The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 9, 1887

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The tug McArthur, with a raft in tow, has arrived at Collinsby from Toronto.

The first yacht that has steamed up the Tay canal reached Perth a few days ago. It is owned by J.S. McDowall, at the Royal military college.

Richard Power, president of the Seamen's Union for the past 10 years, has been deposed. His successor is Thomas Elderkin, a practical seaman and marine engineer.

The steamers D.D. Calvin and Prussia left for Manistee today to load longitudinal timber for Garden Island. The schr. Oliver Mowat, with a cargo of iron ore for Chicago, was one of the steamers' tow.

Mariners complain that no light is furnished in the Trenton harbour sufficient to guide a vessel after dark. There was formerly a light on a partially sunken pier at the mouth of the harbour, but, as it cost 25 cents per night, the town council refused to continue it.

Yesterday afternoon the St. Lawrence left Alexandria Bay a short distance behind the str. Spartan, and before Clayton was reached both boats had tested their relative speeds. The race was a good one. Five calls were made by the St. Lawrence and one by the Spartan. The former passed the latter easily and only carried 65 lbs. of steam. She reached Clayton first.

Yesterday the str. Ontario, which plies between Charlotte and Alexandria Bay, met with a couple of mishaps a short distance from Oswego. The first assumed a serious form and might have resulted disastrously had it not been checked. Fire broke out close to the smokestack and burned some of the woodwork. Buckets were pressed into service and soon the blaze was quenched. There were about fifteen passengers on board and they betrayed their fear greatly. Life-preservers were buckled on them and every possible care taken to save them from drowning if the fire could not be overcome. The second accident was a trivial one. One of the wheels became disabled.

Arrivals: schrs. Watertown, Chicago, 22,125 bushels wheat; Clara White, Oswego, 118 tons coal; Sligo, Chicago, 20,000 bushels of wheat; Nellie Hunter, Toronto, 12,045 bushels wheat; W.T. Greenwood, Oswego, 283 tons coal; steambarge Freemason, Oswego, 11 tons coal; barge Minnie Francis, Oswego, 160 tons coal.

Clearances: schrs. A.E. Vickery, Chicago, light; Baltic, Oswego, light; Oliver Mowat, Chicago, 440 tons iron ore.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 9, 1887