The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 17, 1868

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p.2 Marine - The repairs on the barque Arabia, now on the Marine Railway, are rapidly progressing, and will probably be completed in the course of 10 days. The repairs will be most thorough, and includes a new centreboard, kelson, the keel deepened, and a large amount of new timbers put in, replacing the decaying and damaged and also a new mainmast. It is expected the shipyard will be kept in constant work, as there is an intention of setting the hands to work on a batch of new steam barges, which a commercial firm of this city contemplates building. At present the intention of the firm is to get out the required timbers at Montreal to be forwarded to Kingston, where they will be put together, and the barges receive their engines and works, and be completed. When finished, these barges will be put into the grain carrying trade, for which they are admirably adapted, and which are at no very distant day destined to supersede schooners and vessels of that class in the same trade. The season being rapidly advanced to its close, and advantageous freight being, just now, difficult to procure, several small craft are making preparations to lay up for the winter, and by the close of the present week the pressure of the Lake trade will be over. Should the wind be propitious for the arrival of the grain vessels now on their way down, the forwarders here will have despatched the bulk of their business in about ten days.

The Charity Shoals - These shoals, on which the schooner S. Richardson (sic) struck yesterday, situated a little east of Pigeon Island, are much dreaded by the mariners of the lakes, who are constantly complaining that no light has been yet placed as a beacon upon the island. Every year a vessel or two is lost there, while very many touch upon portions of the shoal which in their present unmarked state it is difficult to avoid, and receive more or less damage. A light upon the desired point would nearly complete the necessary chain of beacons of the shoals and islands of the entrance to the harbor of Kingston and the St. Lawrence, and make plain the passage from the lake outside.

The First of the Grain Fleet - The schooner Annandale arrived this afternoon, being the first of the fleet detained by the late break in the Welland Canal. She left the canal on Saturday morning, and has experienced head winds almost the whole trip. She reports the schooners Cambria, Drake, Dane and Clayton Belle, grain laden, throught the canal. The Annandale was built at Messrs. Carruthers & Co's ship yard, and launched last summer.

Schooner Ashore - The schooner M. O'Gorman is reported by telegraph ashore at Rondeau, Lake Erie.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 17, 1868