The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Nov 1897

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The tug Active left for Montreal yesterday with four barges grain laden.

The steamer Rosemount will leave for Fort William today, going without her consorts.

The barge Montreal left the government dry dock this morning after receiving general repairs.

The tug Thomson arrived in port yesterday with six light barges, and cleared for Montreal with five grain laden.

The steamer Hamilton was expected down today. She will make one more round trip and then go into winter quarters.

The S.S. Rosemount, with consorts Melrose and Selkirk, reached port last evening with 175,000 bushels of grain from Fort William.

The steamer Sir Leonard Tilley and consort Merritt arrived from Fort William last night with 62,000 bushels of wheat for the M.T. company.

The schooner Fabiola is discharging a cargo of coal at Swift & Co.'s coal sheds. She is under charter to bring over from Oswego one more cargo.

The schooner Fleetwing is overdue. She should have arrived here yesterday having aboard a cargo of coal from Oswego for Swift & Co. It is thought she is storm bound near some lee shore.

The steamer Hero will continue her daily trips up the Bay of Quinte until Saturday, December 4th. The Hero has had a very successful season, and is carrying more freight now than ever before within her experience on this route.

It is altogether likely the steamer Sir L. Tilley will occupy the government drydock this winter. She is to be rebuilt, and in the process will be cut in two and lengthened. Her owners contemplate spending $25,000 in the completion of the work, which will give employment to a great number of men all winter. The Kingston foundry will probably supply all the iron work necessary.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Dalhousie, Nov. 15th - Down: steamer Arizona and barges, Scotia, Plymouth, West Superior, to Oswego, lumber; steamers Rosemount and Tilley and barges Winnipeg, Melbourne and Merritt, Fort William to Kingston, wheat; steamer Prince, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo; steamer Niagara, Loraine to Prescott, railroad iron.

Port Colborne, Nov. 15th - Down: steamer Niagara, Loraine to Prescott, railroad iron; tug Brown, Bay City to New Orleans; steamer Haskell, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo; schooner Straubenzie, Cleveland to Hamilton, sand.

A new tug, the W.H. Brown, passed down the canal on Monday afternoon bound from Bay City to New Orleans by the St. Lawrence route. She has powerful machinery and speedy, making a record from Detroit to this port, covering the distance in about seventeen hours and doing it easily. She is of the same model as the W.R. Wilmot which passed down a few weeks ago. The same pontoons will be used to float her through the lower canals.



The steamer Sir L. Tilley and consort Merritt had a very rough experience in making her voyage from Fort William to this port. On all the lakes the seas rolled fiercely, greatly impeding her progress, and straining the timbers of both boats. The most vigorous seas were met on Lake Erie, where the Merritt shipped a quantity of water, damaging a portion of her cargo of grain. When the steamer was crossing this lake the wind blew at the rate of eighty-six miles an hour, and raised such a tumultuous sea that the steamer labored from four o'clock in the morning until twelve o'clock noon in going the distance of fifteen miles. Early this morning she ran ashore on the edge of the reef at Four Mile light, and whistled long for relief, but no tug responded. Her consort swung around with the wind, and by strain on the tow line, together with the power of reversed wheels, the steamer slipped off the ledge. On her starboard side, the lead line measured fifteen feet, and on the opposite side twelve feet. The Tilley was then drawing fourteen feet. Reaching the harbor, the steamer again grounded near the Barriefield shore, but was released without difficulty. R. MacKay, of Hamilton, the owner was in the city today.

To Build, Buy Or Charter.

Capt. Craig will return the steamer Paul Smith to its owner, who resides in Montreal. The steamer was only chartered, and next week will be taken east. Captain Craig has been offered many fine steamers, both for sale and to charter, and he will negotiate with the owners of these steamers as to their terms. If these cannot be made satisfactory, then he will build a steamer here this winter. In any case Capt. Craig will have a steamer next summer for excursion purposes.

A New Control Arranged - The Wolfe Island council met this morning in the office of Folger brothers and signed a contract with that firm to supply the Wolfe Island ferry. The new contract is practically a renewal of the old priveleges controlled by Folger brothers.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Nov 1897