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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 3, 1882

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p.3 A Coating of Tar - man fell off dock at foot of Queen street; surface of water had coating of tar; vessel owners grumble about it injuring the appearance of their vessels.

Whats The News - Spartan, Armenia and Prussia all passed down, calling at Swift's wharf.


The schr. George Thurston is loading 450 tons of iron rails for Algoma Mills. She sails tomorrow.

The boats of the N.E.T. Line are still running, as is also the Armenia of the Deseronto and Ogdensburg line.

At Rathbun's wharf Easton's barges arrived from Merrckville with ties; the schr. O. Gorman is loading pine lumber for Oswego.

Richelieu & Ontario stock advanced two and a half per cent, owing to rumors that a good offer had been made by Mr. Senecal for the boats.

The barge Princess leaves this evening for Montreal, with 20,000 bushels of wheat. In the same tow, from the wharf of the Kingston and Montreal Forwarding Company, the schr. Ella Murton leaves for Brockville to load iron for Lake Erie.

The following vessels have been unloaded at Collinsby: Schrs. Grantham, Cheboygan, 17,000 ft. pine; barge Ayr, Toledo, 15,000; barge Annie Craig, Bay City, 10,642 ft. oak and 5,000 pipe staves; barge M.C. Cameron, Bay City, 13,000 ft. timber; barge Cavalier, Bay City, 20,000 ft. pine, walnut and ash.

The prop. Prussia, from Chicago, arrived today, and discharging 6,500 bush. of wheat at the Montreal Transportation Company's wharf, proceeded to Montreal. The tug Champion leaves this evening with seven barges carrying 120,000 bushels of grain, 225 tons of phosphate and 127 tons of soap stone. A large quantity of the latter article is now going east. We believe it is being manufactured into cement.

Capt. Donnelly has received from R.P. Cook a cheque, handsomely paying him for his services in connection with the raising of his dredge. It will be remembered that it was sunk some distance below Montreal, that at it a steam pump and some lower Canadian people had been working some fifteen days without success, and that the Captain raised it in 24 hours without machinery of any kind. The veteran wrecker deserves Mr. Cook's compliments.

An important adjustment has just been made in the case of the schr. Pride of America, of St. Catharines, Captain Macdonald. She sailed from Milwaukee for Kingston on August 10th, with 21,600 bushels of wheat. On the 18th, when off Erie, there blew a gale from the north, in consequence of which the vessel laboured heavily and commenced to leak. On the 19th she arrived at Port Colborne and lightened 7,500 bushels of her cargo; again, on her arrival at Port Dalhousie she lightened 6,000 bushels. On being docked it was found that the leak had been occasioned by the oakum working out of the seam under the foremast. Of course the cargo was damaged to a large extent, and a survey was ordered. It was made by Captains Taylor and Dunlop, whose decision is as follows: Vessel pays general average, $305.80; freight, $20.59; special charges, $82.45. The cargo pays on general average, $840.30; special charges, $206.08; owner's column, $89. The total disbursements will thus be $1,544.42. In other words the owners get back $1,046.45 out of $1,544.42.



Inspector Risley testified before the Government Commission at Owen Sound that he examined the Asia on the 29th of May, 1882, at Sarnia, and found nothing wrong or contrary to law. She was deficient in the number of oars, having only five instead of six. The certificate was withheld until the 6th of July. It was sent to the manager of the Northwestern Transportation Company on the24th July, and was returned by the manager of the Company asking permission to carry an increased number of passengers. He considered that she should be allowed to carry 200, although not required to carry as many, as a rule. The Asia was then running on the Georgian Bay. In answer to a question, Mr. Risley replied that the danger of the Georgian Bay was such that he could not recommend that she be allowed to carry more than 150 passengers. On being asked if he could account for the vessel running without a certificate, he said that the Steamboat Inspection Act, Section 23, requires the Collector of Customs to demand from each steamer a certificate of inspection, and if not furnished in a reasonable time to hold the vessel. The failure of the Collector to make this demand accounts for the vessel running without her papers.

There has been considerable excitement on the report of the steamer Emerald being condemned and would not be allowed to sail. K. Croker, Inspector of Hulls, and W.J. Meneilly, Steamboat Inspector, made a thorough investigation of the steamer and report: "We have inspected the hull and machinery of the Emerald and her life saving and other equipments and are satisfied that she is in a seaworthy and safe condition for her present route on the Georgian Bay, provided she is properly loaded."

The Emerald is comparatively a new boat (the Oswego Belle.) She was built to run on the Bay of Quinte, and never intended for lake service. She was always considered top-heavy, and the sooner she is taken off the Upper Lakes the better.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 3, 1882