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

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p.1 General Paragraphs - The str. Hero arrived this afternoon loaded with apples from Picton.

Today the tug Petrel left the dry-dock where she shipped larger wheels. She will tow the barges towed by the steambarge Arion (Orion ?). The service will be rendered in the Georgian Bay district.

Good Prospects Ahead - Hiram A. Calvin, M.P., thinks there are good prospects for work in Kingston this winter. His reasons for so believing are based on the fact that the locomotive works has orders for a couple of new engines for the Rathbun Co.; the M.T. Co. is building a new barge; the Kingston foundry has boilers to build for the New York syndicate and the str. Algonquin will be dry-docked in the government dock for the purpose of having a new stern built. This work will be done to improve the vessel's shape.


Clearances: tug Hall, Montreal, four barges.

The str. Rideau Belle is having all the freight she can handle.

The prop. Rosedale ran aground off Richardson's wharf this morning. The water is lowering in the harbor steadily.

The schr. B.W. Folger is loading shingles at the spile dock for Sackett's Harbor, and the schr. Fleetwing is taking on a similar cargo for Oswego.

Arrivals: prop. Rosedale, Duluth, 58,000 wheat; schr. R. McDonald, Consecon, 3,500 wheat; tug Active with two barges of coal, Oswego, for Montreal; tug Jessie Hall, five barges, Montreal, light; str. Rideau Belle, Ottawa; str. Persia, St. Catharines.

The Morrisburg canal is the subject of much complaint on the part of the lake vessel owners. During nearly the whole summer there has been grounding and striking of vessels passing through the canal. This owing, all agree, to the droppings from the dredges being allowed to accumulate in the bottom of the canal. When a vessel strikes these lumps of earth, she is invariably thrown off her course into the bank. All the propellers have suffered more or less on this account this season. On a recent trip of the steamer Persia, she was stuck for seventeen hours in the Morrisburg canal, and was not released until considerable dredging was done. To prove that the trouble arises from the causes above mentioned, it is only necessary to note that the steamer St. Magnus, drawing nine feet of water, passed over the spot just after the Persia was released, without striking the bottom, showing that if the contractors were made to clean the dredge droppings from the centre of the canal, the vessel owners and captains would have little to complain of.

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