The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 26, 1882

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p.2 The Maud's Excursion -

Sabbath Sailing - an editorial.

A Challenge Accepted - letter in reply to John Fisher about yacht challenge.

p.3 Improvements At The Foundry - wharf being built on Earl street slip behind Canadian Engine and Locomotive Co.

Whats The News? - yacht Aileen, of Toronto, constructed from plans prepared by builder of Scottish yacht Madge, to sail in Belleville regatta.


The schr. G.B. Sloan has cleared for Oswego to load coal for Chicago at $1.50.

The schr. Annie Falconer is now on her way from Fairhaven to Toronto with coal.

The prop. St. Magnus lightened 12,000 bush. of wheat from Toledo and passed eastward last night.

The schr. Pinafore, from Oswego, with 105 tons of coal, has arrived here. She takes a part of her cargo to Deseronto.

The steambarges Indian and Consort have arrived at Collinsby with timber for Serpent River. Commodore Frazer is doing a good trade this season with his vessels.

The schr. Nevada, with 21,000 bush., prop. Lincoln, 16,607 bush. and schr. Lisgar, 22,777 bush. of wheat, from Toledo and Chicago, have arrived, consigned to the M.T. Co.

The tug Bronson leaves tonight for Montreal with six barges carrying 125,000 bush. of wheat. The tug Active leaves tonight or tomorrow with the schrs. Gaskin and Glenora for Toledo, light.

The schooner Alexander has arrived at Chicago from Georgian Bay with cedar posts. Capt. Gribbin says that after reaching Lake Huron they discovered that she was leaking badly. They found the leak, and by listing her over succeeded in getting the hole out of the water and putting a patch on. Something had struck her and stove in a plank. The Alexander was formerly of Kingston.

Stuck On The Ways.

The barge Eagle, belonging to the M.T. Co. is stuck upon the ways at the Company's shipyard. She was undergoing repairs, and was raised up on maple skids. These were not stout enough to sustain the barge's weight. As she slid off they spread. The tug Active parted two hawsers in pulling on the barge, and the Conqueror snapped two more in a vain attempt to get her off. Oak skids should have been used.

Schooner Kate's Repairs.

Capt. Taylor has returned from South Bay where he inspected the rebuilt schr. Kate. She has a new keel, keelson, centreboard box, pocket piece, deadwoods, 22 second foothooks (sic) on port side and 12 on starboard side, new stern post, new covering board and rails, entire new stern, poop deck, six new bilge streaks on each side and new spars complete. She has a new mainsail, made by Capt. Lewis of this city. She has also been caulked and thoroughly repainted. The repairs will cost about $2,000. The vessel rates A 2. Capt. Paul Clark will put the craft into the grain trade.

A Fatal Accident.

The schr. Gulnair has arrived at Garden Island with timber from Romney. While the vessel was being loaded Jus. McAlister, lumber merchant, Windsor, suffered a fatal accident. There was a jam of sticks in the bank. Mr. McAlister attempted to break it. Suddenly the obstruction gave way, he was carried to the ground, and several huge pieces of timber rolled over him, causing instant death. Mr. McAlister had a premonition of the accident, in consequence of which he took out an insurance policy a week or two before it occurred. When he last left home he told his sister that he was in trouble, and he felt sure he would be killed.

Accident On The Canal.

About two o'clock yesterday morning the propeller Lake Ontario had just passed through the seventh lock of the Beauharnois Canal when the steamer Prince Arthur, of the American line, ran into the lower gates of the lock before the upper ones were closed, thereby letting the whole column of water in the six mile level pass through unchecked. Three of the gates are broken, and a large force of men are busy repairing the damage. Navigation will be stopped for three days. Steamers and barges are arriving from the west, but will be detained at the head until the repairs are completed. A number of farms near the foot of the Canal are flooded, and the grain swept away.

An Unexpected Trip.

A party of over one hundred excursionists, who started from Montreal yesterday by steamboat for Clayton, N.Y., were obliged to return home in consequence of an accident at St. Timothy, on the Beauharnois Canal, the steamer breaking one of the gates of the lock at that place. The St. Lawrence Steamboat Company, after conveying their passengers back to Montreal, ticketed them through via the C.P.R. to Prescott, there to take one of their steamers to Clayton. The party were pleased with the opportunity so unexpectedly given them of visiting the capital of Canada. They were principally tourists from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Alabama and Kentucky.

More About Canal Imposition.

Every vessel Captain that arrives here has something to say anent the impositions of the tug men in the Welland Canal. The Captain of the schr. Gulnair paid $71 for the trip up it and $77 for the down trip. The tugs were employed in doing so about 13 hours each way. Distance 27 miles. The schooner Jessie H. Breck paid $73 for 15 hours work. Such exactions are very disagreeable, and must greatly damage the grain trade. It was expected that when the new canal was opened the charges attending a passage through it would be lessened. In sections of the old canal, where tugs are employed, ten cents per registered ton is charged for towage. In the new canal the rate is doubled. This, certainly, is not right. The canal must be used, so that whatever rate the tugmen impose has to be paid. The canal is a public work and should be entirely controlled by Government. By it the rates should be adjusted. The tow bills and canal fees should be paid at the canal office, and a check thus kept upon them. The matter should be investigated and public attention called to it by all the papers that desire the lake traffic prosper. We don't know whether the tugmen are Tories or Grits, and we don't care. We know that captains complain, and justly, of extortion, and that is enough to justify us in giving the subject publicity.

A Change That Is Wanted - Richelieu & Ontario Nav. Co. to put line of palace steamers on next season?

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 26, 1882