The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Jul 1893

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p.4 Late Shooting of Rapids - The str. Hero arrived at canal lock No. 1 last night, at nine o'clock, after an unprecedented trip, so canal men say. The night was misty, drizzling rain obscured the view, and yet the pilot, Louis Jackson, of Caughnawaga, brought the boat through the rapids without any fear. Most pilots would have hesitated, and would have come down by the canal, which the Alexandria did, arriving after ten o'clock at night. The Hero would have been much later if she had not taken the rapids. Canal men spoke of it as a feat in piloting never before achieved. [Montreal Witness]


The prop. Vail took 119 bushels of corn back to Buffalo with her. It was damaged by water on the down trip.

The prop. Algonquin will take on coal for her own use at Cleveland and proceed to Duluth for another load of wheat for Kingston.

The barges Augusta and Valencia, of the Garden Island fleet, have been chartered to the K. & M. F. Co. for the season's work.

The Argonaut and Rugee, Chicago to Kingston, corn, and str. Pioneer, Duluth to Kingston, wheat, reported at Port Dalhousie last night.

Folger Bros. were notified yesterday that the str. Empire State, with Endeavorers, who boarded the boat at Clayton, N.Y., reached Montreal at 4:30 o'clock - a very quick run.

The schr. Baltic brought the largest number of bushels of grain to Kingston, yesterday, that has yet been transhipped at this port. The cargo consisted of oats, however, 82,000 bushels, which would mean about 50,000 bushels of wheat. She was for the K. & M. F. Co.

Clearances: schr. Baltic, Buffalo, light; str. Vail, Buffalo, light; prop. Algonquin, Cleveland, light; schr. B.W. Folger, Oswego, light; str. H.A. Calvin, Ogdensburg, light; str. Armenia and barge Norway, Toledo, light; str. D.D. Calvin and barge Ceylon, Toledo, light; schr. Annie Falconer, Charlotte, light; schr. Emerald, Oswego, light; str. Tecumseh, Ontonogan, light.

Arrivals: str. Algerian, Toronto; str. Columbian, Montreal; str. Corsican, Montreal; str. James Swift, Ottawa; schr. Falconer, Charlotte, coal for Garden Island; str. Augusta, Duluth, 22,000 bush. wheat; prop. Tilley and barge Merritt, Duluth, 40,000 bush. wheat and 23,000 bush. wheat respectively; schr. Parker, Chicago, 44,000 bush. corn; schr. Keith, Chicago, 34,000 bush. corn.

The str. Columbian arrived from Montreal last night, after depositing her load of Christian Endeavorers. The Columbian had over 800 passengers aboard going down, the largest number that was ever known to pass through the rapids. Capt. Batten says the Columbian could have carried three hundred more passengers with ease. Steward Hepburn had a busy time of it and served over 700 meals. So busy was he that dinner was in progress when the North Soo was reached. So smoothly did the steamer glide through the rapids that the passengers were able to enjoy the meal without rising from the table. Steward Hepburn received many compliments from the passengers, the Yankees saying that there was nothing on the other side to compare with the treatment received.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Jul 1893