The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 8, 1889

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The steamer St. Lawrence will be put in the water tomorrow.

The schr. St. Louis has been chartered to carry wheat from Toledo to Kingston for 3 cents.

The Warner's Safe Cure yacht Siesta is at Horse Shoe Island with a fishing party on board.

The steamer Island Wanderer has had a wheel weighing one thousand pounds put in her. It was manufactured in Kingston. She can make good time with it.

Cleared: prop. St. Magnus, Chicago, light; tug Calvin, Montreal, 200,000 bush. grain; schr. Montcalm, Charlotte, light; prop. Clinton and consorts, Detroit, light.

Capt. John Irving, of the str. Modjeska, was fined $50 and costs in Toronto for a breach of the ferry by-law on July 12th. The Modjeska took a big load of orangemen from Hamilton, carrying 51 passengers more than is allowed her by law.

Arrivals: schr. Hanlan, Charlotte, coal; schr. Jessie, Adolphustown, sand; schr. Ella Martin (sic - Murton ?), Charlotte, 540 tons coal; Mary Lyon, Chicago, 25,000 bush. wheat; prop. Alma Munro, Montreal, general cargo; tug George Seymour, Ogdensburg, with the barges Scotland and James Buckley in tow, light; tug Col. By, Cape Vincent, barges Minnie and Thistle in tow, light.

A gentleman from Watertown, who owns one of the finest cottages at the Thousand Island Park, considers the Hero in her accommodation and cuisine surpassed by none and equalled by few. He particularly mentioned the excellent bill of fare, at such a reasonable charge, that was presented to those who patronized her dining room. The decorations of her saloon were also highly commended.

The steamer Armstrong lies in ninety-five feet of water, her stern embedded in ten feet of mud. The first thing done was to pass a line around the shaft at the stern so that by its means chain cables might be got under. It took a week to get the line down to the shaft. This was no easy task as the diver had to feel his way against a current running two miles per hour at that depth. Lines will now be passed amidships and forward, and when the cables are in position the two pontoons, long tubular iron buoys, will be sunk and attached, air will then be forced into them, thus expelling the water, when it is expected that the Armstrong will raise from her watery bed and after the necessary repairs once more take her place on the river service.


A pleasing incident occurred on Tuesday at Port Hope on the arrival of the steamer Algerian from Toronto on her way to Montreal. Capt. Trowell and the purser, G.W. Comer, were met at the wharf by a large number of the citizens and presented with bouquets of flowers as a tribute of esteem and the good will in which they are held. This was the first trip of the Algerian after her accident, and it was thought that no better opportunity could be found to show their appreciation of Captain Trowell's worth and abilities. During the many years Captain Trowell has been in command of the Algerian there has never been an accident to that boat, and there would probably not have been this time had it not been customary for the pilot to take charge coming up the river where the accident occurred.

The steamer passed here on Wednesday morning with over ninety passengers. She was not leaking a drop.

A Comet From Portsmouth - ...The Shoveller's nine and the Long pier nine play a baseball match on Saturday.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 8, 1889