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

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p.1 Bound Southward - description of ferry boats in St. Clair River - how they load railroad cars.

p.3 A Fine Record - no losses in handling and transportation of grain from Kingston to Montreal this season.

Case of Wages - barge hand on barge Rideau advised to have it tied up and proceed in Maritime court.


The schr. O.M. Bond has cleared for Belleville, where she will load barley for Chicago at 6 cents.

The schrs. Wm. Elgin and Oliver Mowat are loading ore for Fairhaven and Sodus at 45 cents.

The tug McArthur has arrived from Cornwall. She took down the river the last raft of the Collinsby Rafting Company.

The schr. Jessie Drummond has arrived with a cargo of walnut timber, consigned from Chicago to Quebec - rate 19 cents per ft.

The steamer Princess Louise today brought a large consignment of grain and 347 boxes of cheese. The latter came from Clayton.

The cargo of the barge Maggie, recently damaged off Port Colborne, is now being inspected at Montreal. It may be condemned.

The schr. M. O.'Gorman is loading lumber for Oswego. The schr. Jessie Macdonald cleared last evening for Oswego with ties.

Capt. Tifft, of the schr. M.J. Cummings, says the trip from Chicago was as if it were made in midsummer. The weather was delightful.

The tug Metamora and barges and barges have arrived with timber from Cheboygan. They at once lay up and winter here. The barges will be hauled out at Portsmouth and thoroughly repaired.

The schr. St. Louis will bring coal from Cleveland at $1.40 per ton. She will winter here and remain loaded. The cargo will be consigned to the K. & P.R.R. and James Swift. The vessel is now loading ore here for Ashtabula.

Chas. Chambers and Lewis Pyette, of Kingston, and Wm. Taft, of Port Hope, were the sailors before the mast on the George Thurston, which, light, went ashore at Byng Inlet on the 23rd. Their wages, $2 per day, continue until they reach this port. The Thurston was returning after delivering steel rails at Algoma Mills.

The schr. Pandora, Capt. B.H. Cooper, left Buffalo on Saturday morning at 10 o'clock, arrived at Port Colborne at 2 p.m., and got through the canal to the head of lock 1 at 12:05 a.m. on Sunday, making the run through the new Welland Canal in just 10 hours and 5 minutes, less the one lockage. This is the best time ever made through the new canal. She loads barley at Wellington and Consecon lake shore, Prince Edward County, for Milwaukee at 7 1/2 cents.


Schr. Ida Walker, Toronto, 12,857 bu. wheat.

Schr. M.J. Cummings, Chicago, 21,500 bu. wheat.



At the last session of Congress a law was passed for the inspection of all steam crafts trading to United States ports and making it obligatory upon owners of such crafts to bring them up to the American standard in construction, boilers and life saving equipment. There are hosts of British craft trading between American ports and the islands and South American ports, which are never at home in Great Britain and which have not been inspected for years. These craft are called "ocean tramps." This new law will force them to come up to the standard or lay up. Our Government takes the position that craft of any nationality

Must Be Made Safe.

On the lakes this new law will take in a large number of "tramps," viz.: canal propellers, and it will be welcomed by the general public, for the Canadian steamboat law is a nominal affair, and old traps are allowed to carry passengers. Inexperienced men are also allowed to command them. When the new law is put into effect all this must be changed, so far, at least, as craft that come into American ports are concerned.

Mr. Moore, Government Inspector of boilers in Chicago, was asked yesterday if the inspection of Canadian craft had commenced yet. He said it had not; that he was under the impression that the work is to be done by special inspectors. Special inspectors were to attend to craft on the seaboard, and he supposed it was to be the same on the lakes. A fee would be charged for the inspection of Canadians at the same rates charged our own craft - $25 for 100 tons and under, and 5 cents per ton for each additional ton over 100. The new tonnage allowance law was in effect, and the Canadians would, of course, get the benefit of it.

No Official Notice

has yet been given the inspectors of the new law and no instructions have been received. The reporter suggested that this was strange. The law was supposed to go into effect two months ago. Inspector Moore responded that he didn't know why it was, but it was as he had stated. The reporter suggested that numerous lives might be saved if the law was enforced this fall. Inspector Moore said that of course the inspectors would have to be officially instructed before they took action.

Inspector Moore said that for the Canadian propellers to come under our laws and come up to our standard large improvements must be made, and he was not sure that the box style of build of many of the Canadian canallers would be accepted at all.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 25, 1882