The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 20, 1881

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p.2 City Council - discuss Signal Service - mast destroyed last fall at Power's shipyard, to build new one in centre of Market Battery.



Captains complain of the lighthouse keeper at Nine Mile Point not sounding the bell during a fog.

The steamer Gipsy brought here this morning a heavy cargo of goods for exhibition at the Midland.

The blow of last week on the lake was very severe. Captains report it the worst of the season so far.

The schr. Sam Cook has cleared for Charlotte, where she will load coal for Chicago at $2.10 per ton net.

The tug Champion has cleared for Montreal with a tow of barges carrying 80,000 bush. of wheat and 150 tons of phosphate.

The str. Chieftain has arrived from Long Point off which she took the schr. Gearing. The work was done under the supervision of the veteran wrecker, D.D. Calvin, M.P.P.


Schr. Sam Cook, Chicago, 21,000 wheat.

Schr. J.R. Merritt, Chicago, 22,681 wheat.

Schr. Jessie Drummond, Chicago, 10,000 cubic ft. walnut logs.

Str. Gipsy, Ottawa, pass. and fgt.

Str. Passport, Hamilton, pass. and fgt.

Str. Alexandria, Trenton, pass. and fgt.

Str. Armenia, Deseronto, pass. and fgt.

Str. D.C. West, Westport, pass. and fgt.

Welland Canal - Bound Down.

Schr. Norway, Montage, Garden Island, timber.

Schr. Oriental, Toledo, Garden Island, timber.

Schr. Anglo Saxon, Toledo, Collinsby, timber.

Shoals In The Harbor.

Plans of our harbour, showing where the shoals are located and the depth of water over and around them have been prepared for submission to the Hon. the Minister of Public Works when the civic deputation goes to Ottawa to interview members of the Government in regard to public improvements towards which it is anticipated important financial aid will be granted. In examining the chart we find that the water between the Martello tower and Point Frederick shoal is 15 feet deep at the shallowest place, and 24 feet at the deepest; on the shoal, when the soundings were taken there was 9 1/2 feet of water at one end and 11 feet at the other, but it is safe to say that there has been quite a fall since the survey was made. Between the shoal and Point Frederick there is a depth of from 19 ft. to 33 ft., or an average of 25 ft. There is a depth of from 13 1/2 ft. to 23 ft. between the two shoals in taking the calculations due north and south. The Carruthers shoal, which is shelving, lies deeper, the distance from it to the surface of the water at the north end being 11 1/2 ft. and the south end 13 ft. Just beyond it there is a depth of 36 ft. These shoals are said to be of limestone, and quite easy of removal. With a moderate expenditure of money our harbour could be vastly improved.

Rumor Not Verified - about loss of Norway.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 20, 1881