The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 14, 1883

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The schr. O'Gorman is loading posts for Oswego.

The schr. Eliza White has cleared with lath for Charlotte.

All vessels loading coal at Oswego in future will have to pay their own towage bills.

The schooner Leadville, known to Union soldiers as the "Home Comfort," owing to her excellent appointments, is in port with 24,000 bushels of corn from Toledo.

The arrivals at Garden Island are the schrs. Jessie, Augusta, and Mary Battle, from Toledo, and schr. W.J. Suffel, from Detroit. The cargoes were timber and staves.

The tug Bronson has cleared for Montreal with three barges carrying 1,200 tons of coal, 100 tons of phosphate and 15,000 bush. grain. The tug brought up five light barges this morning.

The bottom of the Atalanta, hauled out at Deseronto, was in a very rough condition owing to the number of barnacles which covered it. Her centreboard was also split and badly broomed up.

Several days ago, Capt. Saxie Brooks, of the Cecilia, discharged his crew because they would not accept the wages he offered to them. Without money or friends he landed them in Kingston. President Paddon looked after them and shipped them to the canal, where they will await the Cecilia's arrival. The vessel cleared for the canal with only three persons on board, and one of these had a wooden leg.

Find By A Diver.

James Coullen, a diver, working on the shoals, has made a curious find. He reports that many of the rocks are polished as beautifully as with instruments by the action of the water. Yesterday while prowling about in his suit he picked up a fowling piece. It had evidently lain in the water for about twenty years. It was in good shape and loaded with shot, capped and cocked ready to fire. How it was lost our readers who are familiar with navigation years ago may infer.

A Loss Paid For.

Capt. McIlwain, of St. Catharines, has succeeded, after seven years, in securing payment for his vessel, the St. Andrews, sunk in the Welland Canal. She was grain laden and struck an obstruction. She was raised and last year sank off Long Point Cut, Lake Erie, with 14,000 bush. wheat, consigned from Toledo to Kingston. The claim presented to the Government was not allowed by the arbitrators who first examined it. Capt. McIlwain then went to Ottawa himself, and by his own personal exertions, after explaining all the circumstances to Sir Charles Tupper, had the case re-opened. On the second hearing $3,000 was allowed him with seven years' interest. He had just returned from Ottawa after seeing Sir John Macdonald, who paid the whole amount awarded, with interest.

Claim Of Captain Taylor.

Now that the Government liability has been established it is only right that Capt. W.R. Taylor should have his claim adjusted. Some years ago the schooner Annie Falkiner (sic - Falconer), coal laden, was passing through the Canal. She struck a rock and sank, and it cost $4,100 to raise and repair her. The accident was caused by negligence on the part of the Government. Near Port Colborne is a cut, and the rugged rocks are still sticking out. A boom was placed alongside it to prevent the vessels from running against the rocks, but the water being high the boom moved inward. The vessel coming along struck the obstruction and sustained the damage alluded to. Capt. Taylor, as well as Capt. McIlwain, is entitled to recompense.

Personal Mention - Capt. Dobbins, Superintendent General of the United States Life Boat Service, visits Picton on the 20th to instruct the new appointees how to use the crafts stationed on the Prince Edward coast.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 14, 1883