The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 19, 1881

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Oswego's Safe Harbor !

Chicago and other American papers have been taking Kingston and Toronto papers to task for what they consider unpardonable remarks in relation to the dangerous state of the Oswego harbor, at which many accidents have occurred this fall. Long before these accidents happened we called attention to the risk which vessels ran in entering that port to discharge. The Americans are themselves alarmed as the following from a contemporary shows:

On account of the recent disasters happening to sail vessels in Oswego harbor, several insurance agents have been notified by the companies which they represent to take no further risks on grain cargoes in sail vessels bound to Oswego. This action of the insurance companies has alarmed the shippers and vessel owners in Oswego, and a meeting of the Board of Trade of that city has been called when the question as to the safe or dangerous condition of the harbor will be thoroughly discussed.

Remarkably Quick Wrecking.

It will be remembered that in the Passport - Traveller collision the Traveller's boiler was spilled out in forty feet of water. Messrs. Calvin & Son sent their Montreal wrecker, Mr. Aimi Guerin, to recover the boiler. Yesterday was the first day he had an opportunity of working at it, and in three hours he had two chains around it and hoisted in on board the steamer John A. Macdonald, and it is now on the way to Garden Island. The Yankees are continually sneering at our Canadian wreckers. Before they brag any more let them point to an instance where their wreckers have ever done such quick work as the raising of the steamer Traveller and her boiler.


The schr. Annie Falconer has gone into winter quarters.

The steamer Flight has laid up for the winter. She will be thoroughly repaired.

The schr. Fillmore has loaded iron rails for Chicago at $3 f.o.b. and canal tolls paid.

The schr. Canada, with pine timber from Cheboygan, has arrived at Garden Island.

The schr. Nellie Sherwood loaded 6,000 bushels of barley at Wolfe Island for Oswego. She sails tonight.

Tne schr. White Oak is loading iron ore for Fairhaven. She will then take coal to Prescott and returning here lay up.

The storm in the "ragin" Rideau must have been something unusual last night. One of the fleet wing scows arrived this morning with her canvas greatly dilapidated.

Capt. Taylor, of the schr. Goldhunter, has paid $100, the fine imposed upon him for not reporting at the Customs House. His papers have been returned to him.

The Kingston & Montreal Forwarding Company has a contract to bring 2,000 tons of rails for the Canadian Pacific R.R. from Montreal to Brockville at $1.25 per ton. Kingston laborers have gone to Brockville to unload the barges.

The steambarge Albion has been chartered to take the balance of scrap rails from the Kingston & Montreal Forwarding Company's wharf to Wyandotte at $2.50 f.o.b. and canal tolls paid. This is one of the best paying freights for many seasons. The vessel commenced to load today.

The Seabird has been released from custody by the Picton authorities upon the captain giving his bond to the Customs officer there to deliver her up to him at the close of the season. An ugly feeling is being engendered in this matter, and it is not improbable that the court will eventually be called upon to settle it.

p.3 The Rideau Canal Extension - at Perth.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 19, 1881