The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 3, 1883

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p.2 Here & There - Insurance Companies to charge 1 1/2 % for vessels after May 1st.

- Chicago Tribune says lower canal tolls will see bulk of grain business go by canal.



The steam barge Nile has been launched from the Deseronto Marine Railway.

The steamer Armenia is commanded by Capt. Anderson with P.G. Gordon as Purser.

The schr. Ariadne was 73 bushels in her cargo of wheat delivered to the M.T. Co.

The Richelieu Company has raised its rates for passengers 15 and for freight 25 per cent over last year's tariff.

The schr. Julia made several quick trips between Oswego and Gananoque. She made two trips, loaded and discharged, in about four days.

The opening of navigation has not led to as much work along the docks as many expected. The tariff is high and some take a pleasure in contemplating it.

The Richelieu steamer line on the St. Lawrence will connect with the Utica & Black River road trains at Clayton this summer and with the Rome at Cape Vincent.

This afternoon the barges William, Alice Pacey, Jet, Rapid, and Princess left for Montreal, in tow of the tug Traveller, with 110,000 bushels of grain from the K. & M. Forwarding Company.

President Powers, of the Chicago Seamens' Union, is in Oswego looking over the local President's books, which are not in satisfactory shape. The salary of President Skillen, of Oswego, is $45 a month for eight months.

This evening the following barges, belonging to the Montreal Transportation Company, will leave for Montreal in tow of several tugs: Corn Crib, Kingston, Kansas, Montreal, Europa, Toronto, Senator and Chicago. The vessels will carry a combined cargo of 160,000 bushels of wheat.

The schr. Eureka, while being towed to the K. & P. R. wharf to load posts for Oswego, had a rough time. The tug did some funny work. She had a hole knocked in her stern by contact with the end of the wharf. The hole is above water, so that she can be easily repaired. The vessel came against the wharf with great force several times.

The fleet of Oswego yachts consists of the schooner yacht Rhoda, the cutter Cricket and the sloops Ella, Laura, Fascination, Katie Gray, Guinevere and Maud. Each yacht carries, besides her pennant, the signal flags which have been adopted by the club. This signal code is complete and embraces everything for communication between yachts in all weathers. The annual regatta of the club will be held in August each year.

Collins Bay Items - rafting; Jessie H. Breck arrived from Hamilon on May 1st - first arrival of season.



The Canadian coasting regulations have been undergoing a change by the Minister of Customs.

All vessels and boats employed in transport from one port to another in the Dominion is considered to be engaged in the coasting trade and comes under the regulations.

None but registered British vessels and wholly owned by British subjects, or boats owned by subjects with whom a treaty is in force, and by which the coasting trade is mutually conceded can lawfully engage in the trade. The name of the vessel and the port she is registered at must be plainly painted on the stern of the vessel.

Licenses are issued terminable on June 30th in each year and bonds have to be given to the amount of $500 that the vessels will not be employed in the foreign trade unless according to the governmental statutes.

The license of the craft shall be produced when required by any officer of Customs.

The officer can go on board the boat whenever he deems it proper and if he should find any dutiable goods which had not been entered at the Customs, or any prohibited or smuggled goods, or if any goods had been unladen therefrom before the master had reported to a Customs officer, the goods and vessel shall be forfeited, and the master shall incur the penalty of $100.00.

Before any coasting vessel or boat can go out from any port of loading in the Dominion for any other port in the Dominion, the master must make a report in duplicate and hand it to an officer of Customs. The duplicate will be retained and the original handed back. This report shall be the clearance of the vessel, except for goods under bond, or goods liable to Excise or Internal Revenue duty which shall require the entries and warrants for landing to be signed by the proper officers as required by law, and if any report be false the master who signed it shall forfeit the sum of $100. No coasting vessel shall touch at any foreign port unless forced by unavoidable circumstances or authorized by a Collector or officer of Customs, and the master of any coasting vessel which has touched at any foreign port shall declare the same in writing to the Collector or officer of Customs at the port or place in Canada where his vessel afterwards arrives, under a penalty of $100. If any goods are unshipped from any vessel arriving coastwise, or unshipped or water borne to be shipped, to be carried coastwise on Sundays or holidays, or unless in the presence or with the authority of the proper officer of Customs, or unless at such times and places as shall be appointed and approved by him for that purpose; the same shall be forfeited and the master of the vessel shall forfeit the sum of $100.

Officers of Customs may board any coasting vessel in any port or place, and at any period of the voyage search her, and examine all goods on board, and demand all the documents which ought to be on board; and the Collector may require such documents to be brought to him for inspection. No fishing boat or boat used in ferrying under fifteen tons burthen shall, except by special license or permission, carry any goods from a foreign country, which are liable to duty, under pain of seizure, unless the same (in the case of ferry boats) be for the sole use of some passenger then on board. No goods can be carried in any coasting vessel or boat, except such as are laden to be so carried at some port or place in Canada, and no goods shall be taken into or put out of any coasting vessel or boat while on her voyage by river, lake or sea.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 3, 1883