The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 31, 1889

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Garden Island, May 31st - The barge Bavaria is here apparently undamaged, except that the bowsprit is carried away. Everything in the cabin is dry. Even a pan of bread, set in the oven to bake, is still there. The schooner Prussia and steamer Armenia are on each side of her. Her deck load was removed. The steamer Calvin towed her from Galoo Island.

Capt. Marshall's axe was found with the helve broken. There is not a shadow of a doubt if the crew had stood by the vessel she would have arrived with the others and all the lives would have been saved.


The schr. Philo Bennett left this afternoon for Oswego with lumber.

The schr. A.P. Beals left Portsmouth yesterday for Charlotte to load coal for Chicago.

Prop. Acadia passed up from Montreal for Chicago with a large passenger list. She also carried a large quantity of freight.

The barge Bavaria was towed to Garden Island this afternoon by the steamer D.D. Calvin. The steamer Armenia and the schr. Prussia, which left yesterday to take timber off the Bavaria, also arrived this afternoon.

The schr. A.J. Rogers, which left Oswego Monday afternoon with a cargo of coal for Detroit, is at Sackett's Harbor with her yawl boat and part of her bulwarks gone. The Rogers was caught in the squall Monday night, and ran back, bringing up in Sackett's Harbor.

Canals To Be Opened - from midnight on Saturday until 6 on Sunday morning and after 9 p.m. Sunday evening; Canadian forwarders felt they were being discriminated against, and traffic being diverted to Erie Canal.

Personal Mention - str. Niagara, prop. D.S. Foley, schrs. King and American Union, Alma Munro.

General Paragraphs - str. Norseman only had $5 damage, not $500.

Incidents Of The Day - late Capt. Marshall, an hour before he went on his vessel, was examined by doctor for insurance, was insured for $2,000.

p.2 The Wrecking Laws - It is fitting that acknowledgement should be made of the promptness of the American government in telegraphing to Calvin & Co. permission to send their tugs to the rescue of the schooner Bavaria. And yet it is a humiliation that an appeal has had to be made to the Washington government under the circumstances, a humiliation which the vesselmen of Canada feel most deeply. For years an agitation has been carried on looking to reciprocity in wrecking. Instances, many of them, had occurred in which the marine interests suffered through the delay which an abominable international law involved. The one reason for its continuance was supposed to lie in the fact that to change it would be detrimental to the Canadian marine, but that reason no longer exists. The vesselmen and wreckers have given the government the most ample evidence that Canadian interests will be advanced, not retarded, by reciprocity in wrecking; indeed the appeals of the marine community, irrespective of politics, to parliament during the last two sessions of it were so urgent and so influential as to completely change the attitude of the commons, and induce it to adopt the Kirkpatrick bill in an amended form. The popular chamber having shown a willing obedience to the voice of the people no one suspected that the senate, the irresponsible wing of parliament, would essay to defy it, and yet this the senate did. In other words the venerable senators undertook to say that the Canadian mariners and vesselmen did not know what they wanted; that the commercial men, the country over, who supported the petitions of the marine association were of no account; that the annoyance created by an exacting and an unjust law should be continued; and that those who did not like the sensatorial style of legislation could dislike it. And so the work of the people, at least hundreds of them, and representing personally and through the marine associations millions of capital, went for nothing. Moreover, the Americans were inferentially given to understand that favors were not expected of them, that their offer of reciprocity, in any sense or in any connection, was not appreciated. It was not, of course, surmised that so soon the Canadians, and those most anxious for an interchange of international courtesies, would be practically begging for the privileges offered to them and indignantly refused in their behalf by the senators. At any rate the spectacle seen during the past week will, we hope, never be repeated. The senate was never intended for obstruction purposes. It cannot afford to defy public opinion and escape re-organization. The majority in it cannot say that reciprocity in wrecking cannot be granted without the abandonment of the government's fiscal policy, for such is an absurd idea and one which cannot stand criticism for a moment.

ads for R. & O. Nav. Co.; steamers Persia, Hero, Alexandria, Kathleen.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 31, 1889