The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 May 1894

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p.1 Canadian Vesselmen Indignant - Port Arthur, May 30th - A vigorous protest is being entered against the American steamer Marquette, which cleared yesterday, carrying a cargo of Canadian wheat from here to Ogdensburg, to be reshipped from there to Montreal. Canadian steamers are not allowed to carry American wheat from Duluth to Sarnia, to be reshipped to Boston - a similar case - and Canadian vessel owners think no more favor should be granted American vessel owners than Americans grant Canadians. What action the dominion government will take remains to be seen.

General Paragraphs - The schr. Fabiola is in from Oswego with coal.

Strs. Ocean, Montreal; Cuba, Toledo; James Swift, Ottawa; Magnet, St. Catharines, were the arrivals at Swift's dock yesterday.

The tug Petrel arrived at Quebec today with the Collins Bay Rafting Co.'s raft. Mr. Leslie says considerable difficulty was encountered in getting the boat off. Where there was ten feet of water when grounded there was only six feet coming out. On account of the low water the pontoons could not be worked to the best advantage.

The damage done to the Cataraqui bridge by the schr. Ella Murton yesterday morning is more serious than at first supposed. It is said the bridge company will claim $250 damages. Besides this Capt. Saunders will, no doubt, have to stand the cost of four telegraph poles that were knocked down. The Bertha cannot be touched because she was not a licensed tug.

Arrivals at Garden Island, May 30th: schr. Emerald, Ashtabula, timber; str. Chieftain, Montreal, barges; barges Huron and Dakota, Montreal, coal; str. Armenia, Toledo, timber; barge Valencia, Toledo, timber; str. Clinton and barges Grimsby and Lisgar, Toledo, timber. Departures: str. Reginald, Montreal, barges; schr. Acacia to discharge balance of coal in Kingston.

Incidents of the Day - The missionary to sailors for the lake ports acknowledges with thanks the receipt of $16.05 from Chalmers' Presbyterian church to the funds of the Upper Canada tract society, under whose direction he labors.



[Toronto World]

The first trip of the season, of the str. Carmona, Capt. John Scott, last Thursday night, came near being her final trip, as she was nearly wrecked.

The boat was tied up at the Charlotte, N.Y., dock above the North King, and as there was not enough room for her to swing about and start for the lake Capt. Scott started her up the river. When above the blast furnace dock a hawser was carried from her stern to the shore and fastened to a snubbing post to aid in swinging her about, as the current was very swift.

The signal was given to go ahead and the wheel was put down. As she was swung out into the current the force of the water was so great that it was impossible to swing her around. The strain on the hawser pulled the post out of the dock and the vessel started to float broadside down the stream. As she moved along Capt. Scott noticed a number of yachts at their moorings, and in attempting to clear them the boat collided with the end of the City of Rochester, which was on the stays undergoing repairs.

The stern of the City of Rochester protruded far over the water and the force of the collision was so great as to carry away twelve feet of the boat, snapping the stout stanchions like so many matches. Twenty feet of the bulwarks of the Carmona were also carried away and the staunch boat was given a severe shaking.

An examination of the City of Rochester shows her to be a complete wreck. Capt. Scott was in no way responsible for the accident, since the wrecked boat had no signal lights out to show where she was lying.

Damaged Vessels - Napanee, May 31st - str. C.H. Merritt, while returning from excursion to Picton, ran into yacht Florence at Warner's dock; also struck str. Deseronto in the river the same evening.

p.4 Drowned From A Schooner - Marine City, Mich., May 31st - Annie Gerew, cook on the schooner Sweetheart, was lost overboard when ten miles below Sand Beach. She was 23 years old and came from Whitby, Ont.


The steambarge Clinton and tow, from Toledo, have arrived at Garden Island.

Three barges of Scotch coal have arrived for the Calvin company from Montreal.

The str. Bannockburn will not get here before Friday. Her next trip will be to Duluth.

Clearances: str. Algonquin, Duluth; str. Topeka, Oswego, coal for lakes; tug Bronson, Montreal, Montreal, six barges.

A telegram this morning states that the Port Dalhousie lock has been broken. This will cause delay to vessels.

The str. Cuba has arrived in from Chicago with wheat. She will lighten 10,000 bushels and proceed to Montreal.

Passed Port Dalhousie downwards: str. Cuba, Toledo to Montreal, flour; steamer Tecumseh, barge Cameron, Spanish River to Collins Bay, timber.

Arrivals: 31st: - str. Topeka, Chicago, 83,000 bush. corn; schr. Manitowac, Chicago, 35,000 bush. corn; str. Lenty with consort Seeltic ?, Chicago, 18,000 bush. corn; tug Bronson, Montreal, four light barges.

The schr. Galatea is in the government dry-dock for caulking and other repairs. On the down trip the Galatea got a bad shaking up on the lakes. She is a consort of the str. Wilhelm, which also tows the schr. Nirvana.

On Wednesday evening the tug Maggie May, Capt. Porter, cleared from here for Ottawa with three American barges, laden with coal from Oswego, and the barge Peruvian, with 5,000 bushels of corn. The corn was shipped by Richardson Bros.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 May 1894