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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 24, 1885

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The schr. White Oak has cleared for Oswego to load coal.

The schr. Oriental, having taken on part of her cargo at Detroit, is loading timber for Garden Island at Pigeon Bay, Lake Erie.

Arrivals at Swift's: Steamers Corsican, Montreal; Persia, St. Catharines; Passport, Toronto; Corinthian, Montreal.

The steambarge Bruno, with the schrs. Maggie McRae, Laura and Jessie Scarth, have reached Garden Island with timber from the west.

The prop. Canada arrived today with 10,000 bushels of wheat from Duluth. She lightened about 4,000 bushels and proceeded to Montreal.

The schr. Pride of America cleared for Toronto last evening. She will await orders. Her master Capt. Connolly is very sick on board.

The barge William, which was sunk some days ago in the Lachine canal, has been raised by Calvin's wreckers and is now on the ways in Montreal for repairs.

The schr. Elgin arrived from Charlotte this morning, with 308 tons of coal for Swift. The schooner's foremast was considerably sprung in the gale of Tuesday morning.

The steamer Magic was hauled out at Clayton last week, and a new wheel was put on. This steamer makes fully four miles per hour with this wheel than with the old one.

The John Thorn now makes the trips of the Maynard, while the latter is being repaired here, of injuries sustained by a collision with the Royal Mail Steamer Corsican at Alexandria Bay, one day last week.

The Rideau fleet has arrived, and the crews report that the mosquitoes along the banks of the Rideau are numerous and as large as horse flies. The sloops that are here are: Highland Lassie, Hattie Ann, John A. Mabel, Emily May. They carry 250 cords of wood for Crawford, Noble and Mallon.

The raft, which went to pieces while passing down the Lachine rapids a few days ago, did not belong to Messrs. Calvin & Son of Garden Island. It was despatched by the Collinsby Rafting Company. The raft sent by the Garden Island firm passed the rapids without any damage.

A stiff gale blew on the lakes yesterday morning, and the schr. Ed. Hanlan, bound from Picton to Oswego, light, was caught in it near the Main Ducks. She was tossed about like a cork. The wind whistled through the rigging and played terrible havoc with it. For three hours she stood the blow, and her gaff-topsail, jib-topsail, flying jib and fore stays were carried away. She arrived this morning.

This afternoon the barge Dakota, the largest river barge ever built, was launched and christened at Garden Island. The barge is 176 feet keel, thirty feet beam, and eleven feet hold. It is built of oak by Henry Roney, who has been the shipbuilder for Calvin's for over forty years. The new craft will be a companion of the barge Huron. She will carry 30,000 bushels of grain at nine feet, or over 900 tons of coal. Her cost was in the neighborhood of $20,000. The craft has been secured by the Montreal Forwarding Company and rechartered to Geo. Hall & Co., of Ogdensburg. She will be placed in the coal trade between Brockville and Charlotte. Capt. Moise Chitel will be in command. The launch occurred at 1:30 o'clock. The Princess Louise took a party of Kingstonians to Garden Island to witness the pretty sight.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 24, 1885