The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 23, 1874

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p.2 The yacht Undine, from Toronto, is lying in the harbour, handsomely decorated with the British colours. The yachtsmen are rolling about town, in their sailor's costume, looking as if the dangers of yachting on the lakes didn't trouble them much.

A government party, we believe, is blasting the rocks in front of Kingston Harbour. The rocks are disappearing slowly, but the fish are suffering. At every blast the men on the raft get enough fish of all sorts to feed the whole of Kingston for a week, and they're not bad fish either. Parties wishing to have some can get them by going out to the raft and asking for them.

United States Survey - The American Government Surveyors on the United States steamer Ada, now in port, are making a very accurate and thorough survey of the St. Lawrence. The Royal Engineers made a good survey of the land, but did not give any attention at all to the water. The Americans are making soundings at every hundred feet, finding the depth, shoals, rocks, etc., in order to have a correct map of the St. Lawrence. On one of the maps now in use, Simcoe Island is represented as running out beyond Long Island, which is incorrect, as any one may see by walking out along the shore. The new American map will be a great convenience to mariners.

p.3 Marine Intelligence

Holcomb & Stewart's wharf - Schr. E.W. Rathbun, from Toronto, 10,000 bushels wheat; schr. Octavia, from Toronto, 4,005 bush. wheat; barges Swan and Falcon, light, from Montreal.

James Swift & Co.'s wharf - strs. Norseman from Charlotte; York from Hamilton, Corsican from Hamilton; Bohemian from Montreall; U.S. survey steamer, coaling.

Holding On - There are three or four vessels which have discharged cargoes at this port and have anchored in the stream, not fully determined whether to lay up or accept present rates. One vessel which took a cargo of staves from this port to Buffalo and has just returned, is short nearly $100 and only that she brought a return freight of coal would have been out still more. [Detroit Tribune]

A Dangerous Foreland - The foreland which projects from the north shore on Lake Erie, known as Long Point, has been the scene of great loss of property and lives, and further interruption to lake commerce than at any other like promotory. It extends out east half south from the mainland, and is three miles and a half across at the widest part, and twenty -five miles in length. The bay contains about 150 square miles of water surface. [ib.]

Wire vs Rope - Nearly all the sail vessels which have come out this season have adopted the wire rigging for their standing in lieu of rope. It is evident that the former is not only the most durable but better adapted for vessels. [Oswego Times]

Duller - The past few days times have been even duller and harder on shipping interests than has yet been reported. The movement of vessels is becoming more scant. It is not improbable that a few of our lake tugs will be compelled to retire for the present. Many of the larger ones traverse the entire length of the lakes to pick up a tow, but without success. [Detroit Tribune]

Unfavourable For Tugs - Nearly all steambarges which traverse through the lakes improve every opportunity in taking vessels in tow wherever they may be found. With the present dull times it very naturally reduces the tows of steam tugs which are kept in readiness for that exclusive business. [ib.]

New Timber Vessel - A new three-master has been turned out for Kingston parties. She will carry timber, and is full canal size. Her measurement is 400 tons. Canadian, rigging full and of wire. She is named the Siberia. [Bay City Tribune]

The Very Lowest Yet - The lowest freight figure yet reached at this port is the charter of the schooner Albacore for Kingston with 19,140 bushels of corn at 3 3/4 cents. [Toledo Commercial]

Port Colborne, July 23rd - Down: prop Asia, Chicago, Montreal, gen. cargo; Maine, Detroit, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo; Africa, Toledo, Montreal, wheat; steambarge Glasgow, Bay City, Ogdensburg, lumber; barge John Mark, Pt. Huron, Ogdensburg, lumber; Albany, Detroit, Ogdensburg, lumber; Lester, Bay City, Ogdensburg, lumber; prop. St. Albans, Chicago, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo; schr. Queen of the North, Ashtabula, Toronto, coal.

Up: schr. C. Jeffrey, Pt. Dalhousie, Cleveland, light; prop. Lake Michigan, Hamilton, Toledo, light; schr. Rival, Oswego, Chicago, coal; Almeda, Cape Vincent, Tonawanda, light; barque Mary Merritt, Kingston, Bay City, light; Cavalier, Collins Bay, Bay City, light; schr. E.M. Davidson, Rochester, Chicago, coal; M.L. Higgie, do., do., do.; Jas. Norris, Kingston, Chicago, light; Starling, Cobourg, Cleveland, iron ore; F.D. Barker, Fair Haven, Chicago, coal; Star, Toronto, Toledo, light; prop. L. Shickluna, Montreal, Milwaukee, gen. cargo; schr. J.G. Jenkins, Oswego, Chicago, coal; Ayr, Collins Bay, Bay City, light; Conneaut, Oswego, Toledo, light; Jane McLeod, Clayton, Goderich, light.

In harbour - schrs. M.L. Higgie, Jane McLeod, C. Jeffrey, Almeda.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 23, 1874