The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 1, 1872

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p.1 Hyslop & Ronald's new propeller Mary R. Robertson was successfully launched on Monday afternoon, about 2:30, from their shipyard at Chatham. She is a handsome staunch craft. Her machinery is built in Hyslop & Ronald's best style, on the new compound style. Hyslop & Ronald's new propeller City of Chatham is also nearly ready to sail. Also, two large vessels for the lumber trade will soon be ready for sea. Ship-building looks brisk here. The dredging of the bar at the mouth of our river is now all we require to make this place the Clyde of Canada.

p.2 Marine News

-The harbour is still filled with floating ice, which greatly impedes navigation.

-Jones and Miller's wharf - The schooner Frank D. Barker is loading railroad iron for Chicago.

-Montreal Transportation Company's wharf - The schooner Ionia, from Port Hope, with 4,000 bushels of peas, and propeller America, from Toledo, with 14,000 bushels of corn, arrived here today.

-Messrs. Coulthurst and Macphie's wharf - Arrivals since yesterday morning:- Schooner Eureka, from Toronto, 10,176 bushels of wheat; Marionette, do., 14,000 bushels of wheat; Paragon, do., 11,612 bushels of wheat; and Australia, 7,611 bushels of the same grain. Departures:- Barque Jessie Drummond and propeller Ocean, whose destination have been already reported. The schooner Ellen, with a cargo of 100 tons of pig iron, sailed for Hamilton today.

-Messrs. James Swift and Co's wharf - The steamer Spartan arrived last evening at 7 o'clock from Prescott and left this morning at 3 ? o'clock for Toronto and Hamilton. The steamer Corinthian will leave this evening for the same ports. The steamer St. Helen reached here from Picton this morning, and after discharging a portion of her cargo, proceeded to Montreal. The propellers Granite State and Cleveland, two of the craft wedged in the ice in the American channel, passed up the Bay of Quinte to gain an outlet to Lake Ontario.

-Messrs. Holcomb and Stewart's wharf - The propeller American, consigned to the Montreal Transportation Company, is unloading her cargo here into barges.

Marine Railway - The schooner Alvina, after being launched from the ways, sailed for Cape Vincent, light.

-The steamer Watertown made the regular trip to Gananoque today.

An Arctic Voyage On Lake Ontario - A few days since we referred to a number of propellers which were reported to be wedged in the ice in the attempt to force a passage to the open water above Nine Mile Point. Unsuccessful in their efforts to accomplish this design, some turned back, and passed to their destination via Bay of Quinte. Two of these steamers have arrived at Oswego, and from statements made by passengers, who were detained five days in an ice floe, to the Advertiser and Times, we make the following extracts:-

The Oswegatchie left Ogdensburgh on Saturday, the 20th ult.; the Brooklyn on Sunday morning, the 21st ult., at daybreak; the Lawrence on Monday at one o'clock; the Young America on Tuesday morning; the Empire the same day; and the Milwaukee on Wednesday.

This fleet of steamers collected at Cape Vincent, which point they reached without serious obstructions from ice in the St. Lawrence. The Lawrence left Cape Vincent on Tuesday at two o'clock, and pushed out into Lake Ontario to encounter the ice, and to enter upon a five days struggle to pass the frozen barrier.

The others followed the Lawrence one at a time, but could not come up with it until Thursday, when a fleet of thirteen propellers, some of them bound down, were in sight, wedged in by an immense field of ice. At one time nine of these propellers were within hailing distance.

The passengers describe the scene presented by this spectacle as beautiful and sublime. The expanse of ice was boundless. Thirteen of these beautiful craft stood out upon the frozen surface, puffing and struggling for progress through the icy mass. This struggle lasted from Tuesday the 23rd until Sunday morning the 28th. The incidents were of the most exciting nature. Sometimes the propellers would push their way rapidly for several miles through the mass of ice; then again would come on a struggle for hours, when the fleet would not progress a rod. Some days a progress of miles would be made and nightfall would close the struggle, when daylight next morning would reveal the discouraging fact that during the darkness the fleet had drifted for several miles backward beyond the point made the day before.

The Oswegatchie, Empire, and Granite State, bound down, were still in the ice on Sunday morning. The Toledo and Lowell were reported as having worked through the ice and entered the St. Lawrence. While others of the fleet, which followed the Lawrence out of the ice, passed directly up the lake to the Welland canal. The Granite State and Cleveland passed up the Bay of Quinte today via this port.

Port Colborne, April 30th - Down - Schooner Mary, Port Stanley to Oswego, wheat, oats and barley; tug U.S. Grant, Detroit to Toronto. Up - Propellers Buckeye, Empire, Lawrence, Milwaukee, Bruno, Oswegatchie, Akron, Young America; schooners Miami Belle, Havana, Olive Branch, Madeira, Rising Star, White Oak, Thomas Parsons, Knight Templar, Bigler, Hammer Valley, L.B. Crocker, Lincoln Dall, Mary Taylor; barque Robert Gaskin. Wind east.

Buffalo, April 30th - The Straits of Mackinac are open. A propeller arrived at Milwaukee from Detroit last evening, and one from Milwaukee at Detroit this morning.

Garden Island, May 1st - The schooner Agnes Hope arrived here on Monday from Hamilton with staves. The schooners Denmark and Sweden, from Hamilton, and the schr. Oriental and bark London, for the Welland canal, left here in tow of the tug Wellington. Owing to the ice yesterday, the Florence and several other loaded schooners are here, waiting for the wind to lull and the channel to become clear. The tug John A. Macdonald took the schooners Vicher and E.H. Rutherford, from here down to Clayton yesterday to discharge staves. The schrs. China, Charm and Garibaldi are unloaded and waiting for an opportunity to leave. The steamer St. Helen ran in here for shelter last evening. Wind southerly and blowing hard with rain.

Detroit, May 1st - The schooner Jennie Graham, capsized in Lake Huron yesterday. Captain Graham, one sailor, and the cook were drowned.

Sarnia, May 1st - The barque Graham, of St. Catharines, was capsized in a gale about eight miles off Stevens' Point, Lake Huron, yesterday afternoon. The captain, cook and one man were drowned.

Penetanguishene, May 1st - Navigation is now open. The ice in the bay has entirely disappeared. We experienced two heavy storms yesterday, which were the cause of the ice disappearing so suddenly.

ad - Canadian Navigation Company - Royal Mail Through Line - Corsican, Capt. Sinclair; Spartan, Capt. Dunlop; Corinthian, Capt. Farrell; Passport, Capt. Simpson; Magnet, Capt. Bailey; Kingston, Capt. Carmichael. One of the Steamers of the above Line will leave Kingston for Toronto and Hamilton every afternoon (Monday excepted) at Half Past Five o'clock. Also, one of the steamers will leave for Montreal every morning (Monday excepted) at Half Past Five. For passage Tickets apply at the Lake and River Steamboat Office, St. Lawrence Wharf, foot of Johnson Street. C.H. Hatch, Agent. May 1st, 1872

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 1, 1872