The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 10, 1882

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Yesterday at 11:30 o'clock the propeller California, (Capt. Vaughn), arrived at Swift's wharf. She had aboard the Canadian lighthouse supplies, and Commodore Patrick Harty, the genial Lighthouse Inspector. The vessel left Montreal on Thursday for the annual tour to all the lighthouses between Montreal and Fort William, Lake Superior. The trip will consume seven weeks. During the winter, it may not be known, the various lighthouse keepers along the Canadian coast send a list of their requirements to the Marine Department at Ottawa. These are carefully noted in a book, and when the trip is made each lighthouse is supplied according to its needs.

Inspector Harty has one hundred and three lighthouses under his supervision, the following being between Gananoque and Toronto: Jack Straw, Spectacle Shoal, Burnt Island, Brown's Point, Smoke Island, Nine Mile Point, Pigeon Island, Point Pleasant, False Ducks, South Bay Point, Long Point, Point Petre, Scotch Bonnet, Presque Isle, Weller's Bay, Gull Island, Frenchman's Bay and Gibraltar Point. As each lighthouse is visited the stores turned over are carefully checked and the lighthouse keeper signs a book acknowledging their receipt. The boat is laden with these supplies, which consists of coal oil, paint oil, white lead, paints of various kinds and colours, brushes, wicks, brooms, burners, towels, matches, chamois skins, funnels, tin cans, coal oil cans, soap, putty, rope, paper, envelopes, knives, hammers, saws, squares, dripping pans, scissors, glass, whiting, pails, tacks, and other articles too numerous to mention.

The following compose the Lighthouse Inspector's staff: Patrick Harty, J.A. Robertson and W.H. Alexander. Accompanying them are a large number of passengers, who are taking in the trip for pleasure. Among these are Mr. and Mrs. Sills and son, Montreal; Mrs. Breeze, Chicago; Mr. & Mrs. Fallon, Montreal; Mr. Mackay, Montreal; Mrs. Harty, Ottawa. Kingston will send a small deputation, and by the time Toronto is left the number of tourists will be increased to 30 or 40. No doubt the party will have a most enjoyable trip. Mr. and Mrs. Harty spent yesterday and this morning amongst their Kingston friends, by whom they were well received. P.H. made his customary visit to the "b'hoys;" any amount of fun followed. His Jolliness seems to be a model officer, and our only wish is that he may long live to fill his position. The boat went westward this afternoon.


Steamers mentioned in the subjoined list be allowed to carry not more than the number of passengers respectively specified:

Pierrepont 596

Maud 484

Hastings, on river 638

Hastings, on lake 316

Africa 60

Norseman 442

D.C. West 180

Watertown 616

Flight 52

Princess Louise, Kgtn 120

City of Kingston 345

Clara Louise 30

Ontario 276

Marquis of Lorne 51

Algerian 642

Spartan 636

Alexandra 640

Corsican 552

Magnet 640

Hero 379

Picton 374

Utica 90

Mary Ethel 350

Armenia 246

Varuna 132

City of Belleville 303

Annie Gilbert 30

Empress of India 478

Corinthian 676

Passport 610

F.B. Maxwell 461

Rothesay 794

Prince Arthur 542

The propellers named below, employed chiefly in the carriage of freight, are allowed only to carry crew and passengers combined:

Acadia 45

Armenia 80

Argyle 25

Asia 60

Alma Munro 36

California 43

Canada 48

Celtic 80

City of Montreal 61

Cuba 64

Dominion 30

Dromedary 27

Emerald 105

Europe 30

Lake Michigan 58

Lake Ontario 58

Maganettawan 113

Northern Belle 78

Ocean 80

Persia 170

Prussia 80

St. Magnus 42

Glenfinlas 40


The schr. Sea Gull, from Toledo, 14,200 bushels of wheat, has arrived at the M.T. Co.'s wharf.

The barges Rose, Bedford and Nile are discharging, at Rathbun's, ties shipped at Ottawa. Several schooners are reloading them for Oswego.

The schr. Lily Hamilton, which has a very exciting history of accidents and disasters, is lying in ordinary at the foot of Princess street, bereft of sails and with her hull still unpainted.

The steamer Corsican went down the river this morning, her first trip since the accident that befel her at Port Hope. Her decks were swarmed with passengers, who desired to make the trip by daylight down the rapids of the St. Lawrence.

The steamer Passport arrived before 3 o'clock yesterday from Montreal. She still has the reputation of being the fastest boat of the line. During the winter she underwent general repairs, and now ranks amongst the best boats of the Company.

The only wrecking Company offering to raise the sunken schooner Sam Cook is that of which Capt. John Donnelly is Superintendent. He has made an offer to the underwriters to deliver her in Kingston, and if he fails to do that he asks for no monetary consideration.

The presence of the schr. Dundee, in Brockville harbor, recalls the disaster which befell her in the fall of 1880, near the place where the schr. Sam Cook now lies. She attempted to ride out the great gale at the head of the Narrows, but her anchor chains parted and she was driven ashore. She went on broadside, and with such force as to leave her completely out of the water, yet she was taken off by Kingston wreckers without injury.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 10, 1882