The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 16, 1877

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p.1 Lake Steamer Traffic - Propellers Asia and Sovereign and steamer Manitoba will be on the Windsor and Lake Superior Steamship Line. Steamers Spartan, Corsican and Algerian are fitting out, and will commence as soon as the lower canals are open. The propellers of the Northern Transportation Company are fitting out at Cleveland. The Oswego Belle and Kincardine will be placed on the routes they had last season.

p.3 The Yacht Countess of Dufferin - It is said that Captain Cuthbert, of Cobourg, has attached the Yacht Countess of Dufferin, for last year's wages. The Countess is an unfortunate craft.

Marine Notes

The harbour does not yet present a very busy appearance, owing to the non-arrival of vessels. Active preparations are being made, however, for work.

The Brooklyn and Prince Alfred left on Saturday night, the former for Bay City and the latter for Toledo. The B.W. Folger is expected to leave this evening for Toronto, with stone.

The schooner Denmark arrived at Garden Island today with timber from Toronto, having made the first round trip of the season.

Mr. I.H. Radford has, we are informed, purchased the schr. Mary Ann, for $2,500.

The Maud made her first trip to Cape Vincent and back this morning. She will run regularly now twice a day.

Navigation - The ice still holds in Big Bay, consequently there have been no arrivals. The steamer Armenia is to endeavour to force a passage through Picton Bay on Wednesday. [Belleville Intelligencer]

Navigation Prospects - The Picton Gazette says: "With the exception of some open water in the harbour, the ice holds firm in the bay as far as the eye can reach. Vessel owners are busily engaged in getting ready for business as soon as the ice moves. It is reported that the Utica will make an attempt to reach Belleville on Monday next."

The Queen is being fitted out, and will be put on her usual routes as soon as there will be business for her to do.

The Clara Louise is undergoing some alterations that will add to her carrying capacity; the wheel has been moved to the upper deck; the forward sides raised a foot or more, and the boiler grates raised so that coal instead of wood can be used as fuel. [Gananoque Reporter]

p.4 Loss of the Norfolk - On last Thursday morning, at about 2 o'clock, the steamer Norfolk was discovered to be on fire. The alarm was given and the engine was quickly taken to as near the scene as possible, but owing to the vessel being moored at the left bank of the river, and the high wind, was unable to subdue the flames. The schooner David Andrews, owned by Messrs. Downey Bros., lying near the steamer, took fire but was quickly removed from danger, and the flames extinguished. The steamer was burned to the guards, and may be considered a total wreck. She was owned by Capt. Collier, of Newburgh, who had just begun necessary repairs in order to have her ready for service at the opening of navigation. The origin of the fire is unknown. Loss about $7,000; insured in the Stadacona for $4,000. [Standard]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 16, 1877