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

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p.2 Police Court - man creating disturbance at schr. Philo Bennett, Capt. Eccles; asking whether it is a union or non-union crew.

p.3 An Important Work - John Hazlett, late engineer of the prop. Africa, to be master mechanic for Calvin & Son at Garden Island; he will be in charge of building boilers for the new steam barge, the keel of which has been laid. (D.D. Calvin - ed.)


The schr. St. Andrews has cleared for the Welland Canal.

The schr. Shandon is loading 300 tons of pig iron for Chicago at $1.25 per ton.

The schr. Sea Bird is discharging bunch wood at the Grove Inn dock. She is from Deseronto.

The prop. Arcadia has been chartered at Chicago to carry 22,000 bushels of wheat to Montreal at 6 cents.

The prop. Lake Michigan, from Toledo, arrived this afternoon. She lightened 6,000 bushels and cleared for Montreal.

The schr. Manzanilla has arrived in port from Toledo, with 23,280 bushels of wheat. This is the first cargo of grain she has carried this year.

The schrs. M. O'Gorman and Eureka are loading ties for Oswego at Rathbun's. The schr. Flora Carveth is loading lumber and ties for Oswego at the same place.

The damaged grain in the schr. Yankee Blade, which encountered very severe weather on Lake Michigan, is not as much as was anticipated. She had only 450 bushels wet. A survey of the vessel is being held.

The wheat damaged in and taken from the schr. St. Andrews, 320 bushels, has been purchased by Mr. H. Richardson at 30 cents per bushel in the craft. This includes the duty, 6 cents per bushel.

The first vessel that loaded on the Atlantic seaboard for the great lakes was the schr. Thomas Bradley in 1856. She left New York in September with 400 tons of merchandise, passed Kingston in October, and in November 4th was wrecked in Lake Michigan, having been caught in a terrible gale. The crew barely escaped with their lives.

The accident to the propeller Lake Ontario was caused by a derangement of the steering apparatus, which caused the helmsman to lose all control of the vessel when she was entering the second lock of the Beauharnois canal, and being swung round by the current from the waste weir, her port bow was thrown heavily against the breakwater, smashing in the hull from the deck to a foot below the water line. She filled almost instantaneously on striking and settled down with the water just above her main deck. Until the afternoon of Saturday she lay across the channel, completely blocking navigation, but the undercurrent from the locks then forced her back to the bank and ample room was given for vessels to pass. The Lake and River Steamship Company sent a gang of men to assist in the work of unloading the sunken boat. The railroad rails composing the vessel's cargo will be taken out of the hold and put ashore, and after the holes in the hull have been stopped with canvas, she will be pumped clear and taken to Montreal to be repaired.

The Whig is always desirous of keeping up trade, and whenever a defect is found to apply a remedy. We have on numerous occasions pointed to that which has injured commerce, and the Government has generally come to the rescue. There is at present a grievance that should be corrected as quickly as possible. We refer to the charges of the tug-men in the Welland Canal. They impose a rate of 20 cents per ton on the registered tonnage of a vessel. The Captain of a lake vessel, of 255 tons measurement, is compelled to pay $51 for tonnage in the canal and $12 in and out of port. It costs him $126 for the round trip. This should not be. In past years, when the vessels were towed by teams, it only cost from $24 to $40 to take a vessel through the canal. Let the matter be investigated! The western papers are continually pointing to Kingston as a place of trouble. We submit that the bills demanded by the Welland Canal tug-men have a tendency to damage the grain trade and cause it to go by another route. A man with a ordinary freight cannot make expenses when he encounters such down right imposition.

Death of Mr. P.S. McHenry - for more than 30 years a citizen of Hamilton; for ten years a sea Captain, and at one time owned 3 vessels besides the one he commanded.

p.4 Steam Navigation - many early steamers mentioned.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 22, 1882