The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Jul 1893

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p.1 The U.S. government has chartered the steamer Stranger and crew, for the purpose of making a survey of the St. Lawrence river between Ogdensburg and Cape Vincent. The engineering corps will locate the obstructive rocks and shoals in the river, working five hundred feet from the centre, thus making a channel 1,000 feet broad. Next season the work of removing these obstructions will be commenced.


A.F. Barker an important man in Clayton;

...."Mr. Barker was the owner of many vessels in times when vessel property was valuable. On many a trip he received 30 cents per bushel freight on grain from Chicago to Kingston. He was the first vessel owner who beat the Kingston forwarders in the matter of demurrage claims. The schr. Hoboken, owned by Mr. Barker, was delayed here several days. He entered an action against the forwarding company and won $400. He established a precedent by which vessel owners were entitled to demurrage costs.

Through the efforts of Mr. Barker the Thousand Island steamboat company was established. He and B.W. Folger purchased the timber out of which the str. St. Lawrence was built at Buffalo."

Gone To The Wreck.

Capt. Towers, manager of this division of the R. & O. N. Co.'s steamers, left for the scene of the wreck of the str. Bohemian, this afternoon, with the tug Gordon and a couple of scows. The Bohemian is in a worse condition than before, as the water has lowered considerably, and thus left her more solid on the bottom. The captain thinks that jacks will have to be arranged at the stern of the boat in order to lift her off. It will be a big job.

Incidents of the Day - The tug Petrel is in Davis' dry-dock having her stern post repaired. The post was strained in working about the str. Bohemian aground in Coteau rapids.

They Saw A Big Fish - divers at work deepening the harbor.

Off On A Cruise - Henry Cunningham has built a sailing yacht of a new and original design.

The Party Returned - yacht Where Now back from world's fair.

p.2 In An Unfortunate Condition - John Hurst, hurt in explosion off a dredge engaged blasting out a shoal in harbor about five years ago, now almost a helpless cripple.



The barges Ceylon and Norway are in at Garden Island with coal from Toledo.

The wreck of the old Rothesay is by order of the department of marine at Ottawa, to be raised and taken from the dangerous position she now lies in.

The new wheel of the str. Princess Louise is a great improvement in many ways. The steamer can go alongside a dock at full speed and be checked to almost a standstill in space within her own length.

Harbor Inspector McCammon states that captains of propellors coming into Kingston are continually complaining about the fog horn not yet being erected at Nine Mile Point. The outfit is now at the point, but the government has delayed erecting it.

Clearances: schr. Miztec, Chicago, light; prop. Toltec, Chicago, light; schr. Hanlan, Oswego, light; str. Folsom, Chicago, light; schr. Fleetwing, Sodus Point, light; schr. Speedwell, Charlotte, light; str. Silber, Duluth, light; schr. Mitchell, Chicago, light.

Arrivals: str. Spartan, Toronto; str. Passport, Montreal; str. Ocean, Montreal; str. Rideau Belle, Perth; schr. Annie Falconer, Sodus Point; schr. Minch, Chicago, 40,000 bush. corn; schr. Ella Murton, Oswego, coal; schr. Burton, Oswego, coal; prop. Omaha, Chicago, 53,000 bush. corn; prop. Everett, Chicago, 45,000 bush. corn.

The str. Merritt arrived in the city today having on board Inspector Chamberlain, jails and prisons department. The steamer is a fine craft, and is owned by the inspector, he having to foreclose a mortgage which he held on the boat. The Merritt carries 700 or 800 passengers and was formerly run between Chatham and Detroit. The steamer will cruise among the islands this year, taking in Prescott, Ogdensburg, Brockville, Thousand Islands, and Alexandria Bay. She will be chartered for excursions and such like and carries a party from Brockville to Ogdensburg tomorrow. In the fall of 1889 the steamer was rebuilt by the Polson ironworks.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Jul 1893