The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Nov 1891

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Nov. 13, 1891



The str. Spartan made another run down the river yesterday. Her engines work satisfactorily.

The steamer Armenia arrived, on Monday, from Toledo, with a load of timber. After being discharged she went into winter quarters.

The barge Eva ran aground at the spile dock yesterday and had a hole knocked in her bottom. A diver was sent down and repaired the break.

Capt. Eli Budds has done a good piece of work in the removal from the water of the engines of the str. Geneva, burned at Beach Oswego, some months ago. Other contractors failed to do the work.

Arrivals: tug Walker, Montreal, one barge; tug Thompson, Montreal, seven barges; schr. Pilot, Emerald, peas; sloop Maggie L., Wolfe Island, barley; str. Khartoum, Northport, barley; sloop Laura D., Wolfe Island, peas; prop. Cuba, Hamilton, str. Water Lily, Brockville, light.

Clearances: tug Walker with one barge, for Charlotte, to load coal for Kingston; prop. Celtic, Duluth, nails; prop. Lake Michigan, pig iron, Hamilton; barge Glengarry, Montreal, 15,000 bushels barley; barge McCarthy, Montreal, 10,000 bushels peas; str. Water Lily, Picton, to load apples for Montreal.

The Canadian barge Ceylon, built at Kingston, after hunting around the lakes for over eight weeks for something to do, brought her maiden load into Chicago on Monday. It was 250,000 feet of lumber. There is no hope of getting grain for Canadian ports at this season of the year, and the big boat will have to go away again without a cargo.

The harbor master complains that masters of vessels do not anchor outside of the prescribed limits in the harbor. They should not stop closer than 500 yards from the wharves. When they come inside the limits they are liable for damages in case of accidents. An accident occurred a few days ago through a vessel being anchored too close to the shore. Notice will be put up notifying captains of the harbor rules.



Owen Sound, Nov. 13th - The leading feature of yesterday's celebration in this town was the launching of the new fisheries cruiser, built by the Polson Iron Works Company for the Dominion Government. Fully 2,000 persons witnessed the enactment of this important event, which was consummated shortly after 2 o'clock. The act was participated in conjointly by the little daughter of Capt. Gordon, Fisheries Department, and Mrs. Walter Barwick, the former cutting the boat away and the latter breaking the bottle of wine. The name given was H.M.S. Constance, in honor of Lady Stanley.

After the performance of the ceremony James Masson, M.P. for North Grey, delivered a short speech during the process of which he complimented the Polson Iron Works Company and referred to the great boon it had proven to Owen Sound. William Polson, president of the company, to whose energy, foresight and business capabilities are to be attributed the establishment of an industry of this kind in Canada, also passed a few observations.

The new boat is 125 feet long, has a 19 foot beam, draws 10 feet of water aft, is composed of steel, has a compound engine of 450 horse-power, and carries two masts.

In the course of a few weeks the Polson Iron Works Company will lay the keel for a second cruiser, similar to the one launched today. This will be completed early next spring and will be detailed for service in the Bay of Fundy, and Gulf of St. Lawrence.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Nov 1891