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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 29, 1881

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The sailors meet this evening to discuss the wages question.

The propeller Clinton will load wheat at Hamilton for Kingston.

The steam barge Indian will leave tomorrow for Port Dalhousie.

The Azov of Hamilton has been chartered to carry staves to Garden Island at $13.

The steamer Norseman has made two trips to Toronto with ties from Rochester.

The schr. Caroline Marsh, with peas from Port Hope, has arrived at Portsmouth.

The schr. Brooklyn has left for Ogdensburg, where she will load ore for Cleveland.

The new barge, building for the M.T. Co., will be named the John Gaskin. It is nearly completed.

It is said some ship owners at Kingston are offering sailors $50 per month by the season. Who are they?

The Anna M. Foster arrived this afternoon from Charlotte and immediately began loading iron ore for Charlotte.

The constitution of the Sailors' Union will not allow union men to ship on board a vessel where boys are employed.

The schooners Collier and Starling are chartered for a trip each to Kingston at the 2 cents rate on wheat from Toronto.

Arrivals for the M.T. Co. - Schrs. Flora Carveth, Port Hope, 14,000 bush. peas; Herbert Dudley, Toronto, 15,000 bush. wheat.

The str. Pierrepont went down to Gananoque last evening and took a load of freight to Clayton. She returned here this morning.

The Welland Canal will open for navigation via the feeder, on Monday, 2nd of May, and via Port Colborne about the same date.

The Persia has finished unloading her cargo of coal at Hamilton, and takes grain from Burlington and Toronto to Kingston at 2 cents.

Capt. Burrows, of the propeller Dromedary, of Hamilton, has accepted an offer of 20 cents per barrel on flour from Toronto to Montreal.

Indications are that this year more ashes will be shipped to Oswego than last year, and there will be more persons engaged in the business.

The sailors on Canadian vessels, in making trips from Toledo to Kingston, will demand the rate of wages paid at Toledo, $3 per day.

The schr. Grimsby will load corn at Port Dalhousie elevator for Kingston. She takes the load discharged from the schr. Gleniffer in Port Colborne last fall, which has lain here over winter.

Capt. W. McQuillan, of the schr. M.E. Upper, has been searching for an anchor which he lost last fall two miles below Niagara during the great gale. He was unsuccessful. The prop. Alma Munro will be ready to start the last of this month. She presents a fine appearance, and is chartered to load at Toledo for Montreal, first trip, at 9 1/2 cents on corn, or 10 cents on corn, shipper's option.

The tug Traveller, which wintered in Lachine, has left Montreal for Kingston, having in tow five barges belonging to the Montreal and Kingston Forwarding Company (sic). This is the first passage through the Beauharnois canal this season.

The Garibaldi, while ashore at Weller's Bay, has settled down somewhat. Her deck on the port side is level with the water. The ice has carried away part of her planks on the other side and grazed off the paint on the stern. It is expected that efforts to unload her will be made this week.

Repairs To The Rideau Canal.

Preparatory to the opening of the Rideau Canal considerable repairs and improvements have been made at Ottawa. A new pair of lock gates have been put in the place of a pair had become unsafe from decay. One of the stone pier heads was also taken down and rebuilt. The bed of the basin has been cleaned out at Smith's Fall; a new bulk head has been put in at Edmund's Mills, and three miles lower down a new bulkhead has also been put in. At Merrickville extensive repairs have been made in the dam, the gates on the four locks have been overhauled and repaired, and the cut cleaned out. At Black Rapids the dam has undergone extensive repairs, and two new bulkheads have been erected. At Lower Brewer's the bulkhead has been renewed; and at Clowe's and Nicholson's large repairs have been made on the dams. The attempt will be made to revive passenger traffic on the canal, Mr. Swift, of Kingston, putting on a steamer for that purpose. The water will be let in tomorrow. The number of employees will be at once increased as usual from 28 who are employed throughout the year, to 77, the number on during the season of navigation. [Globe]

p.3 State of The Wreck - A single spar appears above the water on the fatal spot near Consecon where where the Belle Sheridan went to pieces, where her windlass and cable still lie. Several large sections of the wreck lie on the beach, partly buried in the sand, and smaller portions in abundance, but no bodies have been found.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), April 29, 1881