The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Aug 1894

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Arrivals: str. Passport, Toronto; str. Corsican, Montreal; str. Rideau Belle, Perth.

The prop. Egyptian has arrived at the M.T. Co.'s dock from Chicago with 46,000 bushels of wheat.

Business about the docks is at a standstill. The forwarding companies are losing money every day.

Passed Port Colborne: schr. E.R. Williams, Cleveland to Hamilton, coal; str. Kate Butteroni, Chicago to Kingston, wheat.

Str. Acadia, of Merchants line called at Gunn's wharf this morning; str. Aberdeen, Montreal to Belleville, called at Gunn's wharf this morning.

Capt. Scott says the conditions which govern masters of vessels from foreign ports entering United States ports are very severe. For the services of a customs officer at night in Chicago masters of vessels have to pay from $5 to $10 to each officer. Masters of American vessels complain when they come here at giving a customs officer 50 cents for night work.

The U.S. government report on wrecks on the great lakes shows that during the eight years from December 17th, 1885 to November 15th, 1892, 227 vessels were wrecked and 420 sailors drowned. The loss in money aggregated $4,951,000. The greatest number of wrecks and of drowning occurred in Lakes Michigan and Erie. On Lake Erie fifty vessels and eighteen lives were lost.

The river and harbor bill adopted at Washington grants these sums for New York ports for improvements: Oswego, $47,000; Charlotte, $15,000; Ogdensburg, $20,000; Great Sodus Bay, $15,000; Little Sodus Bay, $8,000; Sackett's Harbor, $5,000; improving shoal between Sister Islands and Crossover Light, St. Lawrence river and between Ogdensburg and the foot of Lake Ontario, $8,000.

Visitors To The City - The breaking of the shaft of the str. Empire State, near Clayton, N.Y., will prove a matter of heavy loss to the owners. A new shaft will have to be made, and this work will occupy some time. The loss will equal about $6,000, because the boat is worth on the river in summer weather about $500 per day, evenings included.....

General Paragraphs - The steamer Myles reached Hamilton with 1,116 tons of coal, the largest cargo ever taken into that port on one vessel.

The R. & O. N. Co.'s steamers are carrying more people up from Montreal this season than they have carried for years. The boats up each day have had to use cots.

Capt. Charlebois, of the str. Islander, and Capt. Bertram, of the steamer Alert, were suspended for six months. Capt. Kendall, acting mate, of the str. Empire State, has been appointed master of the Islander.

Accident To The Str. Bon Voyage.

The str. Bon Voyage, en route from the Thousand Islands, broke the connecting rod of her engine within a few miles of Charlotte on Thursday morning. She had a full load of passengers, who were considerably frightened at the accident. No serious results followed, the boat being towed into port by a tug.

Barley Will Come Again - the new American tariff law, if passed, places lumber on free list and reduces duty over fifty per cent on barley - this will mean more business in Oswego. [Oswego Palladium]

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Aug 1894