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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Dec 1878

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p.2 Pulled Off - On Saturday Capt. John Donnelly and tug Chieftain arrived at Toronto. At one o'clock John hitched to the schooner H. Folger, and in two hours he had her afloat. The vessel is now at the elevator loading grain for Kingston. The tugs Edsall and Robb were pulling at the Folger for two days but without success. It was alleged that they had not a strong enough hawser, but it seems to us the great lack was a wise head.

News ? - Empress of India towed to Garden Island to be refitted during winter.

Dec. 3, 1878

p.3 Shipping - insurance expired, only a few vessels running.

Death of Mr. Elliot - steward on Maud.

Dec. 4, 1878

not issued

Dec. 5, 1878

News ? p.2 serious accident to Kingston sailor on Speedwell at Oswego.

p.3 W.W. - sch. Belle of Mill Point, with lath for Charlotte, missing for month.

Dec. 6, 1878


Storm Tossed On Lake Ontario For Five Days

On Saturday last Captain Mowat left the port of Toronto in the staunch schr. J. Walters and bore away for Charlotte, which lies at the mouth of the Genessee River. The weather, although somewhat cold, was clear, and it was plain sailing until the ship had arrived within twenty miles of her port. Then, however, a furious storm arose suddenly in the east, and compelled the captain, after vainly endeavoring to make any headway, to put about and send for it. The cold increased and the men suffered greatly. To add to their distress the centre board went adrift, but by good luck they made the Piers at ten o'clock on Monday, and mighty glad to do it. The gale was so high, and the sea beat with such violence, that the captain could not take his schooner into the shelter of the Piers, and, letting go his anchors, rode out the gale just outside. He remained there in the teeth of the gale until Tuesday morning. At four o'clock the wind shifted to the southwest, and, heaving up his anchors, the captain bore away once more for Charlotte, determined to make it if possible. The fates, however, were against him still for he had no sooner got within sight of port than the wind shifted again and once more he had to 'bout ship and run before the wind. This was on Tuesday night and yesterday morning at nine o'clock he made the Piers once more and ran in before a stiff northeast wind, the schooner's sails and rigging encased in ice and the cabins turned topsey turvey. Captain Mowat has concluded not to attempt the voyage again and has telegraphed his owners that he must lay up for the winter.

His experience during the past few days would be enough to make anybody lay up and the wonder is that he attempted to make Charlotte the second time.

[Hamilton Times]

p.3 Bad Accident - The Oswego Times gives an account of an accident in that harbour, by which one James Stinson, of Kingston, sustained such injuries as may either cause his death or leave him a cripple for life. He shipped by the schr. Speedwell, and as the vessel was being towed out of the harbour he went aloft to loose the fore gaff topsail and fell. He struck on his back, and fractured his spine and brought on concussion of the brain. At present his legs are completely paralized.

W.W. - the prop. Oswego Belle sold to Mr. Andrews, one of the owners, for $12,000 - in the spring $37,000 was offered and refused.

Marine Notes - The schooner Annandale, ashore near the old fort at Niagara, has been abandoned.

- The little vessel Union, that went ashore at Judd's Point two or three weeks ago, and was pulled off by the steamer Pierrepont, is aground again near Sandy Creek.

- Oswego has junk thieves in plenty. A few arrests have been made, and yet Captain I.H. Radford, of the schooner Prince Alfred, writes to the Palladium:

"Their arrest seems to have had no effect so far, as last night I had two thirds, or about 25 fathom, of our harbor tow line stolen while lying alongside the Northwestern elevator. Oswego is fast getting an unenviable reputation from the frequency of such thefts, and if the authorities do not take some measures for the better protection of vessels in their harbor, such as the appointment of some water police for instance, they will soon find this harbor deserted for some place where vessels can lie without the necessity of keeping a watch both by night and day. I may add that for my part I will take a slightly lower rateto any other port in future. Apart from the loss of the lines stolen, there is the danger of a vessel going adrift when part of her lines are gone, from the force of the current, and being carried outside the piers, to meet the fate of the Sweet Home, with perhaps the greater loss of one or more human lives."

Sale of a Barge - Mr. Connor's barge, in use on the Rideau, sold to John Smith for $400.

Dec. 7, 1878

p.3 The Armenia - has stopped, but Pierrepont will make a trip to Picton.

W.W. - str. Flight sold to Capt. Rankins of Napanee for $3,600.

Dec. 9, 1878

p.3 The Boats - There are reported as laid up in the harbour at Picton: Schooners Kate, of Oakville; E. Hall, of Port Darlington; St. Clair of Picton; J.N. Carter, of Picton; Peerless, of Hamilton; Edith, of Hamilton; Rainbow, of Picton; Belle Chase, of Milford. Also the steamers Picton and Alexandra.

Laid up at Clayton: Schooners L.S. Hammond, Henry Folger and M.I. Wilcox; also steamers Belle and Faxton. Capt. Johnston is to make important repairs on the Faxton this winter to make her the best excursion boat on the river. The Maud always excepted.

Dec. 10, 1878

p.3 W.W. - The cisco catch this year on Lake Ontario was the smallest ever known. ( fishing )

Dec. 11, 1878

p.3 News of the Day - body of Capt. Peter Spence of Cecilia found in east cove at Oswego.

Dec. 12, 1878

p.2 Toronto - buoys in harbour to be picked up next week and light extinguished for winter on Dec. 24th.

p.3 Navigation - sch. Acacia arrived from Fair Haven, coal laden, and a small fore-and-aft schooner left for Ogdensburg, laden with lumber.

Starling vs Howell - This case was tried before Judge Boyd, of Toronto, without a jury. Briefly it was as follows: The schooner Marysburg was at anchor in Kingston harbor about the 17th of November, 1877, the schooner Marionette being anchored a short distance off. During the night a gale came up, and the Marionette dragged her anchor and collided with the Marysburg, the result being disastrous to the latter. The owner of the vessel brought this action against defendant, part owner of the Marionette, to recover damages for the loss sustained. Plaintiff alleged that the collision was caused through negligence on the part of defendant's crew in not having their vessel more safely moored. Defendant held that it was not for want of maritime skill that the accident happened. The Judge awarded $130 to plaintiff.

Marine - The schr. Katie Eccles dragged anchor at Wolfe Island, yesterday, and ran aground below Messrs. Going and Simm's warehouse. She lies two feet out of water.

We learn that the schr. Sweet Home, which was recently let go by the tug Morey, in Oswego, and ran aground, has gone to pieces. She is owned by a Kingston party. The tug men will be sued for the loss.

The schr. Pilot is loading barley at Wolfe Island for Oswego - freight five cents.

Currency - There are 108 vessels laid up for the winter at Buffalo, including 38 propellers, 2 steamers, 13 tugs, 100 schooners, and 15 barges.

Dec. 13, 1878

p.1 Hanlan - How the Champion Sculler of America Was Used By His Club -

p.3 Death of the Kingston Sailor - James Stinson fell from mast of schr. Speedwell at Oswego.

Dec. 14, 1878

p.3 Maritime Court - why not have such an institution in Kingston, since Toronto has one.

Dec. 16, 1878


Dec. 17, 1878

p.3 The Maud - still running.

Dividend - by R. & O. Navigation Co. - of 2 1/2 %, making 5 1/2 % for year.

Dec. 18, 1878


Dec. 19, 1878

p.2 The New York Canals - free tolls advocated to compete with Canadian route for western carrying trade. [Buffalo Express]


The Oswego Herald having had an erroneous article anent the sad affair, the light house keeper of the False Ducks, sends this statement to the Belleville Ontario: "It appears that Capt. Gibson, of the schooner Ariadne informed the Herald that his crew and the crew of the Republic followed Dulmage to the False Ducks, and then lost sight of him. Now, sir, the fact is Capt. Gibson did send a boat to look for the unfortunate man, but not until after he had been twelve hours adrift. No wonder they lost sight of him! That was too much of a stern chase to rescue a man driven before such a gale as raged that night. Perhaps Capt. Gibson and his brave crew are entitled to much credit for the courage they showed at the Ducks - three miles away, twelve hours after Dulmage had disappeared, but most people down here don't see it in that light."

Dec. 20, 1878


Dec. 21, 1878


Dec. 23, 1878

p.3 Afternoon Trips - by Maud to Cape.

Dec. 24, 1878


Dec. 26, 1878


Dec. 27, 1878


Dec. 28, 1878

p.3 W.W. - ferry steamers still running.

Dec. 30, 1878


Dec. 31, 1878

p.3 W.W. - a man fell overboard from scow Caesar of Kingston at Clayton, saved.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Dec 1878