The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 3, 1881

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To be a Canadian is sufficient to condemn a man in the eyes of many an American, and as a rule the latter ask in the words of old, slightly altered, "Can any good thing come out of Canada?" Although their population is ten to one against Canada, and their capital in even a greater proportion, they recognize in the business men of the country rivals that are bound to make themselves felt. So long as they endeavor to restrain the trade by fair means, the rivalry was a healthy one, and tended to bring out the best points of both countries, but they have for the past year or two confined themselves to a system of crying down Canadian enterprise in a way either creditable nor just. Lately the canal and all vessels built to suit the requirements of the canal trade was the object of their attack. Not even a stonehooker came to grief on this lake but it was magnified into a "canaller" by the time the news reached Chicago, and a moral was drawn against shipping grain via the Welland Canal route. For years it was the

Canadian Wrecking Laws,

with their "inhumanity," that caused the trouble, and in attacking them they quite forgot that they were framed on the American model, and brought into active force by the conduct of Americans in connection with the seizure of the tug Robb, and the affairs of Messieurs Norris & Neelon, noted in the despatch below. So long as Canadians had no properly equipped wrecking company there was some ground for the attacks, but now, when they possess the best outfit on the lakes, Americans should give it a chance. The tug Swain lies a wreck in Canadian waters, and as every appliance for raising her can be had on Canada shores the Customs authorities very properly refuse a permit to American wreckers. No doubt this will be greeted with the moral howl of indignation, but Canadians can stand that as easily as the abuse they formerly received so freely.

Describing The Difficulty.

The tug Martin Swain was sunk by collision with the propeller Jay Gould on Tuesday morning last when off Bois Blanc Island, in Canadian waters. The Custom authorities have refused to allow Drummond's tugs and wrecking apparatus to work on her, as the Canadian wreckers are willing, with three steam pumps and the best wrecking outfit on the lakes, to take the job at a reasonable figure. Every endeavour is being made, however, to do without their services. The renowned diver, James Quinn, formerly of Kingston, has been engaged, and is working

Patching Up The Gash,

which is four feet wide, and nearly down to her keel, and it is the intention to try and pump her out with a steam ? engine, without straightening her up on an even keel. The parties who own the Swain are alleged to be the parties who would not allow Captains Norris & Neelon to work one of their propellers on a consort which broke away from the propeller and went aground at Alpena a few years ago, and so put Messrs. Norris & Neelon to the expense of some $40,000 over the matter. They are also the same parties that own the tug Winslow, which was seized for evading the Canadian wrecking laws, but escaped; and also owners of barge Ark, which for the same offence is now lying under seizure here. The several Canadian wreckers are holding themselves in readiness to go at a moment's notice, if called, so that no excuse can be offered for refusing their services. Captain John McKenna, the well known insurance man, of Detroit, is superintending the job for the insurance companies, assisted by Charles Baxter, United States ex-Consul at this port. [Toronto Mail]

p.2 The Late Oswego Regatta - more on Offord ruling re. yacht Emma - what [Forest & Stream] has to say.


The schr. Oliver Mowat has loaded 400 tons of stone for Charlotte. She clears this evening.

The pole and rigging for the storm drum were erected this afternoon opposite the City Hall.

The cargo of the schooner Ella Murton has been found all right after all. One draft was not counted.

The Hiram A. Calvin successfully took the steam barge Kingsford to Oswego and returned yesterday.

The steamer Chieftain has reached Garden Island after assisting to tow the Campana to Port Dalhousie.

The Island Belle has gone into winter quarters and the Cayuga put on the route between Cape Vincent and the Bay.

The tug Champion has cleared for Montreal with five barges which carry 1,800 tons coal, 80 tons phosphate and 80,000 bushels of grain.

The wages in Lake Ontario is $1.75 per day, canal rate $2 per day. The wages of the Union men on this lake are regulated by those fixed at Port Hope and Toronto.

This afternoon the Maud took a full load of horses, cattle and sheep to Cape Vincent. The Hero brought down a cargo of livestock, which will go over tomorrow.

Capt. Sullivan, of the schr. Straubenzie, expressed himself as highly pleased with the despatch received at the new elevator at Midland, and also with the splendid harbour.

Captain Thos. F. Taylor, of the Annie Faulkner (sic - Falconer), says he has been engaged in the Lake Erie trade all year, and has done pretty well. The Annie Faulkner was entirely new built above the covering board this season, and came out with a register of A 2. She carries 13,000 bushels of barley. Capt. Taylor is deserving of success.

The tug Active arrived back yesterday from towing the Campana to Port Dalhousie. On the way up the Active acted as pilot. The first run was to Presqu'isle where the tow laid up for a day. Then a push was made for Whitby where a stoppage for another day took place. A start was made on the following day, but they had to run back. Again they started and succeeded in reaching Port Dalhousie. The tugs accompanying the steamship were the Chieftain and W.T. Robb. They were lashed one on each side of the Campana.


Schr. Picton, Port Hope, 9,703 bu. wheat.

Prop. Argyle, Chicago, 16,000 bu. wheat.

Sch. O. Mowat, Hamilton, 17,298 bush. wheat.

Welland Canal - Bound Down.

Schr. Mary Lydon, Toledo, Kingston, wheat.

p.3 Yacht Club's Challenge Flag - won by yacht Emma at Belleville.

p.4 New Welland Canal - progress of the work. [Toronto Mail]

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 3, 1881