The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 May 1892

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p.1 General Paragraphs - Just two weeks ago the crew of the schr. Minnedosa shovelled two feet of snow off the vessel's deck while lying at Fort William.


Luke Dupencier is on the str. Olive this year.

The S.S. Weyland was thoroughly repainted while lying at the dock here.

Capt. R. Mellan will sail as pilot on the str. Rideau Belle again this season.

The dredge Nipissing will go to Wolfe Island after finishing work in the harbor.

The American steamboat inspector was in the city today, and examined the str. St. Lawrence.

Clearances: str. Nile and barge Isis, Ottawa, salt; schr. Fleetwing, Oswego, lumber; prop. F. & H.M., No. 5, Buffalo, light.

The prop. Tilley, Duluth, with three barges from Fort William, arrived in port this morning. The captain says a regular July trip was experienced.

Strs. Everett, Minch, Buttrine, Duluth to Kingston, wheat; prop. Rhoda Emily, Kingston to Buffalo, light; str. Enterprise and barges, Kingston to Ashtabula, light, passed Port Colborne last night.

When the schr. Edward Blake arrived in Chicago she was boarded by ex-chief of police McGarigle, whose desire was to renew old acquaintances. The Blake was the schooner upon which McGarigle made his famous escape to Canada a few years ago.

Arrivals: schr. Vienna, Port Hope, 8,000 bushels wheat; schr. Delaware, Oswego, coal; sloop Maggie L., Simcoe Island, 3,500 bushels oats; str. Ocean, Montreal; prop. Alma Munro, Montreal to Chicago; schr. Eliza Fisher, Charlotte, coal; schr. Erie Belle, Sandusky, coal; schr. B.W. Folger, Sodus Point.

Cost of the Dry Dock - discussed in House of Commons; Connollys to be paid $379,621 for the work.

A Government Cutter - The str. Constance, a revenue cutter for the customs department to cruise about the Gulf of St. Lawrence, arrived at Swift's wharf from Toronto at six o'clock this morning. The boat, though small, is a regular beauty in appearance and design, and was visited by hundreds of citizens today, the mere report of a real government cruiser having created a naturally curious feeling. The recent smuggling at St. Pierre has made it necessary for a cutter in that district, and she will also serve as an essential protection to the fishermen. She was built by the Polson Iron Works, Toronto, and launched at Owen Sound in November last. The steamer left that place about two weeks ago, and with the exception of meeting with a heavy fog, shortly after leaving the Welland canal, retarding her progress somewhat and fouling a sand bank while making Toronto harbor from which she was relieved without difficulty, the officers experienced a pleasant voyage. Those in command are: George May, captain; L.E. Dennis, first officer; R. Fortin, second officer; A. Michand, chief engineer; M. Dickie, steward. The crew all told number seventeen men. J.W. Davey, Toronto, accompanies the steamer as guarantee engineer from the Polson company. He remains about two months. In the erection of the boat every possible facility and convenience was thoroughly considered. Her decks resemble the ocean steamships very much. Below decks every item of space is utilized for officers' quarters, captain's dining room, bath room, a spare room for the seizing officer and another for the pilot, and bunks for the crew. Her compound engines are 320 horsepower and she runs about fifteen miles an hour. Her engines are neat and pretentious. The pilot house and surroundings were particularly attractive. The bridge above for the lookout officer is furnished with speaking tubes, etc., and the very latest improvement in the telegraph system of indicating to the engineer. This plan entirely does away with the bell system and by means of an indicator it is impossible to mistake an order. Captain T. Donnelly received a despatch from the marine department, Ottawa, to secure a pilot for the cutter to take her to Montreal. Capt. G. Ratten, of the new str. Columbia, was engaged. She leaves this afternoon.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 May 1892