The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 3, 1883

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p.2 A Friendly Yacht Race - Iolanthe vs Laura.

A Delightful Sail - on Maud to the Thousand Islands.

The Hero's Trip - to Alexandria Bay.

Steamboat Racing - The Maud and Hero have had two more trials at racing, and are as near as they were at the opening of the season to a decision upon the momentous and exciting question of superiority of speed. So far it is not determined whether the Hero can do a mile a quarter or an eighth of a minute faster than the Maud, and a whole world is not standing by in awful suspense, nor will it be surprised out of its propriety if the Maud be proven the faster boat by ten seconds. Therefore the officers of these boats can well afford to discontinue their ineffectual and profitless trials. They cannot run side by side for miles, piling on the steam without accident some day, for the best of engineers and most reliable of boats are not infallible. Besides while some excursionists may enjoy racing others do not, and the latter have a right to have their feelings regarded. If an irrepressible interest attaches to the question of speed it is easy for the two crews to take their boats out on the lake some day and have it out on equal terms at their own risk solely.


The schr. (sic) Norman is loading lumber for Oswego.

The schr. D.G. Fort cleared last night with lath and lumber for Oswego.

The schr. N.P. Downey is preparing for the fall trade. She is securing new sails.

Capt. Taylor left this afternoon for Deseronto. He inspects the steam barge Resolute.

The schrs. Anglo Saxon and Fanny Campbell have arrived at Garden Island with oak timber.

The schr. Mary Battle is on the dry dock at St. Catharines, undergoing a thorough overhauling.

The schr. Annie Falconer, with coal from Sandusky to Kingston, is at Port Colborne waiting for a tug to take her through the canal.

The damaged cargo of the str. City of Montreal, consisting of 7,500 bushels of wheat, has been purchased at 6 cents per bushel. Where was the cargo damaged?

The steam-barge Anglin, captained by D. Noonan, is doing a good trade on the Rideau. The last load taken from Kingston was one of the largest that ever left this port.

The schr. Oliver Mowat is in port. Her crew are now bending a partially new suit of canvass. The vessel will be in excellent trim for the fall gales.

The schr. Acacia, owned here, is loading wheat at Dresden and Wallaceburg for Chatham. This is a queer charter, as grain is generally brought from Chatham to Kingston.

The charge that the engineer of the str. Waterloo allowed the steam to get down in the boiler and thus rendered the pumps useless for the time in raising the prop. Prussia, is denied. He had nothing to do with the boilers attached to the pumps.

Men are at present engaged grappling for the sunken steamer Edith Sewell, which went down off Horseshoe Island some weeks ago. The location of the wreck has not yet been discovered. The grappling will proceed until the craft is found. Parts of her upper works have floated ashore.

The freight business on the great lakes, says the St. Catharines News, appears to be getting more and more every year into the hands of the propellers. Lately there were five of these boats passing up the canal, following closely upon each other, without a single sailing vessel intervening.

Capt. John Donnelly having failed to arrive at Brockville on Friday, Capt. Tom Donnelly took the responsibility of raising the sunken propeller Prussia. A bargain was made with Capt. McLeod, of the American Board of Underwriters, and on Saturday the str. Watertown went to the scene of the action to commence work. It is said that Capt. Donnelly agrees to put the Prussia on the Kingston drydock for $2,200.

Last week the M.T. Co. paid between $1,200 and $1,300 to the grain shovellers, and each man is reported to have made $26 for the time employed, which was not all the week. Capt. Gaskin asserts that he is outside manager of the Company and will not be dictated to by any set of men. Today, between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., 120,000 bushels of grain would be discharged. At the rate for shovelling the 46 men would receive $6.50 for the fifteen hours' work.

The arrivals for the Montreal Transportation Company are: Schrs. Laura, Duluth, 23,350 bushels corn; prop. Bruno, Duluth, 17,000 bushels corn; schr. John Gaskin, Toledo, 35,000 bush. wheat; schr. Glenora, 40,000 bush. wheat; schr. John R. Noyes, Chicago, 20,705 bush. corn; schr. J.H. Mead, Chicago, 27,911 bush. wheat; schr. Caroline Marsh, Port Hope; schr. Annie Minnes, Port Hope, 10,000 bush. corn; schr. Hartford, Chicago, 21,695 bush. corn.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 3, 1883