The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 26, 1879

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p.1 Lake Superior Spray - letter to editor - mentions mineral wealth - probable benefit to Kingston - needed improvements to harbors, Soo canal, St. Mary's river, lighthouses needed.


Sailors' Wages.

This subject is again being agitated. At a meeting of the Kingston Seaman's Union it was decided to raise the wages to $1.50 per diem. This is the wage paid at the other large ports and the Union can see no reason why the same rate should not be paid here. The ship owners and captains intend to oppose the suggested advance. As freights are "looking up," and the outlook for a good fall trade is promising - when vessel owners observe that seamen are determined to stand out for $1.50 per day -they may compromise the matter. In the opening of the season the rates were very low, and sailors could reckon themselves lucky at getting employment at any price. The rate from Chicago here was 3 cents and four cents per bushel for wheat, and less for corn. Now rates are 8 cents and nine cents per bushel for wheat, and 5 cents and 6 cents for corn. One captain this morning informed us that he was asked to give $1.25 per day. The vessel men and captains may not desire to increase the expenses, but a continued improvement in the income will enable them to comply if necessary. Mariners generally, employers and employees, have suffered hard times, and a change for the better is a pleasant contemplation.

Successful Excursion - on Maud.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 26, 1879