The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 28, 1884

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p.3 The Fry Turned Out Well - Newcastle Fish Hatchery collected ova at Pigeon Island last fall.

Here & There - The shovellers, owing to the competition between the Union and non-union men, will now unload vessels at the rate of $1.50 per thousand bushels. Last year the rate was $3 per thousand bushels.

President Hugh McLennan, President of M.T. Co., back from Europe.


The tug Metamora and tow have arrived at Collinsby with timber.

The barge Star, of the M.T. Co. is loading 22,000 bush. peas at Richardson's for Brockville.

The schr. Eliza Fisher arrived from Port Hope today. She will be loaded with stone for Cobourg.

The schrs. Hyderabad and Bangalore have been chartered to carry wheat from Chicago to Kingston.

Sailors' wages for the canal have been fixed by the Toronto, St. Catharines and Kingston Unions at $1.50.

Calvin & Son's first raft of twelve drams left on Saturday for Quebec in tow of the steamer J.A. Macdonald.

The steamer Maud began this morning to make two trips per day to Cape Vincent. She leaves at 6:45 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The schr. Vienna, Capt. Phillips, has arrived at the Kingston & Montreal F. Co.'s dock. She will be lightened of her cargo, 8,000 bush. wheat, from Oshawa.

The steamer D.D. Calvin arrived at Garden Island this morning with the schrs. Bavaria, Oriental, Denmark and Prussia in tow, timber laden, with 110,000 cubic feet, from Hamilton.

The tug Active and schrs. Glenora and Gaskin, which left here on Saturday have arrived at Port Dalhousie safely. The Captain of the Active has wired that he would not lock through the canal until the afternoon.

The tug Thompson and three barges, which left on Saturday for Charlotte have arrived there safely. The barges will be loaded with coal, and on their return here the tug Jessie Hall takes them down the river.

This morning the schr. Vienna arrived at the K. & M. Forwarding Company's wharf, Portsmouth, with 8,600 bushels wheat from Port Darlington. This being the first arrival of the season the company presented Capt. Philip with a redoubtable Christy hat.

The Port Hope Times has many complimentary remarks to make of the str. Norseman and its officers. The mate is John Henderson, formerly of the str. Magnet. Of Mr. Stevenson, the steward, the journal says: "He commences his third season, and will give as good satisfaction this year as in the past. Mr. Stevenson has been thirty years in the business of catering to the wants of hungry passengers. All in all the steamer Norseman is a well officered and a well equipped vessel in every way, and is well worthy the patronage of all wishing a pleasant excursion to the "other side."

Last week the tug Williams was despatched from Chicago to Northport to tow the schr. Watertown, owned by the Folger Bros., to Chicago for repairs. While proceeding up Lake Michigan, and near Big Point Sauble, the tug took fire and was totally destroyed. A heavy sea was running at the time. The fire ignited in the wood work near the boiler, almost amidships, and in eight minutes the whole boat was enveloped in flames. The steam-pipes in the hold were opened in an endeavor to put out the fire by steam, but it did no good. Several of the men who were in the forecastle were obliged to work their way aft by clinging to the wale and dodging the flames. The crew were picked up by a boat from the Watertown. They saved none of their effects except the clothes they happened to have on. If there had not been presence of mind and good discipline on both the tug and the schooner, and excellent seamanship displayed by Capt. O'Connor, of the latter, several, and perhaps all of the Williams' crew must have perished. The schooner made for Pentwater, where she was picked up by another tug and taken to her destination. Her damages are being the subject of a survey.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 28, 1884