The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 11, 1889

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The steambarge Freemason and barge are loading coal at Swift's for the canal.

There was no boat today for Montreal on account of the Spartan being laid up.

Arrivals at Portsmouth - schrs. E.C. King, Chicago, 31,000 bushels corn; R. Dowd, Chicago, 22,000 bushels corn. The King will clear this evening for the canal.

The steambarge Glengarry has arrived at Port Dalhousie with the barge Glenora in tow for Muir's dock. The Glengarry will wait until she is repaired and then tow her to Charlotte to her other consort, when they will load coal for upper lake ports.

Arrivals: props. D.J. Foley, Chicago, 24,300 bushels corn; Algonquin, 70,000 bushels corn; schrs. American Union, Chicago, 33,059 bushels corn; B.W. Folger, Oswego, 250 tons coal; Philo Bennett, Oswego, 150 tons coal.

It having come to the knowledge of the canal authorities that some boats have had their marks changed, to endeavor to get through the canal drawing more water than the regulations permit, all craft are now being measured and marked at the locks.

Professor Sweet, of Garden Island, has brought out a motor for driving skiffs which bids fair to supercede oars or sails. It is a very ingenious affair, and has to be seen to be appreciated. Without any apparent effort he skims along the water at a rapid rate. The motor is driven by the hands, and steering is done by the feet, and while using it he faces the way the skiff is going. The whole thing is of brass, and weighs but a few pounds.

Schooner Montgomery Ashore - Port Colborne, June 11th - The schooner Montgomery, of Toledo, corn laden, bound from Toledo to Kingston, went ashore yesterday on the reef east of the harbor. She went on during the thick foggy weather which has prevailed here for the last few days. One of the harbor tugs, after working at her several hours, succeeded in releasing her without much damage.

Another Leak In Cornwall Canal - The canal bank between Maple Grove and Mille Roches which caused so much trouble and expense to shipping and forwarding companies last autumn, has, it is reported, sunk three feet during the past week. A leakage has occurred where the recent bank was repaired, and fears are entertained of a similar slide in the near future.

Incidents Of the Day - The loss to the prop. Canada by going ashore at the Main Ducks during a fog has again caused mariners to point out the necessity of a fog whistle or bell in that vicinity.

This morning a vessel captain, while strolling along the front of the city, was heard humming the following words, which relates to the tribulations of schooners:

The weather's agin 'em,

The railroad's their foe,

Demurrage is wantin',

Unloadin' is slow,

Of charters there's nuthin',

All freights are too low,

And when it is foggy,

The foghorn don't blow!

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 11, 1889