The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 18, 1883

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Camp Cruso, the Island home of Capt. Rothwell and family, is again open.

Boats and fishing tackle and live bait always on hand at H.O. Hitchcock's, Wolfe Island.

The Canadian Insurance Companies have raised their rates on steamships plying on Canadian waters 1 1/2 per cent.

The prop. City of Montreal will be docked at Port Dalhousie, although it is believed that she received no injury by running upon the Ducks.

Capt. Augustus, of the tug Rambler, brought from Trenton a dram of timber each for the Collinsby Rafting Company, Calvin & Son and W.B. & S. Anglin.

The str. Hastings left yesterday for Toronto with the two scows to be used by Jones & Cook in connection with their contract on the Island breakwater.

There has been a race to Chicago between the propellers Persia and Armenia. The Persia won, having gained 18 hours on the Armenia between Montreal and Chicago.

The employees of the Royal Mail Line wear a sort of uniform by which they can be easily distinguished. Even the deck hands have caps and guernseys which look very attractive.

A boat connecting Kingston with Oswego, and making trips between these places every other day, is badly needed. The Magnet filled this route very acceptably for many years.

Messrs. Rathbun have rebuilt the steamer Puritan, and will shortly put her on as a ferry between Gananoque and Clayton. Mr. S. Crawford, brother of Capt. Crawford, will be an officer on the new steamer.

The Captain of the H.P. Murray, arrived at Hamilton, reports the schrs. Ella Murton and Huron having left Oswego two days before he did, and he thinks there is something wrong as they are not in yet.

The inquest on the body of G. Gibbs, a deck hand on the prop. Kincardine, exonerated the Captain from all blame. Gibbs was sleeping on the boiler deck and was burned through his own carelessness.

The schr. Manzanilla is being fitted up to go to the scene of the tug Conqueror. An attempt will be made, with the assistance of a schooner, to right the sunken tug. She will be pumped out, patched and taken to Ogdensburg or Montreal for repairs.

The schr. Eliza Quinlan, ashore near the Ducks, will be pulled off in a few days. The coal which she carried has been taken out and placed in a lighter. Cedar will be placed in the hold of the craft, which the str. Hastings will then haul afloat. The vessel will be brought to Kingston for repairs. Her bottom, it is feared, has been greatly injured.

The prop. Canada arrived on Saturday evening. She ran on Grenadier Island 100 yards below the lighthouse. Her fore foot was knocked off and her bow jammed. The Captain stopped the leak, and on the arrival of the str. Hastings a diver patched the hole. The prop. was then pulled off and proceeded to Port Dalhousie, where she will be docked. The cargo in the hold of the prop. Canada consisted of 2,000 boxes of lemons, a large quantity of ginger ale, and a consignment of spring beds, a cargo that would have been easily damaged.

Several Captains endorse our statement as to the great injustice done by the heavy towage charges on the Welland Canal. The charge for vessels is twenty cents per ton. They have no option, as there are no tow paths on the canal. One vessel man paid $150 for the passage up and down. His profit on grain from Chicago at 4 cents was completely wiped out. The owner of a tug and her consorts, after making two round trips, finds that the towage charges through the Welland Canal amount to $800. The Government should interfere and regulate a tariff that will not drive trade from the St. Lawrence route.

Drowning Accident - one of the crew fell off barge Mona, in a tow of barges of Kingston & Montreal Forwarding Company in charge of tug Hiram A. Calvin.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 18, 1883