The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Oct 1896

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A New Order Issued.

Agents of the Canadian marine underwriters' association received a very important order this morning from the association. It to the effect that in future all certificates of insurance on cargoes coming via the St. Lawrence river must bear a clause giving the vessels the privilege of transhipping at Kingston or Portsmouth into standard barges excluding pin flats. Pin flats are what are known as the square fore and aft barges. If these are excluded it will mean a big thing to both the M.T. Co. and the K. & M. F. Co. Of late years a great many flat barges have been getting trade at Kingston because of their cheap rate in carrying. This class of a barge is built very cheapily and the standard barges such as are built by the forwarding companies cannot compete with them. The order will have a tendency to do away with the pin flats.

p.4 Would not Allow Work - East Tawas, Mich., Oct. 3rd - The wrecker Favorite went to the stranded schr. St. Louis in behalf of the underwriters, to take off the cargo, but the captain of the vessel would not allow any work to be done. The cargo is insured, but not the boat. The sea is down, and the wind-bound fleet left.


The schr. M.L. Lydon, Colborne, is in port with 12,000 bushels of peas.

The tug Active cleared last night for Montreal with eight grain laden barges.

The str. Islander will enter Davis' dry dock shortly to receive a general overhauling.

This was the first trip made by the Samoa and Celtic since being aground near Prescott.

The strs. Islander and Pierrepont are the only two boats of the white squadron now in commission.

The schr. Katie Eccles, Port Hope, is discharging 3,000 ? bushels of peas at the M.T. Co.'s elevators.

The sloop Madcap arrived from Wolfe Island this morning, with 1,000 bushels of oats for Richardson & Sons.

The str. Bannockburn and consorts, and str. Seguin, Kingston to Fort William, light, cleared the Welland canal yesterday.

The str. Samoa, with 32,000 bushels of rye, and consort Celtic, with 48,000 bushels of wheat, from Chicago, arrived this morning, and tied up at the M.T. Co.'s wharf.

J. Galbault, second engineer of the str. Spartan, left for his home at Sorel, Que., yesterday. The work of laying up the steamer is progressing, and will be completed next week.

The tug Reginald, towing two of the K. & M. F. Co.'s barges, was obliged to run into Henderson Harbor yesterday afternoon, because of the storm on Lake Ontario. The tow is bound for Oswego to load coal for Kingston.

The steambarge Iona, bound for Oswego and loaded with lumber, went aground last night at seven o'clock, about a mile out of Trenton harbor. The trouble was caused by one of the buoys being gone. The Rathbun company had sent a tug to her assistance this morning. She is not considered to be in a dangerous position, and it is expected she will soon be off.

The barge Acadia, of Montreal, from Kingston, laden with grain, in tow of the tug David G. Thomson, struck while entering the head of the Cornwall canal. Just after getting out of lock No. 18, the leak began to gain so fast that it was necessary to ground her. She is being pumped out and divers are at work in order to get her to Montreal.

The schr. Case, in tow of the steam barge Tecumseh, left for Toledo at twelve o'clock last night. Only temporary repairs were done to the vessel here. She will be laid up at Toledo for the winter, and for this reason it was not deemed advisable to delay the Tecumseh while she was being overhauled. The repairs will be continued at Toledo. The vessel is not much damaged but she may be strained.

The Claim Thrown Out.

In November 1895, Smith & Smith, attorneys for the Alexandria Bay steamboat company, commenced an action against the New York Central and Hudson river railroad company, demanding judgement that the defendant be enjoined and adjudged to afford, in every particular, by its tickets and by the approaches to its docks and landings the same privileges and rights that the defendant was granting to the Thousand Island steamboat company or any other competitor of the plaintiff and judgement for $25,000 damages was demanded.

The defendant demurred on the ground that the complaint did not state the cause of action.

The case was argued before Justice McLennan in December, 1895, and he has just submitted his opinion, deciding in favor of the defendant. His opinion sustains the demurrer with costs. Mullin, Griffin & Walker represented the defendants. [Watertown, N.Y. Standard]

The Conditions Drafted.

A meeting of the Kingston ice yacht club was held last evening, when a hearty vote of thanks was tendered Messrs. H. Walker & Son, Walkerton, for their kind donation of a beautiful and costly international challenge cup. The club also drafted a code of rules and conditions governing races for the cup. Two of the chief clauses are to the effect that not more than three yachts of any challenging club must compete at any one time for the cup. Two out of three races must be won to hold the cup for one season, and once a yacht has been entered for a race there must be no substitution. The three races must be sailed by one or more of the yachts starting. A club winning the trophy may not be challenged in the same season by the losing club, but in the event of another club winning from the victors, the original losers may challenge the second victors.

The rules and regulations will be submitted to Messrs. Walker & Son for approval. A meeting of the ice yacht club will be held Monday night prior to the smoker.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Oct 1896