The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 7, 1881

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The tugs on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence river have received orders not to carry passengers.

Last night three barge loads of phosphate arrived from Ottawa in tow of the tug Ellswood. They go to Montreal.

The mail boats are carrying large numbers of passengers to Toronto. The boat last night had a large passenger list.

Mr. P. Hicks, Belleville, ships a carload of horses per steamer Hero for Poughkeepsie, N.Y. They went over on the ferry boat this afternoon.

The schr. Richardson is unloading coal here. She will, after discharging, go to Gananoque to load barley for Oswego. The rate will be about two cents.

Capt. Robertson, of the schr. Samana, asserts that for several days, while on Lake Huron, he was compelled to light his lamps at 3 p.m., on account of darkness caused by smoke.


Str. Corinthian, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Str. Spartan, Hamilton, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Persia, St. Catharines, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Armenia, Toronto, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Cuba, Ogdensburg, pass. and fgt.

Schr. A.M. Foster, Toronto, 5,330 wheat.

Schr. Acacia, Hamilton, 9,537 wheat.

Schr. Samana, Chicago, 17,395 corn.

Schr. Richardson, Oswego, 250 tons coal.

Tug Eleanor, Ottawa, barges, lath.

Welland Canal - Bound Down.

A. Falconer, Chatham, Kingston, wheat.

B. Barwick, Cheboygan, Collinsby, timber.

A.D. Porter and barges Cavalier, Ayr, A. Craig and McCameron, Platt River, Collinsby, timber.

New Transportation Line - A public meeting was held in Prescott on Saturday with the view of promoting a new lake and river transportation line with headquarters at Prescott. An elevator is projected to be built at Prescott to transfer the grain from the lake vessels to the smaller river barges, and it is proposed to build the requisite number of barges this winter. In the meantime, it is proposed to organize a company to put on this fall four floating elevators, and sufficient barges to transfer a million bushels per month at this point, and the meeting recommended that the town pledge itself for $30,000 to $50,000 subscriptions to the original company, said amount to be advanced to the new scheme to enable it to begin operations at once. Mr. Gunn is the only Montreal gentleman whose name has been mentioned in connection with the affair so far, and very little interest has as yet been taken in the scheme there. English capital will be almost exclusively employed in the undertaking.


Boat Cut In Two and Now On The Way Up The River.

The Kingston and Montreal Forwarding Company have the contract for towing the steamer Campana, which, being too large to pass through the St. Lawrence canals, has been cut in two, and is now en route to Port Dalhousie where the parts will be reunited. The tug Traveller takes the sundered parts from Lachine to Dickinson's Landing, where they are expected to arrive tomorrow; the current thence to Prescott being quite strong two tugs will take her in charge, the Chieftain and Hiram A. Calvin. The latter will bring her from Prescott to Kingston which she will reach probably on Sunday morning, and at which a halt will be made while the Calvin is coaling. The progress of the tow must of necessity be slow. The tugs receive a certain sum per day while engaged in the service. The str. Campana is about 1,300 tons gross, and 270 feet long by 35 feet 7 inches beam. She was built in 1878 in Glasgow, for the cattle trade of the River Plate. The keel is two feet deep, and from its point of junction with the hull the bottom arches up on each side and then sinks into an inverted arch before rising to form the side of the vessel. This arrangement has something the same effect as is caused by the side keels of the Parisian. The steamer is

Worked By Twin Screws.

The engines are of the strongest. The two boilers are each divided into two, so that there are four boilers made of 7/8 inch plate and 12 feet in diameter. The shafts of the two screws are each worked by a compound engine, with 52 and 26 inch cylinders. The Campana will take its place on the Collingwood line of steamers between Duluth and Collingwood. It is noted as

A Curious Coincidence

that the Campana is going to take the place of the unfortunate Winnipeg that was burned, the latter having superceded the Chicora, the only other steamer which has submitted to the same operation in Canadian waters. The vessel has had its hull severed from keel to bulwarks, the forward part being 78 feet in length while the after part measures 175 feet. Besides dividing the shell, deck and 'tween deck, a water-ballast tank, which ran from stem to stern, had to be cut through. This tank used to be filled with fresh water for the cattle, and is now to be done away with. After a couple of trips it will be seen what alterations the steamer will need to make her in all respects

Suited To Her New Conditions.

Her speed will certainly not be a drawback, for she can make fifteen knots an hour. Her carrying capacity is also great, and in addition to the accommodation for the five and twenty steerage passengers which she now possesses, spacious quarters will be fitted up; cabins will also be added for first-class passengers. She possesses good guarantees of safety, being in three entirely distinct watertight compartments - besides having collision bulkheads at each end. Capt. Kennedy has been appointed Master, and Mr. T.W. Hugo, Chief Engineer. The latter gentleman, who has been long in the service of the line, says that there will not be such a strong, well-built, seaworthy craft on Lake Superior as the Campana.

His Own Surgeon - sailor sets his own broken arm.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 7, 1881