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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 16, 1876

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p.1 Yachting - The yacht Countess of Dufferin, Royal Canadian Yacht Club, 221 tons, under the command of Major Gifford, Vice-Commodore R.C.Y. Club, will be at Toronto some time before the end of May en route to Quebec and the Centennial Regatta, New York. The Vice-Commodore has three or four berths for gentlemen from Toronto. Each will have to take $20 stock in the yacht, to be repaid when she is sold, and pay $50 for the trip exclusive of wines and liquors. For this each will have a separate berth, and one week will be allowed at Philadelphia for seeing the Exhibition, after which the berths are to be given up and the agreement terminates. Orders will have to be obeyed as in Her Majesty's service, and all or any passengers will have to go on shore during a race if required to do so. Address Major Gifford, V.C., R.C.Y. Club, Cobourg, Ontario. The yacht will be fully equipped by Saturday, May 20th. [Globe]

p.2 Launch At Seeley's Bay - Mr. Annesley of Kingston has been building a Sloop 90 feet long, 19 feet beam, 6 feet hold for Mr. William Richardson, of Seeley's Bay. The launch was announced for Wednesday, 3rd inst., at 3 p.m. About 250 persons assembled at the time and watched with great interest the fixing of ways, etc., till about 6:30, when the ship started for the water. It being the first launch in this part, there was considerable excitement and loud cheering. Moving majestically on her ways she received the honours of the Royal Titles Bill "Empress" as her name, but very unceremoniously came to a halt after moving about half her length, after much labour she was got afloat on Thursday at 6 p.m. [Gananoque Reporter]

The Bay - The str. Shannon is making trips from Picton to Belleville and Napanee punctually on alternate days. She starts from Picton every morning at 6 o'clock, and is a useful means of communication between the different ports at the head of the Bay. A pleasanter trip cannot be found anywhere in summer than by the Shannon, which is commanded again this year by Captain Johnson, whose care and attention to the comfort and safety of his passengers is well known.

The Picton - The steamer Picton left Picton early yesterday morning for Toronto. She will run on the route between Toronto and Port Dalhousie this season. Captain Morden is again in command, and Mr. William Porter, son of Mr. James Porter, of Picton, continues to be the active and efficient manager for the Company at Toronto. Mr. Porter left by the Picton yesterday to resume his duties.

A New Steam Yacht - Mr. W.H. Magee, of Merrickville, has just received his new steam yacht from Chaffey Bros., of Kingston. She is 35 feet long and 8 feet beam, and makes ten miles an hour. [Enterprise]

Marine Notes

The harbour is again assuming a quiet appearance, the recent rush being apparently over. Several vessels have arrived, however, and are discharging their cargoes.

St. Lawrence & Chicago Forwarding Co. - Arrived - The schr. Goldhunter, from Port Dalhousie, with 19,932 bush. wheat.

Montreal Transportation Company - Arrived - schrs. Twilight, from Toronto, 13,860 bush. wheat; Yankee Blade, Chicago, 15,675 bush. wheat; barges Wheatbin and Chicago, from the Bay of Quinte, with 21,000 bush. of wheat each. Cleared - The tug Bronson, with barges Lorne, 15,500 bush. wheat; Dalhousie, 16,000 bush. wheat; Corncrib, 18,000 bush. wheat; Colborne, 3,745 bush. peas and 17,600 bush. wheat.

James Swift's Wharf - The arrivals at Swift's since yesterday are the steamer Spartan downwards and the Kincardine from Oswego. The latter boat is on her first trip this season.

A. Gunn & Co.'s Wharf - Arrived the steamers Alexandra from Trenton and Rochester from Belleville.

The storm drum was up all day yesterday and today, but the storm predicted thereby has not come yet.

Freights - The latest quotation in freights is 6 1/2 cents per bushel on wheat, from Milwaukee to Kingston. Business dull.

Holcomb & Stewart's Wharf - Cleared, the barge Finch, with 12,500 bush. wheat.

G.M. Millar & Co. - Cleared, the barge Virginia with 10,300 bush. wheat and 5,000 bush. peas.

A collision occurred a few days ago in the Lachine Canal between the schr. Marquis, in tow of the tug Robb, and the prop. Columbia. The latter had her after cabin carried away and the schooner had her bowsprit smashed.

Port Colborne, May 15th, 7 p.m. - Up - schrs. R. Morwood, Welland, Spanish River, light; Canton, Oswego, Detroit; Sarah Jane, St. Catharines, Port Colborne, light; prop. Alma Munro, Montreal, Port Stanley, gen. cargo.

Down - schrs. Winona, Chicago, Kingston, corn; Cecelia, Romney, Collins' Bay, timber; Gleniffer, Bay City, Kingston, do.; steambarge Swallow, Manistee, Ogdensburg, lumber; barge Adriatic, Port Huron, do., do.; Dashing Wave, do., do., do.; schr. J.G. McGrath, Kincardine, Kingston, wheat; Jennie White, Cleveland, do., coal; Jane C. Woodruff, Presque Isle, Port Metcalfe, timber; America, Chicago, Kingston, corn; Alona ?, do., do., do.; Magdalen, Bay City, do., timber; W.J. Preston, Milwaukee, do., wheat; prop. Scotia, Southampton, Montreal, gen. cargo.

In Harbour - schrs. Eliza Allen, Farewell, Russian, Perry White, prop. Pittsburg and barges.

At Elevator - schr. F.C. Street, discharging.

The Old Way - The schooner Surprise, while attempting to navigate the river Sunday under canvas got aground on Belle Isle. She was bound up and had on board 6,000 bushels of corn from Toledo for Port Sarnia. Several tugs went to her rescue, but none succeeded in getting a line out. The captain argued that the times were too hard to hire a tug, and therefore fell back on the old fashioned way of releasing a vessel in distress. The anchors were placed out ahead of the craft and a heavy strain put on them. This not being sufficient to release her, bags were sent for, and in about six hours the whole bank in the neighbourhood of the schooner was covered with sacks of corn. After lightering about 2,000 bushels the vessel succeeded in getting off. Her corn was reloaded and she went on her way rejoicing - a tow bill saved and the tugs surprised. [Detroit Post]

A Large Fleet - A very large fleet of vessels passed down yesterday, numbering fifty and sixty sail. About all the grain-loaded vessels that have cleared from Lake Michigan ports upon their first trip for this season, have now passed down. It is believed that there is not one left upon the lakes or rivers above this port. Capt. Kenyon of the steamer Ward, reports seeing only two sail upon Lake Huron on his passage down yesterday, and at the Tug Association office last evening it was reported that by tonight they would have all passed this port. [Detroit Tribune]

Laying Up - Navigation is not yet fully open, but already vessels which have started out are beginning to lay up for better times. The schooner Thomas W. Perry goes from Cleveland to Escanaba to lay up until times are better, and the schooners Eagle Wing and Superior, it is stated, have been brought to this city for the same purpose. [ib]

The steamer Alexandra had such a heavy load on her first trip up that she did not arrive here until yesterday (Sunday) morning. Every available spot was made use of for the storage of freight, even the hurricane deck being loaded with heavy goods. [Intelligencer]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 16, 1876