The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 17, 1876

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p.2 The Ice Shove - The ice on Friday struck the schr. Live Oak at her anchorage opposite Mr. Radford's dock, and the water is coming in. The vessel now lies in about eight feet of water. She will be raised without difficulty when her owner, Capt. F.H. Grees, arrives from Rochester. She is partly loaded with coal, the property of G.T. Barrett, Wolfe Island Mills.

Opening of Navigation - The steamer Pierrepont made her way across to the island this morning and back this afternoon. A large number of vessels are prepared to go out at once, and we may expect that this week will see the departure of many.

Marine Notes

The propeller S.S. Ellsworth, from Oswego, arrived at Niagara on Tuesday, being the first arrival of the season.

Cleveland paper says, with regard to the subject of sailors' wages: "Nothing has yet been developed, and at what prices they will open is now an unsettled question. As men are tolerably scarce, the rates will open at a fair figure, probably not less than $1.25 per day and found.

The managers of the Northern Transit Co. mean to make it a worthy successor of the old N.T. Company. The boats will start from all points just as soon as the opening of navigation will permit. [Ogdensburg Journal]

Improvement in Reefing and Furling Sails - This invention includes a triangular topsail, set immediately above the top of a fore and aft sail. The tack of the upper sail reeves through an eyebolt on the gaff, thence up through the ring on the back of the sail to the block, and thence to the deck. The idea of thus arranging this rope is to give increased support to the jaws of the gaff, and at the same time to admit of the easy handling of the topsail.

Notice To Mariners - Washington, April 13th - The Light House Board gives notice that on and after the opening of navigation a light will be shown from the light house on Thirty Mile Point, Lake Ontario, about thirty miles east of the mouth of Niagara river. The light will show a brilliant white flash at intervals of 1 minute and 30 seconds.

Also from beacon near the present end of the west pier at the mouth at Ashtabula, Ohio, in the place of the old beacon on the east pier, abandoned. The light will be a fixed white, varied by white flashes every two minutes.

A new coast light of the fourth order at old Point aux Barques, near Port Austin, Lake Huron.

A new coast light of the fourth order at the mouth of Saginaw River, together with a fifth order beacon, the two forming a range for guiding vessels through the cut into the river.

A new coast light of the fourth order at Tawas Point (Ottawa), Lake Huron.

A fog signal at McGulpin's Point, entrance to Straits of Mackinac, Lake Michigan.

Range lights to guide into the Harbor of Eagle Harbor, Lake Superior.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 17, 1876