The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 26, 1890

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The rate on coal from Oswego to Kingston is 25 cents per ton.

The schr. Ella Murton is loading coal at Charlotte for Kingston.

The str. Khartoum is doing fairly well on route from Wolfe Island, Simcoe Island and Kingston.

Arrivals: prop. Algonquin, Superior, 67,000 bush wheat; tug Eleanor, Oswego, 2 barges in tow.

The schrs. Minnedosa and Kildonan are being loaded with railroad iron for Port Arthur. They will clear next Tuesday.

The yacht Nirvana, which ran ashore on the Main Ducks some weeks ago, is again on the river, having been thoroughly repaired.

The schr. Hanlan, sunk at Fairhaven piers and raised by the Ferris, is on Goble's dock, Oswego. The damage is not as extensive as at first supposed.

The str. Armstrong is being thoroughly repaired. It is stated that the Armstrong will be placed on the ferry between Brockville and Morristown when repaired.

Capt. Porte, of the str. Varuna, denies, by letter, that the Rathbun Co. of the Deseronto navigation company have made advances of any kind for the purchase of the steamer.

A lively race occurred from Round Island to Clayton between the strs. Pilgrim and Jessie Bain. They ran side by side all the way up, and it would be a hard matter to determine which boat possesses the most speed.

The new steam yacht in the course of construction by S.G. Johnston, Clayton, was launched on Tuesday. She has been named the Nightingale. She is eighty-one feet overall and fourteen feet beam. She is built entirely of oak. Her machinery was built by Skinner and Arnold of Albany.

The yacht Ruth left here yesterday for Oswego, where she is owned. She is handsomely fitted up, having all the latest improvements. In the stateroom she has hot and cold water. The owner, Swits Conde, and wife are on board, together with Messrs. J.S. Page, W.C. Gilson, J.C. Horbrouck, New York. She has a speed of 12 miles an hour.

The Buffalo underwriters have libelled the burned Chanango (Chenango ?) for about $17,000 to protect themselves for the expense paid for wrecking and towing her there against the claims of the steamers Eber Ward, Majestic and Tecumseh, which assisted in putting out the fire on her and towing her into shallow water off Erie. The wrecker was paid $15,000. The owners of the Tecumseh have sent in a bill for $25,000. The wreck will not bring $15,000 if sold at marshall's sale.

Bothered By Small Boats - The Utica Herald correspondent asked a steamboat man on the river if they were bothered very much by the small craft and he answered: "Yes; it is a wonder that we don't drown dozens of people every day, as there are many on the river who seem to take great delight in getting in the way of the steamers. Hardly a day passes but that we are either obliged to slow down or stop entirely in order to allow some of the many skiffs to get out of the main steamboat channel. Only last night," he continued, "we came near running down a skiff containing three ladies opposite Central Park. We whistled for them to give us room, but they paid no attention and we were obliged to stop entirely, in order not to run them down. There are also many small steam yachts which bother us a good deal. Last Sunday night as we were coming from Ogdensburg, there came near being an accident similar to the Catherine disaster. As we were coming through Jones' Narrows, below Brockville, about nine o'clock at night, a steam yacht darted out from one of the bays with no lights whatever, and had we not heard the exhaust of the steam we would have certainly run down the steamer, and the fifteen passengers which she carried would doubtless be today in similar positions to the Bradford party. Yes," the steamboat man concluded, "the summer sojourners at the St. Lawrence must be more careful in the future, or there will be no end to accidents and loss of life."

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 26, 1890