The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Dec 1891

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p.1 The Lowest In Twenty Years - The water in the harbor, this morning, reached the lowest point it has attained in over twenty years. It has gone down three feet three inches since July last and is still on the decline. In 1872 the river was a few inches lower.

General Paragraphs - Today mayor Drennan left for Ottawa to interview the minister of marine and urge upon him the necessity of the government giving a grant towards the lighting of the city clock for marine purposes.


The str. Hero is still frozen in at Belleville.

The sloop Idlewild cleared for Deseronto, light.

Connelly's dredges are being laid up for the winter.

The schr. Flora Carveth cleared for Port Hope today to lay up.

The schr. B.W. Folger has been frozen in at South Bay for the past week.

Arrivals: schr. Falconer, Oswego, coal; str. Khartoum, South Bay, oats.

The str. Spartan will make another trial trip tomorrow to test her new compound engines.

The schr. Grantham is loading coal at Cleveland for Kingston. She will go into winter quarters on arrival here.

The tug Olevia Gordon towed the steamer North King from the locomotive works wharf down to Davis' dry dock this morning.

Capt. Saunders had a very rough trip over from Oswego. During the gale 10 tons of blacksmith's coal, the property of Cockburn & Son, were swept overboard.

The str. D.D. Calvin arrived in Buffalo yesterday. There were 80 vessels ahead of her at the elevators. She will lay up at Garden Island for the winter.

The prop. Glengarry experienced a rough passage from Oswego to Charlotte on Monday. Capt. McMaugh ventured out when the prop. Niagara, together with about thirty schooners, were weather bound in Oswego.

p.4 Tug Arbutus Burned - Wallaceburg, Dec. 3rd - The tug Arbutus was burned at her dock here at an early hour yesterday. The fire broke out around the boiler and before assistance reached her she was nearly consumed. She is owned by William Patterson and valued at $6,000; insured in some Amercan company for $3,500.

Escaped One Death To Meet Another - Cleveland, Dec. 3rd - The steambarge James S. Pease, which came into port from Lake Superior Tuesday, caught fire yesterday and was nearly destroyed. The first engineer, Philip Stedman, whose home is in Delaware place, Buffalo, was seen to emerge from the burning cabin, his clothing on fire, and jumped into the river. He sank before aid could reach him. A member of the crew also perished. The Pease, valued at $20,000, is owned by Capt. C.E. Benham of this city.

At a late hour yesterday the body of the captain was recovered. The fireman was found under the floor of the engine room dead. His name is George Wilson. He shipped at Buffalo.

Weekly British Whig, Dec. 3, 1891 p.4

Marine Intelligence - Navigation on the Rideau canal closed Friday. During the season there have been 1900 lockages or 300 in excess of last year. Two new piers will be put in the first lock during the winter.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Dec 1891