The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 20, 1889

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The schr. Julia is loading barley for Oswego.

The schr. White Oak is loading barley for Oswego.

The schr. Jessie Breck has gone into winter quarters.

The schr. Emerald has gone to Toronto to lay up for the winter.

The canal business is dull. Not one vessel passed Port Colborne yesterday.

Davis' dry dock has been rented to the M.T. Co.

The steamer Isaac May and consorts are en route to Windsor with 2,100 tons of railroad iron.

The steamer Maud had so much freight to take to Cape Vincent yesterday that she was delayed nearly an hour in starting.

Capt. Tripp, of the schr. Van Straubenzie, at Brockville, loading lumber, fell through one of the hatchways last night and was considerably injured.

Many vessels are going into winter quarters much earlier than in previous years. Barley is so low in price that the farmers will not sell their grain and consequently shipments to Oswego are impossible.

Yesterday the steamer Rideau Belle went into winter quarters after her employees were paid off. Capt. Noonan says he has had a very successful season. He may make some improvements to his steamer this winter.

Capt. Geogehan, of the barge Kildonan, while at Montreal last week was presented with a specimen of pine timber from Norway by a captain of a steamer which he had helped to load with railroad iron. Capt. Geogehan brought it to Kingston with him yesterday. It is very heavy.

Yesterday as the schr. Fabiola was sailing into the harbor her main sheet got foul of a timber head on a barge belonging to the Montreal Transportation Company. The schr. broke the tow line of the barge and unshipped her bowsprit and tore all the hoops of her sail. She also lost her anchor.

The Big Crib Sunk - The great spur crib which has been building for two months or more at Oswego was sunk in its place outside the breakwater on Monday. The crib is said to be the largest ever built, and the peculiar method adopted for sinking it has proved to be a great success. It would have been impossible to put in enough stone in the usual way, in less than two or three days, and that length of quiet weather could not be counted upon. Any rough weather before the stone were in would have shifted the crib and destroyed its usefulness. Instead of taking this risk, the crib was loaded with 1,200 tons of stone while in the harbor, and when taken out it was independent of change of weather. The simple opening of two water gates sunk it to its place in less than thirty minutes. It is only necessary now to complete the filling with stone and lay the deck plank. The crib will be effective in breaking up the sea which caused trouble at the harbor entrance. The successful sinking of the crib in a manner entirely new, cannot fail to be regarded as a creditable thing to the engineers engaged in it.

Personal Mention - Mr. Adams, steamboat inspector, reached his office today for the first time in three weeks. He has been absent from the city during this period inspecting steamboats at Sault Ste. Marie and Georgian Bay.

General Paragraphs - Bunchwood on the steamer Deseronto caught fire on Monday and frightened many passengers. The flames were subdued after a hard fight.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 20, 1889