The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 8, 1872

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p.2 Marine News - Messrs. Coulthurst and Macphie's wharf - The sloop Cora arrived from Oswego today with a cargo of coal for the Kingston Gaslight Company.

Montreal Transportation Company - The tug Glide reached here last night from Montreal with seven barges in tow, light.

Messrs. James Swift and Company's wharf - The steamer Corsican, Royal Mail Line, passed up on Monday on her last trip; and the steamer Kingston this morning for Toronto and Hamilton. The steamer Louisa, from Ottawa, arrived yesterday. She loaded a general cargo of merchandise and left the same afternoon on her return trip. The steamer Picton, from Belleville and intermediate ports, touched here on her way to Oswego today. She returns this afternoon, and proceeds to Montreal.

Marine Railway - The barge Bedford, rebuilt, was launched yesterday; the steam barge Nile and barge Fortitude are receiving general repairs. The tug Lady Franklin is also undergoing overhauling; receiving a new deck and sundry other improvements.

Port Colborne, May 7th - Down: Propellers Argyle, Toledo to Montreal, general cargo; schrs. J.H.B., Toledo to Kingston, corn; Defiance, Cleveland to Hamilton, coal; Billia Kellar, Toledo to Kingston, corn; Phalarope, Milwaukie to Oswego, wheat; Jennie Mullen, Toledo to Kingston, corn; Anna Maria, Toledo to Oswego, corn; L.W. Perry, Cleveland to Ogdensburg, coal; W.G. Grant, Milwaukie to Oswego, wheat; W.H. Oades, Toledo to Kingston, corn; L.L. Lamb, Toledo to Ogdensburg, lumber; W. Stalker, Toledo to Kingston, corn; H.P. Murney, do., do.; barque Canada, Wallaceburg to Kingston, timber; schr. Granada, Toledo to Oswego, corn; barque Mary Merritt, Chicago to Kingston, corn; Augusta, Toledo to Kingston, corn; schrs. Hungarian, Yankee Blade; barque Arabia; prop Granite State; schrs. Atwater, Bella Wallbridge; brig Orkney Lass; barque Montgomery; prop Ocean; schr. Lively, Buffalo to Toledo, light; schrs. B. Parsons, Buffalo. Up: Schrs. Princess Alexandra, Kingston to Bear Creek, light; Harvest Queen, Buffalo to Chicago, light; Aetna, Buffalo to Chicago, light; tug Hufford, Buffalo to Port Colborne; canal boat H.F. Cady, Buffalo to Port Colborne; barque Montgomery; schrs. Adirondac, Oriental; props Nashua, Bahama and Monticello. At elevator - schrs Trenton, Nashota, Corsican and C.C. Trowbridge. In harbour - Schr. Lydia Case, bound to Buffalo.

The schooner Persia has been got off the shore, and is in this harbour. The cargo is all damaged. A large fleet, bound for Buffalo, are at anchor off this port, waiting for the ice to break up.

The dimensions of the new barge Mohawk are as follows: Length, 160 feet, breadth of beam 26 1/2 feet, depth of hold 10 1/2 feet.

Our Harbour - Yesterday the harbour was studded with several craft ready for departure at any moment; a favourable wind sprung up during the night, and strange to say there is not a schooner along the entire wharves of the city today. This will not be the case very long, as a glance at the telegram from the Welland Canal will show. There is a very large fleet on its way from the far west, the arrivals of which will create great activity among the forwarders and give employment to many dock labourers before they actually spoil with idleness.

The St. Helen - From late enquiries we learn that the injuries to this steamer are not so serious as were reported and at first expected, and there is every probability of getting her off. She lies on a shoal at the foot of the Cedar Rapids, about nine miles below Coteau, with three feet of water at her bow and seven feet at the stern; Capt. Smith is on board in charge of her, and has superintended the discharge of her cargo. Batteaux have been all round the steamer and taken off the cattle, horses, and all the cargo, none of which has been injured. The St. Helen is insured for $10,000. Meanwhile the steamer Picton will take the route of the St. Helen, so that business men may rely upon freight being carried with the usual promptitude.

A Race - The steamers Rochester and Picton had a trial of speed on Monday on the Bay of Quinte from Mill Point to Belleville. The race was very close, the Picton coming in some two lengths ahead, though she started with lead from Mill Point.

Low Water - From all places along Lake Ontario there are complaints of the lowness of water, rendering navigation more difficult, and owing to the increased precautions necessary, as well as the lightness of draft, less remunerative. The water in the harbour at this port is several feet below the average and barges loading for Montreal are unable to carry cargoes to a greater depth than eight feet, which it is said, "will never pay."

The Strikes - Surely this is an age of strikes. In almost every class of the community, irrespective of trade or calling, be it labourer or mechanic, something of this kind has occurred, - "advance or we strike" is the order of the day. The latest movement in this direction has been a strike of the owners and sailors of woodscows, the "mosquitoe" fleet of the Rideau Canal. They asked an increase in their favour of the rate of freights; the contractors dissented to the proposition. They expressed their willingness to accede to anything which appeared to them reasonable and just; but no, the scowmen imagine they will ultimately be successful and objected. The boats are tied up since the opening of the canal, and as it has been pertinently remarked, it now remains a question which can hold out the longest, the scowmen or the wood dealers. Neither can well afford to be idle; the pecuniary means of the one will not admit of it, and the business connections of the other cannot withstand delay, if at all avoidable. If the scowmen continue in the position of oppositionists to the liberal offers of the contractors, new barges will be purchased by those engaged in the trade, in which event the loss will be a serious one to the projectors of the strike. It is to be hoped, however, that the scowmen may shortly come to satisfactory terms, as by their action the city is deprived of a sufficient supply of wood, while there are hundreds of cords awaiting shipment.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 8, 1872