The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 17, 1882

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Further Restrictions By U.S. Officials.

The evident intention of the United States commercial authorities is to drive Canadian shipping from their own side of the lake. For two or three years the tendency in this direction has been too plain to be mistaken for mere national regulations of a disciplinary order.

This year the cloven foot of exclusiveness showed itself when the tug Conqueror was seized at Cape Oswego (sic) for coasting from Cape Vincent to Oswego, and the subsequent discussion and correspondence has developed an unmistakeably hostile spirit in the officials at Washington. To reach a clear and authoritive understanding the Dominion Salvage and Wrecking Company of this city telegraphed to the Secretary of State at Washington as to their right to tow from Kingston to Oswego via Cape Vincent. We append the officlal reply:

"Washington, August 15th - Canadian tugs can tow vessels of the United States from Canadian waters to any port in this country, but cannot tow such vessels from one port to another in this country. Such tugs can can do such towing between Kingston and Cape Vincent but after arriving in waters of that port cannot continue towing to Charlotte.

N.P. French, Acting Secretary"

This decision "gives away" the United States tugmen upon one of their most persistent claims - that the treaty between the countries concedes to U.S. vessels the right to use the St. Lawrence as they please, and that operations between Kingston and Montreal by them is not coasting. But as going into U.S. waters, near Cape Vincent, constitutes a port call, according to the Washington decision, then tugs and barges going down the St. Lawrence really call at a Canadian port frequently, and they are therefore violating coasting laws, and should be stopped peremptorily. For years U.S. tugs from Ogdensburg have towed Canadian coal barges from Charlotte and Oswego to Montreal via Prescott or other Canadian ports, and returned to Brockville for cargoes of lumber for Oswego. Since we are not to do U.S. trade let us keep our own, the loss of which has helped to impoverish our forwarding trade. It is only by standing firmly by our own privileges that we can inspire liberal treatment from our commercial rivals. It is a thousand pities that we have given away our rights in Canadian canals. Had such exacting U.S. laws been foreseen it is very doubtful if Sir John would have traded off so many privileges, for he would find them now very handy for his marine friends.

Rowing Regatta - on Cataraqui Bay.


Coal rates from Oswego to Chicago and Milwaukee, $1.35 per ton; from Oswego to Sandusky 75 cents per ton.

The schr. Philo Bennett, from Sodus Point, with 182 tons of coal has arrived for Swift. The Eureka, Oswego, 200 tons coal, is at the Water Works Company.

Yesterday when the schooner Huron was about ready to sail for Charlotte, with a load of ties and lath, the Union crew suddenly cleared off. The captain complains that they were coaxed away. He is now endeavoring to secure another crew.

Capt. Manson, of the tug Admiral Porter, had a difficulty with the crews of the barges Cavalier, Craig, Cameron and Ayr, constituting his tow lines, which arrived at Collinsby on Sunday from Toledo with timber. The sixteen men struck for an advance of wages from $1 per day to $1.25. Capt. Manson gave the advance, but not to the strikers. He secured a new crew for each of the barges.

Mr. Philo Chamberlain, President of the Northern Transit Company of Chicago, says: "If the lake trade adapts itself to the enlarged Welland Canal there should be an increased trade on the lake to Oswego, Ogdensburg and Kingston." He says nothing, however, in confirmation of the rumour that the old forwarding line of propellers, running between Chicago and Ogdensburg, was to be revived.

M.T. Co. - Barges Chicago and Advance and schooners Gaskin and Glenora left last night in tow of the Champion for Montreal with 93,000 bushels wheat. The Gaskin and Glenora only lightened cargoes, and this is the first direct shipment by tow craft from Chicago to Montreal. The schr. J.R. Noyes left light for Oswego, to load coal; the Katie Eccles left for Deseronto to load ties and poles; the str. Active, for Belleville, for the barge Detroit.

One of the largest water spouts ever seen on Lake Ontario was witnessed from Oswego the other morning, half a mile from the land, going down the lake. At one time the centre seemed to expand until the water-spout was nearly cylindrical in form, and then the centre was compressed again, and the whole assumed the appearance of a gigantic hour-glass. It went whirling down the lake at a high rate of speed, and was lost to sight beyond the point on the other side of Baldwin's Bay.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 17, 1882