The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 25, 1874

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p.1 Marine Intelligence

Business in the shipping line is dull at present. There are few arrivals to report.

Montreal Transportation Co.'s wharf - Arrived: schr. Huron, with 17,103 bushels wheat.

James Swift & Co.'s wharf - barge Kitty Friel, general cargo; barge Water Lily, general cargo. Steamer Picton from Belleville and intermediate ports; propeller Kincardine from Picton; and the R.M. steamer Spartan from Hamilton.

Fog Whistle - A fog whistle has been established at Manitou Island light, near the entrance to Kewaunee Bay.

There is an attempt at Chicago to make a break in the rates for towing. It is hard to tell how successful it has been as yet, but it is believed that many vessels are being taken out and in at reduced rates.

Next to overloading vessels on the lakes, the practice which has become quite prevalent with many is giving them too heavy and taut spars in vessels with narrow beams.

Paying Them Off - No less than three tugs were laid up and the crews paid off. They have been sinking money for some time past, yet their owners meanwhile have been hoping against hope until all doubts as to the future have at length been removed.

Change of Traffic - There are a few vessels, which until recently have been employed in carrying grain, and have thought it rather tough if compelled occasionally to seek out a lumber freight, as though it were reflected on their classification. It nevertheless has to come to pass, and of necessity, when marine items are scarce, we are compelled to record the fact that some of these vessels are now freighting cord wood, the figures low at that. [Detroit Free Press]

Burning Of The City of London - Owen Sound, Aug. 22nd - On the night of the 20th inst., as the City of London, owned in this town, was lying at the dock at Collins Inlet, taking on board a cargo of lumber for Chicago, a fire was observed to break out suddenly. An alarm was at once raised by those on deck, but it was with the greatest difficulty they retired and made their escape to the dock, losing their wearing apparel and other effects, and sad to relate, one young man, a native of this town, Alexander Campbell by name, perished in the flames. The boat is a total loss, burning to the water's edge. We understand there is an insurance of $8,000 on her. The company will be heavy losers. There is very little loss on the cargo, as there was only a small quantity of lumber on board.

Business Improving - We are glad to see business prospects brighten. Of the many vessels reported by us some time since as being laid up on account of the dull times nearly all them have either obtained loads or cleared for other ports there to fulfil engagements. H.H. Smith, Esq. yesterday chartered the schooners B.F. Bruce and W.S. Crosthwaite for lumber for Saginaw to Chicago at $1.75 per m. feet. These two vessels together have a carrying capacity of 1,500,000 feet of lumber, and they have been in ordinary over three weeks. John Kelderhouse, Esq. owns both crafts, and although the rates received may seem low, he says he can see more money in it than taking coal at prices offered since the vessels have been laid up. The only vessel now in ordinary here is the schooner Queen City, owned by Mr. Kelderhouse, and she will start as soon as a load can be obtained at paying rates. The Bruce and Crosthwaite left last evening for Lake Huron in tow of the Crusader. The tug also had several other crafts in tow. She receives the usual rates. [Buffalo Courier]

Port Colborne, Aug. 24th - Down: schr. Picton, Cleveland, Hamilton, coal; H.W. Hoag, Toledo, Oswego, wheat; H.B. Rathbun, Cleveland, Toronto, coal; H.P. Downey, Erie, Belleville, coal; prop. City of St. Catharines, Toledo, Montreal, wheat; Lawrence, Chicago, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo; schr. Undine, Cleveland, Hamilton, coal and stone.

Up: schrs. Smith & Post, Oswego, Detroit, coal; Queen of the North, Kingston, do., do.; Starling, Cobourg, Ashtabula, iron ore; Mary J. Burns, do., do., do.; J. Graham, Kingston, Bay City, light; Albacore, do., Toledo, do.; Union Jack, do., Detroit, do.; G.W. Davis, Oswego, Toledo, do.; New Dominion, Toronto, Ashtabula, do.; Geo. Irving, Toronto, Cleveland, do.; Annie Mulvey, Pt. Robinson, Amherstburg, do.; barge Hale, Ogdensburg, Toledo, do.; Keating, do, do., do.; India, do., Bay City, do.; steambarge B.F. Cross, do., do., do.; prop. Cook, do., Chicago, gen. cargo; Africa, Hamilton, Toledo, passengers and freight; Garden City, Ogdensburg, do., do.; schr. L. Casey, Oswego, do., coal; G.L. Wrenn, prop. Lake Ontario.

p.2 The Gorilla - The yacht Gorilla, owned by Major Gifford, M.P.P., arrived from Cobourg on Sunday morning, for the purpose of being repaired, prior to participating in approaching regattas.

The Yacht Belle - Referring to a paragraph concerning the above yacht going the rounds of the Press, Mr. Cunningham informs us that she was neither owned or sailed by him at the recent regatta.

The Civic Holiday - report on various excursions.

Drowned - On Saturday afternoon as the str. Watertown was leaving the wharf at Rudd's Quarry, on her regular trip to Gananoque, a fatal accident occurred to one of the men employed on the boat, named Sutherland, who belongs to Lancaster. He was pulling in the gangway and having reached out too far he lost his balance. Seeing that he could not regain his former position, in order to evade the wheel he jumped forward as far as possible into the water, but most unfortunately was drowned. (further details & inquest)

p.4 C.I. - 18th - Str. Norseman, Charlotte, Rees Bros., 6 crates, 6 bbls.; P. Flint, 5 bbls.; R.D. Smith 6 bbls.; F. Carter, 1 bbl. apples.

Prop. Scotia, Chicago, Holcomb & Stewart, 3,600 bush. wheat.

Prop. Asia, Chicago, Jones & Millar, 4,567 bush. wheat.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 25, 1874