The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 29, 1890

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The barge Freemason is laid up at Gunn's wharf.

The str. Alexandria is being dismantled at Picton.

The schr. Neelon has gone into winter quarters at Sandusky.

Capt. Hargrave's vessel, schr. Lady Macdonald, will winter at Detroit.

The schr. Ella Murton is being dismantled and will go into winter quarters.

The schr. Singapore was to have cleared last night for Trenton to load barley.

Arrivals: sloop Minnie, Howe Island, grain; Ella Murton, Oswego, coal; sloop Laura D., Cape Vincent, light.

Clearances: sloop Woodduck, Wolfe Island, lumber; sloop Idlewild, Cape Vincent, peas; str. Alberta, Cape Vincent, light.

The schr. Gearing is unloading stone at the dry-dock from Belleville. Great quantities of this kind of stone are being used there.

The str. Marquis of Lorne towed the schr. Singapore to Trenton to load barley for Oswego. Freight 4 cents. She will carry 14,000 bushels.

Henry Folger won a new hat because the wrecking company failed to remove the schr. Polly M. Rodgers, wrecked on Pidgeon Island shore.

The prop. Lake Michigan arrived this morning from Montreal, her hull along the waterline showing the marks of where she had been struck by floating ice. At one point the indentation was so deep that it recquired to be patched up by a board. Most of the ice was encountered in the Beauharnois canal.

The dry-dock work is being rushed along while this excellent weather lasts, and until the snow comes, no one will be idle around the place. The keel blocks on which vessels will rest when inside have been laid and the walls are nearing completion. Messrs. Connolly are well satisfied with the way business is going.

Collinsby at present is a busy place. The rafting company has commenced the work of building a new steel tug, to take the place of the tug McArthur, burned last year. Over 40 men are employed at the work, including many boiler makers. For several weeks men have been engaged in repairing the pontoons. A large furnace is being built. It will be used for heating purposes.

The Pierrepont, with wrecking plant on board, has returned from the wreck of the schr. Polly M. Rodgers. The pumps were started on the vessel, but on account of some large leaks they were unable to get the water down more than 2 or 3 inches. After pumping for some time Capt. Donnelly decided to dismantle the vessel and return to the city. This was done, and the Pierrepont unloaded the pumps, chains, etc. at Folger's dock this morning. The spot where the wreck lies is open and unprotected as much so as if it were in the middle of the lake.

Navigation is closed so far as the river is concerned, though on the lakes it will be open for some time longer. The prop. St. Magnus, owned by A.M. Roberts, Hamilton, with 33,000 bushels of wheat from Port Arthur for Messrs. Ogilvy & Co., Montreal, has had to stop here and discharge at the Grand Trunk Railway on account of the Beauharnois canal being frozen over. A scaffold for the purpose of holding up the pipe of the elevator had to be built for the occasion. A Grand Trunk man was heard to say that 64 cars will be recquired to hold the cargo. This closes the season so far as the river is concerned. This season has been a late one as it is always considered risky to run on the river after the 20th of the month.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 29, 1890