The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 31, 1883

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The smell of sour grain pervades the atmosphere about the M.T. Company's quarters.

The schrs. E.P. Beals and Guiding Star go to Oswego to charter for coal to western ports.

The schr. D.G. Fort is loading lumber at Rathbun's for Oswego. She clears tomorrow.

The schr. Great Western has had a new boom put in her. She arrived from Port Hope yesterday with 10,576 bush. corn.

The schr. Fannie Campbell, with timber for Garden Island, was struck by a gale on Lake Erie yesterday and lost a mizzen mast.

The barge McCarthy went on the Empire dry dock this morning for repairs. The barge Montreal goes on as soon as possible for general overhauling.

The Sailors' Union at Buffalo and Chicago have advanced the rate of wages to $2.50 per day. The rate in Canada is $2 per day.

A few days ago a man rushed into an office and exclaimed, "Jumbo is down at Swift's," and away the people rushed. They were sold, of course, though they saw a barge bearing the name Jumbo, which plies between Kingston and Ottawa, and is now on her way to Kingston with lath and shingles.

The forwarders, in view of the shovellers' intention to advance the rates for working in the holds, talk of putting in steam shovels by which, it is claimed, more work can be done than by many men. The steam shovel is attached to the leg of the elevator and draws the grain up to it. Mr. Albertson, of Buffalo, is here endeavoring to push their sale. The shovels cost about $200 each.

Work on the steamer Spartan has been carried out steadily and with complete success. Besides a thorough repair of the damage for which she was in dry-dock at Detroit the vessel has been put in excellent order. It is now announced that she will be ready for sea, and be placed on the regular route between Owen Sound and Port Arthur, about the fourth of September.

The steambarge Saxon, ashore near Charlotte, was commanded by Captain J.D. Van Alstyne, and was bound from Toledo to Montreal with a cargo of wheat. She was built at Kingston in 1873 and registered 231 tons. She rated A 2 1/2, was valued at $7,500 and owned by Phippen & Co., of Belleville, Ont.

Capt. Daniel Harrigan never gives the moss time to grow on the Mystic Star. On Wednesday he had to go to the Cape to report and he did it without stopping his schooner. While working off the north shore, with a head wind, and after standing in toward the Cape, he jumped into his boat, went ashore and reported and caught his schooner again on the next tack.

On Wednesday the prop. Prussia was pumped out and floated and about to start for Ogdensburg for repairs when a mishap occurred and she went down again. She is now in a worse position than before, and barges will have to be procured to complete the work of bringing her to the surface. The water is above her hurricane decks. The Brockville Recorder alleges that after the craft was raised the working force of the steam pumps was noticed to weaken and the water in the hold gained so rapidly that but a short time elapsed before she was down again. It is said the engineer in charge of the work on the wrecking tug Watertown allowed the water to get so low in one of the boilers that the fire had to be drawn out, and as sufficient steam was not generated to work both pumps the boat filled.

p.3 Yacht Racing at Belleville

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 31, 1883