The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Oct 1897

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p.1 Have Been Released - Port Colborne, Oct. 11th - The steamers Norwalk and Omaha, which went aground in the canal owing to low water, were released last night and left early this morning, the Omaha for Chicago, the Norwalk for Duluth.

Three Per Cent Dividend - Montreal, Oct. 11th - The Richelieu and Ontario navigation company today declared a semi-annual dividend of three per cent, payable November 2nd.

Foundered In Lake Huron.

Port Huron, Oct. 11th - The steamer E.B. Hale foundered in Lake Huron Friday afternoon. Her crew, who were all picked up by the steamer Nebraska, landed here. The Hale was bound from Lorain, Ohio, to Milwaukee, with steel billets. Half-way across Saginaw Bay she encountered a south-west gale. The breaking of a steam pipe left the vessel helpless in the trough of the sea. Finally she filled and sank. The Nebraska attempted to tow the helpless boat, but the tow lines parted. The Hale was owned by M.A. Bradley, of Cleveland, was valued at $30,000, and was uninsured.



The schooner Rooney cleared yesterday for Oswego to load coal for Picton.

The schooner Two Brothers, Wolfe Island, is in port with 6,000 bushels of oats consigned to Richardson & Sons.

The sloop Laura D., Bay of Quinte ports, arrived this morning with 3,000 bushels of wheat consigned to Richardson & Sons.

The steamer Samoa, with consort Celtic, Chicago, is at the K. & M. F. Co.'s elevators, Portsmouth, with 100,000 bushels of wheat.

The tug Bronson, Montreal, arrived this morning with four light barges, clearing again with four laden with 90,000 bushels of wheat.

The tug Thomson arrived yesterday from Montreal with five light barges; clearing again with three, laden with 60,000 bushels of wheat.

The grain in the steamer D.D. Calvin is being transhipped into the steamer Bothnia at Portsmouth. The last named steamer will carry it direct to Montreal.

The schooner Oliver Mowat carryied 12,000 bushels of wheat from Toronto to Oswego. The grain is shipped in bond to New York and exported to England.

The work of pumping out the sunken barge Jennie Matthews at Brockville has begun. The closing up of openings in the barge has taken longer than was expected.

The steamer D.D. Calvin went on a shoal near the Barriefield shore yesterday in attempting to turn around to leave the harbor. The steamer Bothnia pulled her off with little trouble.

The schooner Augusta, consort of the steamer D.D. Calvin, arrived at the M.T. company's anchorage yesterday from Detroit with 56,000 bushels of wheat. The Calvin went down to Prescott.

During Saturday and Sunday 400,000 bushels of grain arrived at the Prescott elevator consigned to the K. & M. F. Co. Today 150,000 bushels of grain arrived at Ogdensburg for the same company.

The steamer Rosemount, Duluth, arrived last evening with 76,000 bushels of wheat, consigned to the M.T. Co. Her consorts, schooners Melrose and Winnipeg, carried 52,000 and 51,000 bushels of wheat respectively.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Colborne, Oct. 10th - Down: steamer Servia and barge, Duluth to Kingston, wheat; Langdon and Prince, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo; Superior, Loraine to Ogdensburg, corn.

Steamers are finding trouble in passing through the lock today on account of the low water owing to the easterly wind which has lowered the water in the canal to thirteen feet six inches, and sometimes less. Steamers Norwalk and Omaha grounded in the canal north of the railway bridge and are still on the bottom drawing more water than there is to float them through. The steamer Superior and barges Owen and Prince are detained in a similar manner.


The Company Incorporated

The Kingston Elevator Company has been granted letters patent of incorporation to deal in grain of all sorts, and erect elevators at Kingston, and operate a line of boats on the lakes and river St. Lawrence in connection with the grain trade. The capital of the company is $150,000, and the promoters are Kingston and Duluth men.


Sketch Of His Career As A Sailor And Captain.

Capt. Frederick Graves, sailing master of the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company's steamer Hamilton, is a mariner whose ability is unquestioned. He was born in the city of Kingston, Ont., in the year 1842. His father, Col. John Graves, was an old British soldier, and was in Montreal at the time of the famed Father Gavazzi riots, which he was instrumental in quelling. Another incident which the old soldier used to relate was of the great fire in Montreal in the year 1850, which he assisted to fight.

Capt. Graves was educated in the public schools in Kingston, where he took a high place in his classes, along with his only brother, Thomas Graves, now in Chicago, who is two years older than the captain.

It is not difficult to remember the year when Capt. Graves began sailing, for that was the year when the Prince of Wales visited Canada - 1860. Jennie Lind, the celebrated cantatrice, being then in evidence, it was appropriate that the first boat in which the captain sailed, as mess room boy, should have been called the Jenny Lind. This vessel was a river steamer. From the Jenny Lind Capt. Graves went as waiter into the large double-engined sidewheeler Mayflower, afterwards lost off the Ducks. Then he sailed in the propeller Whitby. Going out of the Whitby, young Graves went aboard the steamer Little Ottawa, shipping as a sailor. The Little Ottawa was a good-sized steamboat, plying between Ogdensburg and Montreal in the passenger and freight business. At the time of the American war Capt. Graves went into the steamer Corinthian, sailing her for three seasons, from the time she was built until 1865. After the Corinthian Capt. Graves went into the steamer Norseman, now called the North King, and sailed from Port Hope to Rochester, N.Y. Having thus acquired considerable experience in steam vessels, Capt. Graves resolved to try sails for a period,and went into the brig Robert Gaskin with Capt. Lewis, an old salt water navigator. Subsequently he was in the brig Board of Trade one season, an American craft sailing between Buffalo and Chicago. From her Capt. Graves went to New York, and sailed on the salt water for two years. Coming back to Canada, Capt. Graves took charge of the Norseman, a steamer in which he had previously sailed, and commanded her for three seasons on the run between Port Hope and Charlotte, N.Y., in the passenger business. Afterwards he went into the employ of the Rathbun company of Deseronto, and was on the large side-wheeled steamer Quinte, running on the Bay of Quinte from Trenton to Whitby, and in the season of 1889 from Toronto to Lorne Park. Then Capt. Graves sailed one year out of Buffalo on the steamer Gordon Campbell, Duluth being the other terminus of his run. For the following two seasons he was in the steamer Greyhound of Toronto, one year sailing to Grimsby and the next to Lorne Park from Toronto. In the year 1892 he went on the steamer Hamilton as sailing master, and has handled her on the Montreal-Toronto route ever since.

Capt. Graves took unto himself a wife in the year 1872, Mrs. Graves' maiden name being Miss Isabella Cook, daughter of John Cook, Kingston. They live in a handsome residence at 10 Wilton Crescent, Toronto.

Politically, Capt. Graves is an independent man, holding allegiance to no party. He always votes for the candidate whom he considers the best man, irrespective of political color. religion he is a member of the Church of England, and Mrs. Graves is prominent among lady workers in that body.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Oct 1897