The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 2, 1876

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p.2 Marine Notes

The schr. Ariel arrived at Holcomb & Stewart's wharf with 10,260 bush. wheat from Port Hope via Oswego.

Swift's Wharf - The steamer Corsican left last night for Toronto and Hamilton. The Algerian did not start this morning as advertised, not having been quite ready. The propeller West arrived from the west.

The steambarge Dolphin coaled here this morning and started for Oswego. The Oswego Belle arrived from Oswego.

There is very little doing around the harbour today, except the usual trips of the ferry boats. The Queen arrived from Gananoque.

Vessels Ashore - A special to this paper from Point St. Ignace says there is a large three-masted vessel on Graham's Reef, which has a flag of distress flying. She was apparently driven on by the ice. A despatch from Mackinaw says: Two vessels are ashore on Graham's Shoals. [Buffalo Com. Adv.]

Capt. S.B. Drummond, Superintendent of the Detroit Tug Association, has concluded to send the three mammoth tugs Crusader, Owen and Sweepstakes, to Mackinaw to aid the downward bound fleet through the ice if necessary. They are well ironed and equipped with steam pumps, hawsers, and every necessity to aid vessels in distress. They will probably leave today or tomorrow. [Detroit Post]

Sailors' Strike - Considerable excitement was caused on the docks yesterday by a strike among the sailors. At the opening of navigation rates opened at $1.25 per day but soon fell to $1. Several vessels have already left with crews at the latter figure, and yesterday there were several more in port ready to leave, one of which had shipped a crew at that rate, while others were attempting to do so when the strike occurred. No violence was attempted, however, other than an attempt of the mate of the schooner J.N. Foster ?, to run things, which resulted in his being put on the dock in a hurry by the captain. The owners of several of the vessels all of which are among the largest in the harbour, say they will hold their crafts here a week before they will pay the price. There is no doubt but that plenty of men can be obtained at $1, but the trouble is caused by a few who are the ring-leaders. [Cleveland Leader, 25th]

Later advices from Cleveland say that the strike is over and ended in a victory for the strikers. At least all of the vessels but one, which was ready to leave, paid the price demanded, $1.25 per day, and left during the day.

The Lady Dufferin - The Cobourg Star says: - "The Lady Dufferin will soon be (as a nautical bull says) launched into her native element. On the stocks she is a beauty, and her figure the perfection of grace. Captain Cuthbert is the owner and builder, and not Capt. Ellis, as the New York Clipper has it, and he is backed by Major Gifford, who is always ready to push forward any enterprise. Of the chances of success in the coming contest it is impossible to calculate. Her model would seem to indicate that the requisites of speed and strength have been combined in the most satisfactory manner, but it will require one or two trials before it will be possible to judge how she will work on the ocean, or what conditions of wind and weather are best suited to bring out her sailing qualities. We have confidence, however, that she will be no discredit to the Dominion."

Female Cooks - We copy the following from the Chicago Inter-Ocean:

"It's a shame," said Mr. Finney's captain (who is very homely), "that poor women should be driven off vessels." "Oh, don't bother yourself," was the response. "It isn't the poor women at all - it's the poor, ordinary-looking captains that are to be pitied."

Poetry on female cooks can no longer find place. Will the West side poets please keep their contributions for some little time. One poem, by O.M.W., Jr., is so good that we keep it on the table near us.

Several female cooks "mobbed" a reporter on Water Street, near Finney's yesterday. The ringleaders are easily recognized, however. One has a Roman nose, was out at the elbows and knees, and possessed a bull neck; and another was minus an eye and also looked very dirty.

And here is another: "Well, but you see the worst of it is, they're getting letters from their wives. That's what makes them mad. The papers all over the lakes have announced that the war is going on, and the women (wives) know all about it. Do you see? And the owners are ordering the female cooks off. Some of the captains have paid the railroad fare of women up here by railroad, and if these women don't go down on the vessels they'll have to walk back, because the captains are as thoroughly "bust" as they are. You see that's what causes the trouble. [A conversation on Finney's Stoop]

Port Colborne, May 2nd, 7 p.m. - Up - steam-barge Swallow, Ogdensburg, Detroit, light; tug T.H. Nasmith, Port Dalhousie, Port Colborne, light; schr. Jessie Scarth, Toronto, Wheatley, light; Ella Murton, Hamilton, Cleveland, light; Annie Craig, Kingston, Bay City, light; Niagara, Port Colborne, light; Paragon, Mill Point, Cleveland, ice; Andrews, Charlotte, Chicago, coal; prop. Lowell, Ogdensburg, Cleveland, gen. cargo; barge C. Keating, Ogdensburg, Cleveland, iron ore.

Down - schr. New Dominion of Toronto, Cleveland, Thorold, coal; Maggie, Cleveland, Allanburg, coal; L.L. Lamb, Detroit, Oswego, wheat; Emeu, Cleveland, Kingston, coal; Perry White, Ashtabula, Welland, coal; Maid of the Mist, Cleveland, Port Robinson, coal; M. Calvin, Toledo, Oswego, corn and wheat; David Sharp, Erie, Welland, coal; prop. St. Albans, Milwaukee, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo; City of Toledo, Chicago, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo; City of New York, Milwaukee, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo.

In harbour - schr. J. Scarth, Mary Jane, L.J. Farewell, steambarge Swallow, prop. Germania.

The up fleet all went out yesterday and today.

Forwarding Trade

There is the usual activity at this season of the year, and on the great lines of navigation preparation is being made for another season's operations. The St. Lawrence forwarders, both above and below Montreal, are preparing for a large business. On the Ottawa, both above and below the capital, all is actively waiting for the moment of the heavy stocks which are piled at various mills. The lines that have their principal business on the lakes are already beginning operations, and even the Lake Superior boats will soon be ready to start on their northern journey.

So far as passenger traffic goes there is no reason to suppose but that the lines of boats that lay themselves out for it will have abundance to do, and may have a fair season's profit.

But it is to be feared that another unfavourable season awaits those who rely on freights. Railway competition has now become so keen, and there are so many vessels lying idle that are usually employed in the iron trade of the Upper Lakes, that freights are likely to be driven to a point far below what is profitable. These calculations are liable, of course, to be upset by events that cannot be foreseen. Railway combinations may be formed, and rates of freight raised by this. The iron trade may revive and give employment to scores of vessels that otherwise would do nothing. There have been many turns in trade quite as remarkable as a complete revival of the vessel interest would be. But it would be very unsafe to speculate upon it. [Monetary Times]

p.3 Toronto, May 2nd - The yachting season promises to be brisk. The Oriole, Annie Cuthbert and Dauntless are undergoing a complete overhauling. A match is on the tapis between the Cora, of Detroit, and the Annie Cuthbert. It will be remembered that the latter beat the former in a match last season. The Centennial yacht, Countess of Dufferin, before going to New York, will try her sailing qualities with the Oriole.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 2, 1876