The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 14, 1888

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The sloop Lorraine is loading ties for Cape Vincent.

The schr. Minnie cleared with a cargo of red tiles for Bath. The tiles were manufactured at Cataraqui.

The deals taken from the schr. Emerald were transferred to the barge Lincoln and taken to Quebec.

Capt. T. Donnelly left on Sunday morning with a steam pump and diving dress for Midland to assist in raising a vessel in Georgian Bay.

Arrivals: schr. Sunrise, Chicago, 29,700 bush. corn; prop. Lake Michigan, Toledo, 7,000 bushels wheat; schr. Singapore, Charlotte, 398 tons coal.

Last evening the Maud pulled the yacht Victoria, owned by Mr. Offord, off rocks at Mill Point. She was well in and landed on Sunday night during the gale.

The schr. Gearing is ashore at Poplar Point two miles above South Bay. Further particulars as to her condition have not been received. It is thought she is loaded with land plaster from Oswego to Wellington.

The schr. Antelope reached here this morning with a cargo of soft coal from Ashtabula. The captain is looking for the consignee. It is thought he has come to the wrong port. The canal report said she was en route to Hamilton.

The schr. Cornelia, laden with coal, is ashore near Cape Vincent. The high wind which prevailed on Sunday night caused her to drag her anchors. She ran upon rocks, and now there is a large hole in her bottom. The coal was shipped from Oswego for Clayton.

The schooner B. Freeman, bound from Belleville to Fairhaven, light, went ashore seven miles west of Oswego yesterday and was washed high up on the beach; all hands saved. Schr. Lady McDonald from Toronto, light, entered Oswego yesterday afternoon and was swept up the river by the gale, which raged since midnight. The vessel was driven into the lower bridge, almost cutting it in two, and carrying away the fore-rigging of the vessel.

The prop. California, sunk at St. Helena Island, and recently raised is in fair condition and does not leak. Her cargo of corn and pork was not entirely spoiled. Some of the pork was found to be as nice and sweet as when taken on board, and considerable of the corn in her can be saved. Her hull is sound, and with the exception of her stem, has suffered no damage except the loss of her upper works. She will go either to Port Huron or Bay City and will be docked for repairs. She will be converted into a steambarge.

Superintendent Wise, of the Rideau canal, in speaking about the reported want of water, says the only place where the water is scarce is at Kingston Mills, and that scarcity is caused by a want of rain in the district. As for the leak there, it has existed ever since the canal was built; I have examined the canal and I find everything all right for navigation. About Brewer's Cut filling up, that is another absurdity. While the navigation there is for four feet draught, steamers come through there drawing four feet eight inches of water, and come through with ease. Everything is all right." It is stated on good authority the government will shortly purchase a dredge for the exclusive use of the canal.

Stole A March.

The Grain Trimmers' Union, Chicago, by a most adroit bit of manoeuvring, successfully "stole a march" on the non-union trimmers yesterday. The steamer Acadia had been chartered to load 20,000 bushels of wheat for Kingston. The propeller steamed up to the Pacific elevator, and before the vessel had been made fast Jim Coughlin, a boss grain trimmer, boarded the vessel, and rushing up to Captain Malcolmson closed with him for the trimming of the vessel. Captain Malcolmson was totally ignorant of the grain trimming troubles, and seeing no one else about naturally engaged Coughlin and his gang. The shoots had barely started running into the hold of the vessel when Superintendent King, of the Montreal and Lackawanna lines, put in an appearance with his gang of coloured non-union trimmers. They boarded the vessel and were not a little surprised to see the hole filled with their arch enemies - the union men. The grain had already begun pouring into the vessel, and there was no way out of the difficulty. King ordered his men ashore, and, returning to the office of the company in high dudgeon, entered formal complaint against Captain Malcolmson. To make the matter worse, the difference between the union and non-union tariff - seventy five cents per 1,000 bushels - was promptly charged up to Captain Malcolmson's salary account.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 14, 1888