The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Jun 1898

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Capt. Coleman Hinckley will be given the command of the steamer New York.

The steamer Lake Michigan, westward bound, touched at Swift's wharf this morning.

The steamer John Milne, Sodus Point, coal laden, touched at this port this morning bound for Smith's Falls.

Work is being rushed on the S.S. Rosedale with the view of releasing her from the dry dock tomorrow night.

The revenue cutter Gresham, which has been at Ogdensburg for seven weeks, is now ready to leave for Montreal.

Arrivals: tug Active, from Prescott, light; schooner Echo, bay ports, 2,500 bushels peas; steamer Corsican, Montreal.

Departures: sloop Trent, Trenton, light; steamer Corsican, Toronto; steamer Algerian, Montreal; schooner Two Brothers, Oswego, light.

The largest whaleback steamer ever built is now ready at West Superior to go into commission. She was built by Mr. McDougall, and has a carrying capacity of 7,000 tons dead weight. Irwin Marshall, formerly of this city, will sail on her as chief engineer.

The steamer Algonquin, Capt. James McMaugh commanding, holds the record for the banner trip between this port and Toledo. She made the round trip in five days and twenty-two hours, bringing down 70,000 bushels of corn, and laying over one night in Toledo.

Yesterday harbor master McCammon and medical health officer Fee visited the government dredge to ascertain at what point the material being dredged up was being dumped into the channel. It was shown that the debris is dumped at a spot where the water is over forty feet deep and fully a mile east of the mouth of the intake pipe.

On Monday morning at Buffalo twenty tons of pea coal were placed in the bunkers of the steamer New York. She was fifty hours en route and upon arriving here still had a quantity of the coal remaining. This is considered a wonderful achievement by steamboat men, as an ordinary steamer will burn up that much coal in one day.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Colborne, June 15th - Down: Steamers Averell, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo; Newago, Ashland to Oswego, lumber; Omaha, Chicago to Prescott, corn; Ralph, Harold, Chicago to Kingston, wheat; Denver, Chicago to Kingston, wheat.

Port Dalhousie, June 15th - Down: Steamer Nipigon, barges Melbourne and Smith, Baraga to Ogdensburg, lumber; steamer Langdon, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo; steamer Averell, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo; steamer Newago, Ashland to Oswego, lumber; steamer Omaha, Chicago to Prescott, corn.


Capt. John D. Van Alstine.

Since Capt. John D. Van Alstine began sailing in 1859 with Capt. Humes of St. Catharines, there have been many changes in the inland marine world. Capt. Van Alstine was born in Prince Edward county on November 5th, 1842. In 1860 he sailed in the schooner Raleigh of Oswego. In 1862 he sailed in the schooner Darien of Oswego, and during the seasons of 1863, '64 and '65 he was in the schooner Gold Hunter; in 1856 in the schooner Maize of Toledo, and in 1867 he became master and sailed the schooner British Queen. Afterward Capt. Van Alstine was mate in the schooner New Dominion, under Capt. R. Monck. He also occupied the same position in the schooner Union Jack. Then he took the position of master again, and sailed the schooner Ontario for six years, the schooner Huron for three years, the steambarge Saxon for eleven years, and the steambarge Iona for five years. He still sails the latter vessel, and is part owner of her. During his career the captain has had exceptional fortune. He has never lost a ship or a man. Capt. Van Alstine was married to Miss Sara Anne, daughter of Capt. Wm. Ellis of Prince Edward county.

p.6 Snips - W.R. Tandy, purser on the steamer Spartan, has been transferred to the steamer Caspian and Mr. Clark, Toronto, has taken his place on the first mentioned boat.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Jun 1898