The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 14, 1882

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p.3 Illegality of Betting - in relation to Amelia - Letter C. yacht race.


The Managers of the Opposition Line Make Explanations.

It is stated, on behalf of the managers of the Rothesay, in reply to the criticisms of the press for the anchoring of the steamer in the stream the other night with an excursion party on board, that Capt. Donaldson is an experienced and successful navigator, having been connected with steamboat running for thirty years. We are referred to many citizens of Kingston who knew him when a resident here. His judgement as to the inadvisability of proceeding that night was endorsed by his mate and other officers. They considered that they took a safer course than to risk the loss of the steamer and endanger the lives of over two hundred passengers. This is all very true as far as it goes, but why did the Captain not foresee the trouble of going up the Canadian channel at night? Or why did he not turn about and seek the American side? The passengers for Darling's wharf, few in number, could have been brought to Kingston and carried back again on the Rothesay's downward trip next morning without one tenth the inconvenience or dissatisfaction caused to the Kingston contingent.

As to the state room charges it is stated that the Rothesay has no regular rooms of that class. She has one family room with parlour attached. On the down trip in the morning the room was engaged for $2 by a lady who had children with her. The parlor was afterwards secured for $2 also by another party. The steamer's managers bear an impression that the reflections made upon the action of the Rothesay's crew are due to the jealousies of other lines, and prompted by a desire to injure the new opposition. This, as far as we know, is utterly unfounded. The R.M. line would have been as severely dealt with under the same circumstances. The papers are merely discharging their duty to the public. They have hitherto been generous helpers of the new line.

Welland Canal Towage Charges - Captain Vanalstyne, of the schr. W.J. Preston, thinks the towage charges on the Welland Canal are not exhorbitant, as the passage is quicker and always sure. They are not higher than when vessels were towed by horses through the old canal. This he may think good logic, but how does it look? When the new canal was built it was thought navigation facilities would be advanced, and certainly they have. Then why should vessels be charged the same rates of towage in making a passage now requiring but fifteen hours at the longest which formerly required 40 and 50 hours. The tugs can now do two or three times the work they did formerly. Consequently they make twice as much money. For this reason alone the charges should be decreased instead of kept at the old figures.


The schr. Pilot has a cargo of apples, melons and other fruit from Oswego.

The schr. Nellie Theresa, from Fairhaven, is unloading 203 tons of coal for the Kingston Gas Company.

The schr. Guiding Star, from Chicago, with 20,000 bush. corn, has arrived in time to escape the gale.

The new sloop Idlewild, built by Rob. Davis for Richard Ira Rush, of Wolfe Island, was launched on Tuesday. The contract is being satisfactorily filled. The boat will be fitted out and ready for business in a few days.

The schr. W.J. Preston had 68 bushels of damaged grain. Capt. Vanalstine reports that in consequence of this and his heavy expenses from Chicago to Kingston the trip will not be profitable, in fact he will be out about $100.

The schooner J.F. Mott, bound down from Chicago to Ogdensburg, ran aground this morning at Hinckley's Bar, Wolfe Island. This is on the American side. The tug Conqueror and Capt. Donnelly went to the assistance of the vessel.

The Mail steamers did not leave on regular time this morning. The Spartan, which came in late last night in consequence of a fog on the river, started on her way to Toronto, but ran back. The Algerian did not come further east than Bowmanville, where she laid until 8 a.m., and then resumed her journey to Kingston. She arrived here about 3 o'clock.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 14, 1882