The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 8, 1885

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p.2 Incidents of the Day - Yesterday the steamer D.D. Calvin, with the barges Denmark, Southampton, Bavaria and Prussia left Hamilton, and had trouble in getting through the swing bridge, in consequence of shallow water.

The schr. Annie Minnes, from Whitby, has reached Portsmouth with 10,000 bushels peas, the first arrival of the season for the K. & M. Co. The first tow down the river will depend upon future arrivals.

Yesterday the steambarge Niagara, Capt. Gorman, laden with grain, for the M.T. Company ran aground at Long Point. She could not ease herself and asked for assistance. Last evening about 10 o'clock, the tug McArthur and the schooner Elgin, as a lighter went to her assistance. It is not known whether she is leaking. Capt. Saunders is in charge of the schooner Elgin, in the absence of Capt. Courson, who is at Belleville.

Mr. Joseph Hanson's yacht Kate Fisher is being rebuilt.

The deck hands of the steamer Maud wear blue serge suits with brass buttons.


Yesterday vessels reached Oswego harbor. The schr. Vienna from Whitby was the first arrival. Capt. Braund, of the Vienna, says that they left Whitby on the 25th of April and had a good wind over. Upon arriving at Big Sodus they found a solid field of ice extending down the lake as far as the eye could reach and concluded to run into Big Sodus bay and wait for an opening. After getting inside the wind shifted, and the ice was driven back, blocking up the mouth of the bay so that it was impossible to get out until last evening, when the strong wind from off the land drove ice out into the lake and the captain chanced a run down.

He says the ice in many places is piled fifteen feet above the water, and it extends from half way between Big Sodus and Putneyville to the foot of the lake. When they left Whitby there was no ice on the north shore. Shortly after the arrival of the Vienna the schr. B.W. Folger, (Capt. Dandy) with barley for the same firm, arrived from Charlotte. The Folger left Gananoque on the 29th. The river was free from ice at that time. He first encountered the ice near Stony Island and followed along the edge of it in the hopes of finding a passage, until he got off Pultneyville where he first saw the south shore. He could see nothing but one unbroken field of ice, and concluded to run into Charlotte. Capt. Dandy says he never saw as much ice on the lake. The Jamieson arrived shortly after the Folger. The schooner Bullock arrived shortly before noon. The Bullock left Belleville Monday night and has been on the lake ever since. She was caught in the ice near Big Sodus and was held fast for six hours.



The barge Wenona is in the Empire dry dock for repairs.

The prop. Frost brings a cargo of 55,000 bushels from Chicago.

The schr. George C. Finney gets 5 1/2 cents on wheat from Milwaukee to Kingston.

The steambarge Nile and Bedford arrived today with lumber and bunchwood.

The schr. H. Dudley left last night for Oswego with 16,000 bushels of barley. This is her second trip to Oswego.

The schooner White Oak, Captain Jos. Dix, would have started today for Oswego, but her centre board is frozen fast and cannot be moved.

The schr. Clara White is loading 5,000 bushels of grain at Millhaven and Collinsby, for Oswego, and the sloop Lorraine, 4,809 bushels of grain, at Amherst Island, for Kingston.

The props. Cuba, California, and Armenia, grain laden, called at Swift's wharf last evening. The Cuba is going to Montreal; the California and Armenia are destined for Ogdensburg.

The tug Thompson, and the schooners Gaskin and Glenora did not leave for Detroit last evening. The order for her to do so having been countermanded. They leave tonight.

The steamer St. Lawrence is having her boiler covered with an asbestos felt and wood which will confine seventy-five per cent of the heat that now escapes.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 8, 1885