The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 22, 1882

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p.2 The Norseman's Officers - The Port Hope Times has the following relative to the officers of the steamer Norseman, owned by Mr. C.F. Gildersleeve of this city: "Captain George Crawford is making himself very popular on the route. He is an excellent sailor and appears to thoroughly understand his duties. Mr. A. Forin, the purser, has a difficult position to fill, but he is always equal to the occasion. If he has thirty passengers or three hundred to provide for he gives every one the best stateroom - consequently all are satisfied. Mr. James Riley is at his old post as chief engineer, and he has been on the steamer so long that every one feels his duties must be properly discharged. Mr. Robert McChesney, the mate, is putting in his first season, but has shown such good qualities as a seaman that we hope he may become a permanent fixture. Another new face is the steward, Mr. A. Stevenson. As he filled a similar position on the Royal Mail Line for many years it can be taken for granted that the tables will always be abundantly supplied. The dinners provided is equal to those of the best hotels. We hope Mr. Stevenson may be induced to become permanently connected with the Norseman. The steamer with her recent repairs is probably stronger than when she went on the route. As her state room accommodation has been increased she is in a position to give increased satisfaction to the travelling public.

p.3 Dredging At Gananoque -

Whats The News? - Mr. George Osborne's yacht, the George Frederick, has been hauled out at the shipyard and will undergo changes calculated to make her a faster sailer.


The schr. M.J. Cummings, 22,103 bushels wheat, has arrived from Chicago.

The prop. Nashua has arrived from Toledo and discharged 12,000 bushels of wheat.

The sloop Ferry from Sacketts Harbor unloaded 401 boxes of cheese last evening on the G.T.R. wharf.

The prop. Alma Munro, from Toledo, yesterday discharged 200 barrels test oil and 6,150 bushels wheat. She cleared for Montreal.

The schrs. Canada and Edward Blake have arrived at Garden Island. The first has pine timber from Cheboygan, and the latter oak from Toledo.

When the steamers Corinthian and Rothesay were passing Brockville yesterday they were racing. Both were running very fast, the Corinthian slightly in advance. The Corinthian had the Brearly excursionists from Detroit aboard.

The demand for vessels to carry wheat from Chicago to Kingston was again urgent on Wednesday, and a fleet of five craft, all that could be got, were chartered at 6 cents, an advance of 1/2 cent. The following secured cargoes: Schr. Mystic Star, 23,000 bu. wheat; American, 20,000 bu. wheat; W.I. Preston, 19,000 bu. wheat; Mary L. Higgie, 22,000 bu. wheat; Pewaukee, 22,000 bu. wheat.

Some time ago the steamer Transit, which carries cars across the St. Lawrence from Prescott to Ogdensburg, arrived here for repairs. She was placed on the ways at Power's yard. Yesterday her improvements were completed. She has had a new frame fore and aft, new keelsons, bilge streaks, hanging knees on each side fore and aft, new stern post and several streaks of new plank outside. She has one diagonal breast hook, similar to those used by vessels in the Greenland trade. It is for breaking the ice during the winter. Her joiner work has been thoroughly overhauled and everything fastened in a substantial and workman-like manner. Besides the repairs she has had two new cylinders, a new wheel, and been sheeted with iron from above the load line to the flat of the bottom, from end to end. In every way she is better fitted for traffic and in better shape than at any time since she was built. The repairs and new machinery cost $5,000. The steamer left this afternoon for Prescott where she will resume her business.

On Thursday evening late, the tug Glide, with the barges Senator and Toronto, of the M.T. Company cleared from Oswego with coal for Montreal. There were indications of fine weather, but the Oswego Palladium reports that when some six miles from the harbor, a heavy dead sea, from the westward, struck the tugs and barges, followed by an alarm of danger from the barges. The tug made for Oswego again. Near the piers it was found that much water had been shipped, in fact, it was but a quarter of an inch below the grate bars of the Glide. The tug let go the tow and steamed for port. The tug Redford brought in the barges. As soon as the sea struck the barge Toronto she rolled heavily, and her mast and cabin (which was built around the mast), carried away. The captain's wife and five children were taken from the fragments of the cabin. With the exception of the captain's wife, who had her arms bruised, and one little boy who bears a black stripe around his eye, the family were ininjured. Their clothes were all carried away and the captain's contained $63 in money. The barge Senator had her deck cleared of 50 tons of coal, but was otherwise uninjured. About $400 will cover the loss to the Toronto and $150 the captain's personal loss. He believes the barge is uninjured.

St. Lawrence Travel - on str. Rothesay of St. Lawrence Steamboat Co.; purser Mr. Adams.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 22, 1882