The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 8, 1876

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p.2 High Water - The water of the lake has risen to a greater degree this spring, than for many years. It is fully two feet above what it was last summer, when the alarmists used to write articles showing that the St. Lawrence was drying up. A few good sized vessels can float on it yet.

Marine Notes

The harbour is still comparatively dull, although several arrivals are reported since Saturday. There was quite a heavy sea this morning.

The storm drum was ordered up at 10 o'clock yesterday morning, and was taken down today at 9 o'clock. The expected storm did not come.

The propeller Calabria, when she is got off at Edwardsburg, will be towed into Ogdensburg for repairs. She is badly damaged. Captain Davidson, Marine Inspector at Montreal, telegraphed Messrs. Power & Son to ask if they could haul out the steamer; if so she would be sent to Kingston. They had no accommodation for her, consequently she had to go to Ogdensburg. This is another argument in favour of a graving dock at Kingston.

G.M. Millar & Co. - The schr. Nellie Hunter arrived from Cobourg with 10,000 bushels of wheat; barge Mona left for Montreal with 17,500 bushels of wheat.

Montreal Transportation Company - schr. Magdala, from Port Whitby, 7,865 bush. wheat; schr. H. Butler, from Cobourg, 6,320 bush. peas and wheat; schr. Annie Falconer, from Toronto, 12,148 bush. spring wheat. The tug Bronson left for Montreal with barges Cleveland, 18,500 bush. peas; Montreal, 18,250 bush. wheat; Harvest, 14,065 bush. wheat; Toronto, 21,500 bush. wheat; and the barge Ark, for Quebec, with 500,000 feet of lumber.

James Swift's Wharf - The props. Columbia, from Hamilton; Dromedary from Port Dalhousie; Canada from Hamilton; str. Corinthian from Montreal; tugs C.W. Dennis and Golden City, from Toronto, and steam-dredge Nipigon, from Toronto for Montreal. The dredge was in tow of the C.W. Dennis. The steambarge Welshman left for Ottawa on Saturday. The schr. Ranton (sic - Canton ?) arrived today from Belleville with a cargo of brick.

A. Gunn & Co.'s Wharf - The schr. Laurel left for Oswego, and the str. Rochester arrived from Belleville with passengers and general cargo.

The schr. Mary Grover is on the ways of the shipyard for repairs. She is getting a general overhauling.

Messrs. Power & Sons are building two new schooners for the grain trade, one of which will soon be ready for launching, the other having just got her frame work up.

Buoys In Toronto Harbour - Buoys have been placed in Toronto harbour as follows:

Lighthouse Point - Buoys at the point of the Island to mark off the bank that has formed to the S. and S.W. of the Lighthouse Point. One iron buoy painted all black, the point lighthouse bears from it N. by E. Another iron buoy, painted black, with white ball on the end, bearing from the first W. by N. 1/2 N.; the lighthouse bears from it N.E. 1/2 E. A spar buoy, painted black, stands on the N.W. point of the bank, which bears from the iron buoy with ball on the end N.W. 1/2 N. The lighthouse bears E.N.E., and the cupola of the Central Prison N.W. by N. 3/4 N. The two bell buoys are placed in eight fathoms water, and the spar buoys in eighteen feet. It is not safe for vessels to go inside of them, as the bank raises very sharply.

West Channel - The red buoy at the entrance stands in eleven feet of water on the west point of the bar. The black buoys were put down around the face of the bank in nine feet six inches. There are thirteen feet of water in mid-channel.

East Channel - The buoys in the east channel are placed as last year viz: Two red spar buoys on the east or starboard side coming into the bay, and two black spar buoys on the west or port side. There are seven and a half feet of water mid-channel, between the buoys. Landmarks coming into the east channel are the cupola of the St. Lawrence Hall, and line with steeple of the Methodist Church with four spires on top on Church street. The course by compass coming in is N.W. by W.

Collision - On Tuesday morning last the schooner Caroline Marsh struck the west corner of the East Pier and carried away one timber, glancing off, and striking the new work of the West Pier, doing damage to nearly the amount of $100. [Port Hope Times]

Short Tick - Dry dock and vessel supply men at various lake ports are looking forward to holding in Detroit a convention for their mutual interests. They say that in view of the gloomy prospects for freights the coming season they feel that it may be well for all parties engaged in repairing and supplying vessels to have some concerted action in regard to the manner in which they shall do business hereafter. They justly think it a dangerous operation to trust a vessel which is working at a loss to its owner, and that as soon as owners know they cannot get trusted they will cease taking non-paying freight. [ib]

The Season - The present spring is pronounced by old navigators and boatmen as without a parallel in former years. During the winter the weather was not sufficiently cold to form much ice, and at one time it was regarded as quite certain that the opening of navigation would be amongst the earliest ever known. It now looks as though it might prove to be the latest or among the latest. Although boats have passed the Straits, it is quite certain that there will need to be a second opening before vessels can freely pass up or down. There are now probably not less than forty or fifty crafts at or in the vicinity of Mackinac, which are kept back by the ice, and they may be thus hindered for several days. Buffalo harbor is still sealed by the bands of winter, and Port Colborne is reached with difficulty, tugs being compelled to make a way for vessels to enter the harbour. It may well be said that upon this, the 3rd day of May, navigation is not yet open. [Detroit Tribune]

Well Done - Last Friday, as the steam barge R.J. Hackett was coming through the Straits, it was found that the ice had broken an ugly hole in her side, about one foot below water lines, and well forward, and that water was running freely into her hold. The captain made directly for old Mackinaw Point and ran her upon the beach, raising the broken plank above the water. With plank canvas and spike, the injury was soon repaired so that she could go forward with safety, when she was backed off without aid, and came down with no trouble. [ib]

Port Colborne, May 7th, 9 p.m. - Up - schr. J. Marie Scott not through locks.

Arrived - schrs. White Oak and St. Lawrence

In harbour - bound for Buffalo, but detained by the ice, schr. Ella Theresa, steam-barge Mary Mills, Germania and tow, schr. Garibaldi.

Schooner Belle McFee Lost - Meaford, May 7th - Captain A. McFee, of the three-masted schooner Belle McFee of Owen Sound, arrived here this forenoon with the crew in a small boat, and reports that his vessel was caught in an ice shove about one o'clock this morning, eight miles north west of Collingwood lighthouse, which stove in some of her planks forward, heeling her over on her beam end, and carrying away her mast and forerigging. She then sank into fathoms of water, leaving scarcely time for the crew to take to their boats. They arrived here almost frozen. She was owned by Mr. A. McFee, Sr., Owen Sound, and valued at $10,000; insured for $6,000. She was loaded with 10,000 bushels of wheat from Ross Bros., Leith insured.

Richelieu and Ontario Navigation Company


Comprising the following first class Iron and Composite Upper Cabin Steamers between Hamilton and Quebec.

Corsican Capt. Sinclair

Spartan Capt. Dunlop

Corinthian Capt. Farrell

Passport Capt. Sherwood

Algerian Capt. Trowell

One of the above steamers will leave for Toronto and Hamilton, calling at Intermediate Ports (weather permitting) on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 5:30 p.m. Also one will leave for Montreal and Quebec on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 6 a.m.

For passage tickets and any information apply at the Lake and River Steamboat Office, St. Lawrence Wharf, foot of Johnson Street.

May 8th C.H. Hatch, Passenger Agent

p.3 Toronto, May 8th - Owing to the inclemency of the weather the launch of the Countess of Dufferin has been postponed till Wednesday, and will then be further postponed if the day should not be favourable.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 8, 1876