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Daily News (Kingston, ON), 25 Jun 1881

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p.2 The Gaskin and Huron

To the Editor of the Daily News;

Sir, - The following appeared in your issue of last evening: "The barge Huron left today with 30,300 bushels of corn, being the largest load taken by any one boat from this harbour drawing only nine feet of water." And being somewhat interested, decided on finding out, if possible, the largest cargo which has left here for Montreal on a nine feet draught of water, and find that the barge John Gaskin left on the 28th May for Montreal drawing 8 feet 10 inches of water with 1,620,180 lbs.; on June 23rd the barge Huron left drawing nine feet with 1,584,800 lbs.; there is a difference of 35,380 lbs., or 163 44/56 bushels of corn. If there has been a larger load I should be glad to know of it.

Kingston, June 25th Premier


The suit against the owners of the schooner Hyderabad is now going on at Milwaukee.

The steamer Hero did not leave on her up trip last night till 15 minutes to eight.

Freights from Toledo today are 5 1/2 cents on corn, and $1.50 per ton on coal from Cleveland to Kingston.

Two large rafts of oak and pine, containing 16 drams each, left for Quebec this afternoon in tow of the tug Chieftain.


Schr. Twilight, Hamilton, 12,577 corn.

Str. Corsican, Montreal.

Str. Corinthian, Hamilton.

Str. D.C. West, Westport.

Str. Alexandria, Montreal.


Schr. B.W. Folger, iron ore, Charlotte.

Schr. Hyderabad, railroad iron, Milwaukee.

Port Colborne, June 24th - Up - Schrs. Jennie White, Oswego, Toledo, coal; W.J. Preston, Fairhaven, Chicago, coal; St. Louis, Portsmouth, Chicago, iron; Nellie Hunter, St. Catherines, Port Colborne, light; barges G. Manly, F. Russell, H. Benson, Collinsby, Manitoulin Islands, light; Gibraltar and Grimsby, Kingston, Chicago, light; props. Dromedary, Hamilton, Toledo, light; Lincoln, Kingston, Chicago, light.

Down - Schr. Blazing Star, Detroit, Oswego, wheat; prop. Alma Munro, Toledo, Montreal, gen. cargo.

The schr. St. Louis goes to Stoke's Bay and finish out her cargo with ties for Chicago. The schr. Nellie Hunter is here loading stone for Erie.

In harbor - Schrs. St. Louis and Nellie Hunter.

p.3 Tired Of It - The French non-union crew of the schooner George Thurston left that boat yesterday afternoon and started back home to Quebec, having got tired of their job. They were hired for the season for $25 per month. While the schooner was at Cleveland $3 per day had to be paid to other sailors to load timber, as the crew were not up to that business. It is not known how the money matters will be settled, as the engagement has been broken.

The Witch's Rescue - We are informed that our description of the rescue of the steamyacht Witch in yesterday's issue was incorrect in some particulars. Something having gone wrong with the machinery of the yacht, she became helpless and drifted along with the current - there was hardly any wind at the time - when Mr. Houghton, Mr. Allen's gardener, perceiving that she was in trouble, started at once in a skiff for her relief. She was then far out in the lake, almost opposite Major Jones' residence. On reaching the steamer he took her tow, and, being an expert oarsman and working hard and with a will, brought her and her passengers back in safely to Rockwood; but no other boat came even near until he had towed her for about half a mile on her way back.

The Johnston - The schooner Johnston, which at one time belonged to the New York Yacht Club, touched at this port this morning. She is now owned by the Port Huron Wrecking Company, and is used in transhipping wrecking apparatus. She left this afternoon for Port Huron. Captain John Donnelly says she is the fastest sailor ever left this port. When first built, the Johnston was used as a pleasure craft, but about eight years ago she was reconstructed and transformed into a small schooner. She had on board today 50 tons of coal as ballast.

Steamboat Inspection - The Collector of Customs at Picton, visited the various steamers as they arrived yesterday and asked to see their certificates of inspection. Three of them had failed to comply with the law, and had no certificates and were detained. The detention will only be for a day or two, as the requirements to fulfill the law are very trifling.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), 25 Jun 1881