The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 9, 1886

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Through the instrumentality of Ald. R.J. Eilbeck, McArthur Bros., of Toronto, were induced to have extensive repairs made to their vessels, the steam barge Tecumseh and barges Cavalier & Cameron, at Kingston. The boats were allowed to lay over at Eilbeck's dock during the winter free of charge. Capt. Allen was awarded the contract to make the repairs and kept employed at the work, during the winter months and up to the present, about forty men. The Tecumseh has received new main deck frames, new cabin deck frames, and her boilers have been overhauled. The pilot house has been reconstructed and a room placed in it for the exclusive use of P. McArthur, one of the owners. The vessel has also been repainted inside and outside. The cabin and interior woodwork have been painted light and dark while the outside of the boat is black. The officers of the steamer are: Skipper, Capt. Manson, Port Hope; first mate, H. Killally; second mate, F. Curran; first engineer, T. Milne; second engineer, A. Desaulniers. The barge Cameron has received new topsides, recaulking and painting. Her skipper is Capt. J. Miller, and her mate J. Ashley. The barge Cavalier has also received new topsides and been recaulked and painted. The skipper is Capt. A. Anderson, the mate C. Gillard. The work on the vessels is expected to be finished by the end of next week, when they will leave for Toronto and there be loaded with lumber for Collinsby. After unloading at the latter place Capt. Manson will come to Kingston and take in tow Capt. S. Fraser's vessels the Southampton, R. Gaskin and Oriental and proceed to Windsor where Capt. Fraser will be in waiting to take them in tow with his recently purchased prop. Scotia.

Marine Notes - Capt. Augustus will command the government tug Sir John this season.

Mr. Loftus has been appointed captain of the barge Southampton.

The steamer Pierrepont will go to Cape Vincent tomorrow, the weather beng favorable.


The steamer Pierrepont reached Garden Island yesterday afternoon, after a difficult passage through the ice. She started out about 1:30 o'clock, but could not get more than a third of the way, so strong was the ice. Later she made another trial, and broke and cut her way through easily. She has now resumed her daily trips. The customs officers provide the following information respecting the opening and closing of navigation:

Opening Closing

1867 April 8 Dec. 18

1868 March 31 Dec. 24

1869 April 17 Jan. 8

1870 April 13 Dec. 31

1871 March 16 Dec. 15

1872 April 21 Dec. 28

1873 April 14 Jan. 14

1874 March 23 Jan. 5

1875 April 10 Dec. 23

1876 April 13 Dec. 30

1877 April 9 Jan. 8

1878 March 11 Jan. 2

1879 April 21 Dec. 28

1880 March 23 Dec. 21

1881 April 12 Jan. 12

1882 March 7 Jan. 4

1883 April 19 Dec. 31

1884 April 11 Dec. 31

1885 April 23 Jan. 3

When the date of closing occurs in January it is in the following year. For instance the season of 1885 was from April 29th, 1885 to Jan. 18th, 1886.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 9, 1886