The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 29, 1874

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p.2 Launch at Garden Island - On Saturday afternoon Messrs. Calvin & Breck launched a new vessel from their yard on Garden Island. The christening was performed at 2 o'clock by Mr. Calvin's charming daughter, after which the Siberia glided gracefully off the ways into the element that is to be her future home. She was then towed around the harbour and back to Garden Island. The Siberia is a large and finely made barque, intended for the timber trade, in which the proprietors are largely engaged.

Seizure - The Customs Preventive Officer at Bath yesterday seized the Fishing Smack Mayflower, of Cape Vincent, for violation of the coasting laws and towed her into port.

Marine Intelligence

Jones & Miller's wharf - Schr. Wm. Elgin, from Toronto, 10,000 bush. wheat; schr. Gladstone, from Toronto, 12,000 bush. wheat.

Montreal Transportation Co. - schrs. Hungerford, from Toledo, 16,700 bush. corn; White Oak, from Toronto, 12,965 bush. wheat; Samana, from Chicago, 17,194 bush. corn; Lewis Ross, from Toledo, from Toledo, 16,000 bush. corn; Wm. Raynor, from Toledo, 13,900 bush. corn; Japan, from Detroit, 12,260 bush. wheat; Marian Egan, from Chicago, 15,960 bushels wheat; Albatross, from Port Hope, 7,523 bush. wheat; Dundee, from Toledo, 15,168 bush. wheat. Tug Active arrived with barges Convoy, Relief, Cayuga, Montreal, Energy, McArthur, Lorne and Wanderer. Tug Charlotte leaves with barges Energy, 12,964 bush. wheat; McArthur, 16,000 bush. corn; St. Lawrence, 10,000 bush. wheat; Waverly, 7,500 bush. wheat and 5,000 bush. corn; Relief, 12,000 bush. corn.

St. Lawrence & Chicago Forwarding Co. - schrs. J.R. Noyes, from Milwaukee, 21,000 bush. wheat; Hercules, from Port Dalhousie, 14,605 bush. corn; Mineral State, from Milwaukee, 21,330 bush. corn; prop. Enterprise, Port Dalhousie, 22,000 bush. corn; schrs. Lilly Hamilton, from Toledo, 19,521 bush. corn; Eliza Quinlan, Port Hope, 7,321 bush. wheat. Departures: barges Victor, 11,500 bush. wheat; Tuscarora, 9,359 bush. corn; Onondaga, 19,432 bush. corn; Powerful, 18,500 bush. wheat; Kansas, 22,530 bush. wheat; Canada, 22,100 bush. wheat.

James Swift & Co. - strs. Corinthian, Passport and prop. Persia passed up; str. Magnet, props. Indian and Celtic passed down; schr. Arctic, from Cleveland, 370 tons coal.

Port Colborne, June 27th - Up: schr. Northumberland, W. Phelps, Oswego, Milwaukee, coal; A. Baker, Cobourg, Ashtabula, iron ore; prop. Milwaukee, Oswego, Chicago, gen. cargo; schr. New Dominion, Kingston, blank, light; prop. Europe, Montreal, Chicago, gen. cargo; schr. Gleniffer, Kingston, Bay City, light; Maize, Oswego, Toledo, coal; barque Arabia, Kingston, Milwaukee, salt; schr. Augusta, Kingston, Bay City, light; J.R. Benson, do., do., do.; scow Wake Up, Montreal, blank, light; brig City of Tawas, Pt. Colborne, Detroit, light; barque Mary Merritt, Collins Bay, Bay City, light; schr. Sam Cook, Oswego, Chicago, coal; barque Montgomery, Clayton, Bay City, light; yacht Lady Stanley, Toronto, Detroit; schr. Sligo, Clayton, blank; Seagull, Geo. Davis.

Down: steambarge Clinton, Toledo, Kingston, wheat; schr. W.T. Greenwood, Cleveland, Pt. Hope, coal; J.L. Bailey, Toledo, Oswego, wheat; Agnes Hope, Cleveland, Hamilton, coal; J.N. Porter, North Amherst, Toronto, stone; Almed, Cleveland, Toronto, coal; Two Brothers, Cleveland, Prescott, coal; North Star, Cleveland, Hamilton, coal; Montauk, Chicago, Kingston, wheat; Gulnair, Milwaukee, wheat; Itasca, do., do., do.; steambarge Glasgow, Bay City, Ogdensburg, lumber; barge Albany, do., do., do.; John Mark, do., do., do.; F.L. Estes, do., do., do.

At elevator - schr. St. Peter, to discharge; schr. Geo. J. Houghton and Granton, to lighten.

In harbour - brig City of Tawas; barque Arabia, Mary Merritt, Montgomery, schr. Sligo, Seagull, yacht Lady Stanley.

p.3 The Direct Trade From the Lakes to Europe

The following from the Detroit Post refers to alleged troubles, delay and expense, that the owners of a lake vessel were subjected in the vain attempt to get her insured here or in Quebec, on her voyage from Toledo, Ohio to Cork, Ireland:- "The first difficulty was at Port Colborne, where drawing 12 1/2 feet of water, she struck, carrying away her fore foot and causing a bad leak. She hauled off, and after repairing at St. Catharines, to do which it was necessary to discharge her cargo, she proceeded to Montreal. At this port the Port Warden protested against her making the ocean trip without being "dunnaged." (For the benefit of those who may not know what "dunnaged" means, it is stated that the warden wanted Capt. Duff to discharge his cargo and seal his hold with pine lumber, leaving a space of six to nine inches between the cargo and the skin of the Benson.) This was thought to be useless, and she went on to Quebec, where another protest was entered, and it seemed impossible to get the cargo and vessel insured. At this, Mr. Andrews of Toledo, thinking the Canadian officials a trifle old maidish, determined to get an American officer to examine her, and sending to Boston the underwriters sent on an examiner. This party came on, and upon examining her, having been used only to the shoe box low rigged sailors that visit Boston, held up his hands in horror. "Insure the Benson? not much? take out her centre board and plug her up, and take off about half her cargo, and I'll talk to you." This settled it, and it was decided to send the Benson over uninsured and take the chances; consequently, on last Tuesday, in good condition, and with all on board in fine health she left Quebec for Cork. The Benson only shows an 18 inch side out of water and is heavily loaded; but she is well known as one of the staunchest vessels on the lakes, and in salt water will lift out considerably, showing, it is estimated, the usual distance above water. The "Hub Expert" sent for by Mr. Andrews is evidently not well posted on our lake marine, as it is said he asked Capt. Duff in a confidential manner: "When the wind blows pretty fresh on your lakes I suppose you run "barges" like the Benson up to the shore of the lake and tie up to pine tree, don't you.?"

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 29, 1874