The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 30, 1882

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p.3 Here and There - One of the elevators of the Montreal Transportation Company sprang a leak and sank today at the wharf. It will be raised.

Down The Lake - schr. Henry Folger, owned by Capt. Dennis of Clayton.


Mr. John Y. Palmatier, of Point Traverse, was in the city today on his way home from Ottawa which he visited in order to interview the Minister of Customs in regard to a remission of the duties upon the apples and onions recovered from the wreck of the barge Carrie & Cora. It will be remembered that she was bound down the lake with a consignment of 2,400 barrels of apples, onions and potatoes when struck by a gale and wrecked. The apples and onions floated, and Mr. Palmatier, acting for the owner of them, has picked up some 600 barrels of the former and 10 barrels of the latter. They were originally destined for New York, where they would have sold for perhaps $5 per barrel; in Prince Edward, in a damaged condition of course, but 50 cents per barrel was offered. The orders came to have them reshipped, if the Government allowed no barrier in the way of embarrassing charges, and they have not done so. While in the city Mr. Palmatier learned that some of the wreckage had floated upon Wolfe and Simcoe Island shores, and he took steps to collect it.

Timber Awaiting Claimants.

Mr. Palmatier informed our reporter that a quantity of timber had drifted upon Point Traverse, and that it awaited claimants. There are some hemlock sawlogs marked "H" on the ends. There are at the False Ducks pieces of timber stamped with a circle in the centre of which was a figure 7. There are also at Point Traverse two timber butts, one about 12 ft. long, and the other 25 ft., besides pine lumber and oak planks. These things are evidently portions of a raft. At present they are safe and accessible, but if the owner wants them he should delegate some one to collect and preserve them.

The Fishing Quite Poor.

Mr. Palmatier has been a fisherman for 40 years. "These hands," said he, "have been used to hard work. The welts you see, and the contraction of the muscles, are the result of long continued and constant rowing. Has the fishing been good this year? No, it has not. The fish may be getting scarce, although I don't think so. Our small catch is owing, I believe, to the change made a year ago in the manner of licensing fishermen. Formerly we had limits upon which trespass was not allowed and of which we took great care. Of course some were better than others, and the dissatisfied ones agitated for the conditions which we now 'enjoy.' Men are commissioned to go where they like and fish as they please, and such is the irregular and confusing methods adopted that the catch is injured, and the fish driven off the shoals upon which they used to feed. The present plan of working is not a success and must sooner or later be amended."

A Saver of Life.

Mr. Palmatier's modesty may have had something to do with it, but he is certainly deserving of recognition as a saver of life. As many as thirty persons were taken off wrecks by him, while he rendered great service to the vessel men and shippers by the salvage of vessels and their freight. If the loss of life at Point Traverse has not been as great as at Point Peter it is because Mr. Palmatier and his family and friends have been so useful, and rendered a service which the country has not fairly acknowledged.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 30, 1882