The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 17, 1870

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There has been very little doing in the shipping business during the past four days; but according to accounts a very busy time may be expected shortly, a considerable number of vessels being reported on their way from Lake Erie, detained for want of a favourable wind.

Montreal Transportation Company's wharf - The prop City of London, touched on Saturday and lightened 3,737 bush wheat before proceeding to Montreal. The schrs Union Jack, from Chicago, 15,308 bush wheat, and Annandale, from Cleveland, 12,835 bush do, arrived here since Friday. The barque Arabia, with 300 tons salt, for Chicago, sailed on Sunday morning, and the schr J.G. Woodruff is now taking in 375 tons pig iron, for the same destination. The tug Glide, and three barges laden with pig iron, arrived from Montreal this morning.

Gurney & Glidden's wharf - The tug Elswood and barges Miner and Cygnet, 100 tons iron ore each, and Mineral, laden with bark, for Hamilton's tannery, arrived from the Rideau Canal. The steam barge Nile discharged 25 cords of shingle wood from Merrickville, and the sloop Vision and schr Richardson, are loading barley from Richardson's storehouse for Oswego.

James Swift & Co's wharf - The regular Mail steamer Kingston passed down on Sunday morning for Montreal, and strs Spartan, Osprey and prop East, up for Hamilton and Toronto.

James H. Henderson & Co.'s wharf - The barges Thrush and Linnet left on Saturday evening for Montreal with a combined cargo of 36,000 bush wheat, and the sloop George Saffell, from Dresden, with 4,500 bush do, and barge Tiger laden with coal, arrived here today.

Vessels Bound Downward - Reports from Detroit today contain another large list of grain vessels bound downward, mostly for Buffalo and Oswego. Should the weather continue favourable a fleet will be collected in Lake Erie as none have passed up since the 10th inst.

Lake Freights - Chicago, Oct. 14th - A lively demand existed for grain vessels on change, a total of thirteen engagements being effected. Only a fair number of vessels were offered. Barley to Oswego, 11c.

Milwaukee, Oct. 14th - Grain freights are firm and higher. A number of charters, some on private terms, are reported today. A scarcity of vessels is complained of.

Toledo, Oct. 14th - The harbour here is entirely clear of grain carrying vessels, the last having sailed yesterday afternoon. There is a moderate demand, and great difficulty experienced in making engagements.

Grain Freights - The scarcity of vessels for grain carrying purposes at Chicago continues, and freights have accordingly advanced from 11c to 13c per bushel to Oswego and Kingston.

Police Court - William McCray, an American sailor, was charged with assaulting James Kingston, another sailor, by stabbing him with a knife. (followed by details of incident) "The magistrate, taking a lenient view of the case, fined the prisoner $10 and costs. The magistrate again expressed his determination to deal severely with all cases of breaches of the peace by sailors, which are so frequent each year at this season. The law gives the magistrate absolute jurisdiction in such cases."

Police Court - On Saturday afternoon Michael Foley, Terence O'Neil and William Hines were charged with assault. John McCummisky was sworn and said - I know the prisoners, they are deck hands on the steamer Rochester; I am employed as wheelsman on the same vessel. On Thursday evening last while I was sitting near the shaft of the steamer the prisoners came towards me; they were partially intoxicated, when near enough O'Neil struck me, and when I arose to defend myself, the other two prisoners also assaulted me, and I should have been badly beaten by them had not Mr. Crawford, purser of the boat, interfered in my behalf; I gave the parties no provocation. Robert Crawford was sworn and corroborated the evidence of the last witness. The prisoners were found guilty and were fined, Hines $1 and costs or 5 days in gaol; Foley $2 and costs or 18 days; and O'Neil $3 and costs or fifteen days in gaol.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 17, 1870