The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 21, 1888

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The sails of the schr. Blanche were bent today.

Capt. Dow Claus is building a yacht 34 ft. keel, 11 ft. beam.

The schr. A. Falconer is receiving a new poop cabin at Portsmouth.

David Robeson, the veteran sailmaker, St. Catharines, known to almost every sailor on the lakes, is dead.

The schr. Herbert Dudley started out this morning but could not get past Nine Mile point.

The steamer Reliance was to have started from Deseronto yesterday with a load of lumber for Oswego.

The tug McArthur, Capt. McDonald, will leave for Toronto next week to tow a raft from that point to Quebec.

The steamer D.D. Calvin went up the lake this afternoon for the purpose of discovering how far the ice extended.

Two of the largest barges that sail the St. Lawrence river are being rebuilt at Portsmouth by the K. & M. F. company.

Captain McCorquindale, the commander of the str. Cibola, has arrived in Deseronto and will remain until the Cibola sails for Toronto.

The work of repairing the Welland canal is well advanced, and water will be let in by the end of this week. Navigation opens on Monday.

Hall & Co., Ogdensburg, have chartered four barges belonging to the K. & M.F. company. They will be used in the coal trade.

The schr. Dudley cleared light for Deseronto this morning. She will load barley for Oswego. At present she is labouring in the ice near Four Mile Point.

No light has yet been displayed at Tibbett's Point lighthouse. The keeper, Mr. Montannie, says there is still in Lake Ontario twenty miles of solid ice.

James W. Rattary and David Black, Grindstone Island, have purchased the str. Junita for $1,000. She will be put on the mail route between Clayton and Thurso.

The str. Olive has undergone another change of owners and now is the property of Messrs. Carss and Washburn, Smith's Falls. It is said they have rented her to Bajus for a part of the season.

The str. Acacia, owned by G.S. Oldrieve, is receiving extensive repairs at Portsmouth. She is being rebuilt at a cost of $3,000. The work is being done on the premises of the K. & M.F. company.

The new steamer Charles Stewart Parnell, owned by M.J. Cummings, Oswego, was launched at Detroit on Thursday. She is one of the largest boats ever built at that port, being five feet longer than the Eddy. She will be used in general freight business on the lakes. She is 254 feet long, has 38 1/3 feet beam, and a depth of hold of 22 feet. Captain Patrick Griffin, Oswego, will command her.

As a result of the interview Mr. R. Davis and others had with ministers a bill has been submitted to Parliament by the minister of marine which provides for the issue of permits to men to act as engineers without undergoing the usual examinations to take charge of steamboats for the carriage of passengers. The engineers given permits are allowed to run steamboats under twenty tons burden. The permits have to be renewed every year. They must also be recommended by steamboat inspector.

Kingstonians At Chicago.

James Palmer has again been unsuccessful in his run for the presidency of the Chicago seamen's union. At the last election he was completely snowed under, being defeated by some 60 votes. Mr. Palmer will not run for this position again. He will start out at the opening of navigation and make two or three trips, after which he will accept a position as conductor on the Northside cable railroad.

James Myland will be first mate of the Lycoming this season. This is one of the largest and finest steamers of the Anchor line.

A Word from Portsmouth.

Kingston, April 21st - (To the Editor): The government has under consideration the construction of a dry dock. After a careful examination it is conceeded that Kingston or vicinity is the most suitable for it. A site within the city limits will be very expensive, one site being valued at $19,000. The dock, while in course of construction, would cost a great deal more if built by civil labor, all of which has to be paid for out of the general revenue. At Portsmouth, adjoining the city, and about two miles from the city hall, a site may be obtained on the Allan property very cheaply, well protected by a good breakwater, and the dock built by convict labor, thereby lessening the total cost by a large amount and furnishing the convicts with work they are so much in need of. And as there is every prospect that in the near future the annexation of the village to the city will become an accomplished fact, the city can with good grace, withdraw its opposition to the dock being built here.

Yours, Portsmouth.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 21, 1888