The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 May 1879

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p.3 Buoys Missing - Mr. A. Smyth, Harbor Master, informs us that about eight or nine of the buoys have been carried away by the ice, and that they will have to be replaced at once. Mr. Smyth says he will endeavor to have the Government supply them, and if he is successful he will save the city about $150. Each buoy was anchored to about a ton of material, and hence it may be imagined what a power the ice has had to force them from their places.

Wind Wafts - On account of the reduction in sailors' wages at Chicago a similar concession is expected at all lake ports.

A yacht, of peculiar style, is being built by Knapp, of Barriefield, upon a furnished model, for Capt. Fairtclough.

Mr. H. Tomlinson, of the West End boat house, shipped down the river today a beautiful cedar rowing skiff, finished in walnut. It was made to order, and will do the city credit.


Several vessels are discharging grain today.

At Clayton the steamer Cayuga was seized by the Deputy Marshall from Watertown on a complaint by Wm. A. Wells, her engineer last season.

The old steamer Watertown is a dirty looking concern. Her late possessors do not keep things as neat as the Kingston ferry company do.

The steamer Belle will be put on the Cape Vincent and Alexandria Bay route about the first of June. She is in Oswego having her engine repaired. If she gets new speed the Geneva may yet have a close rival.

At Milwaukee the steam barge Clinton, barge Grimsby, and schooner Gleniffer cut the association rate to Kingston one and one quarter cents, chartering for wheat at seven cents.

At Toledo - charters are: schooner Jennie Graham, corn to Kingston at 4 1/2 cents; propeller Niagara, 17,000 bush corn to Kingston at 4 1/2 cents.

For a cargo of black walnut logs from Chicago to Quebec, the schooner Tempest gets $2,000 for 12,000 cubic feet. The Charlotte Raab, on her cargo of Pine deals from Manistee to Kingston gets $4 per M.

At Davidson & Doran's foundry wharf there lies the steamers Magnet, Norman, Wren, Camp and Capt. Rothwell's handsome new boat. The Norman is not being rebuilt, however.

A complaint will be laid today against the lighthouse keeper at the Ducks for putting out his light too early. A captain says it was extinguished at early dawn, and had there been a fog he would have ran ashore.

Two trips a day will now be made between Kingston and Cape Vincent. A boat will leave the Ferry Wharf at 5:30 a.m., and 2:15 p.m.; returning, leave the Cape at 10:40 a.m. and 6 p.m. It will call at the Island both coming and going.

Capt. B.H. Cook, of the Pandora, reports seeing a vessel ashore seven miles above the South Point Bay. At first the white light exposed was supposed to be that of a light house, but on closer observation it was found to be on a vessel. On account of the smoky and dozy weather, the light appeared like a ball of fire. The vessel in trouble is the Fellow Craft, consigned to the Chicago and St. Lawrence Forwarding Company, loaded with grain. Captain Donnelly, of Garden Island, with apparatus, has gone to get her off.

Yesterday morning the schooner Russia, from Dresden, for the St. Lawrence Forwarding Company, on entering the harbour, passed on the inside of the shoal tower, and grounded, grating so hard as to punch a hole of considerable size in her bottom. The M.T. Company's officials were hurriedly summoned, under the impression that the vessel's cargo was consigned to this forwarding firm, and the facts of the case were not known until after the work of unloading had been commenced, the M.T. Company's elevator and a barge being towed out to where the schooner was in distress. It took some time to lighten the vessel; in the meantime the pumps were kept going, and a diver from Garden Island was sent down and succeeded in partially stopping from the outside the leak in her hull. The cargo consisted of 9,000 bushels of wheat, some 187 bushels of which was damaged. As the loss comes within a certain figure it will be pretty evenly distributed, the grain owner, the vessel owner, and the underwriters all bearing a share.

Gunn's wharf - Alexandria passed up from Montreal for Trenton; Hastings for Bay ports; and Crusoe for Gananoque.

Swift's wharf: The Corsican, from Montreal passed up with a good cargo, but the passengers were few. The Persia from Montreal, passed up with general cargo.

Montreal Transportation Company - Arrivals: schr. Blanche, Cobourg, 6,654 bushels wheat; prop. Lincoln, Toledo, 16,800 bush corn; barge Lisgar, do, 21,438 do; Gibraltar, do, 18,490 bush do; schr. Julian, Toronto, 5,975 wheat; Wawanosh, Toledo, 20,121 corn; Vienna, Hamilton, 7,996 bush wheat; Cataract, Tryconell, 6,392 peas, 3,888 wheat; Ganges, Toledo, 19,300 corn; Pandora, do, 19,209 do. Departures: tug Active for Montreal in charge of barges Cleveland, 18,320 corn; Oswego, 22,500 do; Corncrib, 6,222 wheat, 6,290 peas, 4,500 corn; Toledo, 51,488 corn.

Welland Canal .

Port Colborne, May 10th - Up: Schrs. R. Morwood, Toronto, Chatham, light; Henry Folger, Clay, Grand Island, light; Willie Kellar, Toronto, Bay City, light; Prussia, Kingston, Pt. Huron, light; Norway, do, Grand Marie, light; Bismarck, do, Duluth, light; Oriental, do; S. Neelon, Toronto, Goderich, light; Smith & Post, Oswego, Toledo, coal; P.B. Locke, do; Chicago, do; Siberia, Kingston, Sault Ste. Marie, light; Denmark, do, Toledo, light; Bavaria, do; prop. City of New York, Ogdensburg, Chicago, passengers only.

Down: Schrs. Belle Mitchell, Toledo, Oswego, corn; Myosotis, Milwaukee, Kingston, wheat; Elgin, Toledo, do, corn; steambarge Niagara, do, Montreal, do; props. Africa, do, do, do; Sovereign, do, do, do.

In Harbor - Schrs. Norway, Oriental, Siberia, Bismarck, Bavaria, Denmark, H. Folger, Smith & Post, J.N. Carter, Jessie Breck, Trade Wind.

At Elevator - Golden Fleece.

Port Dalhousie, May 10th - Bound up: schrs. Jas. Wade, Oswego, Chicago, coal; Jennie White, Charlotte, do, do; Florida, Kingston, do, salt; Pulaski, Oswego, do, light; Nassau, do, do, do; G.M. Case, Charlotte, do, coal; Pinokee, Oswego, Milwaukee, light; Arabia, Kingston, Chicago, salt; Guilding Star, Oswego, Detroit, cement; Hyderabad, Kingston, Chicago, salt; L. Seaton, Charlotte, Detroit, (line unreadable)

Bound Down: Schrs. Senator Blood, Toledo, Oswego, corn and wheat; Casey, Toledo, Ogdensburg, grain; Maire, do, do, do; Hungerford, do, do, do; Mama Belle, do, do, do; Camanche, Milwaukee, Oswego, do. The schr. Marquis is at the elevator.

The steamer St. Jean Baptist which has been on the drydock left this morning for Toronto.

The dredge Goliah will leave tonight.

p.4 The Transportation Question - discussed in House - mentions Calvin & Breck's tug service.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 May 1879