HALF A CENTURY SINCE
Feat of Monkshaven Duplicated By a Barquentine.
The passage of the Monkshaven and sister ships from the upper lakes, with cargoes for England, being remarked upon in the Halifax Chronicle, Capt. Angrove comes forward with the statement that back so far as 1852 the barquentine Cherokee loaded a full cargo of flour at River Credit, Ont., for Liverpool direct. The captain was at that time a seaman on the barquentine. She was built by Capt. Robert Gaskin, Kingston, whose ambition was to maintain a regular line between Chicago and Liverpool. She made the trip from Montreal to Liverpool in fifteen days, which so delighted the English people that Capt. Gaskin received orders for more of her class.
Capt. Angrove thinks the Cherokee was the first ship to carry a cargo direct from the upper lakes to Great Britain, but eight years later the W.H. Merritt, of St. Catharines, Ont., of which he was second mate, loaded a full cargo of fancy woods in River St. Claire for Liverpool direct. The ships were only 400 tons each. [Montreal Star]
The steamer Algonguin was at the M.T. company's wharf last night, on her way to Toronto, where she will lay up for the season.
The tug Minnie Bell, owned by Henry Shaver, was damaged by fire at Ottawa on Wednesday night. She towed barges from Ottawa to Kingston.
To Improve the King - During the present winter extensive repairs and improvements will be made to the steamer North King. It is intended to add a new saloon, removing the present upper works to the deck and rebuilding; more stateroom accommodations can thus be obtained. The work will keep a large staff of carpenters and other skilled mechanics employed all winter.
Incidents of the Day - To-day nine barges of the Canada Atlantic transportation company arrived from Prescott, to winter at Portsmouth, where a large amount of repairs will be made. The balance of the barges will be here by the beginning of next week.
p.6 The steambarge Chub, from Picton, unloaded apples at Folger's wharf today.
The steamer Jessie Bain, which has been doing government survey work down the St. Lawrence since last June, has been laid up for the winter.
The steamer Bothnia and consort Augusta, coal laden, arrived at the locomotive works' wharf this morning.
Is A Total Loss - The schooner Augusta, ashore at Port Credit, is a total wreck. The steamer Donnelly is at the wreck. Twenty-five tons of coal were removed from the wreck; 100 tons yet remain. The Donnelly wrecking company have three pumps at work on the wreck, but there is little hope of saving the schooner.