The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 30, 1885

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The schr. Annandale is being put in commission.

The steamer St. Lawrence will not commence her trips until June 1st.

The Welland Canal will not open for several weeks. Extensive repairs are being made.

The steamer Norseman started on her first trip this season to Charlotte on Wednesday morning.

Capt. Craig left for the east yesterday to make arrangements for the fitting up of the new excursion steamer.

The steambarge Indian and tow, in command of Commodore Fraser, has left for Hamilton to load timber at $25 per M.

Capt. Baltis, of the steamer Wright, has arrived from Oswego. He will fit out his tug immediately. The captain says water cannot be seen from Oswego harbor.

A Chicago agent has chartered the schooner J.H. Mead to take 21,000 bushels of wheat from Green Bay to Kingston at 7 cents per bushel. This is the best freight on a grain cargo this season.

Navigation will be closed between Ottawa and Merrickville for the ensuing three months on the Rideau canal; owing to damages by spring freshets it will be open only from Merrickville to Kingston.

The schr. Manzanilla, which has been lying below the bridge for the past two years has been sold by Hon. J.G. Ross, Quebec, to Messrs. Murphy & Williamson, of Hamilton. Captain Lyon is here fitting up the craft.

Mr. Powers, president of the Seamen's Union, will arrive from Chicago next week. He will meet the Kingston sailors and discuss general business. The rate of wages to be demanded will most likely be set.

The schr. H. Dudley and B.W. Folger are beating up and down the lake a short distance above Nine Mile lighthouse. They are apparently awaiting the removal of the ice from Oswego harbour.

Mr. Chamberlain sold the steamer Hastings to Mr. W.E. Connell, of Toronto, for $13,000. Mr. Chamberlain has leased her for this year and as soon as she is fitted up will take her to Port Erie. She is being generally overhauled under the supervision of Capt. Taylor and J. Boyd, engineer.

On Monday the steamer Maud will start for the Cape. She has undergone such improvements as will make her the best and most comfortable excursion steamer on fresh water. She has been repainted inside and out. Her machinery has been overhauled. The seats in the ladies' cabin have been covered with crimson plush, and in the side panels in the cabin have been placed ten British fine plate glass mirrors. On each side of the main stairway, and at the top, is a large plate glass mirror. The Maud must become more popular than ever this season. Savage & Son are doing the outside painting.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 30, 1885