The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 5, 1888

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The steamer Maud towed a raft to Prescott yesterday.

The steamer Spartan, the first steamer of the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company for the west, arrived today.

A week ago last night the schr. Blanche, Capt. Henderson, cleared from Oswego with a cargo of coal for Brighton. Up to yesterday she had not returned.

The steamer Spartan arrived this afternoon from Montreal and at five o'clock was to have proceeded to Toronto. The mail boats will now follow in rotation. The first boat will be down on Thursday morning.

Vessel captains complain that the freight paid on cargoes from American to Canadian ports are too low. The freight on coal from Oswego is 25 cents per ton, when it is contended it should be 40 cents, while from the same port to Toronto the freight is 30 cents when it should be 50 cents per ton. Owners of vessel property, with the present rates, are unable to pay expenses. They require higher prices because of the delay in loading and unloading cargoes. While other boats are waiting to be relieved at ports the wages of the sailors eat up the profits.. Several captains said today they would make an effort to have the freight rates raised.

Arrivals: schr. White Oak, Oswego, 400 tons coal; prop. Niagara, Duluth, 25,000 bush. wheat; steambarge Freemason, Oswego, 102 tons coal.

Clearances: schr. Westside, Charlotte, light; barge Bedford, Cape Vincent, 800 ties, 700 posts; prop. Dominion, Cleveland, light; schr. Augusta, Cleveland, light; sloop Pamelia, Clayton, 20,000 feet lumber.


Messrs. Rogers and Finkle, joint lessee of the Middle Brother Island, in the Bay of Quinte, are in receipt of a communication from a government officer, to the effect that it is the intention of the government to erect a lighthouse on this island at an early date.

This is in response to a numerously signed petition presented to the minister of marine at Ottawa during the last session of parliament, from steamboat and vessel owners and captains, showing the dangers of navigation in the vicinity of these islands, and praying that a lighthouse be at once erected thereon, to guide the mariner on his way up and down the waters.

The Middle Brother Island contains about seven acres of good high land, is pretty well stocked with native trees and shrubbery, and will at no distant day become a resort of tourists and others, desirous of inhaling the healthful and invigorating breezes, as wafted from the blue waters of Lake Ontario. It is a most delightful location for a mammoth summer hotel and contains sufficient land for athletic games, and every other open air sport incident thereto.

It is distant from Kingston only nine miles, and in the event of a first class hotel being put up there the citizens of Kingston would contribute largely towards its prosperity. There are few places which can compare with this beautiful island as a summer resort. The waters surrounding it are as clear as crystal, and are well known to all the sporting fraternity, who angle for the finny tribes, as the "home of the bass," whose game qualities are unsurpassed in any waters. It is easy of access by regular steamers passing within forty feet of it. As soon as a dock is built it will become one of the landing places on their daily route.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 5, 1888