The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 5, 1886

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p.2 The Oswego Yacht Race - strong winds and rough seas; Cygnet, White Wings, Aileen, Ethel, Atalanta in first class race.

p.3 The Yacht Is All Right - The yacht Cygnet reached Oswego yesterday afternoon. Her arrival there dispelled the feelings of anxiety created by the reports of her disaster. The tug Lily, with Capt. Paul on board, scoured the lake on Tuesday evening for the dismasted craft, but without avail. The captain of the schr. Katie Eccles, on arrival here on Tuesday night, said that he had met a dismasted fishing smack on his way across from Oswego tossing upon the waves, but when he went to throw a line to the solitary man on board the individual withdrew his pipe from his mouth and remarked: "You needn't mind troubling yourself about me. The sea will soon go down and I'll fetch up somewhere." The dismasted craft was the Tortoise, of Fairhaven. She was mistaken by the Resolute crew for the Cygnet on Wednesday, hence the reports of the wreck of the latter.


Eilbeck shipped 3,000 bush. of peas per barge Toledo to Montreal.

The str. Spartan left Montreal this morning for Toronto. She replaces the Passport.

The sloop Lorraine, from Amherst Island, is unloading 4,500 bush. of wheat and oats at Richardson's dock.

The steambarge Lilley and consorts are in the Welland Canal, en route from French River with timber for Garden Island.

Capt. Donnelly has made an offer to the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation Co. for the raising of the str. Passport and transporting her to Montreal.

The schr. M.L. Breck, released from a rocky island in Georgian Bay by Capt. Donnelly, will need a new stem, planking and keel as far back as the foremast.

The through rate on wheat and corn, from Chicago to New York by lake and canal, is quoted at 8 3/4 cents and 8 cents respectively. The same grains can be carried by the St. Lawrence route at 7 1/4 cents and 7 cents respectively.

One of Munson's dredges is engaged at work in the Rideau Canal between Bermingham's landing and Washburn. Vessels run aground between these points. The sum of $4000 has been appropriated for the work.

Oswego tugmen complain about Canadian tugs towing in that harbor. They say that the minute American tugs let go of boats to a Canadian port they are not allowed to touch them again until they leave the harbor. The tug association say that whenever the tug Thompson, or any other of the Canadian tugs, go to Oswego they are allowed to do all the towing they please.

The steamer Pierrepont, while returning from Channel Grove at 6:30 o'clock last evening broke her crank pin and had to lay up. In consequence of this 1,500 persons were compelled to remain at Simcoe Island later than expected. The steamer Maud made various trips across and landed the last crowd at the ferry wharf at 10 o'clock. The day passed off without any serious mishaps.

Arrivals - schrs. Jessie H. Breck, Sandusky, 699 tons coal; Kate Eccles, Charlotte, 271 tons coal; Philo Bennett, Oswego, 174 tons coal; Singapore, Charlotte, 340 tons coal; prop. Dominion, Detroit, 5,200 bush. wheat.

Cleared - schrs. Blanche, Charlotte, light; Jessie Macdonald, Oswego, 343,800 lath; Folger, Oswego, 80,000 ft. lumber, 187,000 shingles; sloop Olive Branch, Cape Vincent, 57,000 lath; 90,750 shingles; barge Bass, Cape Vincent, 1,500 ties; barge Gipsy Queen, Cape Vincent, 1,600 ties.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 5, 1886