The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 10, 1879

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p.2 Toronto - little steam yacht called Starling, plying for summer between city and island, left for Alcott, N.Y., with money owing.

p.3 Sailor's Union - Another advance in the rate of wages has been decided upon -$1.50 per day on Lake Ontario, and $1.75 per day through the canal. The sailors contend that they are most reasonable in their demands - that the freights now paid are such as to warrant the payment of the wages asked for without grumbling.

Grain Trade - Considerable quantities of wheat are now on the way from Kingston to Montreal. The Gazette has it that one of our large forwarding companies has now 500,000 bushels on the way from the West, all of which has vessel space engaged for Europe. The grain carrying trade is now more renumerative than it has been for years, and the vessel men, instead of being unable to make ends meet, are in a fair way to save a snug little sum out of the season's earnings.

A Useful Dog - The Captain of the schr. Two Friends tells us that to his dog he is indebted for the safety of a large sum of money which he left in his cabin, and which a ruffian attempted to steal in the absence of the crew on shore. The Capt. states that the cook was rudely attacked by the intruder, with whom she struggled, but who succeeded in forcing his way into the cabin where he encountered a faithful dog, which took hold of him and made him anxious for his escape as quickly as he could free himself from the animal's clutches. The thief rowed off in a boat, the direction and destination of which have not been traced.

Wind Wafts - The Detroit papers have a notice of the building of a steamer to ply between Kingston and Ogdensburg. The Folgers are the ones said to own the craft. The boat has been built on paper only. The Folgers first saw it there.


The B.W. Folger leaves for Gananoque to load barley for Oswego.

The steamer Algerian did not arrive here yesterday afternoon. She was detained by the fog.

The rate paid on barley from Kingston to Oswego is three cents per bushel. Captains are beginning to smile.

The schooner Shandon, from Chicago, takes phosphate back with her, Richardson & Son being consignees. The rate given is $1 per ton.

The schooner Gulnair, on her trip down with wheat from Chicago, lost her top mast on Lake Erie. The wind was quite fresh at the time.

The following vessels passed through the Welland Canal for Kingston: Schr. Grantham, Toledo, corn; Highland Beauty, do, do; Albatross, Toledo, do.

The forwarding business was affected this morning by the fog. The barges could not come up the river. A number of grain laden vessels await discharge.

The schooner J.R. Benson, of St. Catharines, is loading pig iron at the St. Lawrence and Chicago Forwarding Company's dock for Milwaukee at $1.25 per ton.

The schooner Oriental is loading telegraph poles for Oswego. They are for the American Union Co. A steam engine is used to draw them to the port hole, thus dispensing with the service of six men.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 10, 1879