The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), 1 Nov 1879

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p.3 Short Notes - The vessels still remain anchored at Nine Mile Point.

The Grain Trade - The Picton Times concludes an article on the grain trade by saying: "Cannot the forwarders at Kingston take a hint from this, and erect suitable warehouses to store the large quantities of grain, arriving from the west, instead of detaining vessels, for days at a time, waiting for barges to arrive from Montreal. We recently noticed in the Globe that vessels at Toronto would accept 1/2 cent less freight to Oswego than to Kingston, on account of detention at Kingston and shortage on cargo. Scarcely a vessel we believe has unloaded at Kingston this season that has not had shortage to pay, frequently taking all their earnings. Surely there is a wrong somewhere." This is a matter which should receive the careful consideration of the forwarders, and if the facts are as stated it is of the utmost importance that a remedy should promptly provided. It is certain that some delay was caused from a want of barges. As to the last sentence of the above extract, we think it is put rather strongly. The shortage is not caused by delay, but more likely by carelessness on the part of captains.

Marine News

A portion of the cargo of the propeller Dominion, which had to be thrown overboard when the steamer struck on the False Ducks, has been recovered, under the superintendence of Captain Wayne, who was employed by Neelon for that purpose. The goods thrown out were of a miscellaneous character, and the Captain employed two divers in Kingston named Daniel Cunningham and Rob't Donelly, who did their work to the entire satisfaction of all concerned.

Detroit Post, Oct. 28th - The large three master schooner Arabia, laden with corn for Kingston, arrived at Port Huron Sunday morning in tow of the tug Wood, with her fore and main masts broken off about 20 feet above her decks, her wheel broken and dragging her bow sprit, jib-boom and head-gear. She was towed down as far as Dunford & Alverson's dock, where she is now lying having her rudder gear repaired. The captain says the accident occurred last Wednesday night near the Strait. The spars were all new ones, but the force of the squall was too great for them and they snapped like pipe stems, coming down with a crash and filling the decks with a tangled mass of cordage, sails and broken timber. Being unable to get any soundings, the anchor was let go with 15 fathoms of chain and found holding ground in five fathoms of water. They dragged their anchor all day Thursday, being in danger of going on the beach at any moment, which, with the heavy sea running at the time would have been certain destruction. They managed to keep off, however, until picked up by the tug and brought in. The Arabia will not get new spars at Port Huron, but will wait for some propeller and grain tow through to Port Colborne. Her grain is uninjured.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), 1 Nov 1879