The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 19, 1884

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The barge Duluth will be hauled out for repairs.

The M.T. Co. will rebuild four barges during the winter.

The schr. Clara White cleared, light, for Trenton, today.

The M.T. Co. have 18 barges and 2 vessels in the coal trade.

The schr. Prussia cleared from Garden Island for Toledo, light, today.

A forwarder says the prospects for a good fall grain trade are brightening.

The schr. Belle Mitchell, G.B. Sloan and Noyes bring corn and oats to Kingston at 3 3/4 cents.

The barge Lancaster, completely overhauled at the M.T. Co.'s shipyard, was launched today.

The str. H.A. Calvin arrived at Garden Island yesterday with two drams of timber from Trenton.

The tug John Heney ? arrived from Ottawa yesterday with the barges Rayonel, Cartier and Ina, laden with 350,000 feet of lumber.

The schr. Hyderabad has a cargo of corn from Toledo to Kingston at 3 1/2 cents; the schr. M.J. Wilcox, timber, Sault Ste. Marie to Kingston, $80 per M. cubic feet.

In Detroit the following charters have been made: schr. D.F. Fort, wheat at 3 3/4 cents; J.G. King, deals, $4.50 per m., Barata to Kingston; L. Blake, deals, $4 per m., Manistique to Kingston.

The schr. Great Western sports a Cleveland and Hendricks flag. The Great Weatern is the first Canadian vessel that has hung out an American presidential shingle. Capt. Edmunds is mighty proud of his vessel.

The prop. Oneida, recently raised at Alexandria Bay and placed on her old route between Chicago and Ogdensburg, passed down on her first trip on Wednesday. She is said to be in better condition than now than before her accident.

The steam barge Puritan and consorts, Commodore Fraser in command, have arrived. One barge has pine for Garden Island, the other oak for the Collinsby Company. The commodore says he will lay up as soon as the vessels are unloaded. There has been no money in the towing business this year.

Chicago people are anxiously inquiring about the schr. J.G. Masten, which left that port, laden with grain for Buffalo, and is believed to have gone down. Her consort was picked up and taken to Cheboygan. The Masten is a large, fine vessel. Only forty days ago her owner sold her for $15,000. She is commanded by Capt. Langan, who is a brother of Patrick Langan, commander of the schr. C.J. Wells. Last fall Ed. Langan, a third brother, was drowned when the schr. Fitzgerald ran ashore on Long Point, Lake Erie.

p.3 Personal Column - F.J. Merryman, the wrecker, is having a scow repaired here. Meantime he and his wife visit friends in Watertown.

Incidents of the Day - The Clayton Independent denies that the str. Ontario was tied up at that port for wages. It then proceeds to castigate the Canadian papers for publishing the rumor, generally understood to be correct the day she was billed to take a New York excursion party from here to Oswego. Why didn't she turn up?

Parties having freight for Ottawa and way ports will please send it to Swift's dock on Saturday, 20th inst., as the str. Ida leaves at six o'clock on Monday morning, and will only make one trip during fair week.


The tug Sherwood, owned by the Rathbun Company, was burned Wednesday evening at the Grainger's wharf, Sidney. She had taken a tow of cedar from Trenton to Deseronto in the morning, and was returning in the evening for a raft of logs. When opposite the Grainger's wharf the Captain noticed fire near the engine and going to the wheel house took the wheel and ordered the men to go and extinguish the blaze. The captain at once headed the tug for the shore, but the fire spread so rapidly that before reaching land he was driven from the wheel and the engineer had to jump overboard. Fortunately the tug was headed for the wharf which she struck, carrying a full head of steam in less than five minutes from the time the fire was discovered. There were six men and a woman aboard. Those who could swim got on shore, and by shoving out rails managed to save the others. Everything aboard, including the books were burned.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 19, 1884