The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Weekly British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Mar 1890

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As the time for the opening of navigation approaches, interest is taken in commanders of vessels and steamers comprising the Oswego fleet. The following is the list:

Steamers - Parnell, Patrick Griffin; Monteagle, Wm. Griffin.

Schooners - M.J. Cummings, John Quigley; M.T. Downing, Patrick Woods; West Side, John McDowell; Lem Ellsworth, Geo. Richards; John Wesley, James Curran; Kate Kelly, William Lennon; Oliver Mitchell, Matthew Hourigan; D.G. Fort, Capt. Andrews; John Magee, Capt. Ripson; Commanche, David Beggs; American, John Carr; George, James Scott.

The following captains will command steamers hailing from other ports: Saranac, Buffalo, Stephen Murphy; Hecla, Ogdensburg, Daniel Hourigan.

Schooners: Mystic Star, Detroit, John Hurley; Ogarita, Frank McGuire; Montcalm, Charlotte, George Blair; A.J. Morey, James Bennett; A. Boodey, William Murphy; Mowatt, Chicago, Calvin Becker.

Charles Tifft will sail the schooner Alva Bradley, of Cleveland.

The sch. John T. Mott, which had lain at the bottom of Lake Erie for 5 years, the result of a collision, and which was raised by Murphy last summer, is being put in ship shape at Detroit.

Capt. William Dandy, late owner of the sch. B.W. Folger has been appointed captain of the sch. John Gaskin.

The sch. B.W. Folger has been sold to Capt. Bates, owner of the sch. Philo Bennett.

p.4 Ice Harvesting at Collinsby - using a steam plow.

Incidents of the Day - The schr. White Oak is being loaded with 300 tons of ice for Rathbun & Son, Deseronto.

Marine Paragraphs.

The sch. Eliza White has arrived at Charlotte with 300 tons of ice.

The schrs. Delaware and Bullock are being loaded with ice for N.Y.

The sch. Minnie Slauson loads corn at Chicago for Kingston at 5 cents per bush.

All the vessels loaded with ice have their cargoes ready for the opening of navigation.

Capt. Thompson is at Oswego to take charge of the str. Van Allen for the Oswego manufacturing company.

During Saturday night some person broke in the tow barge H.P. Oswald and the steambarge Water Lily, Belleville.

The str. Armstrong is now at a Brockville wharf and her decks are clear of water. She will be pumped out and taken to Ogdensburg for repairs. Twelve days ago the steamer was lying in 8' of mud and 105 feet from the surface of the river.

The Oswego board of trade is protesting against the proposal of the American government to increase the duty on barley. The general feeling seemed to be that Canadian barley could not compete with state or western barley at the advance named, and that in consequence the trade of every port along the line of the lake would be practically wiped out, and in Oswego, especially, the blow would be felt.

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Weekly British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Mar 1890