The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 2, 1883

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p.2 A Disabled Steamer - A Western paper, speaking of the recent accident to the Spartan, says she is in a terrible condition, and the owners would probably be better off if she had been left for a wreck, as they would then receive the whole amount for which she is insured. The Winslow wrecking tug got her and has a little towing bill of $7,000 or $8,000 to present. It is estimated that before the repairs are completed $25,000 will have been expended on the Spartan, and she will probably not be able to run again for about six weeks.

p.3 Trip To Brockville - on str. Maud, meet Armstrong and Transit; "While lying at Brockville the first scow load of iron ore from the wrecked schooner Sam Cook was towed in. The work is slow, but will be quicker after a break to the vessel's bottom is made."


The steamer Deseronto broke her shaft a few days ago but is once more running.

Shovellers cannot lay up much money for a winter's day as grain arrives now a days.

The steam barge in course of construction at Deseronto will probably be launched about the middle of the month.

The steam barge Industry, with hoisting apparatus, is at Trenton. She is doing good service in hauling out logs for the Rathbun Company.

The schrs. Jessie H. Breck, A. Muir, T.R. Merritt and Albatross are at Garden Island with timber from Toledo and Sandusky.

The tug Glide left today for Trenton with a barge load of rails and the schr. St. Louis, light, for Belleville, where she loads iron ore for Cleveland at 80 cents per ton.

Capt. D. Noonan, who has sailed the steamer D.C. West for several seasons, retired this morning and his place will be taken by R. Mellon. Capt. Noonan will go upon another craft.

The steam barge Davidson ws 156 bushels short in her cargo of 65,000 bush. The Captain paid for the shortage and was perfectly satisfied that no mistake had occurred here.

The tug Frank Perew has cleared for Montreal with three barges having 60,000 bush. of grain; and the schr. King Sisters, with 600 tons of coal from Cleveland to Brockville, for the Grand Trunk R.R.

The schr. G.B. Sloan, Chicago, 20,931 bush. of wheat; schr. Hoboken, Chicago, 28,588 bush. wheat; schr. J. Maria Scott, Chicago, 24,400 bush. corn, have arrived for the Montreal Transportation Company.

Vessels are lying up in all directions owing to the extreme dullness of trade. The timber trade is panning out poorly; freights are very low. The schr. Fannie Campbell is reported to have just been chartered to carry timber from Pigeon Bay at $60 per m.

It was expected that by this morning the str. Passport would be ready to go down the river. Her repairs were not completed, however, and about 50 passengers were disappointed. Some of the tourists remained over while others went down the river by way of Cape Vincent.

The steamer Rothesay now runs on the Canadian side of the St. Lawrence between Gananoque and Dickinson's Landing. Her American passengers from Clayton and Alexandria Bay will be taken by the John Thorn to Rockport and there transferred. It seems strange that the Canadian Inspectors will allow such a craft to run. The Americans have condemned her.

Capt. W.R. Taylor gives a history of the steamer Rothesay, in regard to her inspections, worthy of publication. Two years ago when the steamer was running between Toronto and Lewiston Captain Taylor was sent to examine her. She was classed A 2 1/2 for river service only. The owner was not pleased with the inspection and to continue on the lake an American Inspector was secured. After a trip had been made over the lake upon her this gentleman reported her as capable for the route. She was thereupon classed higher. Coming east she ran from Clayton to Dickenson's Landing, carrying big crowds of tourists, being the fastest boat on the river. Though she has been kept in excellent repair during the past two years yet the American Inspectors go back on their own rating, and say she is unfit for the river trade. If she was capable for lake service two years ago she should not be unfit for river use. Captain Taylor thinks that something, not stated, has caused the Inspectors to refuse her certificates. The vessel's hull has been inspected and found to be sound.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 2, 1883