The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Jul 1893

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The government engineers in charge of the Bay of Quinte survey have completed soundings from Carrying Place to the foot of Capt. John's Island, opposite Deseronto. They have also gone over the Mohawk bay up into the mouth of the Napanee river. A number of shoals heretofore unknown have been discovered, some of them in near neighborhood to the route of vessels. The channel at the entrance to the Napanee river has narrowed quite perceptibly in the last few years, the sand and gravel bar at its south side having shifted north.

The depth of water varies very much in different localities; at Massassaga Point there is over forty feet; opposite Deseronto there is a depth of twenty-eight feet. The water is now about two feet higher than at this time last year.



The new steamer Chippewa, for the Niagara Navigation company, arrived at Toronto today. She was built at Hamilton and took on 2,250 life preservers yesterday.

The steamer Varuna made her first trip of the season down the bay to Thousand Island Park yesterday. The Varuna is now owned by Capt. Van Vlack, who purchased the vessel from Capt. Porte's estate.

Clearances: str. Ionia, Chicago, light; scow Carleton, Cape Vincent, 18,000 bushels sand; str. D.D. Calvin and schr. Ceylon, Manistee, light; prop. Escanaba, Oswego, light; schr. Fabiola, Oswego, light; str. Spencer, Duluth, light; prop. Everett, Chicago, light.

The str. Columbian left Kingston just fifteen minutes behind the Algerian on Friday morning. The steamers were in for a race and full steam was put on. At Brockville the Algerian was 1 1/2 minutes ahead, but at Cornwall the Columbian had caught up. Here the Columbian's machinery gave way and thus ended the race.

Arrivals: schr. Burton, Oswego, coal; str. Toronto (sic); strs. Columbian and Algerian, Montreal; str. Persia, Montreal; str. Cuba, Montreal; str. Ocean, Hamilton; str. North King, Charlotte; schr. Paisley, Duluth, 55,000 bushels wheat; prop. Enterprize, Toledo, 27,000 bushels corn; schr. Antelope, Toledo, 22,000 bushels corn; schr. Albatross, Toledo, 22,000 bushels corn.

The schr. Annie Falconer has been here since Wednesday last. The delay in discharging was caused by a number of vessels being in ahead of her and also because of the time taken in storing the coal in Swift's sheds. The sheds are now about full and after a few more loads to balance things up several vessels that have been plying to Kingston all year will be knocked off the route. There is very little more coal for here.

Capt. Augustus has left for Cobourg where he meets the str. Carmona with an excursion from Whitby, Oshawa and other places. He brings the boat down the Murray canal and Bay of Quinte to Kingston. The Carmona goes on to the Thousand Islands. She gets to Kingston about five or six o'clock Tuesday morning and calls on the up trip about noon. There will be about 800 excursionists aboard. The Carmona is the largest side wheel steamer on the lakes. She runs between Toronto and Charlotte.

Death From A Sunstroke - Mr. Thomas B. Griffiths, of Hamilton; ...."When the Hamilton Steamboat Company was formed three years ago he was elected President. Deceased leaves one brother, J.B. Griffiths, who is manager of the Hamilton Steamboat Co."

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Jul 1893