The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 8, 1881

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The steamer Passport passed down on good time this morning.

The schr. Mary Lyon went down to Prescott this morning, probably to load rails for a western port.

The schr. Eureka cleared this afternoon for Charlotte. She will bring back 500 barrels of coal oil for Gunn & Co.

The steamer Corsican and Armenia are lying at Swift's wharf waiting moderate weather before starting up the lake.

Captain Cameron is at the Minnie Blakely throwing out the cargo of leached ashes. She will be towed to Deseronto for repairs.

Unless something is done towards lessening the dangers of the Oswego harbor vessel owners will either refuse to take cargoes this fall, or demand exhorbitant freights.

Capt. Armstrong, of the Ella Murton, will probably not sue the forwarding company for the 500 bushels of grain which his cargo overran on his last trip. A mistake found at the elevator in Hamilton explains all; it is just that amount short.

It is stated that while a tow of barges was crossing the lake yesterday, a number of the men noticed, about fifteen miles from Oswego, five men in a yawl boat, without oars. The wind was carrying them out into the lake. The Captain was notified that the men were signalling to be picked up, but no effort was made to save them. We have only heard the statement through a man who claims to have been told by the barge men.


Messrs. Oldrieve & Horn, of this city, are making a set of flags for the Atalanta, to be donated to it by the City Council of Belleville. The largest flag is a St. George's cross of red upon a white ground and 15 feet in length. In the upper corner is a black anchor and chain surrounded by a wreath of maple leaves. The Bay of Quinte Yacht Club pennant in dark blue and white, and a white signal pennant with the letter "A" in red, complete the set.

A private telegram from Belleville states that the yacht left there this morning at six o'clock with a crew of six and that they expected to reach here about noon. Heavy winds were blowing against them and it is probable that they cannot reach here until late in the afternoon.

The yacht Atalanta is a little smaller than that built for the New York Yacht Club. She is 70 feet one inch over all, 62 feet 10 inches on the water line, and 92 (sic) feet beam. Her mast is shorter and the bowsprit considerably longer. The sails are from the firm of Oldrieve & Horn, and are said to be of the best material and extremely well made. Tomorrow or Monday the yacht will leave here for New York by way of Oswego. Several Kingstonians will be among her crew. Her rival, the American yacht, is 70 1/2 feet in length over all and 65 feet at the water line; 21 feet beam and 7 feet 10 inches in depth. The cockpit is 10 feet long and 13 feet wide. The mast is 83 feet in height; the topmast 46 feet in height; boom 66 feet; gaff 36 feet; bowsprit 86 feet. The length of the mainsail on the boom will be 52 feet and the hoist 55 feet. The standing rigging is of the best charcoal iron rope, and the running rigging of manilla. The vessel is of about 100 tons, carpenter's measurement. She will carry 28 tons of piglead ballast.

Whats The News? - Mr. Wise, Superintendent of Rideau Canal, has completed survey of Tay Canal, which is to be united with Rideau.

A Bad Blow - hand hurt on steam barge Water Lily, while piling wood in hold.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 8, 1881