The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 23, 1873

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p.1 Marine News

Coulthurst & McPhie's wharf - The schr. Valentine, from Toledo, arrived with 16,944 bush. corn. Cleared: Barge John Munn, 77,240 West India staves, and 2,240 pipe staves; barge Canada, 39,785 West India staves and 22,620 pipe staves.

Montreal Transportation Company's wharf - The schr. Penokee, Milwaukee, arrived with 22,300 bush. wheat.

James Swift & Co.'s wharf - The steamer Abyssinian passed up; and the Athenian and Spartan passed down. The tug John Bright coaled this morning.

Holcomb & Stewart's wharf - The prop. Dominion lightened 4,010 bush. wheat from Toledo; and prop. Prussia lightened 5,000 bush. wheat from Milwaukee, and proceeded down the river.

Port Colborne, July 22nd, Up: Schrs. Rival, Gleniffer, props. City of New York, Young America, barges Albany, L.B. Croker, prop. Empire, schrs. Dundee, Antelope, Victor, J. Graham, Agnes, A. Medora, A. Ford.

Down: schrs. Emerald, Bay City, Kingston, timber; prop. City of Boston, Chicago, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo.


Belleville is situated in the township of Thurlow at the mouth of the river Moira, and on the shores of the Bay of Quinte. It covers an area of 1,200 acres, and for beauty of situation cannot be surpassed. The lumber trade has been a source of prosperity to Belleville; for some years past, the number of saw logs brought down the Moira have averaged from 150,000 to 200,000 a year. The greatest part are manufactured at the different mills, some of which are the largest, West of the Ottawa. The two largest of those of Messrs. Flint & Yeomans, which is situated at the foot of Water street, and that of Messrs. H.B. Rathbun & Son, on the island at the mouth of the river. The capacity of both is about equal. In each there are from 90 to 100 saws, chiefly in gangs, capable of manufacturing from 75,000 to 100,000 feet of lumber every 24 hours. Another mill on the south line of the Bay, is owned by Messrs. Page & Co. It was erected in 1864, and its capacity has since been largely increased. It manufactures about 50,000 feet per day.

East Channel - The channel leading into Belleville harbour is defined by buoys painted red, on the East side, and buoys painted white, on the West side. The depth of water in the channel is about 10 feet, except at the two outer buoys which only give 9 feet. In many parts of the channel there is from 12 to 15 feet of water. The bottom is composed of sawdust. There is 12 feet of water at the lighthouse pier going in, and 10 feet along the docks to the Plaster Mill, 8 feet at the Ferry Landing, and 7 feet above the Ferry Landing towards the bridge. The depth of water at the outer end of Mill Island (Rathbun's is 9 feet, and 5 feet at the dock at the mill. The width of the harbour from Rathbun's Mill to the dock opposite, is 196 feet.

Flint's Channel - There is 13 feet of water at the entrance of the above channel, to about mid-way through, when the water decreases to 10 feet, from mid-channel to Flint's Wharf. There is 8 feet of water at Flint's lumber dock, and 9 feet from that point along the boom that connects with the above dock.

Lighthouse - The Belleville lighthouse is erected on the outer dock, on the East side of the harbour, and is constructed of wood, with a tin dome. The height is 30 feet above the level of the water, and shows a white stationary light, which can be seen a distance of 9 to 12 miles in fine weather. [Oswego Times]

p.3 Customs Imports - July 22nd - Schr. Europe, Milwaukee, Holcomb & Co., 4,537 bush. wheat.

Schr. Dominion, Toledo, Holcomb & Co., 4,010 bush. corn.

Schr. Parokee (sic), Milwaukee, M.T. Co., 22,300 bush. wheat.

Schr. Valentine, Toledo, Coulthurst & McPhie, 16,944 bush. corn.

July 23rd - Str. Spartan, Rochester, A. Clow, 1 lot h.h. goods, W. Lewis, 2 bxs.

Str. Nile, Chippewa Bay, Kingston and Pembroke Railroad Company, 2,000 railroad ties.

Prop. Canada, Chicago, A. McLean, 10 bbls. mess pork; Coulthurst & McPhie, 4,042 bush. wheat.

Barque Fanny Campbell, Toledo, Calvin & Breck, 212 pcs. oak.

Schr. Bismarck, Bay City, Calvin & Breck, 261 pcs. oak.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 23, 1873