The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 7, 1880

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p.3 Empress of India - For some time past a judgement has been lying in Sheriff Ferguson's hands against the reputed owners of the str. Empress of India. It having been announced that the str. would call here yesterday for the purpose of running an excursion party across the lake, the Sheriff thought it an opportune time to seize the vessel, and accordingly on her arrival here she was seized by the officer of the law. A policeman was placed at each gangway to watch, so that no attempt could be made to get away. This was not necessary, as the officers and crew were quite passive. The purser was unable to arrange the matter, and the boat was detained until about 12:30 a.m., when the capt. arrived by the steamer Alexandra. He signed a bond for the deliverance of the steamer when called upon, and the boat then left with the tired passengers for Oswego. There was no unseemly demonstration on the wharf during the evening. The passengers took the affair quite pleasantly. The claim against the owners of the boat was originally for $80, but it now has swollen to about twice that amount. It is held by Messrs. McKelvey and Birch, and is for goods furnished. They had strong legal advice on their coarse. What the final upshot will be we are unable to say, but Sheriff Ferguson announced today the sale of the vessel in 8 days if the money is not forthcoming. The present owners say that the debt was incurred by former owners, and that they bought the boat free of encumbrance, and further that the matter will be tested in court.

Increase of Wages - At a meeting of the Kingston Sailors Union on Saturday last the rate of wages was increased to $1.50 per day on Lake Ontario and $1.75 through the canal. The rate is now the same as that arranged for at the other ports.

City Council - communication from Peter Kiel, Inspector of Fisheries, respecting the supply of fish for the Kingston market. He endorsed a letter from the Deputy Minister of Marine and Fisheries, to the effect that no restriction could be entertained; another letter from the Deputy Minister stated that the local fishermen chose U.S. markets because Kingston did not offer equal advantages.

The Sailors Union - A few days ago it was announced that Mr. Cochran, President of the Sailors Union at this point, had been removed. The great objection was that he kept a hotel, at which many sailors stopped. No pay, however, was offered for the Presidency. On Saturday evening a meeting of the Union occurred, and Mr. John Spoor, of Wolfe Island, was elected President, but yesterday he did not turn up to sign the bonds, thus declining the position. Again the Union met yesterday afternoon and John Grimason was asked to take the position, but he also declined. Sailors that arrived here Sunday and yesterday have been asking to have their cards changed, and others desired to join, but nothing could be done, as there was no President. Mr. Cochran telegraphed the Chicago President regarding the state of affairs were in, but no reply has been received yet. In all probability the Union here will be a thing of the past. It looks as if the American unions desired to crush out all the Canadian Unions established. To appoint an officer in the fall is a very poor idea. It would have been more advantageous to have allowed Mr. Cochran to remain until the winter and then stated their objections and appointed a new man. As it now stands a President will hardly be selected.

Marine News.

The prop. Argyle takes coal from Oswego to Fort William.

The rates at Toledo are as follows: To Kingston wheat, 6 cents, corn 6 1/2 cents.

300 tons of phosphate will be shipped by barges to Montreal from Richardson's wharf.

The sch. Guelph, which discharged here yesterday, had a considerable quantity of damaged grain.

The sch. Alice Mary loads the first cargo of barley for Oswego from Gananoque today. She takes 6000 bushels.

The sch. Woodruff takes corn from Chicago to Kingston at 7 1/2 cents. Lincoln and consorts corn at through rates.

The prop Calabria called here this afternoon, the first time since being overhauled. She proceeded to Montreal.

Swifts Wharf - passing steamers - Algerian from Hamilton; D.C. West from Westport; Magnet from Charlotte; Empress of India for Oswego.

The str. Chieftain towed the schrs. Wawanosh and Denmark to Port Dalhousie from Garden Island on Saturday night. She returned today with the sch. Norway.

The Jessie H. Breck, after waiting 20 hours and paying a tug bill from Garden Island here, decided not to take ore and left light for Toledo. The captain went by train to Port Dalhousie.

The sch Willie Walker is flying a Hancock and English campaign flag in Portsmouth. Canadian captains are becoming enthused with the election excitement and are running up the colors.

Passed Up the Canal for Kingston: Wawanosh for Toledo; Down: China, Leamington, lumber; Lady Macdonald, Bay City, staves; Laura, Toledo, corn; R. Morwood, Cleveland, coal; New Dominion, Detroit, wheat.

The amount of grain purchased by Mr. Mooers on the prop Argyle was 6700 bushels, of this amount about 1000 bushels were damaged. The sound grain will be shipped to Montreal. The grain was dumped into the sch. A.G. Ryan.

St. L. & C. Co. - The arrivals yesterday yesterday were: Elgin, Toledo, 20,000 bushels corn; Pride of America, Toledo, 22,000 bush corn; Oliver Mowat, Toledo, 16,500 bush wheat; Wm. Keeler, Toledo, 16,400 bush wheat; L. Seaton, Toledo, 16,000 bush corn; Falmouth, Toledo, 16,500 bush wheat; Fulton, Detroit, 22,000 bush wheat.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 7, 1880