The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Jul 1874

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p.2 The Harbor - Jas. Swift & Co's - arrivals and departures.

Yacht Race - The committee who managed the recent yacht race at Put-in-Bay, from which the Ina of Kingston was ruled out, after having won the race, because she would not allow a scrutineer on board, have decided that the judges were wrong, and that it shall be sailed over again. They recommend the 11th inst., as the day for the race. This decision is doubtless as fair a one as could be arrived at, and will probably give satisfaction to all. [Enterprise]

A New Industry - The upper works on the new steamer Algerian, which have been so much admired, have the special merit in the eyes of a Kingstonian of having been completely constructed in this city. It has been customary to have the superior class of work required for the cabins of the elegant steamers of the line done in Montreal, where large manufactories are provided with the intricate machinery required for it. Kingston has not a patronage of fine work of that description sufficient, it has been thought hitherto, to encourage the obtaining of it, but Mr. Waddingham, of the Sash and Blind Factory on Ontario Street West has made the experiment, and his success on the Algerian is both an encouragement and a recommendation of his factory for the turning out of work that cannot well be surpassed. A visit to the factory will give a full idea of the capability for executing large orders, as the printers' advertisements say, "with neatness and despatch."...


The Graving Dock.

The proposal of a graving dock for Kingston harbor is one which is interesting vessel men on the lakes, as it would be one of the greatest conveniences that owners of craft could be provided with. Kingston is a port of refuge for a large number of vessels in storm or disaster, and the marine railways are not always prepared to make the repairs promptly and thoroughly, small as the class of vessels which navigate the lakes now is. There are many large steamers now running from Montreal to the Welland Canal which the marine railway could only with great difficulty and risk haul out to a dry place, and these heavy boats of large capacity, both steam and sail, will be increased on Lake Ontario with the widening of the Welland Canal. A graving dock is therefore a public necessity, to benefit the Canadian marine, to encourage American trade, and to add to the advantages of the great highway to the ocean. The harbor of Kingston must be looked on as of national interest, as being a main link in the direct route from the West, and the Government and Parliament cannot do a much greater general service than to vote an amount of $20,000 for the construction of the Graving Dock. Should there ever be a navy, small or great, maintained on the lakes by the Dominion or the mother country, the dock would become a military necessity. Kingston would be benefitted by the expenditure on the work and the foreign and Canadian money spent here on repairs, materials, labor and living, as well as the increase of business and trade in the port, and may be asked to grant a bonus of $10,000 to the project. Private enterprise, it is said, can never carry out the design, and in the interest of so valuable a work the leading citizens, with the aid of the local members, should take an active part in advocating the construction at an early day. It is not notorious that Kingston has fattened in past years at the public crib, and it can modestly ask for aid to a project of such great usefulness and such national importance. The proposition of a civic bonus is likely to meet with resistance, if for no other reason than the leanness of the city purse.

Customs Imports - In Bond.

July 10th - Schr. Jessie McDonald, Sodus, 10 tons pig iron, Folger Bros.

Str. Prussian, Chicago, 5,176 bushels wheat, Jones & Miller.

p.3 The Corinthian - The Corinthian was got off the rocks yesterday by Mr. Donnelly, the champion wrecker, and towed to Lachine. She is not greatly damaged.

The Corinthian Accident - [Montreal Witness]

July 13, 1874

p.2 Sinking of the Osprey - opposite Morrisburg.

-W.C. - 11.

p.3 Donnelly the wrecker, is raising the steamer Osprey, sunk opposite Ogden's Island.

-the Magnet commences her trips on American side tomorrow.

-the light is erected at Brown's or Knapp's Pt., Wolfe Island and will start on 15th July.

-A Gale - vessels were detained by a break in the Welland Canal at lock 21, and now by a gale from the north east.

-A New Boat - the D.C. West is running between Alexandria Bay and Gananoque.

July 14, 1874

p.2 The Proposed American Line of Steamers -[Oswego Times 13th]

-a scow laden with stone for new pier capsized at Oswego.

-The Harbor - arrivals and departures.

-The Osprey was raised yesterday by Donnelly and is now dry-docked at Ogdensburg where she was towed by the Chieftain. The Watertown brought her freight to this city.

-Rivalry - competition between Richelieu Line and the new company which runs Abyssinian and Athenian; leads to dangerous boat racing.

-W.C. - 12.

p.3 Donnelly is "like an unsubstantial pageant faded. He leaves not a wreck behind" (Spearshake), but fetches it every time.

-Good Service - The tug Emma Munson, Capt. Munson, has been doing a good service near Cobourg, in one day towing a vessel in distress into port and saving a fishermen crew whose boat upset off Presque Isle Light.

-Imports - 11,13.

July 15, 1874

p.2 W.C. - 14.

-A Very Sad Accident - A Toronto Yacht Lost - 7 Young Men Drowned - the yacht Foam is missing.

-The Yacht Lost - formerly the John Power of Kingston.

p.3 Towed In - The wreck of Messrs. Calvin & Breck's schooner Norway has been towed into Port Huron.

-Opposition - the new light at Knapp's Point, Wolfe Island to show light for first time.

-A Visit - by sailing yacht Ariel from Rochester.

-Imports - 13,14.

-The Harbor - arrivals and departures.

-New Boat - The str. D.C. West is now running between Gananoque, Alexandria Bay and Clayton.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Jul 1874