The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Oct 1895

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What a change greets the eye of the spectator as the harbor is viewed today from Barriefield, and a comparison made with its appearance as it existed a dozen or so years ago! The forest of masts pointing skyward above the decks of the half hundred or more vessels that then traded in and out of this port, and the ever busy little tugs puffing hither and thither have disappeared. The merchants did more business in those days and many a fortune has been built on the foundation laid away in those brisk times. Sailing was then made a profession, being followed by a sturdy set of men, who were big earners and ready spenders, thus keeping the wheel of trade constantly on the whirl. What a vast change has come over the scene. The forest of masts is missing, likewise are the busy little tugs, the sailors, and, last but not least, the big paying trade of the business men. In place of the schooners there are a few big steamers, one of which carries as much as six or eight of the lake schooners of past years, and it takes only a few more men to manage one of these big steamers than it did to sail one of the now almost defunct lake schooners. Now the number of lake trading vessels entering this harbor per week is far short of what it used to be daily fifteen years ago. The rapid strides in ship building coupled with the convenient mode of transportation by rail are responsible for the present quietness in shipping as well as in business circles. At one time in the city's history there was more business done on Ontario street in one day than would be done on Princess street in a week.

Marine Paragraphs.

The schr. Dunn arrived at Garden Island yesterday with timber from Toledo.

The str. Tecumseh has gone to Astabula to load coal for Fort William at a good rate.

The sloop Pilot, from Napanee, is discharging a cargo of wheat at Richardson & Sons' elevator.

The str. Hamilton did not arrive at this port last evening as she was due to do. It is thought the delay was caused by the low water and she is expected in this forenoon.

The schr. Monitor, ashore on the head of Galloup Island, was towed into Sackett's Harbor by the steamer Alberta, of Cape Vincent, and her cargo of shingles taken off. She is now on the bottom near the old wreck of the schr. Wood. She will, without doubt, be hauled out in the spring.

p.4 Affairs of the Hour - The schooner Aberdeen, ashore at Iroquois Point, was released by the steambarge Sacramento, and taken to Ste. Marie, Mich. She is not so badly damaged as first supposed. A north gale is prevailing with flurries of snow.

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Oct 1895