The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 29, 1882

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p.3 St. Lawrence Steamboat Co. - will not stop at Cape Vincent this year.

Whats The News? - schr. Riverside arrived with 20,800 bush. wheat.

Fishing at Lake Opinicon - using nets. (back lake - ed.)


The schr. Prussia has arrived here with 7,100 bushels of wheat from Chicago. This was her lighterage.

The schrs. Argyle Saxon (sic - Anglo-Saxon ?) and Prussia cleared from Garden Island yesterday for Grand Morias and Toledo respectively.

The captain of the str. Chieftain now boasts of a real live deer for a figure head. He was lucky enough to capture it while swimming in Lake Superior, several miles from the shore.

Captains complain that the sailors' wages are not uniform, that here the rate is $1.75 per day, and at St. Catharines $1.50. They say that the wages are not regulated by the freights, and that vessel property is more ruinous than profitable.

Collin's Bay Rafting and Forwarding Company have discharged during the last week thirteen vessels laden with timber and two vessels laden with staves, making a total of fifteen vessels discharged there during the week. One was unloaded in four hourrs.

Yesterday morning the steamer Chieftain arrived at Garden Island with the schrs. Oriental, Denmark and Siberia, from Lake Superior, with pine timber. They have made the round voyage in six weeks. This, it may be explained, is a trial trip, to test whether it would not pay to tow the vessels than sail them, and if the experiment was a success to have the schooners converted into barges and a steambarge especially built for the business. "There is no money in carrying timber at the present rates," said one Captain, "especially when the Sailors' Union wages are taken into consideration." Captain A.B. Malone was in charge of the tow, and reports the general results as entirely satisfactory. He believes that the towing of the vessels will continue to be the most profitable.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 29, 1882