The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 12, 1874

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p.2 Big Excursion - The steamer Rochester went off to Napanee this morning with one of the largest crowds we have ever seen, the occasion being the excursion of the Prentice Boys and L.O.L. No. 577, with their friends. There were over 800 on board, and probably 200 remained behind on the wharf, being afraid to venture.

The yacht Dauntless, of Belleville, arrived in the harbour this morning. The yacht left Belleville at noon yesterday, and arrived at McDonald's Cove this morning, here they laid up. The crew is composed of F.C. Ridly, Skipper, Col. Campbell, D. Pitceathly, A. Diamond, Dr. Palmer, W.F. Kelso, and John Bell, jr. The Dauntless is on an excursion to Alexandria Bay and the Thousand Islands, and we have no doubt the party will have a very enjoyable time. The islands can now be seen to the best advantage.

p.3 Marine Intelligence

James Swift & Co.'s wharf - tug C.P. Morey from Oswego; str. Passport, from Hamilton; prop. Kincardine from Oswego; Calabria from Hamilton; Persia from Hamilton; Indian from Hamilton; steambarge Kitty Friel left for Ottawa; tug Jessie Hall coaled; str. Corsican from Montreal.

Montreal Transportation Co. - prop. Africa from Toledo, 3,495 bush. wheat; schr. W. Elgin from Port Dalhousie, 9,912 bush. corn; Groton, from Chicago, 23,311 bush. corn;

Jones & Millar's wharf - prop. City of St. Catharines lightened 4,000 bush. corn.

Shortage Again - The Chicago Post and Mail says: "Capt. D.P. Nickerson, of the schooner L.N. Foster, reports a shortage of about 130 bushels on a cargo of 21,500 bushels of wheat at Kingston, consigned by A. Geddes, of this city, to the Montreal Warehouse Company. This shortage cost him about $190, all that he made on the trip. He asserts that it is a fraud in weighing out at Kingston."

Another Vessel For Liverpool - The schr. Alice has finally been engaged for a trip to Liverpool. The Alice has gone to Sandusky where she will load coal for Chicago thence bonedust to Liverpool, the freight on which will be about equal to 30 cents gold on wheat. The Alice has been chartered by Capt. Prindiville of Chicago, and will be commanded by Capt. Burke, who in former years made ocean voyages with lake vessels. The Alice was built for salt water navigation, and is an excellent vessel for that purpose. [Detroit Tribune]

The Lake Underwriters - The Chicago Board of Lake Underwriters held a meeting yesterday afternoon. The committee appointed at the last meeting to meet a similar committee from the Vessel Owners Association, to inquire into the practice of overloading vessels and recommend a remedy, reported that in their judgement the best means of preventing the overloading of vessels would be to have the vessel owners appoint two men to confer with the regular inspectors in all cases where vessels are reported as overloaded. If the vessel appeals from the decision of inspectors, then the two members appointed by the vessel owners shall be called in, and if the four men do not agree, then a fifth man shall be called in, who shall decide the question, and his decision shall be final. The recommendation was reported to the Executive Committee of the National Board of Underwriters at Buffalo. [Chicago Tribune]

Wooden vs Iron Vessels On the Lakes - A forcible example of the comparative merits of wooden and iron vessels for shoal water navigation is furnished in the recent disaster to the propeller Merchant, on Lake Michigan. This vessel, it will be remembered, after striking some obstruction, began to fill so rapidly that she had to be run ashore. It is asserted by those who are presumed to know, that had a wooden vessel struck in the manner the Merchant did, the damage would have been confined to a broken plank, perhaps, and a broomed keel; but her cargo would have suffered no damage from water. Indeed, it is positively asserted that a wooden vessel would have been enabled to go right along to the next port for repairs, and perhaps even to complete her entire voyage before being docked. Certainly the experience in the past few years of all interested in our lake marine has been such as to at least check the desire, at one time so strongly manifested, of building iron freighters for lake service.

Port Colborne, Aug. 11th, Down: schr. Duncan City, Duncan City, Oswego, lumber; barque Montgomery, Chicago, Oswego, corn; Gen. Burnsides, Toledo, Clayton, timber; schr. Clayton Belle, Chicago, Oswego, corn; Montcalm, do., do., do.; prop. Empire, Toledo, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo; barge Monarch, do., do., wheat; schr. Hoboken, Chicago, Oswego, corn; T.B. Sloan, do., do., do.; Jas. Wade, do., do., do.; Sea Gull, Georgian Bay, Oswego, lumber; Pandora, River Severn, do., do.; prop. Nashua, Chicago, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo.

Up: schr. Alpha, Brockville, Cleveland, light; steambarge Clinton, Kingston, Toledo, do.; schr. Maize, Oswego, do., do.; prop. City of Concord, Ogdensburg, Chicago, gen. cargo; Granite State, do., do., do.; schr. Sam Cook, Oswego, Chicago, coal; prop. City of Montreal, Montreal, Chatham, passengers; schr. New Dominion, Toronto, Ashtabula, light; G.M. Neelon, Kingston, Toledo, light; J.R. Noyes, Oswego, Cleveland, salt; schr. Ada Dorkinson, Oswego, Ashtabula, iron ore; brig Cohen, Ontario, Erie, iron ore; J.E. Bailey, Oswego, Chicago, coal; K. Shandin, W. Raynor, prop. Colin Campbell, Port Colborne, Chicago, light; schr. City of Painsville, do., do., do.; Sea Bird, do., do., do.

At elevator - schr. Vanvalkenburg.

C.I. - (no date) Str. Ocean, Toledo, Holcomb & Stewart, 3,937 bush. corn.

Schr. E.G. Benedict, Fair Haven, R.C. Carter & Co., 356 tons coal.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 12, 1874