The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 24, 1877

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p.3 Wrecking On the Lakes - The Oswego Palladium is seriously excercised because American tugs are not allowed to do work at wrecking in Canadian waters, and makes the following astounding statement: "This would not be so bad if the Canadians had any means of giving the assistance needed in such cases. But the truth is they have not a tug on the whole line of their coast that is fit to go to sea in heavy weather, or that could be of any service in a case where promp assistance was necessary." Of course we do not know where the Palladium obtained this information, but we beg to say that at Garden Island, near this city, is to be found the only complete wrecking apparatus on the continent of North America, consisting of steamers, pumps, chains, and even pontoons. These are certainly not possessed in Oswego, nor even at Detroit, where most of the noise is made about the preventing of American tugs working on Canadian waters. And we are sure vessel men generally will corroborate the statement when we say that as a wrecker Captain John Donnelly, of Garden Island, cannot be surpassed by any one.

The schr. Julia arrived at Oswego from Kingston on Thursday afternoon. The Captain intends bringing her back to Kingston.

Yacht Race - The Belleville people speak of having a yacht race tomorrow. The Intelligencer says that the Kingston and Trenton yachts are invited to compete, in order that the wonderfully open season may be duly honoured.

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Navigation Still Open - The schr. Julia, Capt. Tyo, arrived here at noon today from Kingston, with 7,393 bushels of barley, consigned to Irwin and Sloan. The Julia left Kingston Tuesday night, but on account of a fresh head wind from the southward yesterday, the vessel ran back under Four Mile Point, where she lay until 7 o'clock this morning, at which time she left for this port with a fair wind. [Oswego Times]

The Chicago Inter-Ocean says it does not seem to be generally known that holding grain for any length of time rapidly rots a vessel. A well-known owner who in previous years has allowed his vessels to hold grain all winter, found that great injury had been sustained by dry rot, and he no longer allows his property to be used as store-houses. There is no ventilation, of course, and the air, becoming hot and foul, works great and very rapid injury. In view of the fact that vessels store grain every winter and charters are now being so made, it would seem as if this question was worth investigating.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Dec. 24, 1877