The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 6, 1889

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p.1 Had Skulls Fractured - a caulker from Davis' dry dock hit by train - "he was a caulker, and most of them, when old, are deaf."; laborer on schr. Valencia loading railroad iron at Portsmouth, hurt hand; on barge Condor man fell down hatch and fractured skull.


[Oswego Palladium]

The Kingston Whig in making acknowledgement of the promptness of the American government in granting Canadian wreckers permission to release the barge Bavaria, ashore on Galoo Island, makes the fact that it was necessary to apply for permission to render aid, the text for an editorial in favor of reciprocity in wrecking. It also takes occasion to score the Canadian government for its failure to take steps looking to a freer interchange of international courtesies. The Whig's article will strike a popular cord with Canadian vessel-owners. For years the wrecking laws enforced between the two countries on the lake have been a disgrace to both governments. We have in mind numerous instances wherein lives have been lost and property destroyed because of these inhuman laws. Under their provisions, if an American vessel goes ashore in Canadian territory, and an American tug should happen along, with plenty of time to save the ship, she is prevented from doing so. The nearest Canadian tug must be called and if one is not available, the American boat must telegraph Ottawa for permission to go to the relief of those in distress. In the meantime, perhaps, the lives of the crew have been lost and the vessel broken to pieces. Instances are constantly occurring, as in the case of the Bavaria, where aid could be readily and speedily extended, were it not necessary to first obtain permission.

If the vessel was wrecked in American waters a Canadian tug could not go to the rescue without permission from Washington. A bill to promote reciprocity in wrecking was recently defeated in the Canadian senate, in spite of the unanimous request of those representing Canadian marine interests. This was a despicable transaction, and the criticism of the Whig in the matter is certainly warranted. Both governments ought to get together on this important question. Action has been too long delayed already. The interests of neither country will be retarded by reciprocity in wrecking, and the inhuman laws now in force ought not to be suffered to exist longer.


The schr. Glenora is unloading damaged corn at Folger's wharf.

The prop. St. Magnus is at the G.T.R. wharf. She will have to be inspected before proceeding out again. She is being painted on the outside.

The schr. Bavaria is on Davis' dock to be examined. There will be a survey by the inspector. It is not likely, from present appearances, that she was much injured while on the Galoo Island shoal.

Arrivals: the str. Passport, Clayton, passengers and baggage; schr. Annie M. Foster, Oswego, 156 tons coal; schr. J. Ellsworth, Chicago, 23,700 bush. corn; schr. F.C. Leighton, Chicago, 24,801 bush. corn.

The schr. S. Neelon has been on the Cataraqui dry dock, getting her bottom overhauled and caulked. It was feared she had done herself some damage in the last gale but it was found she had not sustained any serious injury from the storm.

The steamer Passport stopped here yesterday, going west. Captain Sinclair, who met with the accident in the Cornwall canal last year by which his leg was broken, is again in command. He has almost entirely recovered from the effects of the accident. The Corinthian will run as a spare boat this year. The Corsican, Captain Eady, will take her place.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 6, 1889