The Maritime History of the Great Lakes

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p.1 Made A Seizure - Windsor, May 17th - The Canadian government fisheries protection cruiser has made another seizure of nets near Rondeau.....



The sloop Laura D. came in from South Bay with wheat and peas.

The schr. Fabiola has been chartered for two loads of coal for Bath.

The steambarge King Ben has been chartered by Capt. Foster, Smith's Falls, for several cargoes of coal.

The schooners Fabiola and Loretta Rooney had a tussle coming over on the last trip. The Fabiola outsailed the Rooney.

A Chicago despatch says: Kingston is starting out this season with an unusual volume of business, notwithstanding the unusually low through rates by lake and canal via Buffalo to New York.

Thomas Hogan is building a new dock at Wolfe Island. He intends putting a coal shed on the dock and going into that business. The hull of the steambarge Scotia and an old scow, long since in the graveyard, will be used for the base of the dock.

On Friday the tug Maggie May arrived with the barge Minnie Francis, loaded with wheat taken from the barge Peruvian, sunk in the canal. About 2,000 bushels were saved which are not badly damaged. It will be dried at Morton's malt house. About 750 bushels were saved dry.

Freaks In Low Water - Levels of the great lakes are playing some peculiar freaks this spring. From various reports of low water made since the opening of navigation it would seem as if the mean lake levels are a foot below the ordinary stage. Thus far this season continued northerly winds have kept up the stage of water in Chicago harbor to its usual height, but at the foot of Lake Michigan the drop is reported from two to three feet, more especially in Green Bay, where it is said to be four feet. At both the Welland canal and the St. Mary's canal the limit of draft is materially reduced. Continual stranding on Grosse Island, in Detroit river, has given warning that cargoes must be lessened, even where they are not to go through the Soo or Welland. The capacity of deep-draft vessels, which do nearly all the lake commerce, has been reduced by the low water, which can but have a big influence on freight rates before many months have gone by.

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20 May 1895
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  • Ohio, United States
    Latitude: 41.4995 Longitude: -81.69541
Rick Neilson
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