The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 14, 1887

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The schr. Singapore is loading iron ore for Cleveland.

The schr. B.W. Folger, from Charlotte, is discharging coal at Gananoque.

The yacht R.P. Flower has arrived from Alexandria Bay.

The tug Thompson, with two barges, grain laden, left for Montreal last night.

The str. Corsican is on the dry dock at Montreal. The steamer Magnet is running in her place.

The steamer Active, with barges Jenny and Regina, cleared for Duluth where they will load for this port.

The steamer Silver Steam (sic), which plies between Charlotte and Alexandria Bay, tried to pass the steamer St. Lawrence on the river yesterday and failed. The Steam is considered a very fast sailor.

The sloop Idle Wild, from Napanee, is discharging 1,000 bushels of peas at Richardson & Son's wharf. As soon as unloaded the sloop will clear for Collinsby to load 1,500 bushels of wheat for this city.

The yachts Ethel, Katie Gray, Merle and Ariandne go on the dry dock to be put in condition for the races which commence at Toronto next week. By the way what preparations are being made for the regatta at Kingston. The yacht club should get things in shape at once.


The following circular has been addressed by the treasury department, bureau of navigation, Washington, D.C., to the collectors of customs in the United States, and is worthy of careful perusal of Canadian tugmen and vessel owners:

"Recent correspondence with the Canadian government has resulted in an understanding that the Canadian regulations in regard to the towing of vessels in Canadian waters, and at Canadian ports by American tugs, shall be amended so as to extend to American tugs when in Canadian waters the same rights and privileges as are granted to Canadian tugs in American waters. Complaint is made by the British minister that the privileges covered by section 4370, revised statutes, have not been extended to Canadian tugs when visiting American harbors in the upper lakes. The law upon the subject is as follows:

All steam tug boats, not of the United States, found employed in towing documented vessels of the United States, plying from one port or place in the same to another, shall be liable to a penalty of fifty cents per ton on the measurement of every such vessel so towed by them respectively, which sum may be recovered by way of libel or suit. This section shall not apply to any case where the towing, in whole or in part, is within or upon foreign waters. Any foreign railroad company or corporation, whose road enters the United States by means of a ferry or tug boat, may own such boat, and it shall be subject to no other or different restrictions or regulations in such employment than if owned by a citizen of the United States."

Officers are instructed to allow Canadian tugs such privileges as are accorded to them by the section.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 14, 1887