The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Oct 1891

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The schr. Fleetwing will load lumber for Oswego.

Tug Hall with eleven barges in tow, left for Montreal last night.

The str. Water Lily has left for the Bay of Quinte to load barley.

The sloop John A. is in port with edgings from Seeley's Bay.

The prop. Armenia and consort Norway, Chicago, have arrived in port laden with corn.

The str. Rideau Belle arrived at Swift's wharf, yesterday afternoon, loaded with passengers and freight.

When the prop. Waverly ran on the Carruthers shoal, recently, she damaged her cargo to the extent of $2,500.

The schr. Worts cleared for Toronto today to lay up for the winter. The captain experienced considerable difficulty in securing a crew.

The schr. Ella Murton was to have arrived today from Sandusky with a cargo of soft coal for Breck & Booth. She took away a cargo of ore and has been absent only two weeks.

Capt. E.B. Smith of the str. Alexandria, has sailed the St. Lawrence river continually for thirty three years. He says that although the water just now is quite low it has, at times, been lower. Before the country was so completely cleared of wood the rise and fall of water was more gradual. Now there follow, alternately, a flood and a drouth.


An Old Boat Rescued

Buffalo, Oct. 21st - The gunboat Detroit, of the British navy, which was sunk in Lake Erie during the war of 1812, when Capt. O.H. Perry won his famous victory, is soon to be raised by Marshall Carr of Buffalo, one of the best known pilots on the lake and an experienced diver. The boat will be exhibited at the Chicago World's Fair. The boat now lies off Squaw Island, where she was sunk, and her whereabouts known to but few. She has been no hindrance to navigation and probably for that reason has not been touched. As soon as the boat is put on dry land she will be overhauled and put in presentable condition. The Detroit was captained by Captain Barclay and was built solely for war. She was pierced for 18 guns and measured 305 tons. When completed her captain said she was one of the best boats on the lakes. The Detroit was pitted against the strongest of Captain Perry's ships, the Lawrence, on Sept. 12th, 1812, and only went down after four hours awful fighting. It was on that date that Perry's name became famous. Every commanding officer of the Detroit and their seconds were killed or wounded so severely as to be unable to keep the deck. The Detroit had guns of four different calibres.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Oct 1891