The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 11, 1883

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p.2 A Body Found - mate of Petrel washed ashore at Milwaukee.

p.3 Oswego Excursion - on str. Rupert, helped str. City of Montreal, ashore near Ducks.


The schr. White Oak, from Oswego, has arrived with 376 tons of coal for R. Crawford.

The steambarge Nile and barge Consort, lumber laden, from Deseronto, have arrived.

The str. Island Belle commenced running between Cape Vincent and Alexandria Bay today.

The schrs. Norway, Merritt and Shandon cleared from Garden Island for a Western port on Saturday.

The schr. O'Gorman is loading lath for Oswego, and the schr. L.D. Bullock, lumber and posts for Oswego.

The schr. Grantham, with timber from Detroit, has arrived at Garden Island. The schr. W.J. Suffle has also arrived with staves.

The str. Flower City, which has been rebuilding on Washington Island, near Clayton for a year or more, was launched on Thursday. She is said to be a very fine boat.

The Captain of a black yacht from Cobourg hailed the Captain of the schr. Grantham and asked him to report in Kingston that the yacht's course had been changed from Kingston to Oswego.

The owners on Saturday received a telegram stating that the str. Magnet's cargo had been transferred to the str. Spartan and reached its destination. The disabled steamer has been relieved from her position, and the line now runs as usual.

On Thursday the yacht Oriole ran across the bows of the schooner Oliver Mowat when she was being towed out of Toronto. The schooner's boom caught the yacht's canvas, tore away the foresail and main rigging and otherwise damaged the craft. The Oliver lost her boom.

The prop. City of Montreal, which ran aground at the Main Ducks yesterday morning, jettisoned about 400 packages, 150 of which were whiskey and 200 flour, consigned to parties in this city.

Most of the goods drifted towards the shore, and were picked up by men of the Island, hired for the purpose at a cost of $75. The freight will have to be carried across the Island and reshipped. The contract has been taken by Mr. Waters, who resides on the Island. The loss, whatever it is, will be covered by insurance.

A vessel Captain was asked what he thought of the celebrated raid to blow up the Welland Canal. He laughed. "Everybody over there knew all about that," he said. "The story started from Buffalo, where some of the grain shovellers, finding corn passing their doors to go to Ogdensburg and Kingston, said they would go over and blow the old thing up. The hint was acted upon in St. Catharines. A raid was manufactured and a celebrated scrap-book celebrity improved the occasion by planting a dozen and a half sentry boxes along the canal and filling them with guards at $2 per diem."

Another Warning - The running ashore of the steamer City Of Montreal at the Main Ducks Island and the loss of a part of her cargo in a dense fog yesterday morning is another decided reason for the placing of a fog whistle of proper calibre, as suggested by Capt. Eccles and others in our daily issue of Friday last, at this dangerous locality. Capt. McLarcondell asserts that had there been such an appliance in use he would not have ran ashore, as he would have had a timely warning and could have shaped his course for Kingston by it. In his opinion a warning is very necessary for the navigation of that part of the lake in thick weather.

Schooner Race - The talk about the wharves today is of the projected schooner race on Dominion Day. If eight or ten vessels could be induced to take part in it the best of our noted yacht races of the years gone by would be easily surpassed as a sight if not as an event of public interest. The prizes would have to reach $200 with a merely nominal entrance fee - say $2, every inducement to vessel captains should be given.

A Shad Story - Today there was shown at Horton's fish store a shad weighing 4 3/4 lbs., caught in a net by George Mackey, at Reed's Bay, Wolfe Island, one mile from Horse Shoe Island. This is the largest fish of its class ever caught in Lake Ontario, and closely resembles the North River Shad, now freely imported. It is seven years since the shad were introduced to the lake, and hitherto the best ones have been from 1 1/2 to 2 pounds.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 11, 1883