The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Jul 1893

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p.1 General Paragraphs - The condition of the iron ore trade may be understood when the str. Pioneer, owned by the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Mining Co., is reported carrying a cargo of wheat from Duluth to Kingston.


The str. D.D. Calvin is in from Toledo with consorts of timber.

Clearances: schr. Hanlan, Oswego, light; prop. Columbia, Chicago, light; str. Armenia, Toledo, light; schr. Burton, Oswego, light.

Str. Tilley and consorts Merritt and Augusta, Duluth to Kingston, wheat; str. Shickluna and barges St. Louis and Worts, Fort William, wheat; passed Port Colborne last night.

The str. Bannockburn, belonging to the Montreal Transportation company, has reached Montreal with coal from Sydney. The craft will be taken apart and brought to Kingston.

Coal vessels are being delayed at this port lately on account of a rush at the docks. The B.W. Folger arrived on Friday last and has been lying here since. It will be the end of the week before she gets away now.

Arrivals: str. Columbian, Montreal; str. Spartan, Montreal; str. Corsican, Toronto; str. Persia, St. Catharines; str. Rideau Belle, Perth; schr. Hanlan, Oswego, coal; schr. Minnedosa, Duluth, 61,000 bush. wheat; prop. Glengarry, Duluth, 21,000 bushels wheat.

The schr. Fleetwing made a start for Oswego this morning, but had hardly got under way before she was struck by a squall. The flying jib was carried away, and Capt. Shaw considered it advisable to return to Swift's dock. The vessel is now at anchor off the dock.

About fifteen years ago it was considered a big thing if a vessel ran into the harbor without the assistance of a tug. Now it is quite as unusual a thing to see a vessel coming in behind a tug. The steam yacht Bertha is the only boat in port doing towing, and the captain says he has only had three jobs this season. The Bertha also carries passengers.

Complaints are made daily at the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company's offices of an exposed log lying in the Bay of Quinte, close to Baker's Island. A representation has been made to the government several times to have it removed, but it is still there. On the night of June 30th the str. Spartan touched it in passing, but no damage was done; the pilots are constantly on the look-out for it.

p.2 The Pith of the News - The steamer Ira H. Owen, ore laden, struck a rock opposite Cedar Point, near Sault Ste. Marie, on Sunday night, and was badly damaged. The captain ran her for shore and she now lies on the bottom more than half full of water.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Jul 1893