The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Nov 1877

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-Four vessels are reported to have gone ashore on Saturday in the bay six miles above Cape Vincent.

-Rates are wavering at Detroit; to Kingston dull at 5 1/2 cents; Montreal quotable at 9 1/2 cents to 10 cents.

-The schooner Suffel and the schooner O.S. Storrs, laden with 9,000 bushels of barley, are ashore at Adolphustown.

-The schooner West Wind, which went ashore off Point Frederick, had her main boom, capstan, etc., broken, and her sails torn.

-One of the deck hands on the Algerian, a Frenchman, was nearly lost on Friday at Toronto. The man was going from the gate at the end of the wharf towards the vessel, and in the dark fell into the slip. His cries brought assistance, and he was got out not much the worse.

-On Thursday the prop. Lowell, of the N.T. Co's Line, ran aground near Johnston's Light at the French Creek Narrows. Two American tugs were at her, but could not relieve her. Captain Donnelly came along with Messrs. Calvin & Breck's wrecker, Mcdonald, and whipped her off in fifteen minutes, and then handed her over to the cutter, which conveyed the leaking steamer to Ogdensburg for repairs.

-The gale of Friday night was an unfortunate and disastrous one to any vessels which were out in it. A number of vessels are in the harbour, all having suffered more or less by the violence of the storm. The schooner Ontario, of Goderich, from Oswego, lost two jibs; the schooner Gold Hunter, from Oswego to Toronto, had to run in here, after being in sight of the light at the latter place. She lost two jibs. The schooner Prince Alfred, which left here on Friday morning, returned on Saturday morning, with her main sail split and ruined. The schr. Gladstone, bound down from the canal, lost her main mast. The schr. John Stevenson, bound to Toronto from Rudd's quarry, reached port minus her jibboom. Ten vessels were anchored in shelter off Four Mile Point. Three of these arrived in the harbour on Saturday in tow of the tug McArthur, of the Collinsby Rafting Company. These were the schr. E.W. Rathbun, Montana and G.M. Neelon. The Neelon lost her two jibs, and had her steering apparatus damaged, so that her course had to be directed by the aid of a hawser. The Montana lost her foresail. The schooners Falconer and Dauntless were the only two vessels out that night which escaped injury, and they ran into Toronto just ahead of the gale.

W.W. - The steamer Oswego Belle, whilst lying in Picton harbor, was run into by the schooner Olive Branch and badly injured.

Charity Shoals - These fishing grounds off the Wolfe Island shore have been regarded as Canadian property. One of the officials here not long since seized and advertised for sale some fishing nets employed there without Canadian authority or law. But the U.S. Collector at Cape Vincent has protested on the contention that the shoals are within the American line under the Ashburton Treaty, and pending a decision in the matter at Ottawa no sale has taken place. Meanwhile the fishermen are doing lively work there. The fine salmon which were sold here last week were from that disputed territory.

The Ferry Boat - Maud travelled around foot of Island to get to Cape.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Nov 1877