The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 29, 1885

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It is reported that the channel is open from Belleville to Kingston.

The steamer Maud will begin running to Cape Vincent next Monday.

Mr. Chambers, owner of the steamer Hastings, arrived in the city yesterday.

The schr. White Oak, Capt. Dix, will sail for Oswego with 18,000 bushels of rye on Monday.

The str. Alexandria will leave Montreal on Thursday, May 7th, on her first trip of the season.

Mr. L. O'Brien, engineer of the Gypsy, lying at Toronto, will leave tomorrow to join the steamer.

The schr. Oriental, Captain Bates, left for Toronto today. She will load timber there for Garden Island.

The steambarge D.D. Calvin is coaling at Breck & Booth's, and leaves tomorrow for Hamilton with five barges to load timber.

The schr. B.W. Folger, Capt. Dandy, passed up today, destined for Oswego. She has 8,000 bushels of barley from Gananoque.

The steamer Pierrepont made a trip to Cape Vincent yesterday to bring over a large quantity of freight. She returned at 6 o'clock, bringing back considerable merchandise. She was the first vessel to be reported at the customs house.

The schr. Jessie Breck departed for Hamilton today. She will load lumber for Garden Island. This schooner has received a general overhauling. Her repairs consist of partly new sails, covering board, stanchions and stern. She has also been repainted and recaulked. One thousand dollars has been expended in fitting her out for her season's work.

Since Saturday the crew hired by Capt. Parsons to sail the H. Dudley have been under pay. The vessel was loaded last fall with 15,000 bushels of grain, which the captain was anxious to get unloaded at Oswego as soon as possible. Owing, however, to the immense quantity of ice floating about the lake he was unable to get away until yesterday. He did not bend sail until one o'clock. Before doing so, however, he went up into the dome of the city buildings and took observations of the lake. He was satisfied that he could reach Oswego safely, and the schooner was towed out by the tug Glide. She had not got far before the wind rose. Rain began to descend, then sleet and snow. At six o'clock the wind blew a gale from the north-west. Where was the Dudley in it? Mr. Richardson says he saw her at 5:30 from the top story of his own house. She was then bravely riding the waves and nearing the Nine Mile Light. This morning all the mariners were discussing her case, and wondering if she had reached Oswego. No news of her whereabouts had been received up to eleven o'clock. Mr. Richardson, however, said: "We have not the slightest fear that the schooner is not safe. The gentleman in command of her is an able seaman. He will guide her through. Before he left he got a telegram from Oswego stating that the harbor was blocked with ice. On the strength of this telegram he decided to go up the lake about thirty miles before entering Oswego. He will probably get into port tomorrow."

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 29, 1885