The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Aug 1893

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p.1 General Paragraphs - The str. Maud is laid up today having her bulkhead repaired.

Rideau Canal Troubles - landowners sent delegation to Ottawa to complain about high water levels, damaged bridges, etc.; Mr. Wise is superintendent of the canal; delegation called on Hon. Mr. Haggart; ...."The minister asked Mr. Wise what was the proper height for the water in the canal, and Mr. Wise replied seven feet. Mr. Martin contradicted this statement, saying five feet was the charter allowance and could prove this by the documents in his pocket. He had an affidavit from Mr. Brady, the first lock-master of Kingston Mills, showing that he never allowed the water to get higher than five feet. These figures were stated in the house and were not contradicted. Mr. Martin challenged Mr. Wise to produce any document proving that the depth of the water in the canal should be seven feet. Mr. Wise did not submit proof.

Mr. Martin was a steamboat pilot on the canal for 31 years and said that when they wanted to fasten boats to the spiles at the canal they could climb on the embankment, but now the water is higher than the spiles."

Lost His Clothes - On the down trip of the Owen Sound, arrived this morning, a lamp fell out of the bracket in engineer Evans' room and ignited the clothing. The fire got considerable headway before it was discovered. Mr. Evans lost every stitch of clothing he had in the room. Outside of the clothing there was little damage done.



The shovellers at Portsmouth worked all last night. The steambarge Niagara was the last boat emptied.

This morning the str. Algerian passed down with sixty passengers. Two Pullman coaches brought in forty-seven passengers.

The str. Owen Sound, with barge Neelon in tow, arrived with grain this morning. The rush is so great that the Owen Sound will be delayed a week or so.

Arrivals: str. Owen Sound and barge Neelon, Toledo, 50,000 bush. wheat; schr. Ella Murton, Charlotte, coal; schr. Marengo, Chicago, 40,000 bushels wheat; schr. Fleetwing, coal; str. Algerian, Toronto; str. Corsican, Montreal; str. James Swift, Ottawa; str. Magnet, Montreal.

Numerous vessels have been laid up for several weeks back. Now that the coal trade with Kingston is at an end for this season the mariners are obliged to quit work. Where the cost of tow bills is great and the expenses of schooners so heavy, vessels could now engage in the grain trade between Kingston and Montreal. There is lots of it to do, but the gain is eaten up in the tow bills.

His Lights Went Out - Clayton, Aug. 18th - William Dodge, 76 years old; wounded during civil war, appointed keeper of the Three Sisters' Light house at Alexandria Bay, built in 1870; for 24 years he has performed his duties well; one of his sons, William or James will succeed.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Aug 1893