The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 5, 1882

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p.3 Removed To Kingston - The Government official who will have charge of the removal of the shoals in the Kingston harbor has arrived, accompanied by his assistant. They will reside here while the work continues. The shoals will be blown up by dynamite. The Engineers have moved their families to Kingston.

Yachting News - The yacht Ione, from Alexandria Bay, and the yacht Belle, from Ottawa, called here last evening, the latter on her annual cruise.

Mr. H.H. Warner has just arrived at Alexandria Bay. He has abandoned his trip through the lakes, and, it being so late in the season, will not occupy his cottage, but will cruise about with his yacht the Siesta.

- a good regatta can be had, many willing to assist.

Is The Charge Correct? - Is it true that two shortages at Portsmouth elevator were rectified at Montreal by finding the cargoes nearly correct, according to the lake bill of lading? In fighting a home battle for the transportation companies we are met with this charge. We should like to hear a denial of the report.


There wasn't enough breeze this morning to blow a skiff across the lake.

The prop. Lake Ontario is loading 300 rails for Hamilton. She will have about 90 tons.

The schrs. Pewaukee and Mystic Star will leave for Oswego tonight to load coal for western ports.

The Dominion Government having appropriated $5,000 for the dredging of the Napanee River work has been begun.

This morning the dock laborers struck for 30 cents per hour. A few were paid at this rate by the Captain of the prop. Lake Ontario as he wished to get away as soon as possible.

The steam barges Nile and Bedford, with ties and lumber from Westport, have reported. The sunken tug Easton has been raised from the canal and brought to the city.

The schr. Bolivia overran 300 bushels of wheat at Portsmouth on Thursday, and the Captain carried it off to Oswego. This over plus will not be talked about much in Chicago papers.

The tug Active, with the schooner barges Glenora and Gaskin in tow, wheat laden, left Chicago for Kingston on Thursday. The Glenora took 48,384 bushels and the John Gaskin 34,453 bushels.

The tug Glide arrived from Montreal with four barges, light, and cleared for Oswego with one barge to load coal. On her return she leaves for Montreal with a tow carrying 80,000 bushels grain and 600 tons of coal.

The schooner H.P. Murray, loaded with staves from Grand Rapids, went ashore east of Tyrconnel dock the other night. The crew were all saved, and it is probable the staves will be secured. No insurance on cargo.

Yesterday there was quite a panic on board the steamer F.R. Maxwell at Coteau Rapids. The passengers congregated on one side of the boat, which fell over toward that side; they then rushed to the other side, and a panic followed.

The steamer Corsican passed down the river this morning, having a full load of passengers. Many excursionists embarked here, including the Pullman family, of Chicago, en route to their summer resort on Pullman Island, near Alexandria Bay. They came to Kingston by a special car.

The Dominion Wrecking Company have sent the steamer Chieftain to pull off the schr. H.P. Murray, ashore at Tyrconnell. The tug Conqueror could not go. The finest wrecking hawser ever sent from Kingston has been shipped by mail boat for the job. Captain Douglass will command the wrecking expedition.

Yesterday the tug Conqueror was seized at Oswego in consequence of a slight infraction of the Customs law. The tug towed some vessels to Cape Vincent to report. Here her clearance papers, which were for Oswego, were taken. The tug then left for Hamilton, then Oswego. The matter will be arranged in a few days.

It is not the shortage that Captains complain about, but the duty on shortage. The matter has long been ventilated, and yet the Hon. Mackenzie Bowell manifests no disposition to apply a remedy. Ten days ago he promised to make a change in the regulations. Upon this decision depends very much whether Kingston gets much of the fall grain from Chicago and Toledo.

The death is announced at South Bay of one who has long been connected with shipping. We refer to Mr. William Cooper, who, for many years had been a subscriber to the Whig in order to get the harbor and lake news. He was about to undergo the operation of lithotomy by Dr. Fenwick, of Montreal, but on Saturday while reading the paper suddenly expired of heart disease. He was aged 60 years. He and his brother James had been in business as merchants, shippers and farmers at South Bay for many years, and accumulated considerable means. Neither was married.

Personal Mention - Capt. Paul is the Engineer who will superintend the removal of the shoals from Kingston harbor. Some years ago he superintended the job of blasting off a considerable amount of the same shoals.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 5, 1882