The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Weekly British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 10, 1885

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p.2 General Items - The tug Wheeler, owned by Littlejohn & Co., was burned at Oswego Tuesday night. Loss $2,500. No insurance.

The hull of the steambarge Indian drifted from where it was laying and was this morning found near Bell's Island.


The shipment of grain in the district has not been equal to those of past years. The Oswego returns show this. We have made due enquiry and have authentic returns of the following shipments of grain for the past three months:

Kingston Belleville Napanee Gananoque

Barley ???,002 449,858 216,200 54,800

Rye 15,545 5,957 7,080 1,200

Peas 17,116 262 1,200

From no port has a shipment of wheat or oats been made. The shippers hold very little in stock. They make all the consignments they can, as water rates are very much lower than rail freights. There will be plenty of grain, however, to go forward in cars, as the farmers have been holding back their barley in the hope of advanced prices. A dealer estimates that not more than one-half the crop has been sold.

Richardson & Sons have about 75,000 bushels of grain in store. They hope to send a good deal of it to Oswego before navigation closes. They are now shipping a cargo by the schr. Julia at 2 1/2 cents per bushel. During the year they have shipped in all fifty-five cargoes, varying from 8,000 to 16,000 bushels. They handle about 400,000 bushels of grain a season.

R.J. Eilbeck was yesterday shipping ten car loads of barley to Boston. He says he has handled about 100,000 bushels of grain, the bulk of which will be forwarded before the harbor is frozen over. At present the farmers are bringing their grain to the city freely.

About 160,000 bushels of barley have been shipped this season from Wellington.

The schr. Ocean Wave is loading barley at Napanee, consigned to Macaulay & Co. Hereby hangs a tale. Messrs. Macaulay bargained for barley to be delivered and transferred to a boat which was to be at the appointed place. The farmers fulfilled their part of the agreement, and after the grain had been stored away they became alarmed at the non-appearance of Mr. Macaulay with their pay. Their fear that a game was being played on them was not allayed till Thursday, when Mr. Macaulay appeared and settled all claims, which so overjoyed the parties that they chipped in and purchased a Persian lamb cap for him.



The Editor, British Whig,

Sir, - You have already reported the surrendering of a gold watch taken from the wreck of the schooner Henry Folger sometime since. The suggestion of an official enquiry is a step in the right direction. As a resident of Prince Edward County I join in the demand for a searching investigation. I live not far from the scene of the wreck, and have heard scandalous reports of the conduct of some people living in that locality, people, too, who are prosperous in worldly affairs and move in respectable circles. Even dead bodies have been raided upon, and the contents of their pockets appropriated, to be sent to the friends of the deceased some time after for fear of detection. This is so well known that it is a surprise to us the government has refrained from investigation.




Daily Whig, 8th - The steamer Varuna is frozen in at Trenton, but an attempt will be made to take her to Belleville.

The Bay of Quinte, between Deseronto and Picton, was frozen over yesterday. The steambarge Nile, en route to Deseronto, could not reach that port yesterday until the ice had been broken for her by the steamer Quinte between Glenora and Deseronto.

The schr. Bolivia came into port yesterday after having weathered the gale of Sunday. She was dismasted, however. She carried corn from Toledo to Ogdensburg. The tug Proctor came up and started with her for Ogdensburg. She drew 12 feet, and in going over "the middle grounds," from Cedar Island, struck and began to fill. The captain ran her ashore on Wolfe Island, and she is now lying on the bottom. The vessel is uninsured. She is owned by Oswego parties. Capt. Donnelly has gone to her with the steamer Chieftain and pumps. The shoal at the middle grounds has only 12 feet of water, and before the Welland canal was deepened vessels could go over it without danger. In time the shoal was forgotten, and this was the reason the captain of the Proctor erred.

Daily Whig, 9th - The str. Puritan went to Stone Mills, on Monday, to take the steambarge Nile and consort Bedford and Iris (sic - Isis ?) to Deseronto. While turning about in the harbor, in the ice, the Puritan broke a plank in her stern and sank. The craft was pulled out and put on the marine railway.

Mr. Wheeler, of Oswego, the owner of the wrecked schr. Bolivia is in the city. The vessel was uninsured, and valued at $9,000. She had 25,000 bushels of corn, struck heavily, and is now lying in a bad shape. Mr. Wheeler says the vessel was just completing a successful season when the accident occurred.

On Friday a snow storm set in, and it became so dense that the captain of the schr. A.G. Ryan, which was on her way down the river, could not see his course. He did all he could to keep his vessel from grounding, but in spite of his efforts she ran on Oak Point. She sprang a leak, and the water poured freely into her hold. Yesterday the tug McArthur and men went to her assistance. The unfortunate vessel was pumped out and ten cords of brush wood on her transferred to the steamer. Last night a south wind rose and helped the schooner off the rocks. She arrived here today. Her cargo will be discharged at Eilbeck's dock.

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Weekly British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 10, 1885