The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Mar 1892

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p.1 An Eventful Career - Capt. James Fleming, of the schr. Glenora, can tell some very interesting yarns of his experiences on the water. He launched out as a sailor when but 11 years of age, and can relate thrilling adventures before the mast in the West Indies. When he started aboard the ship he was lashed every day for two months, and upon one occasion, when mate of a vessel at the age of 18, he barely escaped with his life, being struck in the head with an iron thrown by a zealous negro. Capt. Fleming, although 36 years of age, would easily pass for 25, and, since settling in Kingston, has won the respect of all.

Reciprocity In Wrecking - Ottawa, March 4th - The measure which the government has in preparation for reciprocity in wrecking and salvage with the United States will, it is understood, be largely a copy of a bill by Hon. G. A. Kirkpatrick, which once passed the house of commons, but was thrown out by the senate. The amended American act contemplated the proposed Canadian measure, and meets it by empowering the president to declare the act in force in relation in Canada. The Americans, amending the measure of 1888, enlarges the act by including in it the Welland canal and the waters of St. Mary's river and the Ste. Marie canal.

News In Small Lots - The question of exemption to the K. & M. forwarding company will likely be brought up at the meeting of the Portsmouth council on Monday next.

p.4 Navigation Notes - Thomas Milne, last year engineer on the str. North King, will have charge of the prop. Alma Munro's machinery this season.

Capt. Alex. Irving, on the Hamilton-Toronto str. Modjeska for the past three seasons, will take charge of the prop. S.L. Tilley this summer.

John Nisbett, who recently purchased, for $800, the schr. Gleniffer, has also purchased the prop. Canada. The Gleniffer will be changed into a barge, and, with another, will be consort to the prop. Canada this season.

March 5, 1892



It is said the sloop Idlewild has changed hands again.

The str. Pierrepont is ready to leave her dock at any time.

There are 150 men engaged in the M.T. company's ship yards.

Capt. Saunders will begin repairing the schr. Ella Murton next week.

Capt. Dix leaves next week for Toledo, where the schr. S.H. Dunn is wintering.

Capt. Philips, of the sloop Lorraine, intends making extensive improvements on his boat next year.

The M.T. company intends building another barge this spring. It will be in size similar to the Glenora.

The str. Spartan is undergoing extensive improvements at Swift's dock. New guards are being inserted while the entire joiner work is being overhauled. Wm. Perrault, Montreal, has charge of the work. Twelve men find employment here.

Work on Swift's dock has been delayed about a week owing to the deep snow and hard crust in the woods. Timber is expected to arrive next week when the work will be pushed rapidly so as to have everything in readiness for the opening of navigation.

The schrs. Bangalore and Hyderabad, at Portsmouth, have been opened up for repairs. With the exception of the forward and aft parts of the boats the frames are in good condition. The boats are being changed to fit them for carrying stone. Seven hatches will be placed in the schr. Bangalore and six in the Hyderabad. They will carry stone in connection with the construction of a lock at Sault Ste. Marie. The changes are being made by W. Power, who built the boats.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Mar 1892