The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 25, 1882

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p.2 Deserving of Protection - Mr. H. Hitchcock of Wolfe Island has fishing license for Reid's Bay, Bells Point, Horseshoe Island and head of Simcoe Island, and Bateau Channel to Staley's Point.

p.3 Transfer of Toll Office - the Canal Toll service in Kingston is moving from one office to another; has been in existence for eleven years.

Canal Smash - str. Prince Arthur in Beauharnois canal.

Whats The News? - yacht Garfield said by News to have come from Oswego in 5 hours - Whig doesn't believe it.

Death Of A Sailor - Joseph Ham of Port Hope, from schr. Mary Battle; Sailor's Union took charge of remains.


The schr. G.B. Sloan arrived here yesterday with 21,213 bush. of wheat from Chicago.

The schr. Pilot is loading ties for Oswego. A large quantity of timber from Opinicon has been delivered.

The steamer Maud missed her usual morning trip to Cape Vincent in order that her boiler might be cleaned.

The steam barge Norman is now on the Marine Railway at Deseronto, undergoing some repairs, and the schr. Blanche is also in port for the same purpose.

The steamer Algerian went west last evening. The Spartan, "the royal boat," as described by a lady passenger, went east this morning.

The prop. Ocean reached here this morning from Chicago and Cleveland. She lightened 6,000 bushels of wheat and 400 barrels of coal oil for A. Gunn & Co., and then proceeded to Montreal.

Capt. John Donnelly, the noted wrecker, has left for Nicolet River, where he superintends the raising of a sunken dredge. The Captain's services, when a difficult operation is on hand, are always appreciated.

A brother explains that Capt. Anderson, of the barge Russell, loading timber at Byng Inlet, was not decapitated by the hoisting accident. The grips did slip, and struck him, crushing in the front of his head, but he did not die until three hours afterwards.

Rochester people are very indignant at the withdrawal of the steamer Magnet from the south shore. Persons from that place hold return tickets for the Magnet from the islands, and fruit shippers are in bad shape. It is probable, says an American exchange, that an American company will be formed at Rochester and a steamer built or chartered.

Capt. Green, of the prop. B.W. Blanchard, got a signal of distress from the schr. Florida before she sunk. He went to her aid, but before he reached her she went down in 18 fathoms of water. Those on board, comprising a crew of six and two ladies, took to the boats and were picked up by the Blanchard. They left the propeller at Port Colborne. The schooner had sprung a leak at 6 o'clock, and made water beyond the capacity of the pumps. Another despatch from Port Colborne says the schr. sprung a leak when off Long Point, and although the crew worked hard they were unable to keep the vessel afloat. The Florida was bound from Black River wit 662 tons of coal for Toronto.


The yacht race at Oswego and the manner in which the Gen. Garfield was euchred out of her prize, is still the topic of conversation amongst the many yachtsmen of this city. The more the matter is discussed the more palpable become the tactics adopted to cheat the Kingston yacht out of her rights. It is another instance of how reckless Oswego yachtsmen can be in order to keep the prize money at home. The owner of the Emma was cheated out of first money last year, nothwithstanding that the highest yachting authorities in the United States sustained his action. The collision between the Gracie and Gen. Garfield was clearly caused by the first named boat. Both were steering a straight course, the Garfield being in the rear. Catching a beautiful breeze the latter went along like a race horse, and the Gracie, fearing that her wind would be taken, luffed up and came right in front of the Garfield. The thing occurred in a moment. The Garfield was too close to avoid a collision, and her bowsprit went into the Gracie's main sail, tearing it badly. The judges were not one hundred feet from where the collision occurred, and were cognizant of the facts, yet they allowed the Club to take evidence while they themselves did not give any. As soon as the Gracie got out of the way, she scudded off, and was not delayed two minutes, although Mr. Roy says he was knocked out of time some fifteen minutes. The Garfield was thrown out of her course and was put back a considerable time. When a protest was talked of a Kingston gentleman conversed with one of the judges, who said it could not be entertained. How did this conscientious gentleman change his opinion so quickly? We feel sure that had the matter been left to the judges the Garfield would have been awarded second money, which she rightly won. On two occasions, the Kingston yachtsmen have failed to get justice in Oswego regattas and will ignore them in future.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 25, 1882