The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 May 1898

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p.1 FOR SALE - Half Rater Sheila. Holds the Champion Flag R.H.Y.C. - Regatta 1897.

For information apply to John Morris, Boat Builder, Hamilton. Great Bargain.



The sloop Amelia with lumber for Bath cleared this port last evening.

The steamer Bothnia left Garden Island last evening for Lake Superior.

The tug Antelope left Portsmouth today with four grain-laden barges for Montreal.

The schooner W.J. Suffel cleared from Richardson's elevator today for Lake Ontario ports.

The schooner Oliver Mitchell reached the M.T. company's docks this morning with a cargo of corn.

The schooner Two Brothers, with a cargo of coal for R. Crawford, arrived from Charlotte last night.

The steamer Hamilton, for Montreal, touched at Swift's wharf last evening with a heavy load of freight.

The schooner Schutz discharged a cargo of soft coal at Garden Island today and cleared up the lake.

The sloop Ariadne, Capt. W. Monck, cleared last night from Rathbun's wharf, Milford, with a cargo of salt.

The government dredge commenced clearing the harbor today at a point opposite Richardson's elevator.

R. Chestnut and J.R. Moulther, United States steamboat inspectors, are in the city inspecting steamers which touch at American ports.

The tug Reginald took aboard two steam pumps at Garden Island last night and cleared for Cardinal to pump out the wheel pit of the Edwardsburg starch works.

Arrivals at Richardson's elevator: Schooner St. Louis, rye from Toronto; schooner Annandale, 1,400 bushels of rye from bay ports; schooner Tradewind, 2,300 bushels oats and peas from Toronto; sloop Two Brothers, 1,600 bushels barley from bay ports.

A new steamer named White Star, built by W.C. White, left Montreal today for Toronto and during the summer will run as an excursion steamer between Grimsby park, Lone (Lorne ?) Park and Toronto. She is constructed of steel, is 166 feet long with 42 feet beam, and has a tonnage of 228 tons net. Her engines, which are of about 180 nominal horse power, were built in Scotland, and her boilers are of the Scotch type. She is a new boat with an expected speed of fifteen miles an hour. Last summer the St. Lawrence steamboat company looked at her with the view of adding her to the white squadron.

By a slight mishap yesterday the forward section of the divided American revenue cutter

Gresham sank in thirty feet of water at Ogdensburg. The Gresham passed here last week from the upper lakes, on her way to Key West, being ordered there by the United States government. She was too long to pass through the locks in the St. Lawrence canals and was cut in two at Ogdensburg. On Saturday the two sections were successfully launched with pontoons attached. By some means one of the pontoons in use on the foreward part became disconnected, allowing that section to roll over and sink in thirty feet of water. George Hall & Co., who had the contract of severing the steamer, will raise the sunken part which is forty feet in length.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Colborne, May 17th - Up: Steamer Gordon Jerry, Toronto to Port Colborne, light; steamer Omaha, Oswego to Racine, coal. Down: Steamer Marion, Milwaukee to Oswego, barley; schooner Mitchell, Toledo to Kingston, corn; steamer James, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo; steamer Haskell, Chicago, general cargo; steamer Algonquin, Chicago to Prescott, corn.

Port Dalhousie, May 17th - Up: steamer Black Rock, Kingston to Chicago, light; steamer Monteagle, Prescott to Chicago, light; steamer Averell, Ogdensburg, general cargo; steamer Hiawatha, Prescott to Duluth, light; steamer Bermuda and barge, Prescott to Cleveland. Down: steamer Rosemount, Fort William to Kingston.



The necessity of removing the Cataraqui swing bridge to a point further out in Cataraqui bridge was fully demonstrated yesterday by a blockade of boats between the bridge and the M.T. company's elevator. The schooner Amboy, grain-laden, was aground at a point south of the swing bridge, and several other boats awaiting to be discharged were moored around her. The space between the elevator and the bridge will not accommodate many boats. Yesterday the number anchored there interfered with traffic along the channel. The schooner Eliza Fisher, laden with pulpwood, tried to reach the lake from above the bridge and was delayed for some hours owing to the obstructions in her way. Now that that corner will be almost constantly occupied by freight boats, the location of the swing gate has become an inconvenience. The harbor commissioner and city engineer observed the blockade yesterday and strongly advise that the gate be shifted to a point at least two hundred yards further out. The change would overcome another inconvenience. Boats coming from the spile dock have to take a round-about course to pass through the bridge, where if the swing gate was shifted the boats would have a straight course. The city council and the Cataraqui bridge company should converse on this matter and see if some steps could not be taken to afford relief to the mariners, who are unanimously in accord with the suggested improvement.

The Tug McRae Dry-Docked.

John Donnelly, jr., returned from Montreal this morning, after successfully raising the tug W.F. McRae, which sank outside of Lachine piers on Friday last. The tug's rudder and shoe were lost, the shaft keel damaged and stem post gone. She sank some distance below and outside the entrance to the canal, where the current is very swift. The pilot mistook his course in the darkness of the night. The McRae was placed in Cantin's dry dock, where complete repairs will be done. John Donnelly, for the Western insurance company, and W. Power, for the owners, Ryan & McDonald, made a survey. The Western holds $1,000 insurance on the tug.


from official returns for year ended June 30, 1897 and comparing Esquimault and Levis graving docks:

Kingston graving dock, 313 feet long, 79 feet wide:

Revenue - 52 vessels docked, 26,003 tons $6,360.00

Expenses - Wages $3,382.55

Equipment and maintenance $1,175.22


Revenue over expenditure $1,802.83

The Kingston receipts were $2,405.82 more than in the preceding year.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 May 1898