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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 2, 1881

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p.2 Opening of Rideau Canal - [Free Press]



The schr. Philo Bennett has arrived light from Chicago.

The str. Gipsey will begin her trips on the Rideau about the 11th inst.

The propeller Cuba called at Swift's wharf yesterday morning en route to Montreal.

The schrs. Gulnair, J.G. Worts and Grantham are loading timber at Hamilton for Kingston.

Calvin & Son offer $37.50 per month for men who will sail on their vessels for the season.

The first arrival of coal from Oswego was reported yesterday, the schr. Gearing with 175 tons for the Gas Company.

Messrs. Flatt & Bradley, of Hamilton, will send on Saturday a raft of about 100,000 feet to Garden Island in tow of the tug Edsall.

The steam barges Rose, Anglin and Eleanor, owned by Mr. James Swift, of Kingston, engage in the iron ore transport during the season, with barges.

The steam barge Mayflower, owned by Capt. Thos. Adams, of Kempville, will ply between Kingston and Ottawa, and with a barge will do general freight business.

The barge Grimsby with 20,533 bush. of corn has arrived from Port Dalhousie. The corn was from the schr. Gleniffer, which reached that port last fall from Toledo.

The steam barge Water Lily and two barges will be run from the Rideau through to Cape Vincent with railway ties. The steam barge named has been thoroughly repaired. Mr. Hebron Harris is the owner.

The schr. Annie Falconer has been completely repaired and painted, and now presents the appearance of a entirely new craft. She will probably go into the grain trade.

The steamer Junita commenced running between Clayton and Gananoque on Monday. At first she will probably make but three trips a week. Captain Howard Gould commands her this year.

The steam barge Saxon, hauled out last fall and rebuilt and lengthened, was launched on Saturday at Picton and christened Manitoba. Her dimensions are 121 feet keel, 25 feet beam, 9 feet 4 inch hold, engine 45 horse power. She will carry about 18,000 (16,000 ?) bushels.

The Welland Canal, between the feeder junction and Port Colborne, is filled and will be ready to pass vessels tonight. We are also assured that the new line from Port Dalhousie to Allanburg will be opened in July next, and that the entire line of canal from Port Dalhousie to Port Colborne will then admit of the passage of vessels drawing 12 feet of water.

Arrivals For the M.T. Co. - Acacia, Port Darlington, 12,000 bush of peas; prop. Clinton, Hamilton, 26,000 bush of wheat; barge Grimsby, Port Dalhousie, 20,533 bush. of corn; Nellie Hunter, Cobourg, 9,646 bush. of peas; tug Glide, from Montreal, with barges Cayuga and Oswego, light. Departures - Tug Glide, for Montreal, with barges Detroit, Colborne, McCarthy, and Wheat Bin, 75,000 bush. grain. Tug Active, for Oswego, with the Cayuga and Oswego to load coal.

About nine o'clock Saturday morning the tug Chieftain, with the schooner D.M. Foster in tow, arrived at Weller's Beach to commence work on the schr. Garibaldi, which went ashore last November. Captain Crangle and his men succeeded in getting the steam pump on the wreck, but a strong wind coming up from the south-east at this point of their operations put an end to the work, and they had to run into Weller's Bay for shelter. Captain Crangle expects a diving outfit on Monday morning, when, weather permitting, they will commence operations again.

Hay Contract - Capt. I.H. Radford made charter with Capt. Pike of schr. Ionia.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 2, 1881