts which were made to have it removed at once. The position of the civic functionaries did not seem to have been properly appreciated, but a plain duty had to be performed, and it appears to have been executed with as little unpleasantness as possible. The old barge has been towed to and sunk off Murney tower, and will, Capt. Gaskin says, be regarded as the commencement of the breakwater which it is proposed to build there.

The Humorous Whistle.

The humorous whistle of the steamer Armstrong, of Brockville, has been heard here on several occasions. As a humorist, says a contemporary, it is without a peer on the St. Lawrence, for at every screech it provokes the heartiest laughter. As many know, the main business of the steamer is the bearing of freight cars from Brockville to Morristown. In order to make his whistle peculiar, so that he might blow his approach and have the shunting engine sharp at the wharf to meet him on his arrival, the Captain designed one of his own; but the Grand Trunk fellows copied it, there being no patent, and destroyed its usefulness. Determining to outwit them he sent West and secured the one he now uses - one which the Grand Trunk sharpers are unable to imitate. It is known as the Chicago mockingbird. All excursionists are glad to hear it, and the campers on the islands when they see the steamer coming load up and burst out with a shower of handkerchiefs and with joyous shouts, when this strange whistle fuse is applied. The jolly Captain and his pilot, Joe Thompson, enjoy these pretty explosions as much as anybody.

Sailors' Union Wages - Last evening quite an excitement occurred on the K. & M. Forwarding Company's wharf. The captain of the schooner Pulaski, of Oswego, bounced his crew. They would not go for less than the union wages. Mr. C.W. Crowley, President of the Seamens' Union, went aboard and saw the captain, who said that if the men did not like to accept his terms, they could take their bags from his schooner. Both the master and mate tried to secure a new crew, but failing took the old hands back at the union rates and cleared for Oswego.

New Yacht - Valentine.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 25, 1881