The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 May 1892

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p.1 General Paragraphs - The steamer Richelieu was the first iron steamer owned by the old Richelieu Navigation company.

The str. Alexandria passed through for Montreal, last night. She had several passengers from the bay ports.

The steamer Empress of India will leave Picton for Toronto, on Sunday, to run from that place to Port Dalhousie. During the winter she has been extensively improved. Capt. O'Brien will again be in command.


The schr. Grantham left Toledo today with timber for Kingston.

Wm. Redden, Belleville, has shipped with Capt. Dix on the schr. White Oak.

The schr. Eliza Fisher will clear for Charlotte tonight to load coal for Breck & Booth.

Captain Walter Colwill, of the schr. Collier, has been making fast trips from Toronto to Oswego.

D.F. Mills, second mate of the str. Algerian last year, has been promoted to first mate this season under Capt. McGrath.

The str. Belmont had a satisfactory trial trip to Four Mile Point and return yesterday. The steamer's name has been changed to Richelieu.

The str. Maud left for Prescott for a tow and the str. Pierrepont is running in her stead to the cape. The str. Richelieu takes the Pierrepont's place.

The prop. Acadia is expected up from Montreal tomorrow night, on her first trip of the season. She will take the place of the prop. Celtic, between Duluth and Montreal, this season.

Capt. Patenaude says great credit is due Capts. Fleming and Brooks for their conduct during the recent gales. He says he has been in that locality himself and knows what it is.

Capt. Noonan, of the str. Rideau Belle, complains of low water from the harbor to Kingston Mills. The water, however, is good in the canal and he had a fine trip from Ottawa this week.

Commencing on May 16th, the steamers of the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation company will begin tri-weekly trips from Toronto, and on May 18th from Montreal, continuing to June 1st, when they will run daily.

The water in the lake and harbor is about the same depth now as it was last fall. Heavy draught vessels were unable to take a big load at present and if the water lowers as usual next fall mariners will have a tough time of it.

Clearances: tug Active, with four barges, Montreal; scow John A., Seeley's Bay, lumber; prop. Argonaut, Oswego, coal for Chicago; schr. Parker, Chicago, light; schr. Storrs, Oswego, light; schr. Emerald, Toledo, light; str. Algonquin, Kingston to Port Arthur, light.

Str. Pueblo, Chicago to Kingston, wheat; str. Stafford and consort, Duluth, to Kingston, wheat; str. Calvin and barges, Toledo to Kingston, timber, passed Port Dalhousie last night.

On account of the slack times along the docks vessel owners are looking forward to a big rush after a while. The coal on the other side has to come over, and there is also considerable lumber on this side of the water to be transhipped.

Arrivals: schr. Freeman, Napanee, 10,000 bushels peas; str. Rideau Belle, Ottawa, passengers and freight; schr. Hanlan, Oswego, coal; str. Stafford, West Superior, wheat; barge Franscombe, West Superior, wheat; schr. Two Brothers, Oswego, coal.

On Saturday last the keel of a new vessel was laid in the M.T. Co's shipyard similar to the one built in the same place two years ago. Wm. Ainslie is draughtsman; D. Ainslie, boss shipwright; Isaac Oliver, Isaac Jaqueth and Ed. Cassady, overseers; John Maloney, head blacksmith; J. Watts, engineer; Ed. Leder, head sawyer and J.W. Ansley, overseer of mill and machineshop. With such a staff of skilful workmen the manager has reason to feel proud.


Crashed Into An Icefloe.

Owen Sound, May 10th - The steamship Alberta, Capt. McAllister, left this port Thursday afternoon with a full list of passengers and freight. She arrived at Sault Ste. Marie Friday morning, which port she left about 8 a.m. On Friday evening about 7 o'clock the sea got up accompanied by a blinding snow storm. About 9 p.m. she ran into an ice floe and while near Passage Island, which is only a few miles from Isle Royal where the Algoma was lost, the ice broke three flanges off her wheel, leaving her helpless.

The S.S. Athabaska, which left Port Arthur Saturday, met the Alberta and towed her into Port Arthur. She will be brought here for repairs. Old sailors say Friday night's storm was the worst they ever experienced on Lake Superior.

Fort William, May 9th - The schr. Gaskin, which broke away from the Glengarry in Friday's snowstorm, has been found at Peck's Harbor. The Glenora, which the Glengarry also had in tow, is still missing. When last seen she was dismasted and in a disabled condition.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 May 1892