The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Oct 1892

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The schr. B.W. Folger was relieved of one of her jibs in the wind a few days ago.

Harbor master McCammon found a float in the harbor, near Fort Henry, this morning.

C. Smith, second mate of the schr. B.W. Folger, is unable to be on duty because of sickness.

The schrs. Laura and Clara Youell are loading coal at Sodus Point, and the barge H.B. cleared from there with 950 tons of coal for Prescott.

Capt. Shaw, of the schr. Fleetwing, says that he had a pleasant trip over from Oswego this morning. The big blow sprung up just as he got inside the gap.

The prop. Algonquin is being towed down from Port Dalhousie. She lost her rudder during the recent storm. She has 70,000 bushels of wheat for the M.T. Co.

Michael McMahon, now a sailor on the schr. B.W. Folger, but formerly a shoemaker, has this tale to tell: "I know my end, I know my 'awl,' and I'm now preparing my 'sole' for the 'last.' "

Clearances: schr. Annie Minnes, Deseronto, light, to load for Oswego; tug Active, Fair Haven, three barges to load coal for Montreal; tug Glide, Montreal, light; tug Bronson, Montreal, six barges.

Arrivals: schr. Annie Falconer, Oswego, coal; schr. Restless, Consecon, peas; schr. Pilot, Napanee, peas; sloop Maggie L., Napanee, oats; schr. Fleetwing, Charlotte, coal for spile dock; schr. Hanlan, Oswego, coal.

During the recent storm the schr. Burton was just outside the Ducks when the squall struck her and carried away the standing jib. She was obliged to run back to the gap, and was from Saturday till Thursday making Sodus Point.

The schrs. Glenora and Minnedosa, in tow of the tug Walker, are at present on Lake Huron en route for Duluth to load wheat for Kingston. The schrs. Gaskin and Kildonan are being towed by the Thompson and are now on Lake Erie. They are bound for Chicago and will load corn.

James Bourdeau returned from St. Johns, N.B., today. He was one of the men engaged to take Connolly's dredge St. Joseph from Kingston to that place and says that if he was given the entire outfit he would not again take the trip. The voyage occupied six weeks time and rough weather was experienced. When lying at Quebec Bourdeau was advised by several old sailors not to take the trip. They said his life was not worth a straw if he went down to the coast on such a craft. When near Gaspe the scows broke loose from the tow and the tug Storm King which had been despatched from St. John to meet the dredge went in pursuit and after a tedious run secured the scows. The tug Beaver had the dredge in tow at the time. She had taken charge at Quebec. The distance covered was about 1,500 miles and Bourdeau says that if very rough weather had been experienced the probabilities are that he would not have been left to tell the tale.


Ottawa, Oct. 3rd - The United States government has informed the government that it cannot agree to enter into a reciprocity arrangement with Canada, regarding wrecking and towing as provided in the bill passed by the dominion parliament last session. The bill passed by congress, providing for reciprocity with Canada in wrecking and towing, extended the operation of Canadian vessels to wrecking and towing in canals, as well as in waters of the United States, along the St. Lawrence and great lakes. Secretary Foster now holds that until Canada has agreed to admit United States vessels to the same privileges in Canadian canals, as well as in Canadian waters along the border, the government of the United States will have to decline entering into any reciprocal wrecking and towing arrangement.

p.4 Runs Ashore On Her First Trip - Hamilton, Oct. 3rd - The new steamer Arabian, which left here last Saturday light for Duluth, went hard aground yesterday on the American side of the St. Clair River below Algonac, Michigan. Captain Fairgrieve received a telegram from Captain Chestnut saying that the tug Howard had been sent from Port Huron to her assistance and he expected to have her off by this morning. The Arabian is on her first trip and the mishap is consequently considered doubly unfortunate by the superstitious sailormen.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Oct 1892