The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 19, 1881

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Advantages Of The Drogue

To the Sporting Editor of the Mail;

Sir, As the drogue is not used by yachtsmen on these lakes I should like to say a few words about the practical uses of one. I sailed the Bulldog, of the Toronto Yacht Club, from Toronto to Kingston, for the purpose of experimenting with a drogue of four feet diameter. I found that with its help I could reef nearly as quick as with a crew, and that I did not go a tenth part to leeward. In one rather heavy squall I nearly threw her into the wind and let go the drogue (which I kept in the stern sheets.) I was thus enabled to get the canvas off and reef without any trouble whatever. On Friday night, when about ten miles out in the lake, somewhere about Presqu'Isle, the wind shifted to the east and blew a stiff breeze. I lowered canvas and used the drogue, and I did not think I think drift more than a mile and a half from midnight till sunrise. It would have been impossible to work to windward in the heavy choppy sea that was running, and I doubt if I could have found shelter owing to the thick smoke. I think the practical use of the drogue is evident, especially for the smaller craft on these lakes, and a little money spent in having one made might be the means of saving the yacht, owner and crew on some occasion.

Yours, etc., ARTHUR EVANS.

Royal Military College, Sept. 15th.


Lost Columbia.

Hamilton, Sept. 18th - James Barkie, a watchman on the propeller Columbia, arrived in the city today from Collingwood. He was one of the few survivors of the sad catastrophe, and his story is substantially the same as the account of the sinking of the propeller previously given. Mr. Barkie says the account of the wreck given in the letter sent by Capt. Wright is about correct. He was saved with six others. Three of them remained at Frankfort, Mich., and three returned to their homes in Collingwood. Mr. Barkie says the people of Frankfort were as kind as possible, and aided the sufferers nobly. The captain of the tug there also deserves credit for his actions. Messrs. Wright and Moore left Frankfort at 4 a.m. yesterday with five bodies, and are expected here at 2 a.m. tomorrow. A report just received says that four more bodies have been found.


The mail steamers have resumed their regular trips again.

The barge Kinghorn has been thoroughly rebuilt and launched.

The barge McCarthy has been hauled out on the ways for overhauling.

A raffle of the yacht Wm. Henry occurs on the 27th inst., at Napanee.

The prop. Africa, cleared for Cleveland yesterday, laden with 50 tons of phosphate.

The steamer Hastings is now lying here. She has arrived from Charlotte with fruit.

The sails, masts, etc., for the barge Gaskin have been made and will be placed upon her during the winter.

The entrance to Picton harbour is anything but pleasant on account of the unsightly vessels that range along its shore.

The schr. B.W. Folger has cleared for Fairhaven with 274,932 lbs. of malt from McMillan's; rate 1 cent per bushel f.o.b.

The steamer Magnet arrived yesterday morning from Charlotte. She passed down the river for Sorel where she will lay up for the winter.

Vessels drawing 11 1/4 feet of water will be allowed to pass through the Welland Canal, if towed, but if propelled 10 3/4 draught will only be allowed.

Messrs. Davidson & Doran have been awarded the contract for building a boiler for the tug Active. The boiler will be ready for placing in the tug on Feb. 1st.

The frame of the new schooner, now on the Montreal Transportation Company's ways, will have a carrying capacity of 50,000 bushels. She will be the consort of the Gaskin.

The sails of the yacht Atalanta are now ready for fitting. They have been manufactured by Messrs. Oldrieve & Horne, of this city. The craft will be rigged out this week.

The medals to be presented to the crew of the John Weller (sic - Walters ?) for the rescue of life in the gale of November last, have been received by Mr. McCuaig, M.P. and will be presented publicly some time in the near future.

Capt. Mathews, schr. John Wesley, gallantly saved the second daughter of Mr. Miller, near Ferry Point, by rescuing her from drowning. The young lady had gone down for the third time when the captain with great effort succeeded in getting her ashore, when she was resucitated. About nineteen years ago Capt. Mathews saved the lives of his mate and wife. His vessel had been stranded and they were going ashore in the yawl when it capsized and were thrown into the water, but were rescued from a watery grave by the heroic captain.


Str. Corinthian, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Str. Magnet, Charlotte, pass. and fgt.

Str. Algerian, Hamilton, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Persia, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Armenia, Toronto, pass. and fgt.

Prop. California, Cleveland, pass. and fgt.

Welland Canal - Bound Down.

Barge Lisgar, Chicago, Kingston, wheat.

Barge Gibraltar, Chicago, Kingston, wheat.

Steam barge Lincoln, Chicago, Kingston, wheat.

Running The Rapids.

The trip of the steam tug Plover down the Lachine Rapids with a barge in tow has caused much talk among the mariners. Mr. William Leslie was interviewed today and states that the tug McArthur has often run the North Sault with lake lockage rafts. Two years ago five trips were made down the Long Sault the same side of the rapids followed by the mail boats. On the first trip, and while at the long pitch the heavy tow line broke. The engine was reversed and the raft allowed to run alongside, and while tossing about in the angry water, Mr. Lesslie jumped upon it and attached a smaller line by means of which the rest of the journey was safely made. This year the lake lockage raft would have been taken down the river in a similar way but that they were too much shaken up.

p.3 A Loss To Kingston - R. & O. Nav. Co. to lay up all steamers at Sorel instead of at Kingston or Montreal.

Late Oswego Regatta - nature of Offord's protest.

Extending A Wharf - recently purchased by M.T. Co. from Messrs. Calvin & Breck, to be extended 300 (800 ?) feet.

Belleville Regatta - Bay of Quinte Yacht Club to hold annual regatta on 30th.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 19, 1881