The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 18, 1872

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p.1 The Oakville harbour was sold on Saturday to John T. Shewell of that town, formerly of Kingston, for $6,600. Very little interest was taken, and the competition weak.

New Lake and River Barges - The new barges built by the Messrs. Rathbun and Son, of Mill Point, Ont., have been sold to Mr. William Hall of Toronto. These barges, according to competent authority, are about the best constructed barges on our lakes and add to the creditable reputation of the builders. They are the first of a class of barges adapted to the present low state of water in our harbours and the St. Lawrence canals. They are to be masted and have centre-boards, put in to suit the Canadian Board of Authorities. Their lengths are 125 x 154 feet long, 31 feet 6 inches beam and 11 feet 6 inches depth of hold, and are supposed to carry not less than 30,000 bushels of wheat through the St. Lawrence canals. But we understand that they are intended for the Oswego grain and lumber trade, principally the latter, and are calculated to carry 600 M.F.B.M. lumber on a draught of 8 ft. 6 inches to 9 ft. The cost of the barges complete will be about $16,000 each. Toronto will have quite an acquisition to her fleet. The purchasing party owns other barge property, also the lake tug W.T. Robb.

Customs Imports - Arrivals - Nov. 13th - Barge Hawk, Montreal, J. Carruthers & Co., 23 bxs tobacco, 100 kegs prunes.

Nov. 14th - Schr. Marshall Drayton, Charlotte, Rees Bros., 393 bbls apples.

Schr. Lake Ontario, Oswego, (mixed cargo).

Str. Pierrepont, Cape Vincent, (mixed cargo).

Str. Spartan, Montreal, McNee & Waddell, 1 case, 2 bales British goods.

Schr. Agnes, Oswego, P. Conroy, 100 sacks meal, 50 sacks cracked corn, 60 sacks belted meal.

p.2 From Oswego - The schooner O.S. Storrs arrived from Oswego yesterday with a cargo of 150 tons of coal, consigned to Messrs. James Swift & Co.

A Series of Gales - For the past two weeks, (remarks a western contemporary), a series of gales have been in constant succession on the lakes, and since the furious equinoctials of September, navigators aver they have encountered a longer spell of contrary and violent winds, causing tedious delays and damage to vessels, than probably any season within their recollection. Probably one half the disasters which in the meantime have occurred have come to the notice of the press. Besides this, at least, one-fourth of the most profitable of the season has been sacrificed.

Propeller Dromedary Disabled - A special telegram from Port Darlington, dated 15th inst., says: The propeller Dromedary, when near Darlington today, broke her wheel and was disabled. A telegram was sent to Captain Fortier at Toronto, and he despatched a tug to tow her to Kingston.

The Dredge - The dredge J.C. Daly could not work today, owing to the gale upon the lake. It has been of much benefit in such places as it has been employed - in the vicinity of Martello Tower.

Royal Mail Line - The staunch and commodious steamers comprising the Canadian Navigation Line, are still running, subject to the frequent interruptions of late by unfavourable and distressing weather. They intend to make another round trip, occupying this week, but it is probable, considering the present aspect of the weather, that they will not be over-anxious to accomplish this aim. The steamers Spartan and Corsican go into winter quarters here.

The Rideau Route - The steamer Louise, which had contemplated going into quarters for the winter season at Ottawa, is on her way up the Rideau, on her last trip between this city and the capital. Large quantities of freight are awaiting shipment, and (?) permitting, a good trade could be conducted for a long time on the "raging canawl." The fleet of wood scows are rushing business with a high hand, in view of an early closing by ice of the Rideau. Such weather as we experience today will work wonders on the waters in a short time. Once the supply from the above source is discontinued, fuel will command good prices.

The Cape - hours of departure changed for steamer.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 18, 1872