The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 May 1892

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p.1 General Paragraphs - The prop. Acadia, from Chicago, with wheat, passed down to Montreal today.

The str. Resolute, drawing eleven feet of water, got stuck at Folger's dock this afternoon.


F. Ward, formerly of Barriefield, is steward on the str. Cibola.

It was expected that the schr. Ryan would be raised today.

Str. Argonaut, Chicago to Kingston, passed Port Colborne last night.

After being unloaded the schr. Dudley will load lumber for Oswego.

Str. John Rugee, Chicago, passed Port Dalhousie for Kingston with corn.

The str. Resolute is expected from Charlotte today with coal for the Rathbun company.

Capt. T. Lynch, Westport, is in the city preparing the Freemason for a start next week.

The str. Ocean arrived from Montreal last night. Capt. Scott finds the water in the river very low.

T. Hackett's gang of seven men unloaded the schr. Storr, the other day, 250 tons of coal, in ten hours.

The water this spring at the bar at Dexter, N.Y., is only 4 1/2 feet deep. This is the lowest ever known.

Arrivals: tug Active with four barges of grain, Montreal; sloop Maggie, Deseronto, oats; schr. Fisher, Charlotte, coal.

Several members of the barge Glenora's crew were badly frost-bitten during their stormy experience on Lake Superior last week.

F.M. Hepburn, chief steward on the str. Spartan, F. Allison and W. Loucks, are from Morrisburg and are fitting out the craft.

Str. Rideau Belle arrived at Gunn's wharf from Smith's Falls, this morning, about nine o'clock, heavily loaded with freight and passengers.

Clearances: schr. Fabiola, Oswego, to load coal for Gananoque; schr. Freeman, lake ports, light; schr. Eliza White, Oswego, lumber.

The str. John Haggart, of Perth, is aground in the Rideau River at a point opposite the Rideau stock farm. The water is too low at this point to float her.

The schr. Katie Eccles arrived from Colborne last night with 4,800 bushels buckwheat and 4,000 bush. wheat for M.T. Co., and cleared for lake ports this morning.

The schr. Worts arrived at Garden Island with elm timber from Toronto, this morning, and the str. Armenia, with barge Armenia, cleared for Lake Michigan, light, last night.

Capt. Clifford, in command of the ill-fated propellor Celtic, will sail on the prop. Michigan this season. It is not likely that any attempt will be made to raise the sunken vessel.

Last evening the str. Cibola left for Toronto after having had her hull scraped, and received other repairs. She looked attractive leaving the docks illuminated by electricity.

The steamer Island Queen will be docked at Davis' tomorrow. She will be caulked and receive a new wheel. The steamer Freemason and Minnie Francis will be generally overhauled at the same dock. They have been chartered to carry pulpwood from Brockville to Dexter, N.Y.

The steamer William Harrison, lying at the foot of Clarence street, left Boston on April 2nd, called at Halifax and several other ports, and had a good trip until arriving at the Pillon's (Pilion's ?) Light, about forty miles below Quebec, when she struck ice and could not advance further. She laid in the ice over night and was obliged to run back sixty miles. Previous to this she had lost an anchor and knocked a bad hole in her bottom. The pumps were kept in motion some time before the defect was remedied. The vessel had a narrow escape from being wrecked while drifting about in the ice. This caused a delay of about ten days and occurred three weeks after the boat had left Boston. An attempt to make the harbor at Gaspe proved in vain, as the ice was still in that locality. She made a good run from Quebec to Montreal, going at the rate of fifteen miles an hour. She had to wait a week at Montreal until the canals opened, and left there Monday morning. She was built about twenty-two years ago, but was renewed about four years ago, her model being all that was retained. The Harrison, in the occupation of a ferry at Boston, was purchased by J.J. McIntyre, of Niagara, to run between Niagara and Buffalo. Capt. F.F. Kelsey was engaged to deliver her at Niagara. She can carry 1,000 passengers comfortably. She is very roomy, no space being taken up by unnecessary cabins.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 May 1892