The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 May 1899

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p.1 Affairs at Goderich - May 19th - The steamer St. Andrew came in at about ten p.m. on Friday with her usual load, 37,000 bushels of wheat....The schooner St. Lawrence, Capt. J.D. Baker, Cleveland, lay all last week her 600 tons of coal for Fred Holmes....

p.2 The Steamer Victoria Tested - R.M. Shephard, Ottawa, arrived in the city today to take formal charge of his new steamer Victoria, built at Toronto and which arrived in the city last evening. This morning the steamer was tested for speed, making good time in the harbor. After coaling up at Swift's wharf she cleared for Ottawa. She is intended for the Ottawa navigation company.

Kingston in Olden Times - a visitor's account of the American naval attack on Kingston in November, 1812.



The sloop Echo is unloading millwood at the Grove Inn.

The barge Armand loaded 30,000 bushels of oats at Richardsons' elevator for Montreal.

The schooner Acacia cleared on Saturday for Oswego to load coal for Crawford & Co.

The new steamer Victoria, recently built at Toronto for the Ottawa river navigation company, passed down yesterday.

The barge Adele ran on a rock near Gananoque on Saturday afternoon. She was pulled off the same night, and is now in Davis' dry dock for repairs.

Arrivals at Richardsons' elevator: schooner Eliza White from Belleville with 8,000 bushels of wheat; schooner Pilot from Napanee with peas and wheat.

The steamer Empire State, with a cargo of grain for the M.T. company, ran aground yesterday afternoon opposite Folger's wharf, but was pulled off shortly afterwards by the tug Active. The steamer had got out of the channel.

Arrivals at the M.T. company elevator: steamer Stafford, Chicago, 32,000 bushels of corn; steamer John Francout ?, Chicago, 42,000 bushels of corn; steamer Glengarry and consort Minnedosa, from Fort William, with 81,127 bushels of wheat; schooner Mary Ann Lydon, from Port Hope, with 8,000 bushels of wheat.

The Emery Released.

The schooner Emery which ran ashore on the Main Ducks last Thursday morning, was released on Sunday morning by the steamer Pierrepont, and arrived here at three o'clock in the afternoon. Seventy-five tons of coal were lightered into the schooner Ballou. The damage to the vessel and the wreckage expenses will amount to about $700.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Colborne, May 21st - Up: steamer Frost, Ogdensburg to Chicago, general cargo; steamer Britannia, Ogdensburg to Chicago, coal; steamer Denver, Oswego to Milwaukee, coal; steamer Badger State, Ogdensburg to Cleveland, general cargo; steamer Prince, Ogdensburg, light; steamer Orion, Kingston to Fort William, light.

Down: steamer Merriman, Duluth to Kingston, corn; Massachusetts, Duluth to Kingston, corn; Samoa, Chicago to Kingston, corn; Haskell, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo; Bermuda, Duluth to Kingston, wheat.



Montreal, May 22nd - Detective Kellert, Montreal, and some of his men had an exciting time at Valleyfield on Saturday, and at one time it looked very much as if there would be blood shed. Detective Kellert left Montreal early in the day with warrants for the arrest of Capt. George Marks, of the big lake schooner Helvetia, at present at Valleyfield, his son George, and his wife, Jenny Mitchell, all of Cleveland, Ohio. Capt. Marks' vessel is the last of the fleet of vessels brought into Canadian waters by the Atlantic Transportation company of New York, en route from the great lakes to the sea. This company undertook to charter for a period of years a large fleet of lake craft, steambarges and their consorts, and use them in the coal carrying trade along the Atlantic seaboard. Most of the steam craft and some of the consorts passed down to sea last autumn, the large ones running the rapids, the smaller ones passing through the canal. A number of the vessels, both steam and sailing craft, were caught by the ice at the close of navigation and frozen in at Valleyfield, where they wintered with their complete crews, or only portions in some cases, on board. During the winter the company's enterprise proved unprofitable, and the company passed into the hands of a receiver. The owners got possession of all the vessels except the Helvetia. Capt. Marks, however, refused to give up the ship until his claim and that of his crew for wages were satisfied. The owners of the vessel, a Cleveland firm, sent Capt. William Packer and another crew down to Valleyfield to take the vessel over, but Marks refused to allow them on board. The United States consul-general at Montreal was appealed to, and he sent his deputy, Mr. Gorman, to Valleyfield to transfer the Helvetia and crew. Still Capt. Marks and his men refused to give up the ship, and Mr. Gorman returned to Montreal. Warrants were then obtained against Capt. Marks, his son and wife, but the Valleyfield police refused to serve them, and the services of detective Kellert were secured. Detective Kellert went to Valleyfield with ten men, but the news of their action had preceded them, and when they arrived at the vessel they found the captain and his crew ready to receive them with Winchesters, axes, and other weapons. Capt. Marks told Kellert that he would not give up the ship, and that he would kill any man who attempted to board it. A large crowd of Valleyfield people assembled on the wharf, and cheered the captain. Seeing the determined attitude of Marks, Kellert decided to obtain ladders to try and scale the Helvetia's sides. One ladder was borrowed from a woman, and two others from the fire station. But as Kellert's men were carrying them to the ship they were forcibly taken from them by Marks' sympathizers. At this point the chief of the local police appeared on the scene, and advised Kellert to desist from trying to serve the warrants. He was sure that such an attempt, without the assistance of troops, could only result in bloodshed. All the people of the town sympathized with Marks, and many men would back him up, as they considered he was being badly treated. Kellert finally decided to give up the attempt and returned to Montreal.

Quite A Feat - The tug Reginald brought up three iron barges through the Iroquois rapids on Saturday for the elevator company. Marine men consider this quite a feat as many steamers have been unable to come up even by themselves.

Incidents of the Day - The steamer Bothnia and consort Valencia are at Garden Island with timber from Toronto.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 May 1899