The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 30, 1882

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p.3 The License Law - Last year the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation Company sued Mr. Durnford, the License Commissioner, Montreal, to recover $505, being the amount paid the Provincial Treasury for license to sell spirituous liquors on board the Corsican, Spartan, Algerian, Passport and Corinthian, alleging that the liquor was sold on the boats plying outside of the Province of Quebec; and moreover, as the steamers belonged to a line connecting the province with another the license could not be legally exacted by the Province of Quebec. The Superior Court dismissed the action, holding that these facts did not restrict the provincial power from taxing under the License Act. The Court of Appeal on Saturday confirmed the judgement.


The schrs. Hoboken, with 20,550 bushels of wheat, and the Shandon, with 22,000 bushels of wheat, have arrived from Chicago.

Capt. George Miller, who has been for several years in the employ of Calvin & Son, resigned his position on the Chieftain yesterday in order to take command of the tug Conqueror for the Dominion Wrecking Co.

The schrs. Bismarck, Bavaria, and Muir arrived at Garden Island yesterday with timber. The str. Chieftain, with the Oriental, Denmark and Siberia in tow, has left Lake Superior.

During the last trip of the Bismarck "little Sam," Capt. Milligan's younger brother, while amusing himself in the forward rigging, missed his footing and fell overboard. He would certainly have been drowned had not the captain jumped in, swam to his rescue, and kept the little fellow afloat until assistance arrived, which was not before both were thoroughly chilled, as the water was very cold.

Modern sailors say they never saw such difficulty in getting cargoes at such low rates for carrying. But the older vessel men remember as bad a time. That was during the depression that followed the war with Russia, in 1859. A captain of that year relates that he remembers coming down the Welland Canal, in company with the schooner Fulton, that had wheat from Chicago to Kingston at 4 cents. But expenses were correspondingly low, dock labourers got 7 cents an hour, sailors' wages $14 a month, and towing into and out of Oswego harbor cost from $2 to $4.

Yacht Races At Gananoque - 3 ton yachts Shadow and Sunbeam; under 2 tons - Mischief and Midnight.

p.4 District Dashes - The dredge now at work will do a four-days job at Picton when en route to Consecon. There is considerable work to be done at the latter place.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 30, 1882