The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 15, 1881

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p.2 The Oswego Regatta - Emma loses by technical dispute.


The number of arrivals during the past few days has been very slim.

A heavy gale blew today from the eastward. The water was greatly agitated.

The schooner Gearing is still ashore at the Gull shoal. She has been on the reef a week and no tug or steamer can be secured to go to her rescue. A pretty state of affairs!

The steamer Passport went out last evening for Toronto, but only reached the Ducks when the angry state of the water compelled it to run back here. The steamer Corinthian passed down this morning three hours late.

The steamer Prince Arthur will run between Alexandria Bay and Dickinson's Landing, connecting with the Maxwell, and making a daily line as heretofore. Montreal passengers will take the Island Belle at Cape Vincent.


Schr. A.G. Ryan, Fairhaven, 188 tons coal.

Schr. Leadville, Chicago, 24,204 wheat.

Welland Canal - Bound Down.

Steam barge Goodhit, Toledo, Ogdensburg, wheat.

Prop. Celtic, Milwaukee, Montreal, general cargo.

Running The Lachine Rapids.

A Montreal correspondent pooh poohs the recent "feat" telegraphed about all over the continent of a tug running Lachine Rapids with an empty barge in tow. He says that 35 years ago the tow boats between Montreal and Kingston and Bytown always ran the Lachine Rapids with their full tow of from four to twelve loaded barges, and these barges generally drew from four to five feet of water, and carried deck loads of pork or flour. Some of the boats were: the Erie, Captain Wells; Porcupine, Captain Chanchoron; Bytown, Captain Kelly; Lily, Captain Stewart. He saw thirteen loaded barges coming down in tow with the steamer Erie at one time. They were all safely landed in the old canal at Windmill Point, without any great wonder being made of it. It does seem strange in this light that the passage of a light draught tug having but a light barge in tow should be made such a great wonder of in the year 1881. Truly we are not smarter in some things than our daddies were.

Buoying The Shoals - The work of buoying the shoals in the harbor has been completed. Two new buoys were placed on the upper and one on the lower shoals. On the upper shoal there is a average depth of 12 feet of water and on the lower shoal about 9 feet.

Whats The News? - John McGrath jumped off prop. City of Montreal during altercation at Toronto with captain.

-four members of schr. Regina found alive, only Capt. Amos Tripp missing.

-bow part of Campana broke from lashings and dropped onto river bed near Morrisburg.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 15, 1881