The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Sep 1891

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The rate on corn from Chicago to Kingston or Oswego is 4 3/4 cents.

The barge Dorchester is on Davis' dry dock for general repairs.

Vessels are making charters to carry wheat from Toledo to Kingston at 3 cents.

The str. Rosedale grounded on the mud bar near the M.T. company's dock this morning.

Davis & Sons have a gang of men on the St. Catharines schr. Lisgar caulking and painting her.

The str. Bon Voyage brought a full deck load of fruit this morning from Oswego and Charlotte for Kingston.

Arrivals: str. Pier, Buffalo, light; prop. Rosedale, Chicago, 63,000 bushels corn; tug Curlew and three barges, Clayton, light.

The prop. Lora was detained by heavy weather last night and did not leave here until midnight. It was her last trip of the season.

Clearances: tug M.J. Cummings and two barges, Oswego, lumber; tug Curlew and three barges, Ogdensburg, grain; schr. Valencia, Chicago, light; sloop Lorraine, Cape Vincent, railroad ties.

New grain insurance rates out of Chicago have gone into effect: to Lake Ontario ports and Ogdensburg, 55 cents; to Montreal, 70 cents. The Lake Ontario and Montreal rates are much lower than usual for September.

Baker Bros., Detroit, have bought the schr. S.C. Pomeroy as she lies sunk and partially burned off Oak Orchard, Lake Ontario, for $700. They have engaged a wrecker to hoist out her coal cargo and will themselves raise her.

The steamers St. Lawrence and Wanderer are having bursts of speed down the river and great is the rivalry. The Watertown Times says Supt. Howard S. Folger says he is willing to wager $10,000 that the St. Lawrence can defeat the Wanderer in a contest of speed.

Frank De P. Arazoza, owner of the str. Ontario from Oswego to Cuba, reports that the vessel is disabled off Shippegan Islands, Gulf of St. Lawrence, having lost her rudder in a storm. Tugs will tow the Ontario to New York for extensive repairs. The steamship will be enabled to get to Cuba by Sept. 12th, in time to fulfil her contract with the Spanish government for carrying the mails from Havana.


One of the smartest looking tugs that has called at this port for some time was the Pier which arrived this morning en route for New York via the gulf. The Pier is of steel, has heavy boilers with 2,000 feet heating surface, triple expansion engines, 12, 19 and 31 by 20 inch stroke, carrying 200 lbs. steam, although the boiler is tested to 300 lbs. She is provided with the Manton steam steering apparatus, and the Clapp Jones fire pump capable of throwing 2,000 gallons of water per minute. She has a cozy little cabin, and is built for a regard for the comfort of the crew as well as strength and utility. Her speed is 16 miles per hour when light. The Pier was built by the Union dry dock company of Buffalo for the city of New York, where she will be used under the instructions of the dock commissioners. Her cost is $45,000. The contract calls for the safe deliverance of the tug in New York. She is in charge of Edward Gaskin, superintendant of the Union iron works, Buffalo, during the voyage, and is captained by Wm. Dunkerdon, of Boston, who is assisted by an able crew. On board are Mrs. Ed Gaskin, Wm. Brown, of the Vulcan iron works, Jersey City, Capt. Dan McWilliams and son, of Jersey City, and R.S. Teed, of Providence, R.I., who superintends the working of the steering apparatus for the Manton Co., of Mansfield, O. Capt. Gaskin and Ed Gaskin, in charge of the Pier, are first cousins, but were complete strangers until the meeting this morning.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Sep 1891