The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 20, 1888

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The Woodduck is loading posts for Deseronto; the Dudley barley at Deseronto for Oswego.

Capt. Saunders has been appointed master of the schr. Julia. He has gone to Oswego to join the craft.

Parties have written to owners here, asking for vessels to carry stone from Grindstone Island to Toronto at 30 cents per toise.

A large iron wheel, made at the locomotive works for the steamer Walker, was removed yesterday to the wharf where the steamer is lying. The wheel will likely have to be placed in position in Oswego.

During March eight steamers, seven tugs, and nineteen schooners and barges, a total of thirty-four, changed hands, involving a sum of $521,000 against seventy-six sold in February at $849,610, all of which were disposed of at good prices.

Capts. Dandy and Parsons visited Deseronto yesterday. The latter made arrangements for the repairing of the schr. Queen of the Lakes at that port. Owing to low water the boat cannot with safety be hauled out in this district.

Some fifteen or sixteen years ago Kingston harbor filled up with ice from the lake, and for weeks not a vessel moved. "That year," said a captain, "I got out to the west, loaded, and started for Kingston. I got in by way of the gap and for two weeks was stuck here. While I was in the employ of Calvin & Breck the captains were always anxious to get out first. This year the lake was full of ice, so with the schrs. Bismarck and Denmark a tug owner started with us through the Wolfe Island canal to take us to Cape Vincent, as the American channel was clear. The Denmark got stuck, the tow rope was loosened, and the Bismarck was pulled to the Cape. The tug Mixer was sent for, pulled the Denmark out of the canal hindforemost, and brought her to Kingston. At two o'clock in the morning the wind shifted and I got the Denmark into the lake and off I went to Hamilton. I was loaded and back to Kingston before the schr. Bismarck could get out of the ice about Cape Vincent, which had been packed in there by the wind."

-three more letters to editor about expenses incurred by deputation to Ottawa over canal tolls and dry dock.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 20, 1888