The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 10, 1886

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The schrs. St. Louis, Sandusky, wheat; Erie Stewart, Toledo, coal, and A.L. Andrews, Chicago, corn, are in the Welland Canal, en route for Kingston.

Arrivals - str. Reliance, Oswego, light; schr. White Oak, Charlotte, 353 tons coal.

Cleared - steamer Alexandria, Ogdensburg, 1070 doz. eggs.


Yesterday morning the str. Gipsy, advertised to carry Creighton's excursion party to Jones' Falls, left the city. She had about 200 passengers. The weather was pleasant and the trip down the canal exceedingly delightful. When dinner hour arrived the passengers enquired for the man who served the meals. He was found, but could only cater to a few of the hungry ones. He had not expected so many, and had not brought a plentiful supply of provisions with him. This was a pretty how-do-you-do. The people, however, satisfied themselves by waiting until they reached the Falls, thinking they would be able to appease their appetites there. At this pleasant resort they were unsuccessful in their efforts to obtain food. They did without their dinner and supper. Nor was this all. The pleasure of the excursionists was again marred on the return trip. When the steamer got within a mile of Washburn one of the balance valves of the engine got out of order. This mishap prevented the Gipsy from proceeding any further. The accident happened about 8 o'clock, and from that hour until 4 o'clock the steamer lay in the canal. The Rideau Belle towed the Gipsy to the city, arriving about 9:30 this morning. The passengers amused themselves during the night by singing hymns and songs. When they disembarked from the steamer they looked very tough, and quite reasonably so. Some of Mr. James Reid's family were on the boat, but a conveyance was sent for them and they were driven to the city during the night. Mr. Patterson, grocer, who was also on board the steamer, accompanied the Reids to the city. The excursionists say they will not forget their trip to Jones' Falls in a hurry.

p.8 The Strike at Portsmouth - Thirty convicts are discharging deals from the prop. Myles and consort at Portsmouth at ten cents per hour. The lumber shovers are greatly incensed. They have consulted Hon. Mr. Kirkpatrick, but so far nothing has been done to stop the outrage. The lumber shovers refused to pile the deals on the wharf. They claimed they only contracted to put them on the vessel's rails at 20 cents per thousand from the schooner, and 15 cents per thousand from the steamer. The captain refused to accept the terms.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 10, 1886