The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Aug 1892

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p.1 General Paragraphs - J.H. Morley, general passenger agent of the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company, and Mr. Cloney, travelling passenger agent, were in the city today.

The steamyacht Bertha was inspected yesterday, and is now given the privilege of carrying passengers. Capt. E. Allen has charge of the yacht.


The schr. Kate has been raised and righted up and was taken into Picton harbor on Saturday, after having been underwater for two weeks. The hull of the vessel seems to be uninjured, but the rigging is in a very bad condition. Her main mast is broken off almost even with the deck, and the foremast about half way up. Two entirely new masts will be needed. The booms and other rigging seem all right. The water has just been pumped out and the cabin cleared. Outside the cabin lies a quantity of woman's clothing, probably Mrs. Pappa's, some shoes and other things, all about destroyed by the water. The stove and other furniture in the cabin seems nearly all broken to pieces, and all the bedding nearly destroyed. It will take considerable time and a good deal of money to fit the vessel for sea again. She looks like a strong and staunch vessel and not much the worse of wear.

The Princess Louise still lies partly under water, close along the bank of the High Shore, 5 miles beyond Picton. The vessel has been lighted up and is strongly guyed to some large trees growing on the steep bank there. It is in a sheltered place where the winds are not apt to do the boat any injury. The upper deck is about even with the water and the promenade deck well clear. One side of the upper cabin seems to have been staved in, either by the concussion or the action of the water since. No one appeared to be working about the boat on Wednesday. Probably the hull will be got up and towed to Deseronto or Kingston for repairs this week.

Marine Paragraphs.

A pier in the river at Napanee will be removed by order of the department of marine.

It is expected that by the end of next week the str. Maud will be ready for service.

The str. Orion and two barges are at Collinsby. They came from Lake Superior with 82,000 feet of timber.

The str. Algonquin arrived at Portsmouth yesterday afternoon from Chicago and discharged 66,000 bushels of grain.

The str. Bon Voyage did not arrive from the islands yesterday until after nine o'clock. She had a large passenger list.

Henry Folger says the Thousand Island Steamboat Co. is doing a larger business among the islands this year than ever before.

The rudder of the new tug Petrel was too small and is being replaced by a larger one. Next week the tug will leave for Quebec with a large raft.

Capt. John Donnelly, sr., left last night for the str. Princess Louise and will complete the raising of her. He says she will be afloat in two days.

Clearances: tug Hall, Montreal, six barges grain; str. McViety, Ogdensburg; tug Thompsonl, Montreal, five barges; prop. Tilley and barges for the canal.

The corn has been removed from the str. City of Owen Sound, raised from Georgian Bay, and this week she will be placed in the dry-dock at Collingwood.

In three hours the str. John Rugee had 1,276 gross tons of coal put into her at Oswego. She unloaded 51,000 bushels of wheat in Kingston in a few hours. Her record is a good one.

Capt. Bright, Alexandria Bay, owner and master of the yacht Valetta, is dead. He suffered from fatty degeneration of the heart and was only ill for two days. The yacht was continually chartered by C.M. Pullman, of Castle Rest.

Yesterday afternoon while the barge Cherokee was being launched at Portsmouth, Paul Reid, fireman, was seriously injured. He was standing alongside the railway when the chain holding the barge snapped. Part of it struck him on the arm, cutting the foreport open and making an ugly wound. Had the chain struck him fair on the body he would have been killed.

Arrivals: schr. Peterson, 42,000 bush. corn; str. Omaha, Chicago, 49,000 bush. wheat; tug Hall, Montreal, two light barges; tug Active, Montreal, five light barges; schr. Fabiola, Belleville, 8,000 bush. wheat; str. Nile and Isis, Deseronto, lumber, etc.; str. Passport, Toronto; str. Ocean, Montreal; str. Bon Voyage, Ogdensburg; str. Orion and consort Ontinagon, timber.

p.2 Racing On The River - side-wheel steamer Sport, the screw-wheel steame W.B., and the St. Lawrence racing between Clayton and Alexandria Bay. [Watertown, N.Y., Times]



Detroit, Aug. 11th - Preparation is being made, and the experiment will be tested during this fall and winter to deal shipping interests of the great lakes one of the severest blows that that industry has yet received from the railroads. Apart from the package freight carried by the swift steamships, there is hardly anything for vessels to take from Lake Erie to Lakes Michigan and Superior excepting coal. It is at this traffic that the railroads are now casting their eyes, and an attempt to gather it in is now being prepared for. At the yard of the Craig Shipbuilding Company in Toledo there are under construction two huge and peculiarly shaped hulls. They are 260 feet long, 52 feet beam and 19 feet deep and will cost when completed about $180,000 each. They are for the Toledo, Ann Arbor and North Michigan Railroad and will both be completed this fall. Each of the steamers will be fitted with four tracks and will be capable of carrying 24 cars. They will be operated between Frankford, Mich. and Kewanee, Wis., a route that is 60 miles long and can be covered in six hours. The projectors of the scheme figure that cars can be taken across at a cost of $2 each, against a present cost of $7, when bulk is broken. This refers to the handling of general merchandise. But it is the coal business that the best results are looked for.


New York, Aug. 11th - Before another season the New York, Ontario and Western Railway will probably have a through line of its own to Duluth and the Northwest. The company has been considering the plan for a few years. Present T.P. Fowler, General Manager J.E. Childs, General Freight Agent J.C. Anderson and other officials of the road are out of the city on an inspection tour. About this time they are measuring the Welland Canal with a tape line to find out what draught of steamers will go through.

The Ontario and Western has extensive wharves at Oswego and it has done considerable business in connection with the Ogdensburg Transportation Company, but it has no regular line and the purpose is to establish such a service. It is calculated that one of the existing steamer lines can be induced to make Oswego its regular terminus in case enough freight both west and east bound is guaranteed.

This will be the first effort of the Ontario and Western to participate in the lake and rail traffic. In some respects it has an advantage over its competitors. It has the shortest rail line from the lakes to tidewater and it can therefore haul freight somewhat more cheaply.

This new move of the Ontario and Western will give it a much better opportunity to secure Northwestern business.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Aug 1892