The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 10, 1876

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p.1 City Council - Ald. Power brought up the petition of the Richelieu and Ontario Navigation Company stating that they intended to lay up four steamers in Kingston this year, and they wished to lay one of these at the wharf at the foot of Clarence Street. They wanted to get a proper place to take out some of the heavy machinery.

Ald. Gaskin opposed the granting of the petition, as did Ald. Allen. The latter thinking that the city had no power to grant permission to lay up vessels at the foot of the streets.

Ald. Dupuis thought there was no inconsistency in granting permission, as last spring there was a great discussion on the removal of taxation from vessels to get them to lay up.

Ald. Gaskin thought it unfair to owners of wharves to grant permission to this Company to lay up their steamers free of charge.

Ald. Tandy said that this line took the precaution not to leave any steamers here which wanted repairs.

Referred to the Committee on Streets with power to act.

p.3 Yachting - The schooner yacht Oriole arrived in the harbour last night, down the lake she must have had a rough time. We hear a whisper of another yacht race being got up here, to which the Belleville boats will be invited. The Kingston yachtsmen are convinced that if there was plenty of sea room given their boats would easily beat the Belleville boats. We hope that the proposed race will come off soon.

Marine Notes

Montreal Transportation Co. - Arrived - Schr. L. Seaton, from Chicago, 15,000 bush. wheat. The tug Elfin left with barges Glengarry, 16,050 bush. corn; Advance, 13,398 bush. corn; Iroquois, 1,171 bush. wheat and 20,350 bush. corn; Dalhousie, 17,500 bush. wheat; Ontario, 16,690 bush. corn.

James Swift - Called - The D.C. West from Westport; J.H. Kemp from Oswego; Europe from Montreal. The barge Eagle loaded flour here for Montreal and left this morning.

Laid Up - The schooner Arabia has been laid up for the season, freights not being high enough to pay wages. The schr. Watertown has gone to Clayton to lay up there, for the same reason.

The coal oil taken out of the Babineau & Gaudry left for Montreal this morning, and the schr. will be hauled out immediately for repairs.

The Gale - Last night about seven o'clock, a furious gale came on from the south, and blew heavily during the whole night. The amount of damage done is not so serious as it might have been, but there is enough to show the fury with which the gale raged. It was more particularly felt at the upper part of the harbour, Holcomb & Steward's office suffering seriously. The waves dashed over the pier, and scattered everything before them, and at one time there was about two feet of water in the office. At the shipyard, the prop. Indian broke away from her moorings, carrying with her two of Stewart's barges, but fortunately a line was got on before they got out of the slip. The Indian carried away the bowsprit of the schr. Columbian, which was lying there, and if the propeller had not been stopped the schooner would have been sunk. The schr. Mary Foster came over from the island in the gale, and being unable to make Swift's dock she dropped anchor, and dragged down as far as the bridge, which she attacked stern on, damaging her considerably. The schr. Augusta, which left here yesterday morning, ran aground a short distance above Bath during the gale. She was bound for the Canal. The schr. Orient is ashore near Sackett's Harbour, and the Captain has telegraphed for assistance. The Lightguard has lost her jib-boom. Captain Muir, of the schr. Margaret Muir, informs us that such was the strength of the gale that he ran from Long Point to Four Mile Point - about 45 miles - in four hours. He left Muskegon last Sunday, and arrived here this morning, having been detained by stress of weather nearly 12 hours in Port Dalhousie. The telegraph wires of the Dominion Telegraph Co. across the Cataraqui Bridge were blown down this morning but they are all right again. The gale has very much moderated today, and the sea has nearly gone down.

Sad Disaster - The fine schr. Erie Belle, which left Kingston last week, was dismasted yesterday on Lake Erie. The telegram announcing the disaster says that one of the sailors - a Kingston man named John McGowan - was drowned. The unfortunate man leaves a wife and one child. No particulars of the disaster except the above have been received.

Port Colborne, Oct. 10th - The schr. Cortez left here yesterday morning and made Long Point. She returned here this morning, having lost her large anchor, 30 fathoms of chain, staysail, jib, flying jib, mainmast, sprung a leak, and the vessel badly strained in the storm of last night. She reports a great many vessels behind her, but thinks they are all right.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 10, 1876