The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 21, 1890

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p.1 Incidents of the Day - The str. Kathleen left Ottawa yesterday with 3 camping parties for the Rideau Lakes.

The schr. Antelope cleared last evening from Garden Island for Toledo to load pine timber.

The schooners Fleetwing, Sodus Point and Delaware, Fairhaven, are discharging coal at Swift's wharf.

The str. Armenia and schr. Norway from Lake Superior are discharging pine timber at Garden Island.

The Ottawa Free Press says: "Quite a lively row took place on one of the Kingston barges in tow of the tug Eleanor. Loud words and hard knocks were cordially exchanged and one of the participants made himself prominent enough to be arrested and he will appear in the police court."


The schr. Julia is loading grain at Richardson's elevator for Oswego.

The tug Jessie Hall, with 6 barges in tow, cleared for Montreal last night.

The schr. Finney arrived last night from Chicago with 19,280 bushels of corn.

The big Canada tug Wales, sunk at Tonawanda by collision, was raised this week.

The schr. B.W. Folger cleared last evening for Oswego to load coal for Kingston.

The str. Cuba was placed in the dry dock at Detroit in order that a survey might be held in connection with her.

The str. St. Louis and consorts, downward bound with grain from Chicago, are ashore on South Manitou Island.

I. Crommie, a sailor on the barge John Brenden, fell from the mainmast coming down the Detroit River and was seriously injured.

The prop. Glengarry and consorts and the tug Walker and tow, will arrive here on Monday from Toledo. Their cargoes total 300,000 bushels of grain.

The new barge Cornwall, launched last Monday, left on Thursday for Montreal with the largest load ever carried through the canal at 9'. She had a load of 35,280 bushels of grain.

The steam yacht Ben Hur will be taken to the St. Lawrence river next week. She will run between Fisher's Landing and the Thousand Islands park. The boat can easily make 10 miles an hour.

The schr. Marsh has been sold to Capt. John Ewart, owner of the schr. Albacore. The price paid for her has not transpired, but it is said that $4000 was refused for the schooner last fall. The Marsh is rated in Lloyd's as A2 1/4 and has a valuation there of $5,000. She was owned by Mr. Vinden, of Port Hope, who held the largest interest and Capt. Walter Colwell, who sailed her. It is probable that Capt. David Ewart, youngest son of Capt. John Ewart, will sail the Marsh.

Early this morning, after a successful trip, the canal steambarge Marian and barges Breaky, Ladoo, Wellington Smith and Winona arrived with 1,000 tons of coal from Hoboken, N.Y., for Ottawa. The coal was consigned by Messrs. Perry and Alger, who intend running a line of barges in the coal trade between New York and Kingston and Ottawa, if the trade will warrant it in this direction and if the expenses of the trip are not too high. This is the first trip that has been made on the new route and so far is highly satisfactory.

The steambarge and 4 barges came across the lake without experiencing any trouble. As it is only customary for a steambarge and 2 barges laden to venture across the lake from Oswego those who saw the Marian leave Oswego predicted that disaster would happen to the fleet.

The Commodore is Capt. Percy, who was purser on the mail line steamers for many years. The trip was made from Oswego in 22 hours.

The barges came up the Hudson river, through the Erie Canal to Syracuse and from there to Oswego then across the lake to the city.

The barges were brought across at the rate of 4 miles an hour. The engine in the Marian is a 100 h.p. and the boiler is of Scotch design.

The steambarge is entirely new, only being in existance for 8 months. On her trial trip she ran from Buffalo to New York, 500 miles in 5 days. Last winter she was in service on Chesapeake Bay, North Carolina and Virginia. She carried mail and railway ties. The boats will not leave here until Monday.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 21, 1890