The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Apr 1896

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Capt. Donnelly inspected the Calvin Co.'s fleet today.

The Kingston & Montreal forwarding company's fleet of lake barges are being painted black. The river barges are being given coats of leaden hue.

The propeller Persia, scorched in November last, is again ready for her season's work. Capt. Scott, Kingston, will commence putting his supply of stores on at once.

Sixty men are employed by the K. & M. forwarding company in their shipyards at Portsmouth fitting up the company's vessels for the work of the approaching season.

Just as soon as the ice will permit, the schr. Fabiola will clear for Oswego to load coal for R. Crawford. If the wind makes an open channel tomorrow the trip will be made. The Calvin fleet has made every preparation to start for Toronto on Saturday. Timber awaits the fleet at the Queen city, and it is expected the round trip will be made before the canal opens.

Open water, lakewards, cannot be seen from the masthead of the schr. Dunn. The ice field has moved out towards the lake and has practically closed the channel. It will require a stiff south wind to drive the ice down the river.

The Kingston & Montreal forwarding company received, a few days ago, four pieces of pine timber intended for masts for their new barges. Each "stick" measured eighty feet in length. The timber was brought from Foxboro and was a remarkably fine lot.

The schr. Fleetwing, of Windsor, which wintered at this port, is being refitted and will start the season's work next week probably. Towards the close of navigation last fall she was run into by a tug on the upper lakes and her side was rather severely damaged. Today this injury is being repaired. The vessel will be thoroughly overhauled.

After much difficulty the steamer Pierrepont broke her way through the ice yesterday and reached Cape Vincent in safety. The ice is found to be very strong in places, particularly near the foot of the island, and was broken only after much trouble. Quite an amount of freight had accumulated at the Cape and this was transferred to the steamer and brought to the city, which was reached last night about eleven o'clock. Regular trips will be made throughout the season.

Burned With Boiling Pitch.

While working on the steamer Hamilton yesterday, fitting her up for the work of the season just opening, Capt. Graves scalded his right hand and arm in a most terrible manner. He was walking along the deck, carrying a pot of boiling pitch, when his foot struck against the end of a plank, he stumbled forward and fell, spilling the contents of the pot, which poured over the hand and arm as high as the elbow. The skin was raised in blisters, and in some places was broken, the arm being left raw. The pain of the burn was excruciating, as the boiling liquid clung to the flesh until cool. This morning the captain is suffering much less than yesterday, and it is to be hoped he will be able to pursue his ordinary avocation shortly.

Insurance Classification.

Chicago, April 16th - The marine underwriters, yesterday, adopted a new system of insurance classification on grain for the season of lake navigation. All grain carrying vessels are divided into three classes. In the first class a flat rate of thirty cents per 100 is made to Buffalo, twenty-five cents to Port Huron and forty cents to Lake Ontario and Ogdensburg. On the second class a flat season rate of forty-five cents to Lake Erie and higher rates to more distant ports proportionately. To Montreal it is ten cents higher on all classes. By the new scale vessels of third class, A2 steam, sail and tow will be compelled to make up to shippers all insurance paid on their cargoes in excess of the standard rate. This is expected to drive out of the grain trade all A2 boats after October 1st. A new departure is the higher rate on tow barges than on steamers towing them. The tow rate is five cents higher on A1 boats than last season.

General Paragraphs - The tug Thomson will leave for Charlotte with a tow of barges on Saturday.

Fires were kindled today beneath the boilers in the strs. Glengarry and Bannockburn.

p.4 A Captain Detained - Detroit, April 16th - Capt. Thomas Cosgrove has been detained at Sarnia for extradition to the United States on a charge of larceny. Cosgrove was in command of the schr. Aurora seized last fall for supplies, and he was instrumental in having her surreptitiously towed out of the jurisdiction of court into Canadian waters. Cosgrove was arrested in Canada on complaint of Marshall Winney, Detroit.


Toronto, April 16th - In May, 1894, the str. City of Windsor carried away the lock gates of Port Dalhousie, on the Welland canal, and the dominion government seized the vessel for the damages, amounting to $3,800. Subsequently the vessel was released on a bond for $5,000. Then Capt. Symes, the master, got judgement for $1,300 for wages, and the vessel was sold. The government then took action to have its claim declared a prior one to Symes'. The admiralty court has given judgement for Symes on the ground that the government relinquished the priority of their claim when they took the bond.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Apr 1896