The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Dec 1892

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p.1 Keep The Slips Clear - Harbor inspector McCammon has been persistent in keeping small sailing vessels from taking possession of the numerous slips along the water for winter quarters. He does not allow the boats to occupy space so as to interfere with traffic over the ice by farmers and others coming to the city.

General Paragraphs - C.H. Tupper denies the rumor that the Canadian government is building war vessels on the Georgian Bay. He says a couple of small vessels have been built at Owen Sound, which are being used in connection with the fishery protective service.

Incidents of the Day - Capt. A. McMaugh, late of the steamer Algonquin, will have command of the new steamer to be built by the M.T. Co. in Great Britain, and Henry Thurston, last season on the Resolute, will be chief engineer.

p.2 Lake Yacht Racing Association - Rochester, Dec. 19th - The annual meeting of the lake yacht racing association was held here. Several important changes in the racing rules were decided upon. The first regatta is at Charlotte, July 4th, to be followed with Hamilton, July 8th, and Toronto, July 11th. The following officers were elected: President, E.E. Mallock, Royal Hamilton club, Hamilton; vice-president, A.R. Boswell, Royal Canadian club, Toronto; secretary-treasurer, Geo. E. Evans, Royal Canadian club, Toronto. The next meeting will be held in Hamilton.


Buffalo, Dec. 19th - During the season of navigation ninety-five lives were lost in navigating the great lakes; of this number twenty-six were sacrificed on the Western Reserve, eighteen on the Gilcher, and fifteen on the steambarge Nassua, which waterlogged on Lake Huron. The remainder of the ninety-five comprised the crews of the schooners Ostrich and City of Toledo, lost on Lake Michigan, and the occasional loss of a sailor unable to reach shore from the numerous wrecks during fall storms. The death list is much larger than for many years in the lake marine. In property the losses of the season aggregate $2,650,000. The losses from foundering, while not numerous, exceed those from any other one cause, owing to the great value of the two steel steamers in the ? . Counting cargoes the losses from foundering amount to $483,500. The October storms were responsible for great devestation among the sail fleet. Those losses, while not large, were very numerous, and taken in connection with the large number of strandings in the Sault River, and an occasional mishap to a large steamer, the footing is $419,743 for vessels and $197,023 for cargo. From water-logging and loss of canvass the losses aggregate $55,000, while to the fire account can be charged $131,222. The season is about on a par with several years past in regard to the number of collisions. In all the losses from this source amount to $300,000 on vessels and $80,000 on cargoes. It is remarkable that the losses on A-1 oats the past season exceed $700,000 a much higher percentage of loss to the total value insured than on any other grade. Doubtless the most profitable insurance done on the lakes the past season has been the smaller schooners from which the underwriters have exacted some ten per cent. The most disastrous storm of the year, both in the number of lives lost and in boats wrecked, was the one in which the steamer W.H. Gilcher was lost on Lake Michigan. Perhaps that week has not been excelled in lake history. A total of twenty-three boats came to grief and the loss of life was twenty-seven.

p.4 A Quick Trip to Ashes - the Toronto Canoe & Boat Co. boat house near Union Station burns down.

The Sloop Still Runs - The sloop Idlewild is about the only sailing craft plying in and out of this harbor at present. This morning she arrived from Bath with grain for Richardson Bros. The Idlewild will continue to run to neighboring ports for grain until the ice prevents her.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Dec 1892