The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 2, 1877

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p.2 The lake schooner M.L. Higgie, of Chicago, sailed from Quebec, on Saturday, with a cargo of lumber, for Cape Town, South Africa. This is the first time a lake vessel has attempted such a distant voyage. Her owners expect a return cargo of wool and hides.

p.3 The Oil Trade - The Sarnia Canadian says: "Mr. John McMillan, formerly of Petrolia, but now of Montreal, has at last put into practice a theory which he has advocated for years, as to the advantage of direct shipments of oil by water from Sarnia. As we stated in a late issue, the schooner Fanny Campbell has been fitted up by McEwen & Son, Kingston, for Mr. McMillan, specially for the trade. The vessel arrived here some days ago and was moored at the Dominion Refinery dock, where she was loaded, and whence she was despatched on Friday last. By Mr. McMillan's plan, the oil - in this case distillate - is brought from Petrolia by tank cars, and conducted thence to a 3,000 barrel receiving tank near the river. The vessel is fitted with six iron tanks having altogether a capacity of 2,800 barrels, and into these the oil is pumped out of the receiving tank by steam power. This season only one trip, direct to Montreal, will be made; but for next season Mr. McMillan's programme is to run the oil schooner to Kingston only, where he has purchased the old Morton Distillery property for use as a receiving depot. Thence the oil is to be conveyed by barges to Montreal, where Mr. McMillan's refinery is located. From Mr. Alex. McDonald, of Petrolia, Mr. McMillan's manager here, we learn that it is intended to make 11 trips during next season of navigation."

Gale - At an early hour this morning, the storm drum was ordered up, and a furious gale began to blow from the south soon after. Between nine and ten o'clock it blew very hard, and old sailors around Ontario Street say that it was the roughest gale seen in the harbour for years. So high did the waves rise, that the water was swept over the deck of a barge lying alongside the railway track. The water also rushed over the docks, causing much inconvenience to persons working there. So far as can be ascertained no damage has occurred in the harbour, but it is almost certain that some disasters have occurred out in the lake. Towards the afternoon the gale moderated, the wind changing to the southwest. The ferry steamers made their usual trips, and the steamer Hastings arrived down the Bay shortly before two o'clock, apparently none the worse of the blow.

The Mail Steamers - The mail steamers are now making their last trips. The Algerian will probably be down tomorrow morning to lie up. The Spartan is expected up this evening from Montreal, if not detained by the gale, and will proceed up the lake, lying up when she comes down to Kingston. The Corsican will be the last boat of the season, leaving Montreal tomorrow, going up to Hamilton, and lying up when she is on her way down.

Marine Notes

Holcomb & Stewart - schrs. Antelope, from Chicago, with 22,300 bush. barley; White Oak, from Northport, with 13,300 bush. barley; A. Muir, from Chicago, with 22,200 bush. barley; Hyderabad, from Chicago, with 20,200 bush. wheat; Arabia, from Chicago, with 21,000 bush. wheat; St. Louis, from Chicago, with 19,500 bush. wheat; Jessie McDonald, from Bay of Quinte, with 5,000 bush. peas; M. O'Gorman, from Bay of Quinte, with 8,000 bush. barley; Gulnair, from Toledo, with 20,800 bush. corn; prop. Alma Munro, from Detroit, lightened 5,000 bush. wheat. Departures for Montreal in tow of tug Chieftain - barges Lark, 19,000 bush. wheat; Siren, 22,500 bush. barley; Star No. 1, 21,060 bush. barley; Snipe, 12,000 bush. wheat; Rapid, 11,000 bush. corn; Mona, 18,000 bush. barley and corn; Odessa, 16,000 bush. peas and corn. Barge Eagle arrived with 3,000 bags salt, and barges Ox and Finch 3,000.

Port Colborne, Nov. 1st - Up - schrs. Wacousta; Lady Dufferin, Fair Haven, Port Colborne, light; Jennie White, Ogdensburg, Ashtabula, iron ore; tug Dufferin, Fair Haven, Detroit, light; steambarge Swallow, Ogdensburg, Detroit, light; barge Dashing Wave, Ogdensburg, Detroit, light.

Down - schrs. Sam Cook, Milwaukee, Oswego, wheat; Montauk, Chicago, Ogdensburg, oats; Correspondent, Black River, Brockville, coal; Mystic Star, Milwaukee, Oswego, wheat; J. Mathews, Milwaukee, Oswego, wheat; Guiding Star, Milwaukee, Oswego, wheat; Sir C.T. Van Straubenzie, Chicago, Kingston, wheat and rye; Cecilia, Muskegon, Kingston, deals; Watertown, Chicago, Ogdensburg, corn; Mediterranean, Alpena, Ogdensburg, lumber; Mysotis, Milwaukee, Sackett's Harbour, wheat; Emerald, Chicago, Kingston, wheat; Amoreth, Chicago, Ogdensburg, corn.

At Elevator - schr. Ella Murton, Chicago, Port Colborne, corn.

In Harbour - schrs. Orphan Boy and Mary.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Nov. 2, 1877