The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 11, 1882

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p.2 Capt. Donnelly to go to Gulf to look after Dominion Wrecking & Salvage Co. contracts.



The schooner A.G. Ryan is loading barley at Gananoque for Cape Vincent.

The steamer Maud did not arrive from the Cape on Saturday night until 11 o'clock.

The rescue of the schr. Eliza Quinlan has been abandoned until Spring. It is then hoped to save her, and that she will not suffer much damage in the meantime.

The schr. Magdala was enquired for by Oswego parties this morning. Capt. T. Donnelly reports that he saw her pass up South Bay on Friday, and that she was making for either Cooper's wharf or Walker's Island.

The barges Huron and Cherokee, chartered by the Kingston & Montreal Forwarding Company to an American firm, trading between Oswego and Montreal, were returned to Kingston yesterday by the tug Gardiner. The barges were in excellent order.

Here & There - It is not the steamer Varuna that has been sold to Messrs. Rathbun, but the steamer Armenia, known as the Little Armenia.

p.4 A Veteran's Career - more on life of Hon. John Hamilton.


The question of establishing a life saving service on the Canadian borders of the lakes and rivers has been under discussion in the Dominion for some time. It looks probable that the opening of the navigation of 1883 will see several life-saving stations established on the Canadian coasts. Hon. William Smith, Deputy Minister of Marine of Canada, visited Buffalo a short time ago, and made inspection of the life saving station there. Mr. Smith made a thorough comparison of the English lifeboat and the Dobbins surf-boat. Both are self-bailing and self-righting, but the advantages of the Dobbins boat were readily apparent. The result of the investigation was that Mr. Smith ordered the construction of several boats after the Dobbins model. The finishing touches on one of them have just been completed. Her length is twenty six feet, beam six feet, and depth two feet two inches. She has a shear of twenty-one inches and a sharp stern. The keel, stern and stern post are of the best white oak timber, the frames being bent of the same wood. The planking is of clear Michigan cork pine, and each plank runs the full length, without butt or scarph. The boat is what is called "Carvel built," is pierced for six single banked oars, and guided with a long steering oar or sweep. In the ends are crowning or turtleback air cases, which serve to right the boat when capsized. A cork fender runs around the outside, and cork jackets for the crew are neatly stowed inside. The boat has a safe and comfortable appearance, her staunchness is unquestioned, and the ease and rapidity with which she rights herself are remarkable. She is very light for so large a craft, her weight being only 800 pounds. She can easily be carried by her crew and launched in the heaviest surf with safety. A carriage is being built for this boat from designs by Capt. Dobbins. The lifeboat will be housed at Buffalo station until next spring. [Chicago Tribune]

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 11, 1882