The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 16, 1879

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p.3 The Dominion's Cargo - The steamer Pierrepont went up yesterday to False Duck island to pick up the cargo of which the prop. Dominion had to be relieved when she ran ashore. The Dominion's cargo was of a miscellaneous character, but very valuable.

The Smoke On the River - The navigation of the lake and river is still seriously interfered with. The loss to steamboat men is very serious indeed. Especially severe will be the loss falling upon the grain shipping interest. A large number of propellers have been delayed, their expenses averaging $70 per day.

Wind Wafts - The str. J.H. Kelly will be hauled out and lengthened 20 feet this winter. She will also receive new machinery throughout.

The Hastings only goes as far as Picton at present. The fog is so dense on the bay that it is impossible to proceed further.

The R. & O. Co. is advertising for 4000 tons of coal delivered at Kingston.

The Grain Trade.

It is now in order for the vessel men to hold an indignation meeting. Lake freights are a fruitful subject of discussion. It is stated that while American craft are busily employed - in fact have more than they can do - Canadian bottoms are idle, in consequence of their inability to trade between two American ports without infringing the international marine law. The freights on grain consigned from Toledo to Oswego and Ogdensburg range from 8 to 10 cents per bushel; to Kingston 5 and 6 cents are offered. Offers are numerous enough, but the trade via Montreal is slack and decreasing. Why? Because the Montreal harbour dues in addition to the Welland Canal tolls take the gilt edge off the business. We are not surprised that the people of St. Catharines, who value the importance of the shipping, have entered their protest against the heavy system of taxation that now obtains. An agitation should be started, the effect of which will be to have the grain traffic encouraged rather than diverted into American channels.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), Oct. 16, 1879