The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Mar 1861

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p.2 The Steamboat Competition On the St. Clair - there have been 11 collisions between steamer Dart, Capt. Dustin, and steamer Forester, Capt. Ward and the Ruby - court case results.

Are Our Lake Craft Adapted to Ocean Navigation?

We have given a few particulars of the voyage of the barque T.F. Park, but there are one or two additional points worthy of special mention, as connected with questions bearing directly upon the interests of commerce.

The Parks belongs to Mr. Jno. McLeod, of Amhertsburg, C.W., and was chartered by Messrs. J. Aspinall & Son, of this City, to take a cargo of 16,000 bushels of wheat from Milwaukee to Cork for orders. She left Quebec on the 24th December, in company with the first class ship Lord Wadoston, the two vessels being towed out by the same steamer.The first class ships Ocean Monarch and Rosa preceded them a day or two. The Ocean Monarch was the largest and finest that ever visited the St. Lawrence, and elicited the unqualified admiration of every beholder. She cleared with the largest and most valuable cargo that ever left a Canadian port, her freight list being worth 9000 pounds sterling, and the vessel alone being insured for $80,000. The entire voyage, from the time of leaving Quebec, was very boisterous, the fleet encountering a succession of terrific gales. On the 11th December, when about half-way across the Atlantic, the Park was overtaken by one of the heaviest gales of the season, in which her boat was swept away, her topmast and jibboom lost, and some damage occasioned to her bulwarks, her hull and cargo, however, sustaining no injury whatever. In this condition she made her way to Castleton, near Cork, where she refitted, and left 5 days afterwards for her place of destination. The gale in which this disaster was sustained, was also encountered by the Lord Wallaston, Rosa and Ocean Monarch, disabling the two latter to such an extent that it was found afterwards necessary to abandon them altogether; and up to the date of the arrival of the Park, nothing had been heard of the Wallaston.

These facts are deserving of consideration, are corroborative of what we have urged heretofore, in assuming the superiority of our Lake craft. All the facts conclusively demonstrate the absurdity and injustice of the course pursued by some of our marine insurance companies in refusing policies on Lake vessels and their cargoes to Europe, or charging more than ordinary rates. The experience of every Captain crossing the Atlantic in Lake vessels is, that the risk is nothing in comparison to that involved in a voyage during the fall months from Chicago to Buffalo and we challenge these companies to produce an "old salt" competent to speak from experience, who will be found expressing a contrary opinion.

why are marine insurance companies refusing policies on lake vessels, when risk is greater in going from Chicago to Buffalo in fall months?

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Mar 1861