The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Sep 1892

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p.1 General Paragraphs - Charters for wheat from Chicago to Kingston are made at 4 1/4 cents per bushel.

The tug Wheeler is towing Calvin's prop. Armenia to Manitowoc for repairs, she having broke her shoe in the river at Manistee.

Sir S.L. Tilley and consort discharged 4,400 bushels of grain at Portsmouth. The consort has 6,000 bushels damaged, which will be purchased by Mr. Clark of the malt house.

The prop. Lake Michigan, which ran ashore above Lachine on Monday during a fog, was pulled off by the tug Calvin, which went down from Kingston for that purpose.

The ferry steamer Henry Plumb, plying between Prescott and Ogdensburg, was struck by lightning Sunday while laying at the Prescott wharf and burned to the water's edge.


Clearances: tug Active, Montreal, six barges.

Arrivals: str. Omaha, Chicago, 60,300 bushels wheat; tug Ward, Ottawa; str. Spartan, Montreal.

The schr. Merritt lost a couple of spars while on Lake Erie during the recent gale.

The schr. Neelon, one of the prop. Tilley's consorts, was run into by one of the other schooners during the storm and had her yawl boat smashed, together with slight damage to the stern of the vessel.

Chief engineer Charbineau is engaged with his men laying up the str. Corsican. The engines have all to be taken apart and put together again in order to guard against there being water left in any of the pipes.

The prop. Omaha arrived this morning, drawing sixteen feet of water. It is not often vesssels come into this port with that draught. The Welland canal will not admit of fourteen feet, and the Omaha accordingly had to lighten at Port Colborne and reload again at Port Dalhousie.

A telegram received this morning from Port Colborne states that the steamer Algonquin, loaded with wheat from Duluth to Kingston, arrived off that port, last night, during a heavy blow from the south-west, and when about three miles out lost her rudder. She came to anchor and remained outside all night. The tug Mary went to her assistance this morning and brought her into the harbor, where she is awaiting orders from the owners.

Sept. 30, 1892



John A. Randall, late mate with Capt. Dix on the schr. White Oak, has taken charge of the sloop John A.

The str. D.D. Calvin with barge Ceylon, from Duluth with wheat, passed Port Colborne last night bound for Kingston.

The barge Senator arrived today from Montreal with 671 bushels of damaged wheat. It was part of the cargo of the S.S. Butteroni.

The amount of damaged wheat in the schr. Neelon at Portsmouth is 207 bushels. It will be taken to Neelon's mills, St. Catharines.

Arrivals: sloop John A., Seeley's Bay, lumber; schr. Annie Minnes, Charlotte, coal; schr. Wave Crest, Oswego, coal for electric light works; str. Algerian, Toronto; schr. Herbert Dudley, Sodus Point, coal.

Before vessels leave American ports they are inspected by health officers, and if the crews are found healthy and the boats clean the masters are given certificates with instructions to present them to the authorities on arriving at Canadian ports.

The directors of the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company discussed the liability of the company for the passengers' baggage destroyed in the Corinthian fire. The company denies all liability, while at the same time it is anxious to do anything in its power for those who have suffered loss. It was resolved to winter the Columbian and Spartan at Kingston, and the Corsican and Algerian at Sorel.

The New Steamer - Capt. Pierce is located at Portsmouth, where he will haul his yacht Wildflower out for the winter. He is erecting on S. Low's wharf a workshop and designing room in which he will work for the winter months. A few months ago his health was not good, but he is now feeling better than he has been for years. He has for some time been engaged in drawing lines for the new boat to be built this winter for service on the St. Lawrence river by the Thousand Island steamboat company. She will be about the same size as the steamer St. Lawrence, but will have more room for passengers. She will be a composite boat, her hull steel and wood. Her saloons will be elegantly finished. Her motive power will be by means of a screw, and her speed will be over eighteen miles an hour. She must be finished for the opening of navigation in 1893. The captain says the drawings are complete, but the place for building has not been decided upon. It is likely that Cleveland will be selected. It has been suggested that the new boat be made a side wheeler, but Capt. Pierce is greatly opposed to this. A side wheel boat will not be as roomy or as fast as a screw boat. The new steamer will be the prettiest and fastest between Toronto and Montreal, and there will be plenty of business for her.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Sep 1892