The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Nov 1897

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The big tug W.H. Brown was expected to arrive in port this afternoon from Cape Vincent, whither she went to secure clearance papers, having been over fifty hours making the trip. She had an exciting time on her trip down from Toronto, having in tow four of the big pontoons owned by the Collins Bay rafting company, and intended for use in floating her through the lower canals. When off Oshawa the pontoons broke away, and much time was lost in the attempt to pick them up. Only three of them were recovered, the fourth it is expected will bring up somewhere on the south shore, as the wind has been blowing from the north-east for the past twenty-four hours. It is just possible the pontoon will drift about for a week or more before being located.

The steamer will go into the government dry dock here to have the pontoons lashed to her hull. It was intended to use six pontoons, but since one is missing four will have to perform the duty. As the steamer draws twelve feet, six inches of water, and there is only about nine feet in the St. Lawrence canals, the big boat will have to be hoisted up nearly four feet. Timbers are being placed in the government dock preparatory to receiving the Brown.

The tug Rival brought down two pontoons, the remaining four being placed in tow of the Brown. As soon as the weather moderates the Rival will be sent out in search of the missing pontoon. The Brown is said to be the largest tug in the world. She cost $75,000.

p.2 Gift For Capt. R. Crawford - clock presented by Queen street Methodist church for his many years leading the choir.


The New York state canals will close on Dec. 1st.

The tug Active came up light from Montreal yesterday.

The sloop Madcap left yesterday with a load of lumber for Bath.

The sloop Laura D. discharged grain at Richardson's elevator yesterday.

The steamer Hamilton will arrive tonight from Montreal on her way to Hamilton.

The sloop Laura D. will arrive this evening with a cargo of wheat from the Bay of Quinte.

The schooner Merritt, consort of the steamer Sir Leonard Tilley, sailed for Oswego yesterday.

Members of the deep waterways commission are in Oswego examining the surveys made of the canal to the seaboard.

The new steel barge Cobourg, of the M.T. company, has made a round trip to Montreal, and steers with great ease.

The schooner Annie Minnes with 8,000 bushels of peas and wheat from Wellington discharged at Richardson's elevator yesterday afternoon.

The M.T. company's steel barge under construction at the locomotive works will not be ready for launching until the third week of December.

Buffalo harbor is crowded at present with vessels waiting unloading of their cargoes. the rush is unprecedented. On Tuesday 200 vessels were in port.

The steamer Hamilton is expected here tonight on her way up to Hamilton on her last round trip. Passing down about Monday next she will go into winter quarters at Sorel.

The largest cargo of wheat ever brought to Cleveland was on the steel schooner Amazon. She arrived on Monday with 205,000 bushels of Manitoba hard wheat, shipped at Fort William.

Macdonald and Fanning's dredge is now engaged in deepening the water fronting Craig & Co.'s wharf, foot of William street. She will also dredge out the slip north of the wharf before completing her labors here.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Dalhousie, Nov. 18th - Down: steamer J.R. Langdon, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo; steamer Monteagle, Chicago to Oswego, barley; schooner L.S. Hammond, Detroit to Cape Vincent, wheat; schooner Van Straubenzie, Cleveland to Hamilton, sand.

Port Colborne, Nov. 18th - Down: schooner St. Louis, Ashtabula to Hamilton, coal; steamer D. Lenty and barge, Minising to Ogdensburg, lumber.

p.6 While the steamer Lycoming, from Buffalo, bound for Chicago, was at dock at Courtright, a sailor named Benjamin Hardy, thought to be a Canadian, who shipped at Milwaukee, while trying to board the boat, slipped between the boat and the dock and was drowned. The body was not recovered.

General Paragraphs - W. Harvey Brown, Pittsburg, owner, and Byron Armstrong, West Bay City, captain, of the new steel tug W.H. Brown, are registered at the British American hotel. The steamer New Island Wanderer took them aboard from the tug above Cape Vincent.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Nov 1897