The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 13, 1882

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p.2 ad - For Brockville and St. Lawrence - str. F.B. Maxwell, Capt. McDonald, with schedule. July 13th


Duty On Grain Shortage.

The action of the Custom House Officer at Kingston, compelling Capt. Woods, of the schooner W.H. Oades, of Oswego, to pay duties on a shortage of grain that was never brought into the country, causes a great deal of dissatisfaction among vessel men, says the Watertown Times. On a cargo of 15,400 bu. of wheat to Kingston there was a shortage of 20 bu. of red wheat and 9 bu. of white wheat. For the shortage of red wheat, the Captain paid the consignee at the rate of $1.40 a bu. and $1.35 on white wheat, $38.70 in all. At the Custom House he was refused a clearance until he paid duty on the shortage, amounting to $4.35. The Captain never heard of such a thing before and a great deal of explanation failed to convince him that it was just. The schooner John Magee, Capt. Ripson, had the same ill-luck. On a cargo of 20,000 bushels of wheat from Toledo to Kingston she fell short 109 bushels. The Captain was obliged to pay to the consignee $147.15 for the wheat and to the Custom House at the rate of 15 cents a bushel for the same, making a total loss of $163.50. Captain Ripson has hopes for the discovery of the error.


It is reported that the steamer Rothesay is ashore at the head of the Long Sault Rapids.

The schr. B.W. Folger cleared on Saturday morning with ore for Big Sodus. She returned yesterday morning, making the round trip in excellent time.

Funny mistakes are made by the newspapers. One paper reports that the schr. Eureka passed through the Welland Canal with a cargo of stoves for Kingston. They meant barrel staves. It is seldom or ever, either, that a cargo of animals is taken from Chicago to Erie. The propeller Alaska took 40,000 bushels of oats, not 40,000 cats, as one paper reported.

The last supplement to Lloyd's Inland Register contains the following rating and value of Canadian craft:

Str. Picton A 2 1/2 $23,000

Prop. Europe A 2 19,000

Schr. British Queen B 1 4,000

Schr. Flora Carveth A 2 10,000

Schr. Eliza Quinlan B 1 3,000

Schr. E.H. Rutherford A 1 1/2 15,000

Schr. Clara White B 1 3,000

Barge Glenora A 1 1/2 33,000

Barge Europe A 2 6,000

Barge Senator A 2 8,000

Barge Winona A 2 5,000

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 13, 1882