The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 25, 1876

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p.2 Toronto, Oct. 25th - The str. City of Toronto will lie up for the winter on Saturday.

p.3 War In The St. Lawrence - The Brockville Recorder says: "On Wednesday the tug Arctic took the bark Hemisphere in tow, and passed down the river, keeping the Canadian shore all the distance to the mouth of the canal, where at latest information she was still lying. The affair has clearly demonstrated the fact that the Canadian channel can be safely navigated by vessels of large tonnage. The Hemisphere had on board a small brass cannon which the Captain threatened to use, should the crew of the Plumb endeavour to effect a capture in Canadian waters." All these warlike preparations were made in order to avoid falling into the hands of an Ogdensburg Deputy Marshall for debt. Later - The Hemisphere successfully passed down, although closely watched.

The Dry Dock - The steam pump has now been got into working order and does its work splendidly. The water was all pumped out and yesterday and was let into the Dock again. Mr. Power expects to begin operations next week.

Taxation of Vessels - This question - an annually recurring one - is about to be brought up again, and it is necessary that the City Council should grapple with it in some way or other. There is no law to permit a reduction of the taxation on vessels, but it does seem hard that the owners should be made to pay the full amount when the vessels are actually no expense to the city, but rather a benefit, as the cost of refitting them in the spring goes into the pockets of the citizens. We understand that an attempt is about to be made to get a special Act of Legislature to enable the city to assess vessels at a certain proportion of their value, instead of, as heretofore, at their full value. This will probably be the means of preventing vessels being taken away from the harbour during winter, by being lured up elsewhere, where no taxes are levied.

Marine Notes

Where Is She ? - The schr. Montpelier is said to have left Collingwood on the 3rd instant for Alpena to load lumber for Chicago, and up to last accounts had not reached there. "The question is where is she ?" [Oswego Times]

The Bark Massillon - Gen. R.A. Alger received a telegram from Port Huron yesterday stating that the tug Vulcan on Wednesday had picked up, off Saginaw Bay, the crew of the bark Massillon. No further particulars were given and we are unable to learn from any one here that news of any disaster to the Massillon had been received. Whether she had foundered or water-logged, or for what reason the crew had been compelled to leave their ship, was simply conjecture. Further intelligence will be anxiously awaited. It was reported on the docks that she left Port Huron on Monday for Chicago. [Detroit Tribune]

Heavy Shortage - The Welland Railway elevator at Port Colborne continues to wax fat on its sops from vessels, as it will be seen from the following shortage which occurred last week: The schr. Golden Fleece contributed 97 bushels of wheat out of a cargo of 29,000 bushels; the schooner Augusta 65 bushels on 18,000; the Northwest 95 bushels on 28,000; the J. Maria Scott 93 bushels on 24,000; and the Aetna 58 bushels on 20,500. But the boss "take" was from the propeller Tecumseh, which was short about 130 bushels on 35,000. If carriers would only insist on a premium of 1 cent per bushel on cargoes to Canadian shippers might be compelled to show less indifference in the matter of shortage than they do now. [Milwaukee Sentinel]

Port Colborne, Oct. 24th - Up - schrs. Lady Dufferin, Cobourg, Cleveland, iron ore; Senator Blood, St. Catharines, Toledo, light; Undine, Hamilton, Cleveland, light; Havana, Oswego, Chicago, salt; Emue, Ogdensburg, Cleveland, iron ore; G.B. Sloan, Northport, Chicago, barley.

Down - schrs. Maize, Toledo, Oswego, corn; Prince Alfred, Toledo, Oswego, corn; Fanny Campbell, Toledo, Kingston, corn; Jennie Matthews, Detroit, St. Catharines, wheat; W.B. Phelps, Toledo, Oswego, wheat; O.M. Bond, Chicago, Oswego, wheat; Alpha, Perry Sound, St. Catharines, lumber; Florida of Quebec, Toledo, Kingston, corn; prop. Champlain, Chicago, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo.

In Harbour - schrs. Rising Star, W.B. Sloan, Undine, Lady Dufferin, Two Friends, Emue, Senator Blood, Mary Battle, Havana, Russian.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 25, 1876