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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 4, 1881

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The barge Joseph Fish, with 200 tons of coal, has arrived from Oswego.

The schr. Elgin came over from the Island to load ore for Cleveland.

The schr. Richardson is loading 9,000 bush. barley for Oswego at 2 1/4 cents per bushel.

The schrs. Singapore and Annie Falconer have arrived here with coal from Oswego for James Swift & Co.

The schr. Annie Falconer, after unloading, will go to Belleville to load rye for Walkerville at a good rate.

The schr. Grantham brings timber from Port Huron to Kingston. She went light from Milwaukee to Port Huron.

The Deseronto Navigation Company will build a large tug and two big barges at Deseronto during the coming winter.

Capt. Taylor yesterday inspected a barge for Thomas Smart, of Brockville. He rated it B 1, for river service. It has been overhauled.

The boats of the St. Lawrence Steamboat Company are the first that have ever run the whole of the St. Lawrence Rapids so late in the season as at present.

Canadian vessel men complain of the exorbitant rates charged by Oswego tug men and have decided to place a large tug at the latter place to do the towing for them at reasonable rates.

The str. Clara Louise was found yesterday afternoon in the bay, off Sweet's wharf, Hamilton, sunk in about 27 feet of water. She had evidently been towed from her anchorage to the place where she was found, then scuttled, by whom or for what purpose cannot be surmised. Arrangements are being made to raise her.

The pleasure steamer E.A. Van Horne is stranded near Big Sandy, a place between Cape Vincent and Oswego. The Van Horne is completely imbedded in the sandy beach, and full of water and the tugs could not pull her off. When off Stony Point, on Wednesday last, the pony engine broke down and as neither of them could be repaired to overcame the difficulty the boat was allowed to go ashore.

The schr. Pinafore was on her first trip at the time of her accident, since she received a thorough overhauling and repairing at Deseronto. On her way to Oswego she ran on Charity Shoals, and jammed her centreboard, and her entire deck load of lumber was thrown overboard. She also began to leak badly and several auger and bolt holes were found in her bottom, left open by the carelessness of the ship carpenters at Deseronto.


Str. Gipsy, Ottawa, pass. and fgt.

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

Str. Spartan, Hamilton, pass. and fgt.

Str. Alexandra, Trenton, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Armenia, Ogdensburg, pass. and fgt.

Prop. Armenia, Deseronto, pass. and fgt.

Welland Canal - Bound Down.

Schr. J. Collier, Port Bruce, Kingston, wheat.

Mary Jane, Port Huron, Collinsby, wheat.

Very Rough Trip.

Capt. Saxey Brooks' "Gem of the Sea," the schooner Edward Blake, got safely into port Thursday night about 11:30. Capt. Brooks reports that he had a horrible trip both down and up. On the down trip he got caught in the severe gale of the 15th of September, while off the Foxes, and lost all his bulwarks forward of the mainmast, and had his foresail split. Seven hundred bushels of his cargo of wheat got wet. [Chicago Tribune]


Mr. P.W. Cullinan, referee of the Emma-Ella race, makes the following answer to the Forest and Stream:

The protest entered by the Emma was a violation of rule 14. From evidence appearing before the judges it was shown that the Ella was compelled to keep on her course, although on the port tack, through fear of running into the Fascination. Rather than cause the collision she kept on her way, and the Emma put about. A protest was also entered against the Emma on the ground that she had fouled a buoy and evidence given for and against. Rather than throw the Emma out of the race, although there was conclusive proof that she had fouled the buoy, the judges decided to disallow all protests. The captain of the Emma only asked for a ruling by the judges on the rule 21, and decision was given, that according to the position of the home buoy and the boat house pier, the rule did not conflict with the preceding one but should be read with it, and yachts in finishing should round the buoy, leaving it on the port side, and then pass between the boat house pier and the buoy. This was understood and done by all yachts in the first and second class races, with the exception of the Emma. Finally, the captain of the Emma, in receiving the second money, accepted the ruling of the referee and judges as final.

Launch Of A Dock - Yesterday Mr. R. Davis' new dry dock was successfully launched. She stuck, and the steamer Pierrepont was sent up and took a pull at her, breaking her chain. There was quite a gale blowing, and so the steamer ceased operations. Afterwards a screw-jack was put under the forward end, and the dock slid off without difficulty, and between piers, having but 6 inches in which to play. The pump has arrived from Syracuse, and both it and the engine will be placed in position, so that the dock will be ready for use next week. It is large enough to accommodate the ordinary-sized lake vessel.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 4, 1881