The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 30, 1870

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On Monday night last the schooners Governor and D.L. Barker, the former bound down, laden and the latter up, light, came into collision in the channel, between Clayton and Cape Vincent. The Governor was badly damaged.

The schooner Gazelle, with a cargo of grain from Brighton to Oswego, of which some doubts were entertained of her safety, arrived yesterday at her destination in good condition. The length of time occupied by the trip, eleven days, was occasioned by the vessel having to put into South Bay for shelter.

The steamer Rochester makes her last trip from Belleville to Kingston today. The propeller Europe passed down with a general cargo for Montreal this morning.

The Steamer Picton - The new steamer Picton, built for the Bay of Quinte and River St. Lawrence Steam Navigation Company, has arrived at Picton from Millpoint, having in tow the dismantled steamer Ottawa, which she replaces next spring on the route from Trenton to Montreal. The dimensions of the new vessel are:- Length, 172 feet; width of hull 26 feet 6 inches; width over all, including paddle boxes, 45 feet; nominal burden 275 tons. She has a greater carrying capacity, and is expected to make at least three miles an hour more than the St. Helen, of the same line.


The only American steamers which have been running on Lake Ontario during the past season are those of the Northern Transportation Company, which has just stopped payment. If this company cannot make an arrangement with its creditors so as to go on as usual next season, the Lake will be wholly in the hands of the Canucks, so far as steam vessels are concerned. Such is probably another effect of a tariff which makes everything artificially dear, and having already killed the American ocean fleet, is now destroying the Lake trade. The Canadian proprietors have not for some time had much to boast of in the way of profits; but they have kept afloat, and some of them - the Inland Navigation Company among them - are reported to have this year done a better and more profitable business than in preceding seasons, though the company has always paid dividends. The Northern Transportation line ran from Ogdensburg to all the American Lake ports, and from Oswego to New York. Its liabilities are $400,000, and its assets in steamers, etc. are valued at $1,200,000. It is represented that the stoppage of the company, in spite of the low rates at which it had been carrying, was quite unexpected. Referring again to the Canadian Inland Company, we are happy to learn that their vessels are now safely housed for the winter, the Corinthian having arrived here yesterday morning. As the season has gone by without accident, the company saves some $10,000 in insurance, as they have this season been their own insurers, except against fire. In order to avoid marine risks, they have already planked the iron bottom of the Passport, so as to prevent the extreme danger of touching rocks, which is experienced by iron ships in channels like those of the St. Lawrence. The Corinthian, and the Spartan, which is also here, are to go to Mr. Cantin's yard, there to be treated in the same manner as the Passport, so that they will be brought up to the character of composite ships, and such accidents as that at Split Rock last year will not, it is believed, occur again. [Montreal Herald]

Police Court - Edward Belgate was charged by Mr. Robert Makins with obtaining goods under false pretenses, ie. for the schooner Flying Scud, now laid up, on which he was engaged in the capacity of cook during the summer. He was remanded until Thursday morning.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 30, 1870