The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 23, 1883

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p.2 Arrival Of A Yacht - Victoria, a standing keel, measures about 10 tons; carries about 6 to 7 tons of ballast; dimensions are keel 32 feet, 39 feet overall, and beam 9' 9"; draws about 5 feet of water; built at Brighton by Dow Claus for George Offord.

Visiting Horseshoe - to Horseshoe Island on str. Watertown, description of buildings, etc.; Messrs. Eccles have made improvements, new wharf.

An Unjust Act - While off Oswego on Thursday night, with two canal boats in tow, the machinery of the tug M.J. Cummings broke down and the tow drifted about on the lake for some time. They were finally picked up by the large Canadian tug McArthur, Capt McDonald, bound for Oswego, and towed into port. When Captain McDonald reported at the Custom House he was informed that such a proceeding was a violation of the law which forbids the towing of documented vessels of the United States by Canadian tugs in American waters. The Collector thereupon imposed a fine of 50 cents per ton on the McArthur, amounting in all to $142. The McArthur is the tug which libelled the steamer Flower City last summer for towing her across the river when she was on fire.



The schrs. M. O'Gorman and Undine are loading lumber and lath for Oswego.

The schr. White Oak has got down to carrying iron ore. Freights are remarkably scarce.

The schr. Nellie Theresa, from Cleveland, with 240 tons of soft coal, has arrived for R. Crawford.

A number of persons who came to the city from bay ports on the str. Hero were left in the city on Saturday.

The sloop Idlewild, from Deseronto, is in with lumber. The sloop Pilot has arrived light from Gananoque.

There is a large amount of grain now on the way here from Milwaukee and Chicago. The forwarders will soon be busy enough.

Commodore Fraser with his fleet arrived at Garden Island from Leland, Michigan. He goes to the same place for another load of timber.

The yacht Idler with a jolly lot of mariners arrived yesterday. After a walk up town the crew re-embarked for a cruise amongst the islands. Those aboard of the yacht were C.H. Gibson, W.R. McGill, J.G. Leye, W.H. Muldren, and F.F. Passmore.

The arrivals at the Montreal Transportation Company are: Schr. W.J. Preston, 18,012 bush. corn; schr. Jamaica, Chicago, 19,834 bush. corn; schr. Nassau, 21,956 bush. corn; barge Oneida, Oswego, 458 tons coal; prop. Canada, Toledo, 5,500 bush. corn; schr. D.G. Fort, Chicago, 23,413 bush. corn; schr. Westside, Chicago, 20,360 bush. corn; schr. Comanche, Chicago, 21,355 bush. corn; prop. Myles, Toledo, 14,367 bush. wheat; barge Seneca, Oswego, 471 tons coal.

The steam barge Nile was towing the barge Bedford down from Trenton to Kingston yesterday. Both were laden with bunch wood for Rathbun's agent. While passing the Lower Gap the wind blew fresh and washed over the stern of the Bedford. Her cabin and furniture, including the crews' trunks, etc., as well as the deck load of wood, were washed overboard. The Nile stuck to the waterlogged craft and brought her to Kingston. She now lies at Rathbun's wharf.

D.B. McQueen and S.F. Phillips, United States Inspectors of Foreign Steamers, were in the city on Saturday and made the necessary inspection of the strs. Maud, Pierrepont, Watertown and Princess Louise. It did not require much to bring the crafts up to the standard. Under the American Act a life preserver has to be carried for every passenger that the steamer is registered to carry. Flusible plugs (sic) in the boiler have also to be added.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 23, 1883