The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 4, 1884

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Sailors wages are now $1.50 per day.

The prop. Cuba took on thirty tons of coal at Swift's yesterday.

The schr. Grantham cleared today for Sandusky with iron ore.

The schr. Emerald arrived yesterday from Brockville and awaits orders.

The steamer Sumner has made her last trip to Alexandria Bay and return today.

The schr. Clara White arrived at Rathbun's with a cargo of lath from Deseronto.

The steamer Varuna will, on Saturday, Sept. 6th, make the last of her popular trips to the Thousand Islands.

The prop. Alma Munro, from Toledo, lightened 7,500 bush. of corn at the M.T. Co.'s wharf today and proceeded to Montreal.

The schrs. Jessie Breck from Toledo; S. Neelon from Bay City; and L.R. Benson from Toledo, timber, arrived at Garden Island.

The strs. Passport, from Montreal; Algerian, for Toronto; props. Dominion, from Montreal; Cuba, for Montreal, arrived at Swift's yesterday.

The str. Pierrepont left last night with the Donnelly Bros. pumps, etc., for Indian Point, where they will raise the schr. Belle, lying on the beach.

The schr. Seabird, which has been on the ways at Powers' shipyard for some time, securing repairs, was launched last evening. She left for Deseronto, light.

Mr. C.P. Halton, of Belleville, has arrived here to make an inspection of his yacht Atalanta. He will endeavor to have the craft repaired so as to permit her appearing in the Toronto regatta.

The schr. Watertown (Capt. O'Connor) left Chicago at 9 o'clock on Sunday, Aug. 24th, with a cargo of grain for Ogdensburg. She had favorable winds all the way down. Ogdensburg was reached after 3 1/2 days sailing. Vessels that were towed down, having left Chicago two days before the Watertown, were passed near Kingston. She is now loading

stone at Grindstone Island for Chicago.

Tied Up For Taxes - The tug F.A. Folger, formerly the property of the Dominion Wrecking Co., has been tied up for taxes by the collector. The amount due is $160. Probably this difficulty has had something to do with the craft's unsaleableness.


The seizure of the steamer Island Belle, for an alleged infringement of the coasting laws, has provoked a feeling of resentment on the part of the Americans. That the case has attracted a good deal of attention is evidenced by an editorial in the New York Tribune, a Blaine organ, which demands the asserting of all American authority upon the inland waters, and a refusal to Canadians of the privileges and benefits which they have hitherto enjoyed. This is a significant matter, a prospect which cannot be pleasantly contemplated, and a good many will think with us that it is to be regretted the Gananoque functionary was so fast or impetuous. The conclusion reached on a former occasion we plainly adhere to, that if the law is as the custom house official has interpreted it there should be a change; if it is not as he construed it he deserves a censure. We are reminded of the fact that so far as the Canadian passenger steamers are concerned the coasting laws have not been enforced, and upon this point no further evidence is needed than that furnished by the Maud which has so often filled engagements between American ports, in American waters. Only in connection with the freight boats are the regulations made strictly binding. It will also be remembered that Collector Warren, in the face of some opposition from American mariners, has frequently permitted our wreckers to operate in foreign waters, and as his action has been sustained it is quite evident that the national government has been disposed to deal liberally with Canadian interests. This case having taken a serious turn it is satisfactory to learn that it has been referred to Ottawa.

p.3 First Arrival Of Oats - Yesterday afternoon the schr. Home brought from Wolfe Island to R.J. Eilbeck 500 bushels of new oats. This is the first arrival this season of this year's oats.

A Race On The River - Last evening the steamers Princess Louise, Sumner and R.P. Flower had a race up the river. The Princess led, notwithstanding that the engineer of the Sumner is said to have tightened down the safety valve, so that the boat could carry over the usual amount of steam.

A Steam Yacht Disabled - Nellie broke valve rod below Cedar Island, towed in by tug Wright.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 4, 1884