The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 17, 1866

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p.2 Another Man Drowned - A hand on the sloop Vision, owned on Wolfe Island, was drowned off that vessel at Poplar Point, near South Bay in the storm of Monday last. His name is Patrick Anderson, of this city. He was swept off with half the deck load of lumber, and was seen once after going overboard, but no assistance could be rendered him. The Vision weathered the storm with the loss of her canvas.


A despatch was received in this city, yesterday, which would indicate that the Secretary of the Treasury has issued an order prohibiting Canadian vessels from carrying grain destined for Oswego to Port Colborne. A similar order was issued under the Buchanan administration, but it was so obnoxious to the West, and so injurious to Western interests, that it was withdrawn, and, for the last five or six years, Canadian vessels have carried grain to Port Colborne as freely as to Kingston or any other Canadian port.

As most of our readers in commercial circles know, it is contrary to law for a Canadian vessel to trade between one United States port and another; but as Port Colborne is a Canadian port, there can be no violation of the law in this case. But it is contended that because the cargo is destined for a United States port - most of the grain received there has been transported to Port Dalhousie by the Welland railway, and shipped on board vessels to Oswego - therefore, the spirit of the law is violated. Furthermore, it is contended that, since the abrogation of the Reciprocity Treaty, the whole aspect of the case has changed, and that we are now operating on a different basis. But this ought not to affect the case in point a particle. The Grand Trunk railway carries flour from Detroit to Portland, via Montreal, daily; and if so, why not carry grain to Oswego, via Port Colborne? But above all legal technicalities stand the great producing interests of the West. We look upon this order, if issued, as an attempt to force shipments to Buffalo, and consequently to cause an advance in the rates of freight; and we need not inform our readers that every dollar taken from the merchant for freights has to be paid by the farmer. At present Canadian vessels carry corn to Port Colborne at 1/2 cent per bushel below the rate to Buffalo. This enables Oswego to compete with Buffalo; and if we prevent Canadian vessels from carrying this grain to Port Colborne, the rates of freight will be forced even higher than the present difference of 1/2 cent per bushel, and every cent of advance on freight has to be deducted from the price which the producer gets for his grain.

We trust, therefore, that if the Secretary of the Treasury has really issued such an order, he will speedily make amends by withdrawing it. He is a Western man - at least was so before he went to Washington - and we should be sorry to see him lend himself to New York schemers for the purpose of damaging Western farmers and producers. [Chicago Republican]

The Loss of Life On the Lake - It turns out that in addition to Boyce and Barton there was but one more hand (Coulter) drowned from the barges wrecked on Monday last. All the hands on board Jack O'Shea's barge were saved but had not been heard from when the telegrams were first sent on here. A letter from Dr. Evans of Picton to the High Baliff states that an inquest was held on the bodies of Boyce and Barton, but in consequence of the negligence shown by the captain of the tug in not going to their assistance, the inquest has been adjourned for further evidence. The letter of Dr. Evans also states that the wrecking occurred off Long Point and that the barge (No. 23) belonged to Mr. Berry of Kingston.

Large Cargo - The propeller America passed westward yesterday with one of the largest cargoes of the season. She had on board 136 hogs heads and 70 tierces of sugar for a firm in Toronto, and 40 tons of iron for the same firm, together with 140 tons of miscellaneous freight, and 30 cabin passengers. Besides the above 30 tons of merchandize had been landed from the steamer at Prescott on the way up.

Police Court - James Eccles, jr., was charged by the captain of the tug Ellen Jeffers with larceny. Witness stated that, on Saturday last, he put away thirty-seven dollars on board his vessel in the cabin near where he usually slept; the money was put in a satchel, which was not locked, and both satchel and money were there at twelve o'clock on Monday. On awaking from sleep about four o'clock on the afternoon of Monday, the money, with the exception of two and a half dollars, was gone; the prisoner having in the meantime been in the cabin while witness slept. This took place at Mill Point where the vessel lay. The prisoner was a hand on the schooner Lily. The only person left on board the tug was a cabin boy who swore that no one went into the cabin except the prisonerl; other persons might have gone on board but did not go into the cabin. The prisoner was remanded until Saturday morning, to admit of the evidence being laid before the County Attorney for his opinion. Mr. C.V. Price appeared for the prisoner.

The Rothsay Castle - The Rothsay Castle, an iron Clyde-built vessel, passed up on Wednesday evening, after touching here, on her way to Toronto. She is intended to run between Toronto and Hamilton, in connection with the Great Western Railway. Built expressly for speed, she is peculiarly noticeable for the qualities of a fast sailer. She is 199 feet in length, with 19 feet beam, has a depth of hold of between seven and eight feet, draws less than four feet of water, and has patent feathering paddles. Her speed is stated at twenty miles an hour. She is intended for carrying passengers, having been fitted with an upper deck at Montreal, thus materially changing her original appearance.

Yacht Race - A race is in contemplation between the yachts John A. Macdonald and the Flora Temple, the latter being only five tons burthen, and owned by a person at the main Ducks. The match is for $100 a side, to come off within a month, the course to be from this harbor round Simcoe Island and back. The Humming-bird will go in "on her own hook," to try her speed against the other two.

Imports - 15-17.

The Mayor's Pic-Nic - on steamer Watertown to Cape Vincent.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 17, 1866