The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 15, 1887

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The schr. Katie Eccles is loading ties for Charlotte.

The schr. B.W. Folger, Oswego, is discharging coal at Swift's wharf.

The prop. Alma Munro, from Duluth, lightened 9,500 bushels of wheat and cleared for Montreal.

The prop. Michigan arrived light from Montreal and will tow the prop. Celtic to Hamilton, where she will receive a new crank shaft.

The schr. O. Mitchell, of Chicago, discharged 21,586 bushels of wheat, and cleared for Grindstone Island to load stone for Chicago.

The prop. Celtic, from Sandusky, intended going to Montreal to discharge her cargo, but a slight accident necessitated the discharge here.

On Friday the schr. Parthenon, while sailing into Oswego harbor struck a pier and was badly injured. Her timbers and masts were very much strained.

The steambarge Tecumseh and tow cleared from Collinsby for the Welland Canal. One of the barges, the Cameron, will receive a new stem.

Arrivals: prop. Alma Munro, Duluth, 9,562 bush. wheat; schr. Niagara, Chicago, 16,000 bush. wheat; schr. B.W. Folger, Oswego, 204 tons coal; barge Huron, Charlotte, 948 tons coal; str. Celtic, Sandusky, 10, 120 bush. wheat; prop. Acadia, Chicago, 5,500 bush. wheat.

Clearances: schr. Oliver Mitchell, Grindstone Island, light; barge Manitoba, Ogdensburg, 52,550 feet lumber; steambarge Reliance, Oswego, 164,000 feet lumber; schr. Acacia, Fairhaven, light.

Incidents Of The Day - man drowned off barge Glengarry at Ogdensburg yesterday.

-employees of Rockwood asylum on evening excursion on steam yacht Marquis of Lorne.


Kingston yachtsmen had hoped that the reflections upon the Kingston regatta, appearing in the Oswego Palladium, were a sailor's yarn that Capt. Ames would repudiate. However, as he has not done so, we may explain the Kingston course is one popularly regarded and followed for a quarter of a century; that so far from the Merle suffering from crossing the line late, she was behind the Iolanthe only, and ahead of the Laura and Cyprus, the Laura passing her before she had been ten minutes under sail. She did not run on a shoal twice, but she struck her centre-board once without delaying her. Capt. Alex. Horn was on board and warned the sailing master of this shoal, but he said he would take the chances. Therefore he should say nothing. This is all the occasion for abuse of the regatta course, and for the other misstatements there was still less excuse. It cannot be said that honor is a supreme consideration with all yachtsmen, but there is no question of the disgust felt here at Capt. Ames' childish attitude.

The Palladium on Friday returned to the charge, and, after repeating that the Merle found bottom twice, says "the best Canadian boats refused to sail in the recent race because of shoal water, and that there are shoals all the way from Nine Mile Point to Kingston, dangerous to yachtsmen not thoroughly familiar with them." The only yachts that were near at hand and did not sail were the Oriole, which required a bigger wind than regatta day produced, and is not one "of the best Canadian boats" anyway; the Verve, whose bowsprit had been carried away a day before; and the Atalanta, whose centre-board was on shore for repair. Then that nine miles of shoals is a fiction so elephantine that the Palladium ought to frame it as a campaign specimen. The Oswego Times has been wiser in its generation than the Palladium, for having gracefully acknowledged that the Merle was fairly beaten, and that the excuses on behalf of the Merle were inaccurate. It leaves the latter still floundering away to justify these very inaccuracies.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 15, 1887