The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Sep 1895

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The schr. Fabiola is in from Oswego with a cargo of coal.

The str. Pilgrim left Davis' drydock today after being caulked.

The str. Jessie Bain will go in Davis' drydock and be caulked.

The str. Jack has passed Port Colborne on her way to Cleveland.

The tug Thomson arrived in this morning from Montreal with four barges.

The prop. Rosedale will arrive at the M.T. Co.'s dock at one o'clock this afternoon with 59,000 bushels of wheat from Duluth.

The sailing yacht Hawk, owned by R.W. Traver, Bank of Montreal, is in Kingston, where she will be pulled out for the winter.

Passed Port Colborne: Str. Rosedale, Superior to Kingston, wheat; Tecumseh and barge, Toledo to Collins Bay, timber; Glengarry and Minnedosa, Duluth to Kingston, wheat.

The barge Minnedosa, going into Port Colborne harbor Sunday night, in tow of the str. Glengarrry, grounded between the piers. A vessel passing out caused them to get a little out of the deepened channel. The steamer has been unable to pull her off all day and the easterly wind lowering the water so that she is still on the bottom.

The str. St. Lawrence makes one more trip down the river before laying up. Capt. Rees says the steamer had the best season this year she has ever had since being built. Last year was counted a big year, but this season eclipses it. In the middle of the season the St. Lawrence made over 170 stops a day at docks among the islands. Her longest run, between Clayton and Alexandria Bay, is only thirteen minutes.

There is general complaint and dissatisfaction among marine men of this city and the western country over the state of the river canals. Propellers and tugs have been sticking all over, breaking wheels and doing a great deal of damage. In the Cornwall canal there has been a great deal of trouble getting up and down on account of huge boulders and stones. This difficulty could be easily overcome if the government would set a few men to work to remove them. Outside the lock at Iroquois Calvin's tug Reginald and others were stuck yesterday and could not get in. The Reginald had a steam winch trying to pull her in. The government could relieve this obstruction in two or three hours by sending a dredge. Again in the lock at Iroquois there is a large number of stones doing a great deal of damage to the bottoms of boats. At this place there is more water over the sills than in the lock. This is caused by the stones. A steam drill is at work at the head of the canal, and if it would only go down east for a day the defect could be remedied. Again the old guard lock at the head of the Cardinal canal is allowed to remain there with the gate open, and has not been used for months. On this till yesterday and for some time there has only been eight feet of water and boats are continually grounding trying to get over. Several boats have smashed their wheels and boats that have been trading on the St. Lawrence river for years are prevented are prevented from going down this year on account of the guard lock. There are no boats making money this year because of the numerous accidents and delays. The water could easily be raised eighteen inches. It is the opinion of many that the water is kept low for the benefit of the mills along the canal.

Raising The Water Pipes - wrecking schooner Florence engaged in raising the Rousseau water pipes.

Met With An Accident - William C. Spencer, 32 Division street, second engineer on the str. Owen Sound, in dry-dock, fell while working on machinery.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Sep 1895