To the Editor of the British Whig;
Dear Sir, - I have read an article in the Whig of the 22nd in which it quotes from and disputes with the Chicago Times. The Times designates the barges employed in the river trade as old tubs that wet the grain and entail severe losses on the various insurance companies. This to me appears so very far from the truth that I do not think the statement should be allowed to go without contradiction, and no person can do so with as much knowledge of the facts connected with the river trade as I can, being Marine Inspector here for the last eleven years. As the Whig says, all the barges are not what they might be. This is always the case, when speaking of so large a number as there is used in the trade by the various companies. But as a rule they are a better class of barges than what are used on any river navigation on this continent; and when I mention one fact connected with the trade it will set all the others at rest, namely, that the underwriters have not had to pay for one bushel of damaged corn conveyed from Kingston to Montreal in barges during the last two years, except in one barge which was run down by a steamer at Valleyfield in 1879, and the grain injured by the late accident in Lachine Canal, in which latter case the damage was caused by the unevenness of the bottom of the Canal when the water left the loaded barges aground. I do not think that any Forwarding Companies or individual carriers can show any better record than our river forwarders can for conveying grain with safety.
Yours truly, Wm. R. Taylor, Marine Inspector
Kingston, Sept. 23, 1880.
The Times article is wrong in another particular. Capt. Taylor and not Capt. Lewis has been the Inspector of barges throughout the season. Capt. Lewis has been appointed since September 1st to assist the former.
p.3 Capt. Jas. McKeon, of the sch. Florida, has been very ill for some time. He has gone to his home in Oswego. George Yeckley commands the vessel until his return.
M.T. Co. arrivals: schrs. J.G. Worts, Chicago, 22,800 bush corn.
The steambarge Carlyle and barges left for Ottawa with general cargo.
The vessel arrivals today were not numerous. The harbour is consequently very quiet.
Nothing further has been heard about the propellor Lake Erie. The wrecking tug McArthur is engaged to go to her assistance.
Swifts: - steamers passing: Corsican from Montreal; West, from Westport; Corinthian from Hamilton; Africa, from Montreal.
Capt. La Framboise has bought the propellor Kincardine. He pays $7000 for the boat, including freight money for the present cargo to Quebec.
The schooner race, from Oswego to Chicago, is causing considerable speculation. Wagers are being made that the Bolivia will win. Some put their money up on the Leadville.
The sch. St. Clair, laden with coal, drawing 8 1/2 feet of water, grounded yesterday morning at the Big Bend, mouth of the Napanee River. The barge Industry was towed down and part of her cargo was transhipped.
The Jessie H. Breck made as good time as the Oliver Mowat. She left here and in 12 days afterwards reported her return. She went to Toledo, and was detained 3 days while loading. Nine days for the round trip is not bad.
The Wanderer, in attempting to leave Belleville yesterday, fouled the steamer Varuna, her jib-boom guys coming in contact with the stern of the steamer. Once clear, the schooners sails filled and before she could be controlled ran on a sawdust bar.
Williams vs Corby - in Court of Appeal, Toronto - important to shippers and receivers of grain ..."The question involved is whether loss incurred through the deterioration of grain in transit, owing to heating or other causes, not covered by insurance or chargeable to the vessel, should fall on the consignee or the consignor."