The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 1, 1890

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The schr. B.W. Folger is loading barley at Gananoque for Oswego.

The str. Picard, Chicago to Kingston, corn laden, reported at Port Colborne yesterday.

The str. Algerian has made her last trip between Toronto and Montreal. She will winter at Sorel, Quebec.

On Monday about 300,000 bushels of barley reached Oswego in 24 schooners and 2 propellers.

The captain and crew of the Canadian schr. Sligo deserted here, Friday night, on account of a dispute over wages. The matter was settled.

The str. Haselton was struck by the str. Resolute in Oswego and badly damaged. Her stanchions, rails, and upper decks were carried away.

The schr. Grantham has secured a coal charter from Erie to Kingston at $1.00 per ton. She took up barley from Napanee at 5 cents. The round trip will net $850.

The barge Dorchester is receiving general repairs on Davis dry-dock. A barge laden with broomhandles for Oswego, sunk at Kingston Mills, will be placed on the dock tomorrow for repairs.

The last western boat of the season going up to Toronto left Tuesday. The last down boat left Toronto today. The traffic on this route during the season is reported as having been better than last.

Clearances: tug Bronson and 6 barges, Montreal, coal; barges Maggie and Jennie, Oswego, barley; barge L'Union, Montreal, 125 tons phosphate; schr. Annandale, Charlotte, ties; schr. Garibaldi, Oswego, lumber.

The str. Armstrong was towed from the Ogdensburg marine railway to the lower harbor, where the pine work will be put on. She has her upper works now like those of the South Eastern, and looks little worse of the excursion boat of 2 years ago.

Arrivals: tug Thompson and 4 barges, Montreal, light; tug Bronson and 4 barges, Montreal, light; barge Moravian and scow Minnie, Wolfe Island, barley; barge Kingston, Amherst Island, barley; Persia, St. Catharines; schr. Fleetwing, Charlotte, coal; tug Charley Ferris and barges A.E. and W.H. Sexsmith, Oswego, coal for Ottawa; scow Carleton, Cape Vincent, light.

The steam yacht Nightingale, here yesterday, is owned by S.J. Johnson, Clayton. She is 82' overall, 14' beam, and a 6' hold. She has a flush deck and a cabin aft capable of sleeping a party of ten, and a cabin forward. Below are the kitchen and dining room and berths for 8. The yacht is calculated to accomodate about 20, and was built to carry 8 skiffs on her upper deck. Her speed is about 13 1/2 miles per hour.

Last week Mr. Davis commenced the construction of a new steamboat for Folger Bros. She will be for the especial use of small excursion parties. The keel has been laid and part of the frame will be up in a few days. The boat will be 60' long and have a 14' beam. The boiler will be built in the Kingston foundry and the engine will probably be compounded. Her capacity will be 100 passengers. She will be built of rock elm and tamarack. She will cost $3000 and her speed will be 12 miles an hour.

Some months ago the big 4-masted schr. Magnetic, Cleveland, loaded with 2,000 tons of iron ore, sunk near the Soo so that she had 10' of water over her decks. The contract was taken by Tom Murphy, the price agreed on being $15,000, and he decided to raise her, cargo and all; so he put his pumps on the deck underwater and began pumping; but she did not raise; then was added an air compressor to force air into the hull, and in a very short time they were rewarded by seeing her float, and not one pound of cargo had been removed. This is the first achievement of this feat on record, and it will revolutionize future appliances.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 1, 1890