The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 24, 1883

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p.1 Items of Interest - The tender of Mr. Daly, which was the lowest for the Cobourg Harbour Works, has been rejected by the Dep't of Public Works because he failed some time ago to pay $500 duty on barges employed in Canadian waters.



A new tug has just been launched at Oswego named the Charles Ferris.

Were the auger holes bored in the Bangalore when the Inspectors visited her?

The schr. St. Louis is loading 23,000 bush. of rye at Brockville to go through the Welland Canal.

The str. Olive will make three more trips from Montreal to Kingston, via the canal before navigation closes.

The steam barge Nile and her consort, the Bedford, are here laden with lath and lumber from Oswego.

John Quinn, a well known diver, has secured the contract of raising the schr. John Wesley, sunk at Windmill Point. He receives for the work $2,500.

The tug Glide is in port from Oswego with a tow of barges carrying 1,200 tons of coal. The D.G. Thomson has arrived from Charlotte with a similar consignment.

The barge Little May was picked up adrift on Lake Huron and towed to Sand Beach. The propeller Fountain City was towed into Dun City. She was adrift with her machinery disabled.

The schr. Sarepta, which ran aground at Fairhaven with her cargo a short time ago and was considerably damaged, has arrived in Toronto. She will undergo repairs in Oswego.

The new tug Wm. L. Proctor, built for Hall & Co. to take the place of the Wm. Gardner, is a handsome boat and looks as staunch as a church. She is 115 feet long, 20 feet beam and 10 feet depth of hold.

The Stern Too Heavy.

The new C.P.R. steamship Algoma was drydocked yesterday to be cut in half for transportation through the canals. The Athabasca has been bisected and the water was let into the dock to float the halves. The stern piece was, however, found to be too heavy aft and the water was again let out. Some of the ballast will be taken out, but it is expected that the stern will have to be bolstered with pontoons similar to those used with the Campana.

The Bangalore Case.

Referring to our marine report in last evening's issue of the schrs. Bangalore and Hyderabad, now at Chicago, Messrs. Gunn & Co. desire us to say that the writer has been misinformed. Their agent at Chicago writes: "Factory filled salt for Hyderabad in very good order; the Bangalore with some salt coming up; only 140 bags slightly damaged; she is on the dry dock. There was an auger hole in Bangalore. I think she is caulking some." Messrs. A. Gunn & Co. do not understand from the above advices, which are all they have upon the subject, that anything unusual has occurred, so that there is the slightest ground for believing that there has been an attempt on the part of any person to do injury to the vessels.

Prussia Tied Up.

On Monday evening the propeller Prussia arrived here from Oswego, en route to Montreal. She went down over two months ago near Brockville, and, after much difficulty, was raised and taken to Oswego for repairs, no dock in Kingston being sufficient to accommodate her. While here, Capt. McLeod arranged for the payment of the claim of the Dominion Wrecking and Salvage Company, which totalled over $1,400. He authorized the Company to draw on a Buffalo firm representing the Pool of Insurance Companies involved by the accident. This was done at thirty days. A short time ago the draft returned protested, not having been accepted by the Buffalo firm. They sent a letter declining to accept the draft, but stating that the bill would be settled when an adjustment was made. The Wrecking Company were not agreeable to this, and so on the arrival of the propeller she was tied up. The vessel belongs to a number of persons, estates and corporations, and her trip to Montreal was for an unknown purpose - at least it seems to have been to the Captain and crew who were instructed to leave for that port without further explanation. The agents of the Insurance Pool have advised the Wrecking Company to draw on them at thirty days, but the Company now want the cash. They will not take any more risks. Their draft might a second time be dishonored. The craft will, therefore, be held until the claim is paid.

The Government officers are said to have a claim upon the propeller for duty upon the repairs.

Rathbun's Oswego Difficulty - Oswego, Oct. 24th - Matters are quite at Rathbun's docks. A small force is at work. A military guard is on duty. The longshoremen protest that they will not attempt violence.

p.3 Here & There - Mr. W.D. Allen, of Oswego, succeeded in raising the schr. Julia. She was towed to the Marine Elevator and relieved of her cargo of barley. She is more seriously injured than at first supposed.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 24, 1883