The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 27, 1890

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The props Acadia, Ocean and Persia called at Swifts yesterday.

The schr. Blake has gone into winter quarters at Port Dalhousie.

The str. Algonquin is expected to arrive tonight from Chicago with wheat.

The tug Charlie Ferris arrived last evening from Oswego with 2 barges coal-laden for Ottawa.

The schr. Sylvester Neelon, Collinsby to Sandusky, ice, passed through the Welland Canal Saturday.

Clearances: tug Thompson and 4 barges, Montreal, coal; sloop Woodduck, Clayton, lumber; schr. Laura D., Cape Vincent, peas.

The storm drum swings gayly to and fro in the east wind and the weather bureau is becoming desperate. The "nor'wester" will not materialize.

The prop. Cuba did not slow up enough yesterday when coming into the harbour, and as a result crashed into Swift's dock breaking the wharf badly.

This morning the Donnelly Wrecking & Salvage Company sent diver Malifant and outfit to Deseronto. He will work at the repairing of the str. Reliance sunk in the recent collision with the Resolute.

Arrivals: str. Armenia, Deseronto, shingles; schrs. Hanlan, Cape Vincent, light; Annie Falconer, Oswego, coal; sloop Idlewild, Hay Bay, barley; schr. Helen, Hamilton, sand; tug Charlie Ferris, Oswego, with barge Sexsmith in tow.

A circular, issued in 1835, to the shareholders of the str. William IV, has been shown around Gananoque. It gives the financial standing of the company. Because of improvements, there was no dividend declared. The str. William IV was built at Gananoque in 1832-3. The spot from which she was launched was just inside the southeast point of the bay, not far from where the railroad tracks now end. The boat was launched in the fall and remained at anchor in the bay till the following January, when a channel was cut in the ice, and she was taken around to a wharf where the railroad station is now, and the boiler and machinery placed in the hull. The boiler and engine, we believe, came from Oswego; they were brought over in the fall, and it was intended then to bring the boat around to the wharf, but the winter came on early, and she was frozen in before being moved. The job of cutting the channel was a laborious one, the ice being 4' thick, and the blocks having to be taken out of the water. The old William IV was a well-known boat on the river for 25 years, and was different from other boats in that she had 4 smoke-stacks. After a few years of general freight and passenger service, she fell into possession of Messrs. Calvin & Co., and was used as a tug. Her remains are in the marine graveyard at Garden Island.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 27, 1890