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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 20, 1882

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p.3 Dredging The River - str. Watertown to use scraper to clean up Gananoque river from dam to entrance to lake; a $3,000 contract.


Last night the wind was favorable for yachting, and in consequence the harbor was dotted with the white winged flyers, and they did considerable racing. The rapid approach of the 26th is making the sports anxious to have their craft in excellent trim. The General Garfield tried a new mainsail, which worked very satisfactorily. The cup offered by St. George's Society is thought to be hardly sufficient to cause a first class regatta, and one well known yachtsman is advocating the advisability of all the yachts competing forming a pool of some amount, from $10 to $50, yet to be decided upon, and to go to the winning boat in addition to the cup. There is also talk of a regatta in the fall, and it is felt that the citizens will be liberal in their contributions towards it. Prizes will probably be offered to bring all the fast yachts of Lake Ontario to this point during the Exhibition week. Action towards the holding of such a regatta should be taken at once.

Major Fairtclough has arrived back in port with the yacht Hebe, after a pleasant trip to Toronto and Hamilton. He succeeded in beating some of the fast craft at the latter place. It is altogether improbable that he will enter the races at Toronto on Saturday. The Hebe, during her course, proved a fast and safe sailer.

While returning from Channel Grove last evening on the steamer Pierrepont, our attention was called to the movements of a yacht, which bore down upon the steamer and finally ran right across her bow, causing the Captain to turn out of his course as quickly as possible. There was absolutely no necessity for such foolhardiness on the part of the yachtsmen. Had the small boat been struck there would have been a howl of indignation against the Captain and crew of the steamer, but the fact is the yacht was handled with rare recklessness.


The schr. Singapore has cleared for Deseronto to load ties for Oswego.

The schr. Grantham ran short at Toronto on a cargo of coal 28 tons, and the schr. D.G. Fort 59 tons on her cargo.

The schr. Annie Falconer is loading wheat for Kingston at the Queen's wharf, Toronto.

The tug A.D. Porter and consorts left this afternoon for Sheboygan, there to load timber for Kingston.

The steambarge Erin and consort arrived yesterday from Toledo and discharged about 50,000 bushels wheat.

Four barges have cleared from the Montreal Transportation Co.'s wharf, with 80,000 bushels of wheat, 100 tons of phosphate and 75 tons of stone, for Montreal.

There is an advance in Toledo freights. Several Canadian vessels have been offered 4 1/2 cents on wheat to Kingston. Vessel men hope to receive a better figure and are holding off for it.

The steamer Norseman is running on the route of the disabled Magnet. She brings the passengers and freight from Rochester to Kingston, and discharges both here, returning to Rochester via Cobourg and Port Hope.

The "boom" for the St. Lawrence route continues at Chicago. Yesterday the schrs. W.T. Preston, American, Pewaukee, Mystic Star and M.L. Higgie were chartered for 100,000 bushels of wheat each to Kingston at 6 cents, an advance of half a cent.

Early this spring it was impossible for many sailors to secure employment on the lake vessels, and in consequence some turned their attention to land occupation, while not a few went to sea. The prospects now are that there will be a good fall trade, and that there will be a good demand for men, but they can't be secured. The prevailing wages are $1.50 per day from Canadian, and $2 per day from American ports.

The Chicago Inter-Ocean says: In Kingston freights there is quite a boom, the demand for canal vessels for wheat being urgent. The only vessels ready, the Bolivia and Jamaica, were taken on Monday, and Captain Finn, the agent for canal vessels, has orders for as many more as he can furnish, all for wheat. The rate on Monday was 5 1/2 cents, which is an advance of 1/4 to 1/2 cent. Just what is attracting grain, especially wheat, to the St. Lawrence route at present is not made public; 5 1/2 cents on wheat to Kingston and 2 cents for barging to Montreal makes 7 1/2 cents; 2 cents on wheat to Buffalo and 4 cents through the Erie Canal to New York City, adding 3/4 cent to cover all "charges," makes 6 3/4 cents. It is thus seen that the grain, which is all for export, can be laid down in New York 3/4 cent cheaper than it can be laid down in Montreal, and yet it takes the Montreal or St. Lawrence route. The only explanation of the matter is that the steamships out of Montreal to Liverpool must be carrying at very much lower rates than those out of New York. The St. Lawrence route is certainly booming, and the owners of canal vessels, considering the hard times for vessels generally are doing well. It is likely, if the Kingston boom continues, that other large vessels like the F.B. Gardner and Emma L. Coyne will endeavor to get into the trade.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 20, 1882