The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 19, 1890

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p.1 The Hero's Officers - are complimented. [Napanee Express]


Clearances: schr. Baltic, Oswego, light; schr. Grantham, Toledo, light.

The schr. Nellie Hunter has been chartered to carry coal to Astabula, freight 60 cents.

Arrivals: schr. Julia, Oswego, 209 tons coal; schr. H. Dudley, Charlotte, 447 tons coal.

Capt. Henning, of schr. Marie Annette, got married.

The barge Hiawatha, built by the Calvin Company at Garden Island for the Kingston and Montreal forwarding company, is ready for service and will soon be engaged in the river carrying trade. The craft is finely built and cost about $20,000. It is 180' long, 30' beam, and 12' hold, 30,000 bushel capacity.

The Calvin Company, Garden Island, is making preparations for the building of a timber schooner, which promises to be one of the finest in Canadian waters. The material will be of the finest quality. She will be 210' by 37' by 16'. She will be thoroughly equiped for lake services and will be ready for next year. The craft will cost about $45,000.

The schr. Kate arrived in Oswego, says the Times, from the Bay of Quinte in a disabled condition. On the way down she was met by a tug, which she took to be the Gordon, and in attempting to cross the bows of the schooner a collision took place. The tug struck the load of timber on the deck of the schooner and canted the logs around, carrying away the capstan, windlass, and nearly all the rigging on one side. The tug came back and picked up her tow and kept on up the bay. The Kate managed to get to Oswego in spite of her mishaps.

The steamer Algerian met with a slight mishap at Toronto yesterday when backing out. The Captain was under the impression that the stern line was fast, and gave the order to back. The line was loose, and the Algerian bumped against the wharf of the Toronto ferry company. The sheeting was stove in on her cover boards. The damage looked serious, but the officers did not take the trouble to investigate further than to try the rudder chains and ascertain that they worked all right. One of the crew gaily shook his finger through an aperture made in the break as the Algerian moved out. The corner of the wharf was badly smashed by the tremendous weight of the vessel.

The St. Catharines Journal has enquired from Messrs. Muir, Norris, Shickluna and Neelon the causes of the decline of shipping on the lakes. The unanimous opinion is that the inability of large vessels to reach Montreal is at the bottom of the trouble, while some shipowners add that the high rates charged for transhipment at Kingston by the transportation company is a factor. Another point raised is the delay at Kingston. One of the shippers interviewed says: "A large vessel arrives at Buffalo with a cargo of 180,000 bushels of grain. Her cargo is discharged by the elevators, and she is off on her return trip up the lake with a cargo of 2,000 tons of coal in about 36 hours from the date of her arrival. To do such work in Kingston would occupy about seven days." What the shipowners want is enlarged canals. These they are to have. The grain can be discharged at Kingston with almost as quick despatch as at Buffalo. The St. Catharines men talk nonsense when they talk otherwise.

A child was christened on str. Hero near foot of Wolfe Island.

At the Cobourg yacht races the White Wings led in the first class with the Oriole second. The Yama was first in the second class with the Merlo? second, and the Nancy got first place in the third class. All these winners will be in the Kingston races. There was a lively breeze.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 19, 1890