The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 4, 1883

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Capt. Bailey, of the Edith Sewell, says the loss of the tug off Bell's Point was caused by the shifting of a fish-box, on rollers and weighing nearly two tons. After the boat made a lurch he left the wheel house and found the stern under water. A minute later and the tug had sunk. He and the other members of the crew (two sons) swam towards a punt and held to it until rescued by the Troys, fishermen, who, from Long Point, three miles away, saw the steamer disappear and suspected that the crew would be in distress. The shipwrecked men were within a half mile of shore and would have drifted into shallow water, but it is doubtful if the younger of Capt. Bailey's sons would have survived. As it was he was exhausted, and some time was spent in reviving him. The Baileys cannot thank the Troys too much for their timely help and kind treatment.


The schooners J.H. Breck, G.M. Neelon and Augusta have cleared from Garden Island for Toledo.

The schooner Dundee is loading basswood lumber for Oswego, the schooner Eureka ties, for Sodus Point, and the schooner Theresa, ties for Oswego.

The tug Glide cleared last evening for Belleville with a barge carrying 330 tons of railroad iron. She will return with barges light, from Trenton and leave for Oswego for coal.

The schooner Mede made the run from Chicago to Kingston in eight days. This is considered good time. The vessel sailed from Port Dalhousie to Kingston in 18 hours.

Capt. Robinson, of the schr. Prince Alfred, thinks that the Salvation Army should have naval quarters when persecution comes. His vessel is at their command, now that it is yet in ordinary.

The schooners J.H. Mede, Chicago, 27,000 bush. wheat; F.M. Knapp, Milwaukee, 24,700 bush. corn, and the prop. Lake Ontario, Detroit, 6,500 bush. wheat, have arrived at the M.T. Company's wharf.

The schooner Bavaria, which arrived yesterday, came from Grand Marie, 75 miles above Sault Ste. Marie, Lake Ontario, in seven days. Her luck is not continuous, for upon that lake she lost a small anchor and 45 fathoms of chain, and on the trip up had her main gaff, topsail and standing jib boom carried away in a squall.

Some big boulders have been taken out of the Consecon Harbor. One measuring 4 1/2 x 5 feet and 4 feet thick was taken from the channel at the Narrows, Weller's Bay; and another measuring 4 x 6 feet and 2 feet thick was removed. At low water these obstructions were only 7 feet below the surface, rendering navigation extremely hazardous.

The steamer D.C. Whitney has had a soft thing in the matter of contracts. A railway company in Chicago chartered her at $110 per day and expenses. She was one month in making her trip to Ogdensburg and returning. The railroad company made the contract with the owners of the Whitney as an experiment, but will not continue. They are building a steamer of their own.


The regatta at Belleville yesterday was largely attended. The wind blew a gale and it was not until 3 o'clock that the race was called. The following yachts entered: Iolanthe, Gracie and Sylvia, of Belleville, and Laura, of Kingston. The Sylvia is a standing keel. The course was trianglar shaped and three times around - distance 30 miles. The start was a flying one. The Iolanthe got away first, the Laura second, the Gracie third and Sylvia fourth. The Iolanthe kept the front all the way. The Laura and Gracie fought hard for second place, but on the second round the Laura forged ahead. There was far too much wind for the crafts and repeatedly, in consequence of squalls, all the canvas had to be "squatted." The Iolanthe beat the Laura by about ten minutes, and the Laura passed the home buoy some thirteen minutes before the Gracie. The standing keel yacht dropped out of the race, being far in the rear at the second round. The Laura will be home this afternoon.

Another Pleasant Trip - on str. Maud to Thousand Island Park.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 4, 1883