The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 21, 1882

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p.1 Hay Bay Disaster - tragedy of 1819 recalled - ten drowned.

p.3 Life Saving Station - Captain W.D. Andrews will remain in Toronto for the winter, take charge of the Wiman Island Baths next summer, and after the close of the bathing season enter the United States Life Saving Service. He will return with a first-class surf boat, and all the necessary equipments for the establishment of a complete life-saving station.


Advantage Expected By The Recent Amalgamation.

Carrying Capacity of Firms.

Up to within a few days ago, says the Post, there were three Forwarding Companies represented in Montreal, the Montreal Transportation Company, the Kingston and Montreal Forwarding Company and the St. Lawrence and Chicago Forwarding Company. Despatches informs us that "the Montreal Transportation Company and the St. Lawrence & Chicago Forwarding Company have amalgamated." Rumor in Montreal during the past few days went even further. It was stated that the three Companies were all to join in common interest to control the rates of inland water carriage and fight the opponents of the free canal system. Enquiries made today show that the Montreal Transportation Company has actually purchased, in their entirety, all the assets and privileges of the St. Lawrence and Chicago Company. The latter Company, it appears, has been unfortunate under its old management, and has not paid a dividend for some years. The Montreal Transportation Company, with its new acquisition, is now a formidable corporation, and as the Montreal and Ottawa Barge Forwarding Company has passed out of existence, it must own about two-thirds of the barges thus in use on the River St. Lawrence. The other company, its only rival in the grain trade, if we exclude steam barges and propellers, is the Kingston & Montreal Forwarding Company. It is on a good footing, and owns 22 river crafts and barges, which ply between the two cities after which it is named. The President is Alexander Gunn, M.P., Kingston; the Vice-President is James Gibb Ross, Esq., the well known Quebec millionaire. In the names of the President and Vice-President we see how closely both Kingstonians and Quebecers are interested in the commercial prosperity of Montreal, and the only wish of Montreal is that all other Canadian cities and ports would entertain the same friendly feeling towards her as she does towards them. Our reporter interviewed Gilbert Scott, who is a director of the Kingston & Montreal Forwarding Company, and from him learned that his Company still preserved a separate existence, and was not in any way connected with the Montreal Transportation Company. The combined carrying capacity of our barge Forwarding Companies is 18,000,000 bushels annually.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 21, 1882