The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 29, 1870

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p.2 The Steamer Corsican - The new composite steamer Corsican, of the Inland Navigation Company, left Montreal this morning at six o'clock with a full load of freight, on her first trip westward, and will touch at Kingston tomorrow afternoon at 4 o'clock on her way up the lake.

Detentions On The Lake - The steamer Rochester, from Charlotte and Oswego, due here on Friday morning, has not yet arrived, no cause being attributed for the delay other than that she was windbound or damaged in some way by the gale of Thursday. The Royal Mail steamer Corinthian passed up from Montreal last night at 12 o'clock, having been detained there by the transferring of cargo; and the steamer Kingston, which left Toronto yesterday afternoon, only reached here today at noon. The latter boat experienced very rough weather on her trip upwards.

The Barque Pride of America - The barque Pride of America, stranded on Point Frederick during the heavy gale, nearly two weeks ago, was pulled off this morning by the united strength of the four Government steamers, Hercules, William, Wellington and Hiram A. Calvin. The wrecking party and steamers were engaged yesterday afternoon and last evening until after dark at this work, but beyond swinging the stern into the water nothing more was effected until today, when she was floated with great difficulty and after several unsuccessful attempts, and now lies anchored in the harbour opposite the Military Cottages. Messrs. Calvin & Breck's contract taken for the clearance of the vessel was for $1,500. Late in the afternoon, the captain telegraphed to St. Catherines to say that as the Marine Railway here would be occupied for eight days, the vessel would sail, fair wind, for that place to undergo repair.


The traffic on the Rideau Canal has been considerable this year. Notwithstanding the scarcity of water at the summit level, large quantities of shingles and shingle bolts, lumber, firewood, iron ore and manufactured commodities are continually passing there, and the traffic has increased considerably.

Advantage has been taken of the low water at the summit to make considerable repairs at the Narrows, and other stations. At the Narrows, the Bulk head is being renewed, the dam strengthened, and the masonry and gates repaired. It is intended to make considerable improvement to the works of Newboro, at Poonamalie, the outlet of the Rideau Lake, considerable improvements are made, the embankments are raised and faced with stone, the dam strengthened and repaired. And at Smith's Falls three pairs of new gates are now being framed, preparatory to be put in their places as soon as navigation closes. There is also an extra bulk head made in the dam to facilitate the passage of water during the spring freshets, and this will do away with any danger of flooding in times of very high water.

There are also one pair of new gates to be put in at each of the following stations respectively, namely:- Nicholson's, Hogsback and Hartwell's, the timber for which is now on the ground. A swing bridge of a new and more improved plan is to be placed across the lock at Maitlands to replace the old one now in use, the timber for which is now prepared. These works are all done by a gang of experienced mechanics, who are kept at work nearly all the time, it being found that the work is better done, and much more satisfactorily than if given out by contract.

At Burritt's Rapids a new bulk head was constructed this fall, to replace the one carried off by the ice and high water last spring. The embankments have been raised and strengthened, and the dam repaired. At Merrickville, too, a number of improvements and repairs have been done lately.

These works have been performed under the superintendance of Mr. F. Abbott, the overseer of works on the line of canal, and will greatly add to the facilities for passing vessels through to Kingston. [Ottawa Free Press]

p.4 Accident To A Timber Raft - belonging to Calvin & Breck, struck against one of the piers of Victoria Bridge, 17 men on board, all saved. [Montreal Gazette]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 29, 1870