The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 4, 1872

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p.1 The schooner Olivia, which was wrecked, thrown on her beam ends and dismasted near Oswego, in a gale last fall, has been hauled out and thoroughly repaired by Mr. Jamison, at Rathbun's ship yard, Mill Point, during the past winter, and was most successfully launched on Tuesday last. She looks like a new boat now.

-The water was let into the Cornwall Canal on Tuesday last. Several boats have since passed through. Navigation is now fully open. Mr. Macdonald, Superintendent of the Cornwall Canal, is apprehensive from the unusual lowness of the water that either the navigation or the manufacturing establishments must suffer, as there is not like to be enough water to supply both.

p.2 Marine News

The brisk north wind of today has almost cleared the harbour of ice, and navigation is, we hope, free from obstruction this season.

Messrs. Jones and Miller's wharf - The schr. E.D. Barker sailed early this morning for Chicago with pig iron.

Montreal Transportation Company's wharf - The tug Glide leaves this evening for Montreal with five barges - the Frank, 8,165 bushels of wheat, Bruno, 9,001 bushels do.; Royal Oak, 13,980 bushels of corn, Dreadnought, 9,025 bushels of wheat, and Waverly, 4,000 bushels of peas and 8,129 bushels of wheat. The barge Lorne is loading 15,000 bushels of peas at Richardson's storehouse for the same destination.

Messrs. James Swift and Company's wharf - The Royal Mail steamer Spartan and propeller Enterprise, from Hamilton to Montreal, passed down last night. The new propeller J. Storey, from St. Catharines, passed down last night also. The schooner Saucy Jack, from Oswego, arrived today with 70 tons of coal, consigned to Messrs. Swift & Co.

Marine Railway - The propeller China left for the Bay of Quinte last night to wood, but encountering difficulty in the ice, and fearing the supply of fuel would fail to continue further than the Ducks she returned. She will depart this evening for Toledo.

Messrs. Holcomb and Stewart's wharf - The schooner June and Heather Bell, consigned to the Montreal Transportation Company, were unloaded here. The tug Wren and seven barges leave Montreal this evening for this firm.

The schooners Bob Wilson, with barley for Oswego, and William John, light, are ashore at Northport. A tug has been despatched to their assistance. The schooner Irene has made the first round trip to Oswego. She is about changing hands.

Port Colborne, May 3rd - Up - Schrs. Smith and Post, Oswego, Toledo; Wm. Lewis, St. Catharines, Port Huron; barge F. Lester, Ogdensburg, Saginaw; schr. Winone, Toronto, Toledo; bark British Lion. Down - nothing, wind west.

Some twenty vessels are in sight in the ice. A propeller came in sight. The prospect looked bad, and she started for Grand River. There will have to be a change of wind before vessels can go out and come in.

Dunsville, May 4th - The schooner Persia is ashore at Point Selkirk, loaded with corn from Toledo. The tug Jessie has gone to her relief with lighter, and will probably get her off without much damage being done.

Port Colborne, May 4th - The schooner Russell Dart, with wheat, from Toledo for Oswego, in towing into the harbour this morning knocked a hole in her bows with the ice, and is now sunk in the harbour.

Garden Island, May 4th - Schooners Sweet Home, with staves, and Southampton, with timber, both from Hamilton, arrived today. The Southampton had been ice-bound a few miles from here for several days. The steam barge Robert Anglin also arrived with rafting trimmings. The schooner Bermuda is discharged. The wind has been blowing fresh from northward all day. The vessels lying at anchor here, with the assistance of the tug H.M. Mixer, got through the ice and sailed up through the Upper Gap. The tug Hiram A. Calvin leaves today to go to the assistance of the schooner Eliza Fisher, one mile from Mill Point.

Marine Railway - This conveniently located and well-known shipyard, we learn, has changed hands, Mr. William Power the late lessee and courteous and able manager having purchased the property and plant from its former owners, Messrs. Carruthers & Co. During the past two or three years the railway has gradually gained favour with the nautical community - the work being done by skilled mechanics, and under the personal supervision of Mr. Power, who has had a long experience and possesses a thorough knowledge of every branch and department of the business, it invariably gave the utmost satisfaction. But although the yard has undergone a general improvement, the alterations thus far are not sufficient for the ambitious and enterprising spirit of Mr. Power, in a short time it will be one of the largest and most important establishments in the city. It is the intention of the new proprietor to erect a large block of splendid buildings on the north end of the premises, among them forging shops, importing the raw material and machinery from England, and Scotland, and engage in the construction of composite craft on an extensive scale. For the consummation of this desirable object, preparations will be commenced at once. It is impossible to state the particulars of the proposed addition at present. We will give particulars in a future issue.

Rideau Canal - The water in the Great Cataraqui River is perfectly clear of ice, and on Thursday water was let into the locks, so that navigation has been opened for the season on the Rideau Canal. It is said the name of Mr. G.H. Perry, C.E. is mentioned in connection with the appointment of Superintendent of the canal, as successor to Mr. Slater.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 4, 1872