The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 3, 1889

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The schr. Hanlan has secured another cargo of barley for Oswego.

The schr. Fleetwing passed up this morning from Grindstone Island with stone for Toronto.

The prop. Myles had a very rough trip to Hamilton, reaching there on Sunday night. The engineer had to stand by the throttle all the way up the lake.

The schrs. Ella Murton and O. Mowat, from Brockville and Ogdensburg, arrived in tow of the str. Chieftain. The Murton will winter here, and the Mowat will likely sail to the west.

The yacht Gracie, after a successful season of nine months, was hauled out this morning. The Gracie, a fast sailing yacht, will make a bold attempt to win the yacht association's cup next year.

In the recent storm, one of the large chains around the two pontoons attached to the Armstrong was broken. The men are now waiting for two small pontoons, undergoing repairs at Collinsby. When these arrive work will be commenced at once as Mr. Leslie is anxious to get the Armstrong raised, if possible, before the ice forms.

The schr. Snowbird, commanded by Capt. Andy Beard, and Mary (Capt. Gluhin) are still missing. It is believed that they are lying in some sheltered place along the coast waiting for the wind to veer from the west to the east. If after the wind shifts eastward nothing is heard of the vessels inside of a few days, something has happened. The Vienna has turned up in Port Hope.

The Commissioner's Report - The commissioner appointed by the government to enquire into the circumstances which led to the drowning of the captain and seven of the crew of the barge Bavaria, near Point Peter, Lake Ontario, on May 28th last, has forwarded his report to the marine department. The finding of the commissioner is that if the men had remained on board the vessel they would have been safe, as the action of the waves beached her uninjured. He reports the masters of the Valencia and Norway as deficient in seamanship, in not having the hatches of their vessels battened, but that their neglect did not occasion loss of life; but in view of their conduct afterwards in doing all they could to bring their vessels into port, he recommended that they only be ? . The master of the str. Calvin is commended for his action in sticking by the barges when they were at the mercy of the waves.

Incidents Of The Day - Today the steamer Hero started up the Bay of Quinte on her last trip after a most successful season. On Saturday evening she had a trying voyage between Picton and Belleville, encountering large fields of ice. She managed to break her way through.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 3, 1889