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

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The schr. Annie Falconer is being repainted, as is also the schr. Fleetwing.

The R. & O. N. Co. has decided not to transfer Purser Bushell from the Columbian to the Magnet.

The prop. Acadia has been expected up from Montreal for the past three or four days. She may be here tonight.

The schr. Queen of the Lakes has been stripped of her canvass and will lay at Richardson's dock for a couple of weeks.

The str. Corsican did not get away for Montreal till seven o'clock this morning. Rough weather was experienced on the lake last night.

Clearances: prop. Wilson and schr. Manitowac, Buffalo; prop. Lake Michigan, Cleveland; str. Aztec and schr. Zopatec, Chicago.

The str. Magnet will be up tonight on her first trip to Hamilton. She will ply between Hamilton and Montreal for the remainder of the season.

The work being done to the schr. S.H. Dunn at Davis' dry-dock will cost between $300 and $400. The vessel is having a lot of new plank being put in.

Arrivals: str. Corsican, Toronto; str. Spartan, Montreal; str. Columbian, Morrisburg; str. Lake Michigan, Montreal; schr. Delaware, Oswego, coal.

The prop. Pickhard had a hard time getting into the harbor this morning. It was the captain's first trip down here and he did not understand the location of the shoals.

The str. City of Belleville has been taking the place of the str. Plumb at Prescott for the past few days. The Plumb was being repaired. The Belleville will be here for the dry-dock on Monday.

Coming through the canal the str. Columbian bumped against a lock and injured her guard considerably. The break does not affect the boat, however, and may not be repaired until she lays up for the winter.

As the str. Columbian was getting away from Swift's dock with her Iroquois excursion yesterday afternoon, the str. Lake Michigan coming in caught a fender in the railing of the Columbian and ripped a large portion of the fencing away.

Capt. John Saunders, of the schr. Ella Murton, when fifteen miles out of Charlotte, on Sunday last, picked up a fine boat. Whether it had been capsized in an accident and its occupants lost or had simply broken its moorings he is unable to say.

Work on the S.S. Bannockburn is about completed. The rivetting will probably be finished by tonight and there is little left to be done. The new vessel is greatly admired by American steamboat men coming to this port. It is expected that the Bannockburn will make exceptionally fast time.

The prop. Algonquin arrived this morning and tied up at the dry-dock. She made very good time from Port Dalhousie down covering the 165 miles in fifteen hours. The Algonquin did not catch any of the rough weather. She was at the Soo Monday night and the weather was quiet there.

The Scotchmen who came out with the Bannockburn and thinking that their services could not be dispensed with and went on strike were glad to get back to work when they had "blown in" all their money. They found themselves in a strange land and concluded that reasonable wages were not to be laughed at. They went to work at the same wages.

The prop. Alcona, with barge Alta in tow, arrived at the M.T. Co.'s dock last night. Upon arrival here, on Thursday night, and hearing that her barge was at Alcott went in search of her. While out in the storm the Alta lost her steering gear and had a new one adjusted at Alcott and started to sail down to Kingston. The captain of the steamer might have known this, and as the breeze was fresh, only lost so much time and fuel in turning back after the barge. The Alta is a staunch craft, and her captain is capable of sailing her in reasonable weather. Captain Johnson, of the Alta, says when he left Port Dalhousie with the steamer there was no sign of a storm. The weather was fine and a good run was looked for to Kingston. The storm struck the boat like a cyclone. The vessel gave a shear and snap went the line. He drifted about on the lake all day and got anchored off Alcott Wednesday night. Upon arriving here a protest was entered with notary public Swift and a survey of both vessels' cargoes will be made. When a reporter called, this morning, the hatches had not been removed and the captain was unable to estimate how much how much grain would be damaged. The Alta will be unloaded this afternoon. Capt. T. Donnelly will act for the boat owners on the survey.

The Name Will Be Changed - George Gillies, Gananoque, owner of the steam yacht Joe, formerly belonging to J.R. Arnoldi, has applied for and received government permission to change her registered name to the Gilphie. The reason assigned in the permit is "the vessel formerly belonged to John R. Arnoldi, late of the department of public works, and owing to its unpleasant notoriety, the present owner's family are annoyed when using the yacht by unpleasant remarks made relative to the yacht's history."

A Steamboat Company - Application is being made for incorporation by letters patent of James Swift, Thomas W. Nash, John McKelvey, Henry H. Gildersleeve, Henry J. Wilkinson, M.E. Gildersleeve, of Kingston, as the Lake Ontario Steamboat Company, with a capital of $25,000.

No Money In It - The schr. Hanlan has been laid up at this port for several weeks back. Capt. Craig is almost discouraged with the present condition of things and speaks of the prospects as being very gloomy indeed. Vessel owners generally say there is no money in the business.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Sep 1893