The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 18, 1887

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p.1 Late Local News - The grain in the prop. Myles will be sold. It is well water-soaked. About $12,000 will be the cost of putting the boat on her route again. She leaks very little.



The schr. Singapore, Capt. Simmonds, will go to Portsmouth for repairs.

The ice is very solid up the Bay of Quinte, and at the foot of Wolfe Island.

Boatmen are selecting their crews, and especially their cooks.

The steambarge Nile will take ties to Cape Vincent for the Rathbun company.

The schr. Flora Emma, Capt. T. Fox, of Port Hope, has received extensive repairs.

W.J. Eyre has not sold the yacht Atalanta, although he is willing to dispose of her.

McEwen & Son are building a compound engine for the steam yacht Ethel, of Cobourg.

The str. Resolute will be lighted by electricity. A dynamo has been placed in position.

The schr. Jessie Breck, (Capt. E.A. Booth) will start for Oswego on Thursday and load coal for Breck & Booth.

Over $1,500 have been spent on the schr. Grantham (Capt. T. Donnelly). She will load iron ore for Chicago.

The schr. Watertown (Capt. E. Beaupre) has been chartered to carry granite from Grindstone Island to Chicago.

J. Palmer will leave tomorrow for Ogdensburg. He will act as mate of the schr. Beale, lying at that port.

Capt. James Hanley, hoisted the storm signal, No. 1, today. It foretells a moderate gale from the east.

Most of the crafts lying at this port are ready for service. They have been generally overhauled and repainted.

The schr. Comanche can't be rescued just yet. There were two feet of ice in the hold, which prevents the leak being located.

Capt. John Marshall will command the schr. Bavaria, and Capt. A. Larush will be master of the schr. Norway this season.

The government tug John A., which has been wintering at Cobourg, will be brought to Kingston for repairs. Capt. Lee is in command.

The sails of the schr. B.W. Folger were bent this morning. The vessel leaves tomorrow for Wolfe Island and loads barley there for Oswego.

Tomorrow the work of fitting out the schr. A. Falconer will be begun. Captain Cornwall and the crew of the schooner will arrive tonight.

The schr. Craftsman, owned by Lewis Bros., has been purchased by Messrs. Macpherson & Lee, of Goderich. She will be commanded by Macpherson.

Allen Ames' new yacht Merle, of Oswego, is said to be fast, and likely to make it lively for the second class yachts on the lake during the regattas of this year.

On Wednesday the steambarge D.D. Calvin (Capt. Malone) and schr. Prussia (Capt. Milligan) will leave for Hamilton and load lumber for Garden Island.

The prop. Scotia (Capt. S. Fraser) is going to Oswego for a new wheel. She will return to Kingston and take her barges to Georgian Bay and load timber for Collinsby.

The owners of the tugs on the Welland canal run an association the same as last year. The rates for towing were fixed at 18 cents per ton on all 500 ton vessels and under, when over 500 tons a reduction of 8 cents a ton on each ton over 500.

The tug McArthur (Capt. McDonald) which is being rebuilt, will be finished about April 25th. She will then go to Presque Isle and release the schr. Queen of the Lakes which sunk last fall with a cargo of coal. She will be taken to Toronto for repairs.

On July 22nd, 1886, the prop. Sir Leonard Tilley, towing the schr. Edward Blake on the Detroit River, did not make a turn sharp enough, and the Blake ran against a pier and sank. An action was laid against Mr. Neelon, owner of the propeller, and the case came up before Judge Senkler in the maritime court. It was claimed that the judge had no jurisdiction on the ground that the cause of action arose out of alleged breech of contract of towage, resulting in damage without collision. The judge upheld the objection and dismissed the case.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 18, 1887