The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Sep 1891

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The str. Glide arrived with barges from Montreal last night.

Capt. Craig will either buy a large steamer or build one for the river trade.

The prop. Benson and schr. Benson (sic) left Portsmouth, yesterday, for Toledo, light.

The barge Toledo was taken off the dry dock yesterday, after a course of repairs and refitting.

Arrivals: schr. Annie Falconer, Oswego, 260 tons coal; prop. St. Magnus, Toledo, 35,372 bushels rye.

By the fog yesterday the str. Algerian was detained in Toronto, and no steamer left for Montreal this morning.

The schr. Jessie Breck was run into Davis' dry dock today. The repairs and rebuilding will be proceeded with there.

The tug Glide, with two barges in tow, arrived last night from Montreal on schedule time, notwithstanding the heavy fog prevailing.

The sloop John A. arrived up the canal yesterday, with wood and lumber for Seeley's Bay. She left on the return trip last night.

Clearances: steam yachts Nightingale and Spry, Clayton, pleasure parties; tug Edmond and three barges, Ogdensburg, lumber; prop. St. Magnus, Port Dalhousie, light, for orders.

The str. Princess Louise has been released from detention as security on account of the late Cora Post accident. The St. Lawrence river steamboat company gave satisfactory bonds for the boat.

Owing to the heavy fog which hung over the lake yesterday the steamer Maud was detained at Cape Vincent and did not arrive until today. Many ladies from the city had to remain at the Cape all night.

Yesterday the steam yacht Spry arrived from Alexandria Bay with a party of river captains. On board were Capt. Dingman, of the Spry; Capt. Willicks, steamer Southgate; Capt. Davis, Warner's steamer Siesta; Capt. Edgely, steamer Una. They remained in the city until evening.

The steamer Ontario, Capt. Sweet, arrived in New York Sunday. Capt. Sweet says it was not so much the rough weather as his inability to get a competent crew to manage his boat that caused the delay. The crew taken from Oswego were not under articles and deserted the steamer. The trip around to New York has been an expensive one.

A short time ago the captain of a steamer of this city landed, at Ottawa, five or six barrels of pears, which had come in bonded from Rochester, N.Y. Without any intention of doing wrong the captain did not report the fruit at the capital. The next time the steamer called the government seized her. The captain had to put up a deposit of $400 to get her released. It was rather an expensive transaction before he got through. He had to lose $100 to get the matter settled.

That greatest need of Kingston harbor - a steam fog whistle - still seems as far off as ever, notwithstanding the fact that the necessity for one has been brought to the notice of the marine department at Ottawa several times by deputations of gentlemen interested in shipping. For two days steamers, with grain for shipment here, have been delayed by the heavy fog, solely because they did not wish to venture into the harbor without some guide. The old signal bell on Nine Mile Point does not, of course, answer the requirement in any way, and had it not been for the tug Thompson, which was sent out by the Montreal transportation company, the block of grain-laden vessels would have been still greater. The Thompson went out to the point again this morning, and her whistle is now the only means by which strange vessels can safely find the harbor.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Sep 1891