The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 12, 1881

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Several vessels and steamers are wind bound here.

The schr. Undine is loading iron ore for Charlotte at the usual rate.

The schr. Nellie Sherwood has arrived from Oswego with some 20 (sic) tons of coal.

The schr. Oliver Mowat has been chartered to carry barley from Kingston to Chicago at 7 1/2 cents. She will take 18,000 bushels.

There was a great commotion in the harbor today. The gale blew terrifically lashing the waves against the tower and high upon Point Frederick shore.

The Sailors' Union of Toronto have advanced the wages to $2.00 on Lake Ontario and $2.25 through the Canal. Kingston will probably follow suit.

The second mate of the propeller Africa had his hip dislocated by a bag of salt weighing 224 lbs. falling upon him at Cleveland a day or two since. Dr. Himes set the limb, and the man is now doing well. His doctor's bills amounted to $38.

A Plucky Garden Islander.

As an old sailor I cannot help admiring the undaunted pluck and energy of John Donnelly, of Garden Island, who, though a man not perhaps so highly educated as some, can see at a glance how to raise a sunken vessel on a beach, or, it may be on a sandy beach. Having looked at the matter quietly he orders the various appliances necessary for such a work and goes at it with his men, who seem to know his every wish. In every case he succeeds in accomplishing his purpose. At a glance he can take in the whole situation and give his orders accordingly, and I am quite sure that both owners of ships and insurance companies have gained and not lost by his daring energy. I am very glad to know that his son has taken his masters' certificate in England, which is a very praiseworthy feat, speaking in very strong terms of his assiduity in such a searching examination as the Board of Trade in England submits mates and masters to of sea going ships.


Whats The News? - sailor drifting around in yawl on lake got safely to land. [Oswego Palladium]

Come By The Foot - lake very rough, Maud from Cape Vincent came around east end of Wolfe Island.

The Storm Drum - Last evening the storm drum was put up for the first time, announcing a moderate gale from the south east. Today the cone was inverted, which meant that the gale was beating round to the west. The wind had not a greater velocity than 25 miles an hour, so that ordinary vessels would not be apt to receive damage if caught in it.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 12, 1881