The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 22, 1884

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Capt. Merryman is lifting the sunken schr. Erie Queen.

The schr. Cornelia cleared yesterday for Fairhaven with ore.

The prop. California called at Breck & Booth's wharf today.

The str. St. Lawrence has been making the time her owners anticipated.

The schr. Bessie Barwick brings timber from Toledo to Kingston at $50 per m.

The prop. Bruno arrived at Garden Island today with staves and timber from Windsor.

The str. Passport, having been thoroughly repaired, makes her first trip up the lakes tomorrow.

At Rathbun's - The schr. Jamieson is loading wood for Charlotte, the Dundee, lumber, for Oswego.

The schr. Annie Falconer left Amherst Island today for Cleveland, there to load coal for James Swift.

The str. Corinthian, Toronto, and prop. Lake Ontario, Montreal, called at Swift's wharf last night.

The schr. Wm. Elgin, coal, Oswego, and schr. C. Gearing, soft coal, Charlotte, are at the wharf of Breck & Booth.

The schr. Penokee cleared this morning in tow of the tug Folger for Cape Vincent, where she lightens 8,000 bush. grain.

The schrs. Halstead, Magee and Muir bring 70,000 bushels of wheat to Kingston from Chicago, at 4 cents per bushel, free of canal tolls.

Arrivals at the M.T. Co. - prop. Myles, Duluth, 40,000 bushels of wheat; tug Thompson, Montreal, five barges, light. Departures - tug Thompson, three barges, Oswego, to load coal.

On Davis' dry dock for general repairs - schr. Mary Foster, Belleville. The yachts Laura and Garfield will be docked for cleaning and painting before going to the races at Oswego. The str. Freemason will tomorrow get a new wheel.

The str. Ontario is expected to reach Clayton on Thursday. She will make the round trip between Oswego and Alexandria Bay daily via Kingston. Engineer Grant was in Clayton and authorized to bet $1,000 that she could bet the new str. St. Lawrence three miles an hour.

p.3 Incidents Of The Day - Capt. C. Chambers has purchased a half interest in the schr. Philo Bennett for $1,000. He will in future sail her.

The yacht Idler is on a cruise around the lake. Her crew consists of Capt. J.R. McGill, C.H. Gibson, J.W. Bowden, H.W. McPherson, A.E. Westover and H.J. Ross.

Fishing Difficulty - grievances of professional fishermen.

Increase of Grain Traffic - The reduction in the canal tolls and forwarding and elevating rates by the St. Lawrence trade has had good results. During the last two days over 140,000 bushels of grain have been shipped from Chicago via the Canadian route. The Chicago Tribune of the 18th instant says: "Since the Canadian government reduced the tolls on the Welland and St. Lawrence canals a good demand has been developed for small sail craft, the shipment of grain to Montreal having greatly increased."

Very Complete Furnishing - The Watertown Times says the cabin of the steamer St. Lawrence, which is neatly finished in natural woods - maple, cherry and black walnut - is a finer room than can be found in any other boat on the St. Lawrence river. A fine Brussels carpet covers the floor, and the black walnut settees are upholstered with velvet plush of a deep red color. At each end of the room are two fine plate glass mirrors, while from overhead hangs three elegant chandeliers. On the promenade deck are chairs and settees for several hundred people neatly arranged. She has nine hundred cork life preservers and floats, besides four large life boats and two life rafts. Viewed from the dock the steamer is as trim and neat a craft as any one could wish to see. She is painted a pure white with but few colored lines.

Capt. Estes began steamboating on the Niagara, American line, and in turn served upon the Cataract, Ontario, Columbian, Flower City, Maynard and John Thorn. He was in the American navy a short time under Admiral Furragat.

Mate Kendall has been sailing for 18 years, but principally upon vessels. His fatal day is November 8th, and three times has it seen him shipwrecked - twice on Lake Huron and once in Georgian Bay.

W.H. Derry, the engineer, hails from Kingston and is a practical man in every respect. For twelve years he has been the engineer on the steamer Maud. He has fitted up the machinery on the new boat and done his work well.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 22, 1884