The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Dec 1898

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The sloop Idlewild sailed for Wolfe Island this morning with a deck load of lumber.

The steamer Chieftain was engaged today in conveying withes from the mutual dock to Garden Island.

The tugs David G. Thomson and Jessie Hall arrived this afternoon with nine light barges from Montreal, the last of the M.T. company's river fleet in service.

The schooner Annandale is at present at Gananoque unloading coal. She is under contract to carry two more loads from Charlotte, one for Deseronto and the last for this port.

The schooner Fleetwing, Capt. Shaw, has gone into winter quarters at the spile dock. During the past summer the schooner made thirty trips between Charlotte and Oswego and this port, carrying coal.

Capt. James Paul and Peter Eli, Ottawa, will add another large steamer to their fleet plying between Montreal and Oswego. She will be 110 feet over all and have an average speed of ten miles an hour.

The schooner Fabiola is at present discharging coal at Clarke's malt house. Capt. Bates has crossed the lake eighty four times this summer with the Fabiola, making forty-two round trips. He has one more load to carry before laying up.

Another Serious Obstacle.

Members of the Donnelly wrecking company say that though fine weather favors them now they cannot undertake to raise the tug Walker unless Brighton bay opens up. At present it is covered with three inches of ice. It is necessary that the wreckers should have some place of shelter in case of a storm, and Brighton is the only harbor in the vicinity of the wreck.

p.5 Buffalo harbor and docks are so crowded with grain laden vessels that Chicago shippers are asked to hold cargoes for a day or two.

p.6 Will Canadians Consent - Washington, Dec. 2nd - announced that an agreement had been arranged to build warships on lakes; apparently announced a little premature.

Taken Off Years Ago - Capt. John Donnelly says that in 1846 (has to be wrong date -editor) he rescued the propeller City of Hamilton from Huyck's Point and that the Kingston built schooner George Thurston spent a winter on almost the identical spot the Hector went on and was taken off in the spring and sent to Deseronto. The schooner's damages was the loss of her rudder.

The Rental Too High - The five years' lease of the city's slip at the foot of West Street, held by the Donnelly wrecking and salvage company, expired last May, but the city not giving a notification the lease was not formally renewed. Alderman Donnelly has informed the water works committee that the company will likely continue the lease, although he thinks $125 per annum a rather high tax for the use of the slip.

Late Afternoon Events - The steamer St. Andrew arrived in port this afternoon with a cargo of wheat for J. Richardson & Sons from Fort William.

The steamer Sir Leonard Tilley left Fort William this morning with a cargo of wheat consigned to J. Richardson & Sons.

The big steamer Arthur Orr, which went ashore on the north shore of Lake Superior, has been floated.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Dec 1898