The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 27, 1881

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p.2 Yesterday's River Excursion - Hero's trip, racing with steam yacht Camilla; Maud's weekly trip to campground.

Old Anchor Found - between Horseshoe Island and Wolfe Island in 18 feet of water, 300 lbs; 60 fathoms of chain, said to have been lost off old Durham boat about 36 years ago.

p.3 Clayton Yacht Race - not enough wind; Emma & Victorine.


The schr. Ocean Wave is undergoing repairs at Picton.

Nineteen vessels were expected down the lake for Kingston today.

Mr. Johnston, of Consecon, won the yacht Gorilla, of Kingston, at a raffle.

There was quite a blow on the lake last night. Passengers on the steamers received quite a shaking up.

The schooner Bella is loading 100,000 feet of lumber at the esplanade for Oswego, rate 77 cents per M.

This week the steamer Island Wanderer and Island Belle are said to have broken buckets off their wheels, striking but the water. The wheels are too light for the power supplied.

The prop. Argyle and consorts Sligo and Maggie McRae are loading iron rails at K. & M. Forwarding Company's wharf for Chicago at $1.60 per ton. They will carry 1,200 tons.

The schr. John Magee is expected in Oswego from Kingston. She will dock for repairs. It was off this craft that young Mulvaney, a former Whig employee, was drowned.

The yacht Sylvia has been used at Davy's Island for a christening. The proprietor of the island had his baby baptised aboard the craft. The child was named Jeannette Marie.

The tug Active cleared last evening for Cobourg with the barge Gaskin laden with 600 tons of coal. The coal is from Nova Scotia. The freight from Montreal to Cobourg is $1.75 per ton.

The steamer Norseman arrived this morning with an excursion from Toronto and intermediate ports. After a short stay the boat passed on to the St. Lawrence camp ground where she remains over today.

The steam barge Belle Wilson, having received her new machinery at the Kingston Foundry, has cleared for Deseronto. She loaded lumber for Oswego and from there takes a cargo of coal for Detroit. Several offers to purchase her have been made.

The schr. J.H. Breck (Capt. Booth) arrived at Collinsby this morning, timber laden, from Bay City. The vessel was four days on Lake Ontario, on which he says there is so dense a smoke that it is dangerous to sail during the night.

John Preston, who died at Oswego on Saturday, at the age of 91 years, was one of the oldest residents, having lived there since 1845, and being in active business over thirty years. He leaves six children, among them Capts. John and William Preston, of Oswego.

The laborers who usually load iron rails into schooners are kicking against the grain shovellers, who have the job of loading the prop. Argyle and consorts. The laborers claim that if the competitors do other than their "legitimate" business they (the iron lifters) will form a combination and load rails at the rate of $1 per m. The price paid now is $2.50 per m.


Str. Algerian, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Str. Corsican, Hamilton, pass. and fgt.

Str. Armenia, Ogdensburg, pass. and fgt.

Str. Alexandria, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Schr. Speedwell, Port Huron, 14,428 bu. wheat.

Schr. Marysburg, Toledo, 10,815 wheat.

Schr. White Oak, Cleveland, 360 tons coal.

Schr. F.F. Cole, Pultneyville, apples.

Sloop Jessie Brown, Milford, freight.

Sloop Trader, Oswego, pears.

A Pertinent Inquiry - How is it that our customs' authorities insist on vessels having their names painted on the bow, stern and quarter and refuse to give the necessary papers if this is not done, whilst vessels hailing from other Canadian ports are allowed to run with the name on the stern only? For instance, see the Gulnair, of Hamilton, now unloading at Garden Island. Why this partiality? - Vessel Owner

A Big Contract - As stated last week, Mr. John Waddell, of this city, has secured from the Marine Department the contract to build the breakwater at Cobourg. His tender was for $10,000. The pier will be 200 feet long and 32 1/2 feet wide, and built in 14 feet of water. Next winter Mr. Waddell will have the square timber (28,000 feet) got out and the stone placed on the shore in order that he may make a beginning upon the contract as early in the spring as possible. All the iron work will be made here. Mr. Waddell has just completed an extensive job on Lake Erie for the Government.

Unusually Large Shortage - On Thursday afternoon the schr. Sligo arrived here from Toledo in tow of the prop. Argyle with, it was alleged, 20,910 bushels of wheat. It was consigned to the Montreal Transportation Company. Before leaving Toledo the captain disputed the quantity of grain composing the cargo. With her draught of water he was clearly of the opinion that his vessel could not carry as much as she was stated to have. Before leaving Toledo he endeavoured to have the cargo discharged, but found it impossible. It was arranged that on her arrival here any shortage occurring should be made good. Mr. Thomas Meagher, landing waiter, weighed out the cargo 866 bushels short of the amount the vessel was said to contain. The value of the shortage was paid. It is a question how the mistake was made at the elevating company's office in Toledo.

What's The News? - This morning the steam dredge W.S. Daly, of Ogdensburg, with two scows arrived at Portsmouth. They will shortly begin the work of deepening the harbour. Sir Hector has done in this case as he promised to do.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 27, 1881