The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 22, 1883

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At Garden Island - Strs. D.D. Calvin, Hiram A. Calvin, Chieftain, Traveller, John A. Macdonald, William Johnston, Bay of Quinte, Conqueror; schrs. Prussia, Bavaria, Oriental, Norway, Denmark, Anglo-Saxon; barges St. Lawrence, Snipe, Will O' the Wisp.

At Portsmouth - Str. Marquis of Lorne; steam barge R.V. Anglin; schrs. Parthenon and Bismarck; two elevators and 17 barges owned by the Kingston & Montreal Forwarding Co. Montreal Transportation Company's barge Toledo is being rebuilt; schr. Bismarck is to be cut down to a barge; steam barge R.V. Anglin is to be repaired.

At Kingston - Strs. Hastings, Hero, Swan, Nile, Gipsey and D.C. West; steam barges Adventure and India; tugs F. Perew, Jessie Hall, J.D. Thompson, Active, Folger, Mixer, Lily, Rambler, Glide, Bronson, Eleanor; schrs. J.H. Breck, Wm. Home, Shandon, Pilot, M. O'Gorman, Grantham, Manzanilla, H.P. Murray, B.W. Folger, St. Louis, Acacia, Oliver Mowat, Annie M. Foster, Prince Alfred, Wm. Elgin, H. Dudley, White Oak, Clara Youell, Annie Falconer, Gazelle, Singapore, Speedwell; sloop Lorraine; three elevators and 48 barges owned by the Montreal Transportation Company; str. Rothesay is on the Marine Railway to be rebuilt.

At Napanee - Schrs. N.P. Downey and Eliza White; steam barge Pioneer.

At Picton - Schrs. Fabiola, Nellie Theresa, Hanlan, Olivia, Ocean Wave, Sea Bird, F.F. Cole; strs. Alexandria, Empress of India and Belle Wilson. Vesselmen generally report a dull season. Expensive alterations are being made in the machinery of the str. Empress of India with a view of increasing her speed, and other improvements are contemplated which will make her first-class in every respect.

p.3 Here & There - The schooner Fitzgerald, which ran aground at Port Rowan, has disappeared from sight. Calvin & Son's vessel, the Siberia, is standing the element well and unless heavy ice does her damage she may be got off in the Spring.

Mechanic's Wages.

The Editor, British Whig.

Dear Sir, - In the Daily News of a recent date I find the following item:

"In about a week Captain Gaskin will be prepared to hire all the idle men in the city who can handle carpenter's tools, at fair wages, from $1.25 to $2 per day, according to their ability. He thinks that before spring sets in he will have to bring carpenters to the city. The M.T. Company will do all their repairs at this port during the winter."

Now let me ask a couple of questions.

Is it not true that but a few days ago some of the employees of the Company suffered a reduction of wages?

Is it not true that one or more barges of the M.T. Co. are to be rebuilt at Portsmouth?

If the answers are in the negative I may have something to add.


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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Dec. 22, 1883