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

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Crossed The Lake.

The schooner Queen of the Lakes arrived this morning at Crawford's wharf with 450 tons of coal from Oswego. She had a fair voyage over, but encountered a great deal of ice in the harbor. Capt. Staley speaks very strongly of the generous aid lent him by the life-saving crew of Oswego, in towing in his vessel through the ice. He asserts that he never saw kinder people in his life. The Queen of the Lakes left Oswego on the return trip yesterday morning and experienced a very rough time on her passage over.

Incidents of the Day - The steamer Resolute is still at Oswego taking on a cargo of coal for this port. She will be about the last vessel to unload at this port this season.

On Sunday the steamer St. Andrew steamed into Goderich harbor; it took time to reach the dock as the ice was heavy. The St. Andrew will winter here, so Kingston has lost that honor. She came up light from this port, where she discharged her cargo.



Buffalo, Dec. 15th - The grain block at this port continues and is unprecedented. At noon yesterday fully eighty large steamers were in the river waiting to be unloaded, or frozen in. They carry about 9,000,000 bushels of grain, while in the different elevators 7,000,000 bushels are at present stored. This total of 16,000,000 bushels of grain afloat and temporarily in store is a record-breaker of the first dimension. Ice is forming too rapidly to permit any of the boats attempting another trip up the lakes, consequently this great fleet of grain carriers will be forced to winter in this port. The railroads are greatly hampered in their efforts to get the grain to the seaboard by the continued snow blockade.

Dec. 17, 1898

p.2 Death of John Miller - born in Ireland 75 years ago; long time engineer for Calvin Co. at Garden Island and for Folger Bros.; survived by five children.

Had To Come Here - The steamer Resolute, having a cargo of Georgia pine and coal aboard, was unable to enter Deseronto harbor today and was ordered to Kingston, where she will likely winter. The coal will likely be sold to local merchants and the lumber transferred to Deseronto by rail.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Dec 1898