The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 May 1892

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p.1 General Paragraphs - Capt. Booth has received a letter which states that numerous boats are stranded at Toledo on account of the low water.

The water in the Bay of Quinte is very low and only boats of very light draught can navigate.

Owing to lack of barges the grain shovellers could not work today. Barges will arrive tonight and the work of unloading the steamers Algonquin and Argonaut will extend into Sunday.

The strs. Corsican and Spartan will be put on the route and run tri-weekly between Montreal and Toronto. The strs. Algerian and Passport will be added on June 1st to make the daily trip.

While the str. Rugee was being unloaded at Portsmouth one of the legs of the elevator Sampson slipped into the grain and was smashed. The belt also was destroyed. The elevator will receive a thorough overhauling.

Upset On the Lake - a yacht upset when sailor forgot centreboard.

Where's The Glenora? - A despatch from Fort William says that during a heavy storm on Thursday the Gaskin and Glenora broke away from the prop. Glengarry off Passage Island. The Glengarry is back in port without either of them. They all had grain for Kingston.

Capt. Fleming commanded the Glenora, Capt. Brooks the Gaskin. He is from the Welland Canal. The Kingstonians are D. Malette, Malcolm McMillan and P. Regan. There were several others on board.


Clearances: str. Water Lily, Lake Ontario ports, light.

Vessel captains say there are numerous vessels laying in Oswego waiting for coal.

The sailing yacht Gracie, purchased by Toronto parties, left for that city this morning.

Str. Negaunee and barge Chicotooh ?, Duluth, wheat, passed Port Colborne last night.

The steamer Resolute got on a shoal near the ferry wharf, yesterday, but was safely released.

Next week Capt. Donnelly will commence raising the steamer Rothesay, sunk near Brockville.

Arrivals: prop. Algonquin, Duluth, 60,000 bush. wheat; prop. Argonaut, Chicago, 48,100 bush. corn.

The schr. Mystic Star, sunk at Oswego, has been raised and is discharging her cargo into the schr. Muir.

Str. Armenia and barge, Kingston to Marquette, light; schr. Parker, Chicago to Kingston, passed Port Dalhousie last night.

Yesterday the steamer William Johnston, of Garden Island, ran on Murray Tower shoal and had to be pulled off by the str. Pierrepont.

The schr. White Oak arrived this morning from Oswego with coal for R. Crawford. Capt. Dix experienced rough weather on the passage over.

Ed. Taylor, son of Jonathan Taylor, engineer on the unfortunate prop. Celtic, has engaged with the prop. Jessie Stewart, which plies Port Dalhousie and Windsor.

The Richelieu & Ontario navigation company's steamers, wintered here, have received orders to be in readiness for navigation on May 15th. Both the steamers, Spartan and Corsican, will have trial trips before that time.

The prop. Argonaut ran aground abreast of Richardson's dock this morning. She is carrying about fourteen feet of water. Capt. Powers says the harbor could be dredged out in one winter and thus save all this trouble to heavy draught steamers.

Capt. J. Donnelly, sr., raised the schr. Ryan, a source of annoyance in the Deseronto harbour for several years. Bows frequently ran on the sunken boat. The schooner was left at the wharf at Deseronto last evening at 6:30 p.m. She sank with a load of brush wood.



Hamilton, May 7th - The tug St. George had a rough time of it on Lake Ontario yesterday. She left Toronto for Hamilton with two dump scows in tow. The sea was heavy and the water washed over the tug and quenched her fires. The two scows broke loose and were washed ashore on Hamilton Beach and the tug was at the mercy of the waves for some hours. Finally, when about to be dashed against the piers at the Beach, a line was thrown out from the lighthouse and the tug was brought in with all hands safe. The tug's scows will be used by Mr. McNamee, who had the contract to dredge the bay at the foot of James street.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 May 1892