The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Jun 1891

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The schr. White Oak, from Oswego with coal, arrived yesterday.

The sloop Laura D. is loading tiles at the spile dock for Cape Vincent.

The schr. B.W. Folger is loading lumber at the spile dock for Oswego.

Men were engaged today painting the whaleback steamer Wetmore.

The schr. Julia arrived today from Oswego with coal for P. Welsh.

The str. Nile and barge Isis passed up yesterday with lumber for Deseronto.

The strs. John Haggart, from Perth, and Passport, from Montreal, called here today.

The prop. Glengarry, Glenora and Gaskin are expected tonight with wheat from Fort William.

There was no mail boat from the west as that was the Spartan's trip and that steamer has been laid up for repairs for a couple of days.

The whaleback Joseph L. Colby touched somewhere in the river while on the way down to Montreal. The vessel will go in drydock at Quebec for inspection.

Clearances: tug Thompson and three barges, Oswego, light; schr. Eliza Fisher, Charlotte, light; tug Maggie May and barges, Rideau canal points, light; tug Charley Ferris and three barges, Oswego, lumber; sloop Laura D., Cape Vincent, cedar posts.

A new passenger boat will be built by Davis & Son for Capt. G. Bothwell to replace the Eva, lately burned at Buckingham, Que. It will be built beside the railway track, and when completed will be hauled on two flat cars and taken to Buckingham. It will be 45 feet keel, 9 feet beam and 5 feet hold.


Charles P. Lyon, with S.F. Blodgett, of the Ogdensburg News, took a trip through the rapids to Montreal upon the steamer Joseph L. Colby. The Colby is the first screw steamer passing through the rapids, and her immense length of 265 feet made it difficult for her to make some of the short turns necessary to avoid the rocks. They got through safely. At a critical time in the passage the cord of the small bell in the engineer's room broke, but the pilot used the large bell and the speaking tube. The shoe of the steamer often scraped upon the rocks. Mr. Willette, a man of seventy years, was their pilot through the rapids. Capt. Murphy, of Morrisburg, followed in his tug boat Alert, with pilot LaFraunte on board, in case of danger, to render assistance. With his kodac Mr. Lyon took several views from the bow and stern of the boat.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Jun 1891