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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 3, 1876

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p.3 Dry Dock By-law - Last night, the City Council was called to meet to pass a By-law granting a loan of $20,000 to assist in constructing the dry dock at the Shipyard. The By-law has been printed, but unfortunately it was discovered that it was too late. The By-law was prepared and should have been passed prior to June last, as the calculations of the rate to be levied are made on last year's assessment. As a consequence it has to lie over now until the Chamberlain makes calculations based on this year's assessment, which will take a few days to do. After that is done the By-law will be brought up again, and will probably pass, as a misconception regarding it has been removed. The idea at first was that the city should take stock in the enterprise; but this has been abandoned. A loan of money is now what is sought.

City Council - A special meeting of the City Council was called for last evening to take into consideration the Dry Dock By-law and an amendment to the Market By-law, but there was not a quorum present....

Marine Notes

The gale of last night had the effect of bringing down some vessels, but on the whole the harbour is quiet.

James Swift's Wharf - Arrived - the Magnet from Montreal; the Spartan from Hamilton; the Oswego Belle from Oswego; the D.C. West from the Canal; and the Dromedary from Montreal.

Montreal Transportation Company - Arrived - The Belle Mitchell, Chicago, 17,556 bush. wheat; Westside, Chicago, 19,000 bush. corn; Cossack, Chicago, 19,300 bush. corn; Willie Keller, Chicago, 16,088 bush. corn; Ellsworth, Chicago, 20,298 bush. corn; Lady McDonald, 17,920 bush. corn. The tug Glide arrived with barges Duluth, Advance, Lorne, Toledo, Acadia, Wheatbin, and Glengarry. Cleared - Glide with barges Lorne, 16,000 bush. corn; McCarthy, 14,635 bush. peas; Corncrib, 19,000 bush. corn; Wheatbin, 17,557 bush. wheat; and Montreal, 288,000 feet lumber for Quebec.

A Propellor Wrecked - The propellor Lake Erie, of the Lake and River Line of Hamilton, Canada, loaded with ten thousand five hundred bushels of wheat from Detroit for Montreal, went ashore on Frazier's shoal one mile below Edwardsburg, Canada, on Thursday last. The vessel is insured in the Royal Canadian and the Phoenix, and the grain in the Buffalo agency of Smith, Davis & Clark. Considerable difficulty is found in lightening her, as the current pushed her further on as fast as she is lightened. The wreckers intend sinking an old scow loaded with stone outside to break the force of the current - then lighten her and draw her off.

Seizures - The Americans are making hay in the matter of vessel seizures - two having been captured the other day in the river. The schr. Wacome, bound for Glasgow with lumber, was seized by a United States Marshal the other day at Ogdensburg for debt, and was taken out of a tow of barges to which she was attached. The Captain of the schr. Babineau & Gaudry, which is at present ashore at Dickinson's Landing, was arrested at the suit of parties in Oswego for obtaining goods under false pretenses, and the Oswego Palladium thinks he stands a fair chance of going to Auburn Prison. The schooner was loaded with coal oil for Cork, Ireland, and it is supposed that the seizure was made previous to the Captain getting out of Canadian waters to make sure of the money. The schooner is completely stripped of chains, sails, ropes, etc., and it is said the only thing left on her is a heavy mortgage. She will not be able to get to Cork this season.

Calvin & Breck's 16th and last raft for the season has left in tow of the Chieftain. It consisted of about fifteen drams of timber and staves.

A Gale - Last night, at 8:10 the storm drum was ordered up, and almost immediately afterwards a gale began to blow from the south. The storm continued all night, and this morning was blowing with unabated violence. In the afternoon, however, it seemed to be a little calmer, but there is a tremendous sea on, dashing over the piers at the harbour. We have not heard of any damage being done by the gale, but the steamer Magnet and the prop. Dromedary are lying at Swift's dock wind bound. They will not venture out until the sea goes down.

Port Colborne, Oct. 2nd - Up - Schr. Grantham, Quebec, Muskegon, light; props. City of New York, Ogdensburg, Toledo, gen. cargo; Scotia, St. Catharines, Toledo, light.

Down - schrs. Fanny Campbell, Toledo, Kingston, wheat; Adventure, Detroit, Oswego, wheat; W.H. Rounds, Detroit, Thorold, wheat; Monterey, Chicago, Prescott, wheat; Columbian, Alpena, London, lumber; H. Fitzhugh, Chicago, Kingston, corn; Albacore, Bay City, Port Dalhousie, timber; Penokee, Milwaukee, Oswego, wheat; Sea Gull, Toledo, Oswego, corn; Persia, Vermillion, Toronto, stone; Wm. Elgin, Goderich, Belleville, salt; Arabia, Chicago, Kingston, corn; C.C. Barnes, Milwaukee, Port Colborne, wheat; Delos Dewolf, Chicago, Port Colborne, wheat.

In Harbour - schrs. Grantham, Florida of Quebec, Maize, Russian, Defiance, Forest Queen, J. Graham, and Rutherford.


It having been stated that the above yacht has been "libelled" in New York, Captain Gifford makes public the following communication: "In the Cobourg Star newspaper of this week appears a paragraph copied from the New York Sun relative to the affairs of the yacht Countess of Dufferin, accompanied by some Star editorial remarks. If the editor of the Star had one spark of common courtesy in his composition he might have ascertained by enquiry from those at Cobourg, who know everything concerning the affairs of the yacht, and who were close at hand, whether there was any truth in the statements of the New York Sun, and not have been in such a hurry to insert matter from a Yankee paper, the aim of whose editor appears to be to maliciously injure the reputation of the yacht and thereby perhaps cheapen her for some one of his enterprising countrymen to purchase a bargain. One would have thought that an editor from Cobourg would have had the greatest hesitation in giving publicity to foreign newspaper calumnies on a vessel that was modelled, built and sailed from his own town and by his own townsmen; a vessel, too, which has made a better race with the American yachts than did the best yacht they could send from England. In answer to the kind remarks of my friend of the Star, I beg to state that there are no debts owing on the yacht in New York. The bills sent in were extortionate, and trouble was caused by one individual on this account. The debts of the yacht did not amount to $2,000. Capt. Cuthbert is not the principal stockholder in the yacht. Major Gifford did not telegraph to the creditors to go for payment to Mr. F. Schmidt. Mr. Schmidt had no authority to offer the yacht for sale for $8,000; and I am quite sure did not do so; and the competent judges, who say that she may be sold for between $3,000 and $4,000 are, doubtless, the editor of the New York Sun and his cute American friends, who hope to get a good thing for nothing. [Leader]

The debts incurred by the owners of the yacht Countess of Dufferin will be settled today by Messrs. Cameron & Co., of 23 South William Street, that firm having received a cheque yesterday from Major Gifford. The debts in all will amount to nearly $2,000. It is said that Major Gifford has given instruction for a suit to be begun against Mr. McRoberts, for unlawfully seizing and disposing of the lug-foresail belonging to the Countess of Dufferin of Dufferin, to satisfy a claim of $43. The foresail was valued at $250 and was sold for $100. Messrs. Cameron have the yacht for sale, but so far they have received no offer, and unless they do so in a short time the yacht is to return to Canadian waters. [N.Y. Herald]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 3, 1876