The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 26, 1881

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p.2 A Statement Contradicted - letter to editor about Capt. James Dix of schr. Bavaria, leaving injured sailor ashore.

p.3 Steamship Campana - arrival of second part; Capt. Donnelly's idea of joining them together.


The schr. Nellie Sherwood has reached here light from Charlotte.

The steamer Corinthian was expected to pass here this evening on her upward trip.

The schr. Eureka arrived yesterday from Oswego light. She is loading stone for Charlotte.

The prop. Africa has discharged 250 barrels of coal oil for H. Skinner, of Cleveland brand.

The schr. Prince Alfred made the run from Lake Superior to Garden Island in six days. What vessel can beat this?

It is said that the entrance to Oswego harbour is now quite dangerous, and that it is very risky for a vessel to enter it.

The tug Glide cleared for Montreal today with five barges carrying 80,000 bushels of wheat, peas and rye and ? tons phosphate.

The schr. Julia is loading ore for Fairhaven at 50 cents per ton. The ore is from the mine near Iron Ore junction. The freight on ore to Cleveland is quoted at $1.00.

Col. J.M. Wilson, acting light house inspector, will soon arrange the details for the construction of a new light on Crossover Island, just below Alexandria Bay.

The prop. Lincoln and consorts cleared for Chicago on Saturday night with 2,435 steel rails, 617 bdls. fish plates and 124 boxes bolts. The boats anchored at Nine Mile Point during the gale of yesterday.

The first of the Garden Island fleet, the schr. Norway, has been put into winter quarters. Freights are so low that they will not warrant the paying of the high wages demanded by the sailors on the lakes.

The Enterprise arrived from Port Dalhousie with the largest cargo that has yet entered this harbor, 26,000 bushels of wheat. She has been recently rebuilt. She will load 550 tons iron rails for Milwaukee from Prescott at $2 f.o.b. The vessel has four hatches. She will be the first vessel to take a cargo through the new canal.

No less than eleven timber vessels are now unloading at Garden Island, and one more, the Siberia, is expected before evening: Norway, Muskegon; Oriental, Toledo; Anglo Saxon, Toledo; Jessie H. Breck, Bay City; Florida, Bay City; Augusta, Bay City; J.R. Benson, Bay City; Bavaria, Toledo; Prince Alfred, Au Sable; Prussia, Grand Marais; M.C. Upper, Toledo.

A telegram from Port Colborne says that the schr. J.M. Fillmore, bound up the lake, had to run into that port this morning for shelter. The wind has been blowing a gale down the lake since last night, but it is now moderating. The steam barge Bruno was allowed to pass up through the canal today. She was loaded with explosives. She is now lying there awaiting more favorable weather.

At Wellington on Friday, the steam barge Kingsford went ashore at night about 12 o'clock. She was loaded with 9,000 bushels of barley at Campbell's dock and started to go out, when she struck on a sand bar and lost her shoe and rudder. The wind was fresh from the south, and a heavy sea drove her ashore. The barley is insured and all wet. The vessel is lying easy in six feet of water, on a rock bottom. The tug Hiram A. Calvin has gone with steam pumps to the rescue.

The captain of the schr. White Oak, which arrived here on Saturday from Cleveland, says that at Braddock's Point he found a yawl lashed to several pieces of timber and what seemed part of a deck. The yawl he picked up and delivered here. Near where it was found was a canal boat floating bottom upwards. He thinks it was one of those which had been carrying ashes between Kingston and other places in Canada and Oswego. There is a suspicion that the crew had taken to a raft and off it had been drowned.


Prop. Enterprise, Port Dalhousie, 26,000 bush. wheat.

Prop. Chicago, 4,796 bush. wheat.

Prop. Belle Wilson, Toronto, 10,791 wheat.

Prop. Celtic, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Str. Passport, Hamilton, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Persia, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Cuba, Toronto, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Armenia, Ogdensburg, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Lake Ontario, Port Dalhousie, pass. and fgt.

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

Prop. Africa, Cleveland, pass. and fgt.

Str. Corsican, Montreal, pass. and fgt.


At Montreal the Chief Engineer of the steamship Campana had occasion to dismiss a couple of men, their work not having given satisfaction, and afterwards several oil cups were found to be half filled with emery. The men had been allowed to remain on the steamship during the night following their dismissal, and although no one saw them do the act they were suspected of having spitefully done that which would have led to incalculable injury. The discovery of one unsatisfactory feature - by an engineer who was employed as he would not have been had his helper fortunately not been absent - led to a thorough inspection of the engine, when it was found that some of the nuts had been loosened enough to admit of much mischief being done had steam been applied without such an examination having been made. That the discharged employees have been rightly suspected has been indicated by the receipt of a letter from one of them a couple of days ago, saying that for a five pound note he could import some valuable information about the engine. His offer has not been accepted, but on the contrary steps will be taken to have the parties punished.

p.4 District News - Daniel McIntosh has been appointed keeper of the lighthouse at South Bay Point, at a salary of $150 (sic) per month - duties to commence on 1st Oct. next.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 26, 1881