The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Aug 1898

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p.1 An Old Pilot Passes Away - Capt. William Ryan, Wade's Lane, 74, nearly fifty years a sailor on St. Lawrence river and on lakes.



The schooner Two Brothers cleared for Oswego this afternoon.

The steamer Cambria had 200 passengers from Toronto to Alexandria Bay yesterday.

On Saturday the sloop Rover left Rathbun's wharf with a load of salt for Jones' Falls.

The tug Active left with four barges for Montreal Friday night and returned yesterday with five light barges.

The canal rates on corn from Buffalo to New York were advanced to 2 1/4 cents on Friday, an increase of one-eighth of a cent.

The schooner Fleetwing, from Charlotte, and schooner Fabiola, from Oswego, arrived at Swift's coal hoist on Saturday.

The tug Walker arrived from Oswego yesterday with three coal laden barges and cleared for Montreal with four barges, grain-laden.

Clearances from Swift's wharf this morning: steamer Caspian for Montreal; steamer Columbian, Alexandria Bay; steamer James Swift, Ottawa.

The Chicago board of trade will send a strong petition to the international commission which meets at Quebec tomorrow to have the tolls struck off the Welland canal. Such a release is estimated to greatly increase the freight traffic from the upper lakes to Montreal.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Dalhousie, Aug. 20th - Down: steamer Melbourne, Toledo to Montreal, general cargo; steamer C. Hebard, Pequaming to Ogdensburg, lumber; barge A. Watson, Pequaming to Ogdensburg, lumber; barge William Peterson, Pequaming to Ogdensburg, lumber.

Port Colborne, Aug. 20th - Down: tug Saugatuck and two scows, Toledo to Ogdensburg; steamer Langdon, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo.

Port Colborne, Aug. 21st - Down: steamer Glengarry and barge Minnedosa, Fort William to Kingston, wheat; barge Viking, Port Dover to Toronto, light; barge Grimsby, Detroit to Port Colborne, light.

Race of Rivals.

Last Thursday the steamers Spartan and New York raced all the way from Alexandria Bay to Montreal. The R. & O. boat reached Brockville ahead and secured every passenger there awaiting. The boats then ran along side by side, then the Spartan would "spurt" ahead, just to show that she could do it. The New York had to take second place in the race through all the rapids and was beaten into Montreal. The passengers on both boats affirm that they thoroughly enjoyed the exciting time.

Found The Brass Wheel - wheel of steamer Columbian lost at Alexandria Bay about ten days ago could not be located by divers; found by captain of steamyacht Wherenow.

The Captains Are Careful.

The care exercised by captains of the Folger line of steamers was exemplified on Friday by an act of Capt. Kendall, of the steamer St. Lawrence, as she cleared from Clayton. In awaiting the club train the steamer is headed up stream and upon leaving for down the river makes a large circuit in turning. A sailing scow, the Crazy Boy, was lying in midstream with no wind to give it headway. The St. Lawrence was taking a course that would bring her upon the sailboat, and one which could not be avoided. The signal to stop was timely given and the large steamer passed safely by about ten feet, as its master doffed his hat to Capt. Kendall in acknowledgement.

p.4 Beaten At His Own Game - The steamer Columbian, on her return from Kingston, arrives at Thousand Island Park a few minutes ahead of the steamer St. Lawrence, and purposely delays the landing of the Folger boat by ten to fifteen minutes. Yesterday Capt. Kendall was not to be baulked and ran his steamer directly below the steamer's bow, thus locking her in until his boat had unloaded its baggage and passengers. The artful landing was admired by the many passengers who were anxious to reach their cottage homes below. [Watertown Standard]

p.5 -ads for steamers Richelieu, Hero, North King, and R. & O. Nav. Co.

Str. Arundell - Fast Day Line - Rochester, Oswego, Kingston and Alexandria Bay. Steamer leaves Swift's wharf on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. for Oswego and Charlotte. Leaves Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 6 p.m. for Thousand Islands and Alexandria Bay. Making direct connection at Oswego for New York. For further information and rate of fare see Jas. Swift & Co., Agents.

p.6 General Paragraphs - With a fire under the deck Capt. Crawford ran his tug, Ira O. Smith, five miles under a full head of steam to the mouth of the Chicago river yesterday. It was a race of steam against fire. The flames were finally got under control. Five of the seven men on board were severely burned. The tug was badly damaged.

The schooner Fanny Campbell, owned by McGibbon, Sarnia, ran ashore near Johnston's harbor, Georgian Bay, Sunday morning. She will likely be a total loss. She was on her way for a load of cord wood.

The R. & O. steamer Quebec ran into the barge Marie Louise about one o'clock Sunday morning near Three Rivers. The barge sank in three minutes and the crew were all rescued by the Quebec.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Aug 1898