The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 5, 1876

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p.2 Marine Notes

This has been another blank day in the harbour so far as grain arrivals are concerned.

Nothing has come in, although there are a good many vessels reported on the way.

The tug Hiram A. Calvin arrived last night with the Mary Grover in tow, she having managed to pull her off yesterday. The Grover will be hauled out and repaired.

James Swift's Wharf - The steamer Spartan passed up last night on her first trip this season for Toronto and Hamilton. The steambarges Nile and Welshman are loading here for the Rideau Canal, the locks of which were to be opened today. The water is reported to be much deeper than usual. The steamyacht Ada, a handsome little craft just built by Messrs. Chaffey, at Portsmouth, left today for the Rideau Canal.

The steamer Empress of India, which has just been built at Mill Point, is expected to commence running from Toronto to Niagara about the first of June.

The schooner Gilbert Knapp arrived in Milwaukee on Saturday morning in charge of first mate Fred Houghton, having lost her captain, Owen J. Davies, and three men - Humphrey Thomas, Francis Frederick and Richard Jones - by the swamping of the yawl boat on Wednesday last while trying to get ashore at North Montastique, Mich. All the bodies were aboard except that of Jones.

A circular letter has been issued signed by D.S. Austin, chairman; J.H. Montgomery, Howard H. Baker, Robert Mills and John H. Bartow, committee of Buffalo, asking a conference with all dry-dock men and ship-chandlers of the lakes at some convenient point, to consult and if possible to inaugurate some concert of action in regard to securing pay for work and supplies furnished vessels. Cash down or good security is not an unreasonable demand, and should be agreed upon. A convention will probably be held at Detroit soon.

First Arrival Of The Season - The fast sailing ship Jessie H. Breck is the first vessel of the many that loaded ice at Kingston, Canada, for Messrs. Grasser & Brand, to arrive at this port. There will be no little excitement at Kingston when this news reaches there, as considerable money will change hands on account of the "race" to Toledo, the Breck being generally against the field. The Breck is a very handsome schooner, built at Port Dalhousie, Canada, owned by Messrs. Calvin & Breck, of Garden Island, and ably handled by Capt. Geo. B. Malone, of Kingston. It appears this is not the first time the Breck took the lead since Capt. Malone commanded. [Toledo Blade]

More Ice For Toledo - Since our Saturday's report four vessels - the Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Watertown - have arrived at this port from Kingston, each of them bringing a cargo of 300 tons of ice. Several more vessels loaded with the frozen element are en route here, two being expected tonight or tomorrow. [ibid]

That Old Superstition - The wind yesterday wasn't "fair" for vessels bound out of Chicago, but if it had been south, south-east, or south-west, not one master would have sailed. To lay a keel, launch or start out for the season on Friday is "horrible," if we were to believe the majority of the seafaring people. When Captain John Prindiville started three vessels out of Chicago on Friday, four years ago (neither was the Pamlico), there was a frightful howl raised; and all sorts of evil predicted for them. But they made "big money" that season, and it was hoped that the old superstition was broken, and that it would fall back to the dark ages. Not so, however. It still holds sway, and the "croakers" have as many followers as ever. [Chicago Inter-Ocean, 29th]

The opening of the Straits has occurred within one or two days of the 1st of May in each of the past five years. April 28th in 1876 and 1872; April 29th in 1874; April 30th, 1875; May 1st, 1873.

The Canadian propeller Bruno was seriously damaged by fire last Thursday night, while lying at Chatham. The fire caught aft in the hold, and destroyed the greater part of her upper works and stern. She will be repaired at Chatham, and will probably, in the course of a week or so, be as good as ever. Cause of fire unknown.

The new steamer Alberta is nearly completed, and will probably be launched on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week, when she will be towed to Kingston and receive her machinery. We believe it is the intention to run her from Picton to Alexandria Bay, leaving Picton every morning and returning in the evening. [Times]

Port Colborne, May 4th, 7 p.m. - Up - schr. Erie Belle, Kingston, Cleveland, light; Cavalier, Collinsby, Sheboygan, light; H. Folger, Cape Vincent, Cleveland, light; Mary Merritt, St. Catharines, Bay City, light; M.C. Cameron, Kingston, Toledo, ice; Duncan City, Toronto, Duncan City, mdse.; Florida of Quebec, Kingston, Toledo, ice; prop. Maine, Ogdensburg, Cleveland, gen. cargo; barge H.F. Church, Ogdensburg, Cleveland, iron ore.

Down - Schr. Edward Blake, Cleveland, Hamilton, coal; E.H. Rutherford, Cleveland, Hamilton, coal; J.E. Bailey, Toledo, Ogdensburg, wheat; Anglo-Saxon, Sombra, Kingston, timber; Canton, Detroit, Oswego, wheat; John Wesley, Toledo, Ogdensburg, wheat; Dauntless, Cleveland, Kingston, coal; prop. Granite State, and barge Hale, Cleveland to Ogdensburg, gen. cargo; prop. Lawrence, Chicago, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo; tug C.F. Dunbar and scow Martin, Port Colborne, Buffalo via Chippewa.

In harbor - schrs. H. Dudley, Union, Russian, Florida of Quebec, Farwell, Cavalier, Mary Merritt, M.C. Cameron, Garibaldi, Perry White, Ontario, steambarge Germania and tow, steambarge Pittsburg and tow.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 5, 1876