The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 11, 1882

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p.3 Whats The News? - The steam dredge has been dredging the log ponds and harbor at Deseronto for the past 10 days.


The str. Armenia passed down for Ogdensburg this afternoon.

The str. Algerian is windbound at Port Hope. She is bound eastward.

It is remarkable that the wind should blow up the lake so continuously.

The schr. J.R. Benson is on her way to Kingston from Amherstburg with timber.

The Countess, owned in Chicago, formerly Canadian, and called Countess of Dufferin, has received a new stern, lengthening her three feet. She has been lined (she was a mere shell) and received new cabin, etc. Everything has been done, regardless of cost, and the bill will foot up about $5,000.

The William Elgin has reached here from Oswego, laden with coal. She left Oswego on Tuesday night, at 12 o'clock, and beat her way across the lake against a head wind, arriving at 7:30 last night. The schr. B.W. Folger left Oswego after the Elgin, but has not been reported yet.


Prop. Ocean, Toledo, 5,600 bu. wheat.

Schr. Wm. Elgin, Oswego, 253 tons coal.

Prop. Niagara, Toledo, 500 ft. walnut. (sic)

Tug W.J. Cummings, Oswego, two barges.

Str. Spartan, Montreal, pass. and fgt.

Steamer Bronson, with barges Kinghorn and Glengarry, former with 100 tons fgt. for Duluth.


Str. Bronson left this afternoon with barges Star, Detroit, Chicago and Corn Crib, for Montreal, 40,000 bus. corn, 20,000 bus. wheat, and 18,000 peas.

The Dry Dock Question.

A short time ago it was announced that a Company had been formed to complete the dry dock at this port, to which the Dominion Government was to lend a large sum of money at a very low rate of interest. At the present time there is very little indication that anything will be done, and for another season the large sized vessels will have to go to American ports for repairs. Thus the city sustains a direct loss. A drydock will be towed from Buffalo here, but it will not be capable of accommodating the larger vessels to come through the new Welland Canal. To ensure Kingston as a terminal point for the lake shipping it must have a good dry dock, and that too as soon as possible. In Oswego there is a movement towards the building of one; there is already one at Ogdensburg, but except at Port Dalhousie there is not a dry dock on the Canadian side capable of taking on canal craft of large capacity. We believe that negotiations are going on between Kingston and Ottawa parties relating to the ultimate building of the dock here, but slow progress is being made, and the season will probably pass before anything is accomplished. If the dock is to be finished there should be a more lively interest manifested.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 11, 1882