The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 1, 1881

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Freights and Wages.

To the Editor of the British Whig;

Dear Sir, - The seamen of Kingston have seen fit to publish in your paper that they see prospects of an advancement in freights on the lakes for the coming season; and we hope that vessel owners will not think we are imposing upon them when we advance our wages accordingly. There is at present in Toledo a vessel chartered to take grain from Toledo to Buffalo at 7 cents. Now she will carry 22,000 bushels, making her freight $1,540. She will probably make the trip to Buffalo in three days, and if sailors ask $2 per day the vessel men will say, "Oh, they want our freight." At that wages a sailor will make $6, and then he is paid off. Now, we don't think sailors ask more than their right, and they always rate the wages with the freights. All they want is justice, and that they must have. I defy contradiction on the charter I speak of, as I have it from a person who heard the parties telling what a large freight their vessel had. Thanking you for your space, I remain,

C.W. CROWLEY, President Seamens' Union March 1st, 1881

p.3 Wind Wafts - no changes in captains of Royal Mail Line this year.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), March 1, 1881