The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 10, 1889

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p.1 Among the Yachts - many sail and steam yachts mentioned at Robinson's boating establishment; "At Peter Mitchell's yard, Portsmouth, the yacht Wild Flower is lying, a sloop of 40 tons, designed and owned by Capt. Pierce. He intends fitting her out as soon as the ice leaves the bay. Adjacent is Mr. Offord's deep draught cutter, the Victoria, as also Commodore Carr's Flying Dutchman. Dr. Clark, of Rockwood, is busy in cleaning and painting up the Gerda. J.B. Carruthers is making extensive improvements to his cutter yacht Hebe, which will make her unexcelled as a comfortable cruiser. Sir Richard Cartwright is getting his sailing yacht Merlin thoroughly overhauled and put in trim."

p.5 Navigation Open at Goderich - mentions tugs W.H. Saibold and Arcadia.



Capt. C. Martin left today for Montreal to take charge of the tug Glyde.

Ald. John Heney, Ottawa, will place a magnificent barge on the Rideau in a fortnight's time.

The propellers B.W. Blanchard and C.J. Kershaw have been chartered at Toledo for corn to Ogdensburg at four cents.

The schr. Queen of the Lakes with grain, and str. D.R. Van Allen with lumber, cleared for Oswego and Charlotte today.

The members of the longshoremen's assembly, K. of L., have secured the contract to handle ties and lumber for the Rathbun agency.

The new steamer Edward Hall will take the Rideau, Ottawa and St. Lawrence route in July. She will carry passengers and freight.

Lake Erie is reported to be lower than it has been for many years, and at Port Stanley it would be difficult for any vessel of ordinary draught to enter.

The water in the river St. Lawrence is rising slowly, but it is not yet high enough for the ferry to run through the Wolfe Island canal. There is some talk of dredging it out.

The schooner Caroline Marsh, Capt. Walt Colwill, reached Oswego first. Capt. Colwill has a habit of getting in first. Col. Cropsey, according to custom, presented Capt. Colwill with a new hat.

The Portsmouth pier, or breakwater, which is about 800 feet in length has during the past year been rebuilt from the low water line upward at a cost of $6,000. Within it safely lay the K. & M. forwarding company's fleet of barges numbering seventeen; the schr. Watertown, Capt. C. Beaupre; schr. Singapore, Capt. Simmonds; and schr. Ariel, of Port Hope, Capt. McPherson. The steamers Islander and Maynard are on the marine railway and have been replanked from keel to water line. The schr. Singapore has had her topsides renewed and received a new fore and main mast.

Today a petition was forwarded to Sir John Macdonald, signed by the mayor, the president of the board of trade, and the various agents of the forwarding companies, to the following effect:

"In view of the Welland canal opening on the 16th day of April, and of the very large quantity of grain that is waiting for the opening of said canal and destined for Kingston, and also in view of the fact that the larger portion of the river fleet had to lay up at Montreal last fall on account of the break in the Cornwall canal, they having been frozen in in Montreal before they could be discharged, we beg to urge upon the government the great necessity of having the St. Lawrence canals opened at the same time as the Welland canal, and thus prevent the blockade that is otherwise sure to occur, causing great loss and detention to the forwarding interest, and discredit to Kingston as a point of transhipment."

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 10, 1889