The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 22, 1873

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p.2 Marine News

From all quarters come notes of the early closing of navigation. It is somewhat earlier than last year, and the principal cause seems to be the stringency of the money market.

The prop. East is being unloaded at the M.T. Company's dock into barges, which will await the opening of navigation next spring to take the grain down to Montreal.

The schr. Bell Sheridan arrived at Richardson's wharf, from Toledo, with 13,000 bushels of corn for home consumption.

The only thing doing at Swift's wharf is the unloading of coal, there having been no arrivals since yesterday.

During the season of navigation the steamer Rochester made 176 trips between Belleville and Kingston. The steamer Picton made 28 trips, and expected to make a 29th, and winter at Picton, but has failed to succeed in doing so; and the steamer Alexandra made 7 trips between Belleville and Montreal. The steamer Norfolk made about 90 trips between Belleville and Picton. All these boats, except the Rochester, have done a very profitable business, the steamer named having done very little from Kingston here, though her route as far as Picton is said to have paid well. [Belleville Intelligencer]

The Bay of Quinte has been closed for the season, the ice, according to the Intelligencer, having formed as far as the eye can reach, with the exception of a small part, which is kept open for the purpose of ferrying passengers and mails between Belleville and Prince Edward. It is expected that the ice will be strong enough in a day or two for foot passengers.

Port Colborne, Nov. 21st - Down: schr. Florida, prop. Garden City; schr. Marysburg, Cleveland, Toronto, coal; barque Alexander, Kingston, Clayton, timber; schrs. America, Chicago, Three Mile Bay, corn; barque Mary Merritt, Cleveland, do., do.; schr. C.G. Mixer, Chicago, Prescott, wheat.

Up: schrs. Ellen, Theresa, Laura, prop. Oswegatchie, steam-barge Wm. Cowie, prop. Argyle, schr. Pandora.

Schr. Pandora goes into winter quarters here.

Wind west; weather clear and cold, but has been snowing all this afternoon. No vessels or props have left since last report.



In consequence of the unmistakable indications of the near approach of winter several vessels have been laid up and are being rapidly stripped of their canvas. The Schrs. Gazelle, Belle Case, and Wm. Elgin have already gone into winter quarters.

The new schooner Hard To Beat, recently launched at Roblin's Mills, was towed into the harbour on Friday last. It is the intention of the owners to have her fitted up here during the winter.

The schr. Picton underwent the necessary repairs at Kingston, and came into Picton harbour on Monday evening, looking but a little the worse for the mishap.

The schr. John Wesley arrived in port from Kingston on Tuesday, with a full load of fine quarry-stone for the County Buildings, to be built in Picton next year.

The schr. L.B. Stone arrived here on Sunday last, and loaded barley on the following Monday for Oswego. This will probably be the last shipment of the season out of this port.

The schr. J.W. Langmuir, from Oswego to Belleville, laden with coal, was driven ashore at Point Traverse on Tuesday last, and considerably damaged.

The schr. C. Gearing sailed from Wellington about midnight of Tuesday last with a cargo of grain, and her owner was advised by telegram from Oswego of her safe arrival at that port at 12 o'clock the following day. This is making quicker time than is usually the case between these places. The Gearing has made eleven grain trips this fall, which speaks well for the sailing qualities of the vessel, as well as the officers and men who have had her in charge.

The str. Alexandra did not arrive up from Montreal until Saturday last - two days behind time - owing to the loss of a wheel while running the rapids. She proceeded up the Bay on Saturday and returned on Sunday, and has been laid up.

The str. Pierrepont arrived here on Wednesday with a large raft of logs for Messrs. Irving, Downs and Collier.

The str. Picton went down on Monday night last, with 1,800 barrels of flour and a general cargo, for Montreal.

The Bavarian inquiry was resumed on Thursday morning when Mr. Macpherson, the purser, was examined with Cousineau, a wheelsman. It would appear from the evidence of the former that the plank upon which the captain and a boy floated, and from which the latter was taken, actually touched the second boat. The witness had cried out to the pilot, "For God's sake take the boy and the chambermaid on board," but no attention had been paid to his entreaty. It will be remembered that this woman whose evidence will be heard, swung herself into the boat by means of a rope. The testimony of the wheelsman was not important.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 22, 1873