The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 15, 1874

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p.2 Marine Intelligence

The ice has moved down the river considerably and has left the upper harbour almost clear. The mouth of the Bay of Quinte is quite clear.

The harbour is still full of ice, but the warm rain which fell this morning, with the fog which accompanied it, will have a great effect in clearing it out. As it is, it is nearly all broken up, and only wants to be driven out, which can be done without difficulty by a southwest wind. The Montreal Transportation Company were engaged in unloading the schooner North Star this morning, and the elevator worked well. This is the first elevating of the season.

The steamers crossed today as usual, without much difficulty. The fog is still very heavy, so much so, that only a short distance can be seen out on the lake.

The tug Molly Spencer, Capt. Estes, from Charlotte with a barge in tow arrived at Cape Vincent this morning, and was detained by the ice near Carleton Island about four hours. She passed Clayton about 1 o'clock p.m., and after passing the railroad dock the Captain went to jib over the main sail and it got the start of him and threw him about thirty feet into the water. A scow happened to be near the depot landing and one of the crew took a small boat and picked him up. If he had been a few minutes later he would probably have been drowned. [Watertown Despatch]

Labor and Wages - There are in this port, Chicago, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Buffalo and other marine cities, large numbers of boats fitting out and that employment is very plenty is beyond doubt. There is in this city a small army of men dependent upon work on vessels and along the docks for a living, and although many of them have made a start still there is a large number who are gloomily hanging around waiting for something to turn up. They are not only out of employment now, but have been for months; still, rather than work for wages at which their board bill would be certain of settlement with a fair margin, they remain idle. If they would work for moderate wages until business justified an increase, there would be less demand for night lodgings at the station-houses, and less mourning among keepers of sailors' boarding-houses. The figures paid in this city ($1.25 to $2) may appear low, but they are by far more remunerative than idleness. The prospect is not all brightened by the rumour that a large number of ocean sailors are now on the way to the lakes to look for employment. [Detroit Post]

Port Colborne, April 14th - Down: prop. City of Concord, Toledo, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo; Argyle.

Up: schr. Manzanilla; steambarge Lincoln; schrs. Brooklyn, Sligo; props. Milwaukee, Asia; schr. Magella; barge Lisgar; schrs. Republic, M.F. Merrick, Reindeer; barque Mary Merritt; steambarge Westford; prop. Lake Erie.

Vessels in harbour - The wind and ice bound the schrs. Brooklyn, Garibaldi, Republic; barque Mary Merritt; schrs. Lady Macdonald, Reindeer; barque Montmorency; schrs. M.R. Goffe, Mansanilla, Magellan, M.F. Merrick,Sligo, Nassau, Pulaski; barque J.C. Woodruff, Geo. Thurston, Liffe; props. Asia, Lake Erie, Milwaukee; steambarges Westford, Lincoln.

The south wind last night and fresh south-west wind this p.m. has driven the ice back on this shore, making it difficult for vessels to get through it. The prop. City of Concord came through it this p.m., and the prop. Argyle this evening. Five vessels are now in it working in slowly.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 15, 1874