The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 10, 1888

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p.5 Wallaceburg, Oct. 10th - steambarge W.S. Ireland of Wallaceburg collided with steambarge Margaret Rawson of Saginaw, 2 drowned.

p.8 The Board of Trade - discuss dry dock, etc.; Rideau Canal should be deepened.

"The Trent Valley commission meets at Peterboro, and may possibly visit Kingston, and as the construction of such a canal would certainly affect the grain interests of this city, and the general barge business, either beneficially or the reverse, it would be well to appoint a competent committee to meet the railway committee of the city council and answer the various questions sent by the secretary of the commission. The object of the Trent Valley canal, in brief, is to extend the line of water communication at present existing on the Trent and Otonabee waters so as to connect Georgian Bay, at Waubaushene, with the Bay of Quinte and Lake Ontario, at Trenton, by a canal through the Trent valley, on a scale admitting of barges of 250 tons capacity, that is, with locks of 134 feet by 33 feet and 5 feet depth. By comparison it was shown that the route from Sault. Ste. Marie to Kingston would be 235 miles shorter by the Trent Valley canal than by the Welland Canal."

- buying the Tete du Pont barracks - "want the city to own either that property or some other parcel of property to be used for elevating, forwarding and railroad purposes."

M.T. Company has lease of land - details.


The steamer Ella Ross is to be sold at auction on Oct. 20th, to satisfy a mortgage.

After discharging part of her cargo of coal here the schr. W.Y. Emery left for Gananoque with the balance.

A number of ship carpenters have been secured from Kingston to work in the shipyard at Deseronto.

The schr. W.R. Taylor, Capt. James Dix, cleared today for Port Robinson, where she will be rebuilt. She took the timber and iron needed for the repairs with her.

It is reported that the schooner Picton, Capt. McMaster, while going up the Bay of Quinte, collided with another schooner, said to be the Garibaldi, and received serious damage.

A Port Huron despatch says that the captain of the Canadian steambarge Scotia reports that the barge Southampton broke away from the Scotia when about thirty miles above Point aux Barques in a very heavy sea. She is loaded with hardwood lumber. The captain of the Scotia thinks she is lost.

The steamer Rhoda Emily, owing to the low water in the St. Lawrence, struck a rock about ten miles below Alexandria Bay and badly stove in some of the planking and frames of her bottom. Pumps are able to keep her clear. She is going to Buffalo to be docked for repairs.

At present forwarders on the Rideau Canal can only carry about two-thirds of a load. The water on the lock sills is only 4 feet 4 inches deep whereas it formerly was five feet 6 inches. Bad leakages have caused this lessening in the depth of water. As a consequence the rate of freightage has greatly increased. If the government does not do something very speedily business will be entirely driven off the canal.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 10, 1888