The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 4, 1890

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p.1 Down In the Water - yawl boat upsets off Swift's wharf, 4 men saved.

By the New Route - On Saturday afternoon at five o'clock the str. Algerian left Swift's dock for Toronto going via the Murray canal. As this was the first time a mail line steamer tried the route there was considerable interest taken by the passengers in the trip. Capt. Hamilton, collector of customs here, and Capt. Howard, harbor master, Montreal, were on board. The latter gentleman took in the trip expressly to satisfy himself with regard to the new route. They say the trip was a delightful one. The steamer went up the Bay of Quinte passing Belleville and Trenton and then cruising to the mouth of the canal. There was considerable delay at the canal because the people connected with it did not expect the boat. Another drawback was that no lights were displayed at the mouth of the canal. Range lights are needed and will be supplied by the government. The greater part of the canal is straight and contains fourteen or fifteen feet of water. The difference in the time of making the trip to Toronto via the canal and going out side will be, when everything is in running order, about one hour. The canal will be very convenient and a safe passage for the mail steamers in stormy weather. Tows going up and down the lake in bad weather will take in this route. After getting through the canal there are plenty of ports to run into in case of bad weather occurring. The steamer reached Toronto at eight o'clock. The passengers were all delighted with the trip. Capts. Hamilton and Howard returned by train arriving this morning. They say that a heavy thunder storm occurred in Toronto yesterday afternoon and rain fell in torrents.


The schr. S.H. Dunn is at Garden Island with timber from Toledo.

The tug Jessie Hall arrived from Montreal last evening with 3 empty barges.

The schr. Grantham arrived at Garden Island this morning from Toledo with lumber.

The schr. Oliver Mowat passed Port Colborne from Sandusky to Kingston with coal.

The str. Homer passed Port Dalhousie, Saturday, from Chicago to Kingston with wheat.

The Pilgrim arrived early yesterday morning from Rochester. She had a large crowd on board.

The Calvin company have unloaded 11 timber vessels per week this season. The trade is theirs, apparently.

The schr. Lady Macdonald has been sold by W.H. Hargrave, Picton, to James O'Reilly, Sarnia, for $6,000 cash.

The steamer Armenia arrived at Garden Island yesterday with timber. The steamer Chieftain arrived from the river with 3 large coal barges.

Howard Folger, purser of the str. St. Lawrence, was in the city today. Howard is a great favorite down the river. Sailing apparently agrees with him.

The Montreal Transportation company has lost close on to $10,000 by the accident to the "Soo" canal. The boats lost a trip. The total loss by the delay will be a million dollars.

John Lake, owner of the Annie Gilbert, was charged with violating the Lord's day act in running the boat to Massassauga Park on Sunday last. A fine of $20 was imposed and paid.

The schr. W.G. Emery, bound from Fairhaven to Belleville with a load of coal, was struck by a squall, Friday, while out in the lake, which carried away the foretop mast. The damage will be repaired at Oswego.

According to returns Ottawa is credited with 233 barges and 101 steamers, a net tonnage of 22,861, coming next to Kingston, which has a total tonnage of 24,843, the largest registered in any port in Ontario.

On account of the heavy travel from Charlotte to Kingston and Alexandria Bay, Agent Schwendler, Rochester, telegraphed to Santatuck, Mich. for the str. James McVean. It is a propeller about the size of the Pilgrim. This will make a daily line, except Fridays, with two steamers every Saturday.

The steamer St. Lawrence arrived this morning with an excursion party from Alexandria Bay and Clayton. After touching here she proceeded to Picton. Capt. Vandusen, of the Julia, went on board here and piloted her up to Picton. The Julia's captain is a dandy and will no doubt soon command a steamer. The excursion was complimentary to Capt. Estes.

Some weeks ago the schr. Elgin was seized at Grand Haven for alleged smuggling of whiskey. The vessel was tied up and subsequently bonded and released. The stewart, however, was held. Friday the latter's wife arrived and endeavoured to satisfy Deputy Collector Dewey that her husband is being made the scape goat for the Elgin's crew. She alleges that the Elgin has been engaged in this sort of trade for a long time.

A close call between str. Norseman and prop Ocean while docking in Kingston.

p.2 The Shipping Returns - Report on Shipping, issued by department of Marine, figures, tonnage, value, etc.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 4, 1890