The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 30, 1884

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p.2 Personal Column - The steambarge William Johnson (Johnston ?) was launched from Power's shipyard today.



The stern of the prop. Oneida has been raised.

The tug Thompson has arrived at Charlotte with three barges.

The cook of the schooner G.M. Neelon committed suicide at Rondeau.

The tug Jessie Hall leaves tomorrow with four barges and 80,000 bushels of grain.

Arrivals at M.T. Co.'s wharf - schr. J. McGee, Chicago, 21,000 bush. wheat; tug Jessie Hall, Montreal, four barges.

The str. Marquis of Lorne left Portsmouth today with two barges in tow. They will be used in the raising of the schr. Sam Cook.

Rathbun's dock - Departures: schr. Eliza White, Oswego, 105,000 feet of lumber; schr. Ariadne, 38,000 feet, Deseronto, to load posts for Charlotte.

Explosion In The Evening - The barge Lion, to be blown up in front of the shoal tower by Sgt. Major Bertles, tomorrow evening, is now ready. Floating from the summit of her main mast is a British man-of-war pennant. She has three masts and yards, and a showy smoke stack, painted red and black. The barge is painted black with white ports. She was built at Montreal ten years ago and was given a thorough overhaul a few years since. Capt. Gaskin says there are many inferior barges afloat at present. Sergt. Major Bertles will conduct the explosion. Under her will be placed two kegs of powder, containing 250 lbs. each. A wire will run from the ship to an electric battery at the Military College and by this the firing will be done. It was thought that 400 lbs. of powder would be sufficient, but by inspecting the barge the military authorities held that less than 500 lbs. would not do, the boat being a substantial cue. The boat will be manned with twelve "dummies," situated in the rigging.

Parties in small boats are requested to keep away from the barge when she is blown up.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 30, 1884