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

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p.2 First Cargo Of Iron Ore - The schooner J.L. Case reached Deseronto on Sunday from Marquette, Lake Superior, with 1,450 tons of iron ore. This is the first iron ore brought into Canada from that point.


The schooner St. Peter cleared for Toledo today.

The sloop Two Brothers cleared for bay ports last evening to load coal.

The schooner Annandale, from Charlotte, is discharging coal at the spile dock.

The schooner Fabiola left for Oswego today, after discharging coal at the ferry wharf.

The sloop Volunteer left the spile dock today with cedar posts for Rideau canal points.

Arrivals at Richardsons' elevator: sloops Madcap, Minnie and Laura D., from bay ports, with peas and oats.

The steamer Samoa and consort Celtic did not get away until early this morning. They cleared for Oswego to load coal.

The schooners Becker and Moonlight, on their way to the Atlantic coast, were safely taken down the St. Lawrence rapids yesterday, notwithstanding the heavy blow from the east. So far eleven boats of the large fleet have reached Montreal, and are continuing their journey to the coast. Taking large boats drawing over seven feet of water down the rapids in the month of October is a difficult and risky undertaking, displaying exceptional skill on the part of the pilots.

Thus far the steamer Aragon's grounding above Split Rock Rapids is the only accident met with, but the steamer is proceeding to the coast with her tow none the worse. The moving of these boats eastward will mark a new departure in the run to Montreal. Hitherto the western channel through the Split Rock rapids has been used exclusively by pilots, but the advantages of the old raft channel have been shown by the passage of these boats through it, and this will likely be the channel used in the future.

p.5 The Barge Went Down - Napanee, Oct. 18th - On Monday afternoon as the barge Puritan was lighting a tow barge of iron ore for the Deseronto smelter, a short distance from Deseronto, she went down with 200 tons of ore on board. The ore was brought from the Marquette iron ore mines and was a trial shipment for the Deseronto smelter. There are at present 2 barges unloading the ore and 3 more out in the bay waiting to be unloaded.

p.6 Established A Record - The schooner S.H. Dunn, Capt. James Dix, established a record between this port and Port Dalhousie yesterday. Leaving here at one p.m. light for Toledo, she touched at Port Dalhousie at four this morning. This is considered good steamboat time.

Late Afternoon Events - The R. & O. steamer Richelieu, which was detained at Cape Vincent last night owing to the breaking of a pin in her walking beam, came over this morning with about 150 excursionists.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Oct 1898