The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 17, 1890

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p.1 General Paragraphs - Work at Portsmouth shipyard has ceased and will not be resumed until March 4th.

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p.2 Shipment of Timber - The following amounts of timber from the United States were rafted from July 1st to date by the Calvin company, Garden Island, for Quebec: oak, 13,060 pieces; pine, 10,244 pieces; white wood, 273 pieces; longitudinals, 1,045,478 feet; pipe staves, 12,822 pieces; ash, 11 pieces; poplar, 4 pieces; walnut, 53 pieces; elm, 220 pieces; West India staves, 19,030 pieces.

Incidents of the Day - The str. Armstrong is at work carrying cars from Ogdensburg to Prescott.

The Folger Bros. sold the schr. Julia to Capts. O'Hagan and Savage, of Picton, for $2,500.

The steel plates for the new tug to be built by the Collinsby rafting company are en route from Scotland.

p.4 Incidents of the Day - Work at the Portsmouth shipyard has ceased and will not be resumed until March 4th.

Capt. Daniel M. Becker died recently at Cleveland. He was born near Cape Vincent, N.Y. The last vessel he sailed was the A. Everett.

The case against the owner of the steamer Reindeer, for carrying more passengers than allowed by law on her excursions up the bay last summer, will be tried in the Napanee courts next Monday.

An eight per cent dividend has been declared by the Alexandria Bay steamboat company. The officers of the board of directors are: W.W. Butterfield, president; ? C. Cornwall, secretary and J.F. Walton, treasurer. Improvements on the boats are contemplated.


The Craft In Port - The Business of the Year Was Good.

Schooners - Annie Falconer, Grantham, Jessie Breck, S.H. Dunn, Singapore, B.W. Folger, Julia, Queen of the Lakes, Ella Murton, Minnedosa, Glenora, Gaskin, Kildonan, Ed. Blake and Southampton.

Steamers - Norseman, Hero, Corsican, Spartan, Glengarry, St. Lawrence, Islander, Maynard, Princess Louise, Scotia, Pierrepont, Maud.

Tugs - Walker, Glide, Jessie Hall, Bronson and D.G. Thompson.

At Garden Island - strs. D.D. Calvin, Armenia, Hiram Calvin, Chieftain, Traveller, John A. Macdonald and Wm. Johnston. Schrs. - Valentia, Bavaria, Prussia, Norway and Denmark.

The past season was profitable. The boats engaged in carrying timber did well, not only in lumber freights alone, but because during last winter they laid in cargoes of ice and therefore their first trip up, instead of being light, was at good rates. Then again, when lumber carrying was over, the McKinley bill agitation caused barley to be rushed across the water, when rates were high. The forwarders started out well, but in midsummer a lull set in. They waited patiently for the north-west crop, but it did not arrive when expected, so the barges were put into the coal trade. The forwarders, however, expect a big rush of north west grain in the spring. Considerable up freight was carried during the season, the M.T. company alone carrying some 30,000 tons of railroad iron.

District Dashes - John Edwards has severed his connection with the Deseronto ship yard with which he has been prominently connected during the past twenty four years.

p.7 Quickly Called To Rest - Augustus Thibodo was born in Kingston; his father "came from Quebec and was one of the earliest shipbuilders locating at Brown's Bay, Wolfe Island. Here various ships were erected and a large vessel called the "Two Sisters," as well as numerous Durham boats built. Shortly after the completion of the "Two Sisters" Mr. Thibodo's father died...."

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p.2 Incidents of the Day - The prop. Ocean has been receiving extensive repairs at St. Catharines as has also the prop. Persia.

Capt. Daley has been a commander on the lakes twenty-three seasons and has never had an accident.

A new barge for the lake and river trade, to be towed by the steamer Nile, is being built in Deseronto. She will be 25 feet beam, 109 feet long and seven foot hold. She will carry 2,000,000 feet of lumber.

p.4 Incidents of the Day - The str. Alexandria cleared about $1,500 during last season.

The tug Thistle, at Picton, will be overhauled during the winter. Her hull was rebuilt at Hepburn's shipyard.

The case of Donnelly & Son, wreckers, vs. Myers was argued at Osgood hall on Friday and decided in favor of the plaintiff, with full costs.

Capt. Nicholson, of the steamer Norseman, is studying dentistry, and next fall will enter a dentist's college in New York for the purpose of completing his profession.

The schr. Picton was the last to navigate the bay this season. She carried a load of lumber from Deseronto to Charlotte, and the weather being so cold they were compelled to chop the deck load loose.

Men are busy sawing a channel through the ice at Deseronto to allow the schr. Baltic, coal laden, to proceed to Napanee. It is thought that if she gets to Unger's Island she can proceed, with little difficulty, to her destination.

Point Peter Fog Alarm - A fog horn, operated by steam and compressed air established by the government at the light station at Point Peter, on the north shore of Lake Ontario, in the county of Prince Edward and province of Ontario, is in operation. The horn will sound blasts of nine seconds' duration with intervals of twenty-eight seconds between them. The fog alarm building stands close to the light house tower, on the lake side, and is of wood, painted white, with a brown roof. The horn is elevated sixteen feet above the level of the lake.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 17, 1890