The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 May 1877

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p.2 Canadian Summary - A meeting of vessel owners will be held in Toronto on Monday to appoint delegates to a convention to be held at Detroit.

p.3 Errata - in notice of barque Garden Island, "6 nails" was printed instead of "six inch wales."

Marine -

Grand Excursion To Channel Grove - str. Maud on 24th of May, calling at Portsmouth each way.

p.4 ad for Cape Vincent, Garden Island, Wolfe Island and Gananoque Steamboat Routes, '77 - Maud, Pierrepont and Geneva, with schedule.

ad - For Picton, Belleville and Intermediate Ports - the R.M. Upper Cabin Steamer Hastings, Capt. J.J. Campbell, with schedule.

May 12, 1877


They Call Her the Smashua - The Arabia Bulldozed

The propeller Nashua, of the Northern Transit Line, while going up the North Branch yesterday, was swung around by a strong gust of wind and struck the canal boat G.L. Booth, breaking in her side and wetting her cargo of corn. There is no more careful master on the lakes than he of the Nashua, and the accident could hardly be avoided. The Northern Transit Company take the grain and pay all damage.

The bark Arabia, of Montreal, arrived here yesterday from Kingston without cargo, except 100 tons of stone for ballast. She arrived in the straits off Cheboygan Sunday night during a severe gale - so severe that it was considered dangerous to lower a boat to go ashore and report as required by the regulations. So the vessel came on to Chicago and reported the facts to the Collector, and was informed that he was subject to a fine of $20 for not reporting and clearing at the first port of arrival in the United States from a foreign port. It seems a great hardship to subject vessel men to a fine under circumstances like these, and in these hard times. If the Captain had dropped anchor at Cheboygan and awaited the abatement of the gale - say one or two days - the pay of his crew would still go on, and he would not get value received. [Chicago Inter-Ocean]

p.3 Shipyard - On Thursday last a new tug was launched at the Portsmouth Shipyard for the Collinsby Rafting Company. It is large and powerful, and a great credit to the builders. But of this more anon. The yacht for Mr. Gilmore, of Ottawa, is nearly finished. It is a handsome craft, the work being of the highest order. Mr. Frances Smith, the foreman of the yard, has made his mark as a skilful mechanic and a genius.

A Sell - smoke thought to be from burning tug Franklin but was a barn on Simcoe Island.

Yachting - M.W. Strange, owner of Zitella, offers to race Belleville squadron.

Marine - arrivals and departures.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 May 1877