The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 18, 1881

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p.2 ad - Wolfe Island Ferry - calling for tenders on behalf of Municipal Council of Wolfe Island for lease of ferry for 7 years, beginning Jan. 1, 1883.



Some days ago the schr. Gold Hunter ran into this port, having sprung a leak. She was towed by the F.A. Folger to Anglin's wharf. The Captain did not think it necessary to report at the Custom House, and in consequence his papers have been seized and a fine of $100 imposed. The Collector of Customs was visited this morning and asked about the case.

Collector Mingaye Explains.

"On what ground was the seizure of the schooner Gold Hunter made?"

"She came in here," said the Collector, "three days ago under stress of weather, with a cargo of 271 tons of coal, consigned from Sodus to Toronto. As she did not report the circumstance at the Custom House on her arrival, I sent the Surveyor and another officer twice on board the vessel to tell the Captain to come up and report. The Captain was not on board, but the Mate was notified in his stead. The Mate subsequently informed the Surveyor that he had told the captain of my desire. As 24 hours had elapsed after the second notice had been given and the Captain failed to report I fined him $100, and I now await further orders from the Customs Department at Ottawa."

Bearing Of The Law.

The law is that the Captain must report in all cases his arrival here from a foreign port. Such a proceeding is a protection to vessel men. If, owing to stress of weather, a vessel should be here for several days, and any loss occurred to the owner of the cargo, he would only have to produce the clearance papers, endorsed by the Collector, showing that he was detained by circumstances over which he had no control. In few instances have fines been kept. Generally they are returned. They are imposed only when there is clear evidence of negligence on the part of the vessel men.

Capt. Taylor's Statement.

Capt. James Taylor says that when he went to the Custom House he was asked to show his papers. He did so and they were taken by Mr. McAllister who placed them in his pocket and said "You will get them when you pay me $100. Your vessel is now seized." The circumstances of the seizure have created quite an excitement in marine circles.

The Captain visited the law firm of Messrs. Britton & Whiting to get an opinion as to the legality of the seizure. Mr. Whiting, upon investigation, came to the conclusion that the Collector was correct, and advised the Captain to pay the money, which may afterwards be remitted on application to the Government.


The prop. Celtic passed up this morning.

The gale last night was the worst, probably, of the season.

The Mail agrees with the Whig that Capt. John Donnelly is the champion wrecker.

The str. Belle Wilson gets $2 on lumber from Belleville to Oswego. Rate on grain, 3 cents.

The steamer Armenia lay at Amherst Island over night, and arrived here this morning.

The schr. Prince Alford has gone into winter quarters alongside the railway esplanade.

The steamer Hero, on account of the heavy gale, did not make her trip to Belleville last night.

The schr. Filmore, lying at Gunn's new dock, pounded so severely as to stave in her bulwarks last night.

The schr. Albion has arrived here from Toledo laden with walnut timber for Garden Island. The captain is undecided whether to lay her up here or proceed to a western port.

The steamship Campana has been laid up at Owen Sound on the bar at which place she grounded yesterday. The season being late and the weather had her trip up Lake Superior has been cancelled.

A telegram was received last night to the effect that the strs. J. A. Macdonald and H.A. Calvin had been engaged in searching for the boiler of the Traveller, that they had been successful in locating it, and had two chains around it. It will no doubt be safely raised.

Wreck Washed Ashore - Port Colborne, Nov. 18th - The fragments of a wreck of some unknown black vessel were washed ashore here this morning along with a large quantity of oak plank. It is quite evident that some boat, supposed to be a lumber barge, has gone to pieces sometime during the storm of yesterday and last night.

Schooner Driven Ashore - During the severe gale of Saturday night last, the schr. Parthenon, owned by Mr. Archibald Campbell, of Colborne, and engaged in the grain carrying trade for Messrs. Hargraft & Co., was driven ashore in Cobourg harbour, and is pretty well up on the sand. She was not much injured beyond the loss of her bowsprit, and it is expected that the efforts since used by tug and locomotive, will be successful in getting her afloat. The Mary Taylor was also driven upon the sand in corner of the same harbor, but was tugged off without having sustained any damage.

A Much Damaged Cargo - On Wedesday the prop Argyle arrived here and tied up at Swift's wharf. She had a cargo of pig iron, marble and other merchandise. In a gale through which she passed two kinds of pig iron became much mixed and rolling against the marble had broken it. The vessel was from Fairhaven and had been in other American ports. The tow post was broken below the deck and the stern deck burst in in several places. The propeller had left her consort at South Bay Point, where it is thought she now is. There was a rumor that she had been wrecked and lost, but this statement is not credited by vessel men here.

A Fisherman's Complaint - too many nets set in Bay of Quinte.

Mr. Calvin's Theory Combatted - [Ogdensburg Journal] disagrees with his theory that excavation of Gallops caused low water levels.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 18, 1881