The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 17, 1881

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Deseronto Correspondence.

The new staunch propeller Reliance which has been building here this summer under the supervision of Mr. William Evans, a competent ship builder, was launched yesterday. The dimensions of the steamer are: Keel, 120 ft., 125 ft. over all; beam 24 ft. and depth of hold 9 ft. Her capacity will be over 200,000 feet of lumber, or 12,000 bushels of grain. The power will be furnished by one large return flue boiler, of 160 flues, and two engines of 35 horse power each, to which is attached two large propeller wheels each five feet in diameter. She is a perfect model and when fitted out with her upper cabin in first class style for the accommodation of passengers will be one of the finest steamers on the lakes. She is built entirely of first class oak and will be an A 1 vessel. The new steamer will be operated by the Deseronto Navigation Company, and will run between Deseronto and Oswego, making connections with the Bay of Quinte Railway here.

The schooner Pinafore was launched yesterday. She has been made extraordinary strong, with a new frame work throughout and other repairs to the extent of $2,000.


The schr. Bigler, with timber from Point Sauble, has arrived at Garden Island.

Yesterday four union men were shipped on the str. Campana. There was no grumbling about the wages either.

The tug Seymour claims to have run from Cape Vincent to Oswego, on Wednesday, in three hours and forty-five minutes.

The crew of the sunken Regina are said to have been non-union men, not being accustomed to rough weather and to have looked towards their own safety rather than that of the vessel.

A gale blew all this morning down the lake but at noon it had subsided sufficiently to permit of the Algerian leaving Toronto for this port. The three steamers, wind bound here for three days, also started west about the same time.


Prop. Celtic, Milwaukee, 5,289 bu. wheat.

Prop. Ocean, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Africa, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Str. Alexandria, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Schr. Richardson, Oswego, 118 tons coal.

p.3 Sent To Their Homes - passengers of up bound Royal Mail steamers, detained by gales.

p.4 District News - body found on beach near Pt. Petre thought to be from wreck of Zealand last November.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 17, 1881