The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 22, 1883

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The St. Lawrence Company's steamers commence running about June 20th.

The freight rate from Chicago to Kingston is 6 1/4 cents on wheat and 5 1/2 cents on corn.

About 60,000 fence posts will be shipped from Cape Vincent to Rome this season.

The water in the St. Lawrence river is one foot lower now than it was at this time last year.

The Active and her consorts had a rough time both on their way to Toledo and returning.

The tug Jessie Hall clears tonight for Montreal with a tow carrying 130,000 bushels of grain.

The barge Otonabee, with 130 tons of phosphate, arrived from Noble's Bay in tow of the steamer Peerless.

The barge Manitowac has been chartered in Chicago for Kingston. She carries 37,000 bushels of corn.

The steamer Island Belle will commence running on the Cape-Alexandria Bay route about June 20th.

As soon as travel warrants it the Vanhorne will make two trips per day between Alexandria Bay and the Cape.

The schr. Dundee is loading grain at Toronto. It is said she has got two cents to Kingston, which is marking up the rates.

The Pride of America still lies in the custody of the Sheriff at Oswego. The tug men refuse to take the vessel above the bridge.

The yacht Capt. Abbie will probably enter the Gananoque regatta. Dr. Curtis thinks of having her hauled out and scraped. She'll go then.

The schr. Kate Howard capsized off Evaston last week, and was dragged to Chicago on the bottom of the lake. She was raised on Wednesday. Her tow bills amounted to nearly $1,000.

Hall & Co., of Ogdensburg, have contracted in Buffalo for a new tug to take the place of the burned Gardner. She will be about the same size as the Gardner, and will be built immediately.

Schr. Hoe Boy, of Sackett's Harbor, went to pieces this morning at the Cape Vincent Railway dock. The crew were saved by making a pier-head jump. The scow Carlton is ashore, and the scow Joe Murphy sunk at the same place.

A Stormy Night.

Captains who came in yesterday say that they never saw such a wild sea. The wind since Sunday night has blown from North-East, and last night about 11 o'clock it greatly increased and, in marine phraseology, "began to squeal." Vessels in the harbor dragged their anchors. Some assert that the worst weather has not yet been experienced.

An Oswego Man's Opinion.

Capt. Fitzgerald, of Oswego, says that the statement published in a Kingston paper that the shippers give American vessels the preference to Canadian vessels, is untrue. As a rule, the vessels generally arrive about the same time in a fleet and the first in are first chartered. If a Canadian Captain comes in and there are ten or fifteen vessels ahead of him, and he can not get a load at once, he goes away grumbling and when he gets home tells a terrible tale of the partiality of the Oswego shippers. These grumblers do not seem to consider that the railroad companies cannot load a whole fleet at once.

A Rough Experience.

The tug Active came in last evening having in tow the schooner John Gaskin, with 37,500 bushels of corn, from Toledo. Captain Simmons says there was a heavy gale on the lake. It blew terrifically, and the seas rolled high. Finding it impossible to hold them both, the schooner Glenora, with 44,000 bushels of corn, was cut loose between Long Point and the Ducks. Capt. James Smith, of this city, is in command of her and the owners have no fear regarding her safety. She carries a full lower rig and a lot of surplus canvass. As soon as the wind moderates the tug will go out and pick her up.

A Propeller Rebuilt.

The prop. California was at the K. & M. Co.'s wharf yesterday, lightening 7,000 bushels of grain prior to going to Montreal. She is on her first trip since being rebuilt. Since last season she has had added to 35 1/2 ft. in her length. She is now 179 ft. 6 in. over all and will carry 25,000 bushels. She has a new steel boiler half-inch in thickness and 11 ft. 6 in. diameter by 10 ft. 6 in. long, and good for a pressure of 80 lbs. Her cabin has been lengthened 25 ft. giving her 125 ft. clear. A parlor 19 x 22 ft. is also attached, and is furnished with steam heating apparatus for cold weather. She has been furnished with new 5 inch ceiling throughout. A new kitchen, 32 x 18 ft., has also been substituted for the old one. Capt. Crangle is in command.

Last Night's Hurricane.

Port Huron, Mich., May 22nd - The barge Wyoming is ashore 6 miles above Point Edward. The crew on board the vessel may last till the storm abates. The barge Ocontes has broken off Lakeport. Some schooners are ashore at Lake St. Clair. The schooners Hazard, Elements and Dobbins are at anchor at Lexington with the water breaking over them at frequent intervals. Five unknown vessels are reported ashore between there and Pine Hill. The barges Meseille and St. Joseph, tug Clark's tow, are adrift off Lexington. The tug Champion will go out to their help. The wind continues.

Cleveland, May 22nd - There was a hurricane here yesterday. The wind blew over Lake Erie at the rate of 80 miles an hour and last night increased in violence. Several vessels are reported to have been lost, but it is thought no lives have been lost. A portion of the new breakwater was carried away....Lake men say the storm was the heaviest for ten years.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 22, 1883