The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 23, 1877

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p.1 Marine Notes

Seamen's wages at Chicago are $1.00 to $1.25 per day.

The prospect is that all the timber vessels on the lakes will be fully occupied during the approaching season of navigation.

The number of sailors at Cleveland this spring is very small compared with former seasons at the opening of navigation.

It is reported that efforts are being made among owners of tugs on the St. Clair and Detroit Rivers to establish card rates.

The port of Belle River, Ontario, is to made a port of entry, and will be the only one on the Canadian shore between Windsor and Sarnia.

The schooner Grace Shannon takes corn from Chicago to Kingston at 7 cents, and the schooner G.C. Finney wheat to Kingston at 7 1/4 cents. Corn to Buffalo 3 cents.

Grain in store in Chicago, 7,956,392 bushels against 5,572,878 bushels at this time last year. A tempting bait, isn't it. At Milwaukee the quantity in store is 2,182,085 bushels.

The famous steamer Chicora is to be brought down from Lake Huron, cut in two and passed through the Welland Canal, and then put together again, and run in the passenger business between Toronto and Niagara.

Says the Detroit Tribune: The tugs A.J. Smith, Brockway, Kate Moffat, Prindiville and Crusader have formed an alliance "offensive or defensive," or in other words, a little association of their own for the present season.

First Vessel From Canada - The schooner O.M. Bond, Captain Lefevre, from Toronto, arrived here on Thursday morning. She is laden with lumber for E.L. Thornton. The Bond left Toronto on Monday night, and is the first vessel that has arrived from Canada this season. [Oswego Times]

The schooner City of Manitowoc crossed the ocean to Leith, Scotland, last fall, with a cargo of deals, and has remained there, idle, during the entire winter. It was the intention of the owners to sell her, but in this they failed to realize their expectations, and now they have ordered her back on the lakes. She left Leith for Montreal on the 5th of the present month, with a cargo of 500 tons of coal, for which the Quebec freight is to be paid. Shrewd calculators say that the vessel will run short upwards of $500 on the round trip.

p.3 Marine Items

The steamer Oswegatchie, the first of the Northern Transit boats, arrived at Swift's dock on Saturday evening from Ogdensburg. She had on board about 50 passengers, a number of horses, and a large quantity of freight.

The Hastings was to go up the Bay this afternoon on her first trip, with a large quantity of freight.

The Geneva is being got ready for service.

The schr. White Oak having loaded will leave tonight for Toronto with stone.

Mariners are asking why the storm drum should be kept up during such fine weather as yesterday. Surely it should have been ordered down before today.

Launch - Mr. Offord's yacht Emma was launched this morning at McCorkell's boat yard. During the past winter she has been completely overhauled and her model considerably changed. Her bow has been made sharper and her stern has been lengthened 16 inches on the same lines, so that she will be a good deal faster. At three o'clock this afternoon the yacht Zitella was launched at Cunningham's boatyard. During the winter she also has been fixed, her stern having been raised and lengthened.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 23, 1877