The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 12, 1886

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p.2 The Mighty John Gaskin - a letter to editor critical of John Gaskin by J. Duncan Thompson.



The str. Thompson and barges, lumber laden, from Tonawanda, arrive tonight.

The Khartoum brings 2,000 bushels of peas from Wolfe Island to Kingston for Eilbeck.

On Monday the yacht Atalanta sailed from Oswego to Brighton, 80 miles, in seven hours.

The steamer W. Johnson collided with the draw bridge this morning but was not seriously injured.

The prop. Glengarry and tow reached Sault Ste. Marie this morning en route to Prince Arthur's Landing.

Passed Through The Welland Canal for Kingston - schrs. St. Louis, Bay City, timber; Mary Lyon, Toledo, corn; Cheney Ames, Chicago, corn.

The arrivals are: barge London, Ogdensburg, light; prop. California, Toledo, 7,374 bush. corn.

The prop. Lake Ontario, from Hamilton, and Persia, from St. Catharines, should have reached here this morning, but at 7 o'clock were not sighted.

The propeller California from Toledo, grain-laden, en route to Montreal, arrived this morning. She lightened part of her cargo, and was detained a couple of hours by the fog.

Mr. Joseph Swift has contracted to ship from here to Oswego 800,000 feet of lumber, which is expected to arrive in barges from Ottawa. The schooners chartered to carry the lumber across the lake are the Delaware, Flora Emma, Annie Foster, Julia, Acacia and Sea Gull.

The Sea Gull, Capt. Collans, barge-rigged, from Detroit, sailed to Ogdensburg grain laden. This is quite a feat for a boat rigged as she is. She is one of the oldest crafts afloat, being about 20 years of age. She was built at Oakville, Ont., by Mr. J. Simpson, who is now in charge of the Owen Sound dry dock, for Gooderham, Worts & Co., of Toronto. At first she was rigged as a brig, and traded between America and Sierra Leone, in command of Capt. Jackman, of Toronto. It is also said she was in the slave business. Smith & Post, of Oswego, purchased her subsequently, then Mr. F.W. Collins, but now she is property of Capt. Collans.

A gentleman took a trip down the Rideau river on the str. Rideau Belle on Saturday. He enjoyed it, and was treated so hospitably by the officers of the boat, that he is desirous of taking another sail with them. The changes made upon the steamer last winter have improved her greatly. She has been made 16 feet longer and 4 ft. have been added to her beam. Her motive power is furnished by a compound engine, 9 and 16 inches, and 12 inch stroke. Some 35 per cent less fuel is burned and the speed of the steamer has been increased by two miles an hour. The engine was built by McEwen & Son.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 12, 1886