The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Oct 1896

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p.1 Incidents of the Day - The str. Rosemount and consorts, bound up light, cleared the Welland canal yesterday.

It is thought the str. Glengarry, due here, has been forced to run back for shelter somewhere on Lake Ontario.



Capt. T. Donnelly received this morning from the department of marine and fisheries, "Notice to mariners. No. 47 of 1896," dated Ottawa, Oct. 5th. Of interest to local shipowners and sailors are the following extracts:

"The three-masted American schooner David Macey was sunk..... off Detroit river lighthouse, on Sept. 21st, and forms a dangerous obstruction to navigation, being in the deep water channel. She lies on her beam ends in three and one-half fathoms, 1,250 feet E.S.E. from the lighthouse, with her topsides and spars showing above water. A light is maintained on the hull, and steps are being taken for her immediate removal."

"The American steamer Cottrell sank on Sept. 28th about 5,200 feet N.E. by N. from Detroit river lighthouse. She lies in three and one-half fathoms, about 400 feet east of the dredged channel, and between the first and second red buoys north of the lighthouse. The top of her mast with standing rigging shows above water. She is out of the deep water channel but is in the track of light draught vessels entering or leaving the Detroit river."

"The lighthouse board of the United States gave notice that on or about August 25th, 1896, the following named spar buoys in the St. Lawrence would be replaced by gas buoys:

"Bay state shoall buoy No. 5. - A twenty-foot black spar buoy, marking the S.W. end of a small five-foot shoal one and a half miles below Cross-Over Island, on the east side of the channel.

"Empire shoal buoy, No. 6. - A twenty-foot red spar buoy, marking the outer edge and upper end of an eight-foot shoal, on north side of the channel, just below Slater Island lighthouse.

"Chapman shoal buoy, No. 14. - A twenty-foot red spar buoy, marking the S.E. point of a shoal 1,370 feet S.W. by W. three-quarters W. (W.S.W. half W. true) from the W. end of North Colborne Island. This notice affects admiralty charts Nos. 259B. and 797."

p.4 General Paragraphs - The str. Glengarry and consorts arrived this afternoon all right.

Low Water In Canals.

Prevailing east winds for some days past have lowered the water in the Welland and St. Lawrence river canals. Today there was only thirteen feet of water covering the sill of the Welland canal at Port Colborne. There are a number of craft bound down with grain that cannot get through. The blockade will last just as long as the strong east wind continues to blow. The same difficulty exists at the St. Lawrence canals. Barges are delayed at the head of the Cardinal lock, awaiting a change of wind to raise the water.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Oct 1896