The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Sep 1891

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Clearances: tug Hall and four barges, Montreal, grain.

In future the str. North King will only come as far as Belleville on Sunday.

The prop. Lake Michigan lightened 8,000 bushels rye here today, and proceeded to Montreal.

A dispatch from Detroit stated that the new Canadian steel steamer Seguin had struck a rock in Owen Sound, Georgian Bay.

On Thursday afternoon the new barge Ceylon, built this winter at Garden Island, will be launched. She will be used in the lake carrying trade.

Arrivals: prop. Lake Michigan, Chicago, rye; tug Hall and six barges, Montreal, light; prop. St. Magnus, Detroit, 35,338 bushels of rye; sloop Laura D., Cape Vincent, light.

While coming up the river St. Lawrence, on Friday, one of the crank pins in the tug Bronson was broken. She was repaired and left today for Montreal with four grain laden barges.

The steamer Campana will make one more trip between Chicago and Kingston and will then go into winter quarters. She has had a very successful season and, no doubt, her business next year will be greater than this.

The steamer Armenia arrived at Portsmouth, on Sunday, with a cargo of grain. On the way down her crew picked up one of the sails of the schr. Persia, which foundered some days ago near Long Point. They saw part of her cabin afloat.

General Manager Hughes, of the New York and Cuba mail steamship line, is at West Superior in consultation with Capt. McDougall, and will probably leave behind him a contract for several of the craft. Mr. Hoyt is of the opinion that they can be built at West Superior and taken over the St. Lawrence rapids, as was done with the Colby and Wetmore.

It is several months since Harbor Master McCammon pointed out to the marine department at Ottawa the necessity of placing a buoy on the Point Frederick shoal. He has not yet been honored with an answer to his communication. A few days ago another boat, the steamer Hecla, stuck fast on the shoal referred to and had to be lightened before she would float. The placing of a buoy on this shoal would be a gracious act.

The Montreal transportation company's newly built barge Alberta was launched from the ways at the shipyard at 10:15 this morning. As the event had not been looked for the attendance of spectators was small, but those interested in shipping, who were present, viewed one of the neatest and most successful launches that has taken place here. The ceremony of christening the barge was performed by Miss Jean Gaskin, the fifteen month old daughter of Captain Gaskin, at about a quarter after ten, and a moment afterwards the big boat slid off the ways, aided by the tugs Bronson and Hall. She rushed out into the muddy waters of the Rideau like a thing of life, and when the momentum was checked, was towed around to the company's wharf and moored in line with her sister barges. The Alberta is 165 feet long, 25 feet beam, and 11 feet deep, with a carrying capacity of 25,000 bushels of grain. She will be commanded by Capt. Lebuff, of Valleyfield, late of the barge Eagle.

General Paragraphs - The marine inspectors at Detroit have just issued their first license to a woman as master of a steamer. It was to Mrs. Celia Person, of the small passenger steamer Florence C., of Alpena.

The schr. Jessie Breck was sold yesterday to Christie and Thompson, of Toronto. She was pumped out at Portsmouth and towed to Garden Island for an overhauling before being handed over to her new owners. She will be fitted out in Toronto, this autumn, in preparation for next season's lumber trade, in which she will engage exclusively.

p.4 Schooner Aground - Welland, Sept. 15th - Yesterday the schooner Jennie, of Kingston, was aground in the aquaduct for four hours, and was only got off with the assistance of four tugs. No damage was done.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Sep 1891