The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Aug 1893

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p.1 General Paragraphs - The Portsmouth band will play from the old barge, stranded in the bay, tonight.

The schr. Straubenzie, ashore off Pigeon Island, was liberated about noon today. The schooner is not damaged.


Last Saturday night Capt. Miller was sitting on the deck of the str. Empire State, lying at the wharf, Ogdensburg, when his reverie was disturbed by the appearance of Chief Hoy, of Prescott. They exchanged complimentary phrases and then the chief drew from his bosom a document and handed it to the genial Andrew. It read:

"To Andrew Miller, Esq., captain of the steamer Empire State, and to the owner or owners of said steamer:

"Take notice that I, as mayor of the town of Prescott, being a port at or through which you have advertised the steamer Empire State to call or pass with Sunday excursions, hereby forbid you calling or landing, starting from or passing through the town of Prescott on Sunday for the purpose of carrying an excursion, and take further notice that if you, as advertised, call at Prescott on Sunday the 30th inst., or on any other Sunday, for excursion purposes, that an action will be entered against you for the recovery of the penalties provided for by section 7 of chapter 203 of the revised statutes of Ontario, entitled "An Act to prevent the profanation of the Lord's day."

Dated at Prescott this 29th day of July, A.D., 1893.


Capt. Miller was surprised at the notice, but was not deterred from making his landings next day. Upon his arrival at Prescott in the morning Chief Hoy made a formal service of the notice while the boat was within Canadian jurisdiction. When the boat landed upon her return in the evening nothing was done by the Canadian authorities. Capt. Miller considers that as long as he is given his clearance from the port of Prescott he is entitled to land there and it being an international port the local authorities cannot prevent him from doing so. It is stated that the civic authorities went to the collector and requested that the steamer be refused clearance, but they were informed by the collector that he could not make such refusal even if he desired to.



The Schr. Straubenzie Had A Mishap Yesterday.

R. Milne will take the houseboat Idler down the Rideau.

The prop. Rhoda Emily will go to Oswego to load coal for up the lake.

T. Jaquith left for Rockport last night where he has the job of caulking a vessel.

The str. Rhoda Emily's cargo consists of 27,000 bushels of wheat and 10,000 bushels of corn.

The str. Bon Voyage has had a good season of it so far this year. The steamer had a large party for the world's fair who lived on board for about a month. The steamer was well paid.

A barge loaded with coal for Smith's Falls struck a lock at Kingston Mills yesterday and is now aground. Her decks are out of water, however, and the wrecking company will fix her up again.

With the exception of her keel being badly grazed, the str. Bohemian escaped damage by her running aground in the Coteau rapids recently. The Bohemian is now in the dry-dock at Montreal, but will be ready for her route within a couple of days.

On behalf of the dock men T. Burns wishes to repudiate a statement made in another paper that there are lots of men looking for work, and at the same time praying they won't get it. Thomas says the men about the dock are always willing to work for reasonable wages.

Steward Hepburn received a letter from his brother, engaged on the Fall River line, in which he states that the steamboat trade there this year is very slack. Mr. Hepburn has chatted with New York gentlemen and other American passengers and the general impression is that the depression this year is not due to the world's fair, but to the state of trade in the United States. The numerous bank failures are playing havoc.

Arrivals: str. Corsican, Toronto; str. Algerian, Montreal; str. Persia, St. Catharines; str. Cuba, Hamilton; schr. Folger, Oswego, coal; prop. Rhoda Emily, Chicago, wheat and corn; schr. Manitowac, Chicago, 34,000 bush. wheat; prop. Barnum, Chicago, 37,000 bushels wheat; prop. Boyce, Chicago, 40,000 bushels corn; schr. Johnston, Chicago, 30,000 bushels corn; prop. Wilson, Chicago, 35,000 bushels corn; schr. Sunrise, Chicago, 28,000 bushels corn; schr. Singapore, Charlotte, coal.

The prop. Pioneer has made a record for herself and one that will not soon be broken. She left Port Dalhousie just three hours behind the str. Rosedale and beat the latter in by a full hour, making 160 miles in 11 hours. This is big time and has never been beaten by either passenger or freight boat. The Pioneer can go at the rate of eighteen miles an hour if pushed. She was built at Ispheming, Mich. The str. Rosedale formerly held the record. The Pioneer had 25,000 bushels of wheat for the M.T. Co., and the same amount for Portsmouth.

A despatch from Chicago says: The sale of three cargoes of wheat for export was prevented yesterday on account of the inability of shippers to make arrangements with the banks for money. One shipper had all but closed for his lake steamer before sending over to his exchange, but the bank would extend no accommodations. Vesselmen claim that within the last three days the banks have stopped a large amount of grain for export in the same way. Canadian grain dealers do not seem to be short of funds, and the movement by way of Kingston and Montreal for foreign ports keeps up remarkably well. The Cadillac, Glidden, Warmington and Escanaba were placed yesterday for corn to Kingston at three cents.

The schr. Straubenzie ran aground on a shoal off Pigeon Island yesterday afternoon. She was tacking down and got too near the "Charity" shoals. The schr. Speedwell happened to be in at Swift's and as she is owned by the same man, Capt. Williams, she was dispatched to the distressed vessel. The Straubenzie is loaded with coal for Swift & Co., and is hard on the shoal. The tug Minnie took the Speedwell and a gang of men and derrick to the scene, and the work of unloading was carried on all night and continued today. It is not thought that the Straubenzie has sprung a leak. She is a very staunch vessel, but has been in hard luck, being in several accidents.

Aug. 3, 4, 5, 7, 1893


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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Aug 1893