The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 23, 1875

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p.2 A Gale - A gale has been blowing all day from the south and south-west. In the morning it was accompanied by a snow storm, but towards the afternoon it became softer, and rain fell. The ferry and other steamers had great difficulty in making the harbour on account of the sea. The waves were dashing over the piers, and several persons got pretty well drenched by the water. The Geneva on her trip from Gananoque arrived in good time, but she had to make a long detour to make her passage from Point Frederick to her berth. The Queen arrived from Gananoque about 1 o'clock, having experienced a very rough passage. The Oswego Belle is at Swift's dock wind-bound, and is receiving a large number of visitors. We have not heard of any disasters so far. The storm drum was ordered up today at 11:25.

Marine Notes

The only arrival to note is that of the fine new steamer, the Oswego Belle, which arrived this morning after a rough passage from Oswego. The steamer is a very handsome one, and will no doubt do a very fair share of the trade between Belleville, Kington and Oswego. The space between the decks is large and roomy, and is capable of accommodating a very large quantity of freight. On the lower deck there is an ingenious contrivance for the lowering or raising of freight in the hold. The apartments for the crew are situated below and are very cosy and comfortable. The purser's office, the steward's room, the lamp and other rooms are situated in the stern, and are models of neatness, convenience and taste. The engines are deserving of more than a passing notice, but space forbids. Great care and attention have been taken and they are considered excellent specimens of mechanical art. The staterooms are neat and roomy, and a number of them are so made that they can be altered into double rooms should occasion require. The lamps in the saloon are very pretty and add greatly to the appearance of the cabin. The furniture is costly and of the newest and most useful patterns. Extensive tables and seats done in rep adorn the cabin, whilst midway a very pretty piece of scroll work in which is cut Oswego Bell enhances the beauty of the surroundings and adds greatly to neatness and beauty everywhere apparent. The Oswego Belle is one of the finest steamers that has visited our harbour and although her furnishings are not entirely complete ( a large amount of work remaining to be done during the winter) she is all that could be wished. During the trip from Oswego to Kingston - although the passage was made in very heavy weather - the captain informs us she behaved splendidly. The speed attained during the trip was about thirteen and one half miles an hour and it is safe to say that when the engines have become smooth, that she can do fourteen miles an hour quite handily. We trust that the energy and enterprise shown by the Bay of Quinte and Oswego Navigation Company will meet with a fitting reward and that they will receive the encouragement their go-ahead-ativeness merits.

The steamer Ellsworth is hauled out on the ways for repairs, the Stafford having been launched last evening.

Port Colborne, Nov. 22nd - Down - schrs. American, Milwaukee, Sackett's Harbour, wheat; Trinidad, Toledo, Oswego, wheat; Perry White, Ashtabula, swamp coal; thence Hamilton, light; Florida, Toledo, Oswego, wheat; New Dominion of Picton, Kincardine, Kingston, wheat; D.G. Fort, Chicago, Ogdensburg, wheat; G.W. Brady, Toledo, Port Colborne, the dredge Toledo in tow; prop. Maine, Chicago, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo.

Up - tug G.W. Brady, Port Colborne, Toledo; schrs. Argo, Toronto, Erie, barley; Watchful, Newcastle, Cleveland, light; prop. Argyle, Toronto, Toledo, barley; steambarge Swallow, Ogdensburg, Detroit, light; schr. H.B. Moore, Oswego, Toledo, barley; prop. Lawrence, Ogdensburg, Chicago, gen. cargo.

The schr. Reindeer run in yesterday a.m. for shelter, and left again this morning.

The canal was frozen over this morning, but easily broken.

p.3 Picton, Nov. 23rd - The steamer Alexandra has gone into winter quarters. The steamer Picton returned from Montreal yesterday, and will go into winter quarters at once. The steam barge Elsworth, ashore at West Point, was got off yesterday and taken to Oswego.

Detroit, Nov. 23rd - The schr. Chenango, with iron, has been wrecked on Grand Island, Lake Superior. The crew narrowly escaped with their lives. The schr. Wayne, with lumber for Chicago, is ashore at Au Sable, Lake Huron. The schr. Iroquois, with coal, is ashore at Manistee, and will probably be a total loss.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 23, 1875