The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 11, 1881

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The Mary Battle, light from Kingston, is taking on barley at Toronto for Milwaukee, a Lake Michigan port.

The steam yacht Clara Louise, which was sunk in Burlington Bay, is raised, and found to be pretty well battered. She has sagged very much amidships.

The reporting of mysterious floating wreckage and yawl boats is becoming alarmingly frequent, and tells too well the story of the poor shipwrecked sailors.

The propeller St. Magnus loaded at Montreal with her second cargo of potatoes, amounting to 8,040 bags, which she takes out to Charlotte, N.Y., for the Rochester market.

The tug Swan still lies in the water at Nigger Head Point, Rideau Canal. Capt. Donnelly is awaiting the repairing of pontoons at Garden Island before attempting to raise the tug.

The schooner Pride of America ran short seventeen tons of railroad iron, valued at $29 per ton. She cleared from Kingston for Milwaukee some weeks ago, and has had a rough trip of it all through.

The strs. Olive and Ontario, owing to the extreme low depth of the water in the Rideau Canal, will make, it is said, their trips from Kingston to Montreal by the St. Lawrence River, for the balance of the season.

Mr. Wise, C.E., has completed the trial survey of the proposed Tay Canal, and looks favorably on the scheme for taking a short cut from the Tay to the Rideau at Beridge's Bay. He will next survey the river from Perth to the point opposite this bay.

The schooner Peerless was successfully launched from H.B. Rathbun & Son's shipyard, Deseronto, yesterday. She received a new centre board, case, kelson and stern covering board, stanchions and rail and deck frame. The Peerless is now a standard vessel.

The str. Gipsy left at 1 o'clock today on her last trip down the Rideau. On her arrival here on Friday she will go into winter quarters and work will be at once begun towards providing more passenger accommodation on her for next season. She has had a successful season.

Yesterday the tug D.D. Porter reached Toronto with the barge Ayr in tow, and reported having lost the consorts Craig and M.C. Cameron off the Highlands. Later in the day a despatch from Port Dalhousie announced that the two latter had been towed into that harbor by the tug Parker, the Craig having lost her foregaff and foresail, and the Cameron having her canvas demoralized. They cleared from Collinsby.

Some time ago we were informed, upon what was said to be good authority, that the Richelieu Navigation Company intended to lay the steamers of that line at Sorel, where they would receive next spring the necessary repairs. We are now pleased to know that such an idea has been rescinded, and that, as usual, three or four of the steamers will be laid up here. The steamer Magnet alone will lay up at Sorel, where she will be partially rebuilt.


The tug Bronson cleared this afternoon for Montreal with three barges containing 45,000 bushels wheat and ten tons phosphate.


Str. Gipsy, Ottawa, pass. and fgt.

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

Str. Olive, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Str. Corsican, Hamilton, pass. and fgt.

Schr. Hyderabad, Chicago, 19,489 ?

Schr. G. Suffel, Gananoque, 4,000 bush. peas.

Welland Canal - Bound Down.

Gulnair, Romney, Collinsby, staves.

Prussia, Toledo, Garden Island, timber.

Oriental, Toledo, Garden Island, timber.

H. Breck, Toledo, Garden Island, timber.

Augusta, Toledo, Garden Island, timber.

North Star, Morpeth, Kington, wheat.


The Law Respecting Their Recovery And Possession.

The law, in regard to shipwrecked goods, was carried into effect on Wolfe Island on the 5th inst., before Mr. M. Spoor, J.P., on the complaint of James Edwards (agent for H.B. Rathbun & Son) who charged James Matthews with having on his premises a certain quantity of lumber which belonged to a vessel in distress, and which had been cast on shore, being the property of the said H.B. Rathbun & Son. He had refused to deliver it up.

The Magistrate imposed a penalty of $5 and costs, and ordered the defendant to deliver up the lumber forthwith.

As the law on this subject is not well understood (or is, at least, indifferently attended to) the publication of its provisions may be of use to parties interested. They will be found in the 67 and 111 sections of the Dominion Act, 32 and 33 Vic., chap. 21. The former section provides:

"If any goods, merchandise, or articles, of any kind, belonging to any ship or vessel in distress or wrecked, stranded or cast on shore, are found in the possession of any person, or on the premises of any person, with his knowledge, and such person being taken or summonsed before a Justice of the peace, does not satisfy the Justice that he came lawfully by the same, then the same shall, by order of the Justice, be forthwith delivered over to or for the use of the rightful owner thereof, and the offender, shall on conviction of such offence before the Justice, at the discretion of the Justice, either be committed to the common jail or house of correction, there to be imprisoned only, or to be imprisoned and kept at hard labor for any term not exceeding three months, or else shall forfeit and pay over and above the value of the goods, merchandise, or articles, such sum of money not exceeding twenty dollars, as to the Justice may seem meet."

The latter section provides:

"Whosoever wilfully and unlawfully conceals or appropriates any timber, masts, spars, saw logs, or other discription of lumber which, having been adrift in any river or lake, is found so adrift in any river or lake, or cast on shore on the bank or Leach of any such river or lake, or wilfully and unlawfully, defaces or adds any mark or number, on any such article or thing, or makes any false or counterfeit mark thereon, or refuses to deliver up to the proper owner thereof or to the person in charge thereof on behalf of such owner, any such article or thing, is guilty of a misdemeaner punishable in like manner as simple larceny.


The yacht Atalanta has had the leach ropes on the mainsail reset. She cleared this afternoon for Oswego, the wind being from the southwest. Among the crew, not already mentioned, is Mr. James Offord, of this city.

The success of Cuthbert's boats has been pointed out. With the greatest midship section placed nearly aft the centreboard box, a long entrance and straight water lines, the yacht when heeled over running by the wind sail on a flat boardlike surface, has what might be termed a second bottom, while the wash is carried off over the tumble-in, which is not put on merely for the sake of ornament, but serves the purpose mentioned, and also helps to support the boat under a press of canvass. Another peculiarity of all his boats is the spring upwards on the forward part of the keel. This allows a better grasp of the water aft, and is one of the causes of the quickness with which they come into stays and head reach so well. There can be no doubt that Captain Cuthbert has embodied in the new sloop yacht Atalanta the best lines of his previous models, and she will give a good account of herself on the New York yachting course.

The last seen of the Atalanta was at 3 o'clock, when she was rounding Nine Mile Point. She left the wharf here with all her colors flying.

Whats The News? - Capt. Cuthbert, in conversation with our reporter, said he valued the Atalanta at $8,000.

Graving Dock - The Government have made such overtures in relation to a graving dock here that possibly before many days a joint stock company will be formed and the work upon it be proceeded with. A dock such as is desired will cost $70,000. If the present dock cannot be obtained a new site will be chosen. The forwarding companies are expected to take a lively interest in the scheme.

Inebriated Sailors - Charles West, a sailor on the schooner Mary Jane, lying at Collinsby, came ashore yesterday, got drunk and was arrested. He was discharged this morning. John Wortman, captain of a vessel, was found in an intoxicated state last evening and taken into custody. He had $115 in his possession. After an all night's rest in the station house he left $2 and received his clearance papers.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 11, 1881