The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 4, 1887

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p.6 District Dashes - The Lighthouse at Alexandria Bay was first lighted for the season on April 10th.



The schr. Elgin is loading lumber for Oswego.

The Pilot from Deseronto is discharging lumber at Rathbun's.

The schr. Oliver Mowat has arrived from Oswego with coal.

The str. Rideau Belle left today for Rideau Canal ports.

The schr. Dudley expects to clear for Oswego with lumber on Saturday.

The prop. Scotia and tow cleared for Georgian Bay last evening.

The Laura D. and Minnie discharged 17,000 bushels of sand at Eilbeck's dock today.

The sloop Lorraine has been chartered to carry 300,000 feet of lumber to Cape Vincent.

The props. Cuba, from Toronto, and Lake Ontario, from Hamilton, called at Swift's wharf yesterday.

Capt. Garrett, of the str. Ella Ross, will give the pressmen of Eastern Ontario an excursion on his boat.

The steamer McArthur was unable to clear for the west yesterday, as the repairs being done to her were not finished.

The str. Khartoum cleared for Smith's Falls today. She had on board 100 bags of corn shipped by Eilbeck to Merrickville.

The schr. Speedwell arrived today with grain from Toronto. While here she will be fitted out with new foresail, staysail, jib, and fore-gaff topsail.

The granite company has chartered the tug Water Lily and two barges for the season. They will carry granite from Deadman's Bay to Ottawa.

The prop. Celtic and schr. Grantham have cleared for Chicago with 465 and 608 tons of iron ore respectively. The ore is valued at $3 per ton and consigned to the Jabet Still works, Chicago.

The Oswego yacht club receives an important addition to its fleet. The new comer is the Merie, a centreboard sloop, owned by Allan Ames, Oswego, designed by E. Burgess, of Puritan-Mayflower fame.

The schr. Norwood, docked at Portsmouth will be supplied with two new jibs and gaff topsail. Oldrieve & Horn are making the sails. The same firm is getting sails ready for two Toronto yachts and for two yachts belonging to Cobourg and Belleville.

The spring trade has not opened as auspiciously for sailors as it was expected to do. The masters of vessels complain that they cannot get cargoes either in or out. There is neither grain nor coal to carry. There is some lumber to be shipped to Oswego, but the freights offered are considered very low. J.W. Brown wants vessels to carry stone from Grindstone Island to Toronto at $4 per toise. Owners look at this figure as low, very low.

Cost To the Country - Minor Affairs - St. Lawrence Steamboat Co. received $1,750 for carrying mails.

-Webster Augustus, as captain of the dredge Ontario, received $50 per month and findings.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 4, 1887