The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 May 1899

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The schooner Annie Falconer cleared for Oswego today to load coal for this port.

The schooner Wave Crest arrived from Oswego yesterday with a cargo of coal for R. Crawford.

The schooner Pilot from bay ports unloaded grain at Richardson & Sons' elevator this morning.

The schooners Melrose and Selkirk loaded corn at Chicago on Friday last and are now en route to this port.

Employees of McKelvey & Birch's tinsmithing department leave for Picton this week to work on the steamer Argyle.

This morning Capts. Batten, Esford and Hinckley took a cruise down the river in a small steam yacht.

The tug Active arrived this morning with four light barges from Montreal, and returned again with four barges, grain laden.

The steamer Queen of the West, from Chicago, discharged 39,000 bushels of corn at the M.T company's elevator, and cleared for the upper lakes today.

The steamer North King entered port yesterday morning with flags flying. It was her first return to the harbor since her opening trip of the season.

The steamer Sir Leonard Tilley, bound for Montreal with grain, ran aground near the Chateauguay shoals in Lachine Lake on Thursday. She ran on pretty firmly, her bow being two feet out.

The light ships had not been placed in position on Lachine lake, a fact that mariners did not appreciate. Navigation is difficult in some parts of the lake, and without the lights it is practically impossible to run the lake at night time.

The steamer Hamilton reached Swift's wharf Saturday night, on her way up from Montreal, being one day late. The cause for delay was principally a slow passage up Lachine lake on Thursday night, owing to the absence of the light ships. She had an immense load of freight and also took a heavy list aboard here. The Hamilton enters service this season with a neat and trim appearance, and is in command of her officers of last year, namely Capt. Baker, Capt. Graves, mate; A. Maxcil, steward.

Schooner Rutter Down the Rapids.

The four-masted schooner J.H. Rutter, one of the upper lake vessels brought down last fall by the Atlantic transportation company, now defunct, was taken down the chain of rapids from Valleyfield to Lachine on Friday in tow of the tug Hudson, of the Sincennes-McNaughton line, Montreal. The tow was in charge of pilot George Haines and his son. The trip is referred to as one of the most astounding exploits in marine records by the Montreal press. The J.H. Rutter is one of the vessels held at Valleyfield because of the lateness of the season. Her dimensions are 212 feet in length and 36 feet beam. Some of the boats taken down by the Donnelly salvage and wrecking company last fall were much larger, such as the Hamgood, 242 feet in length; steamer Katahdin, 239 feet; steamer Murphy, 239 feet; and steamer Dragon, 246 feet in length and 42 feet 6 inches beam. The piloting of the latter was a skilful feat, for the Split Rock rapid has a channel only forty-five feet in width, and last fall the water was fully one and a half feet lower than at present.

p.3 District Dashes - Richard Tonge, assistant keeper of Tibbet's Light Point light station, has been appointed head keeper of the station at Charlotte, N.Y. W.H. Bailey takes Mr. Tonge's place at the Point.


Seven Days On the Lake.

The schooner W.Y. Emery, recently purchased by Capt. A. Mitchell, of this city, arrived in port from Toronto today. Owing to heavy head winds the schooner was seven days coming down the lake. Capt. Mitchell endeavored to secure a cargo from Toronto but was refused on account of not being a resident of the queen city.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 May 1899