The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 5, 1884

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p.2 Shortages at Kingston have been subjects of complaint for years. The Chicago Tribune has made it a standing accusation against Kingston for years that a captain taking a load of grain to that port could never tell what he would receive, or if his shortage would not fetch him out debtor to the consignee. And it is notorious that whenever several vessels arrive simultaneously at Kingston some of them must wait their turn because of insufficient elevator accommodation. [Hamilton Spectator]

Our contemporary should confine itself to facts. Shortages have occurred at Kingston - with much less frequency than at Buffalo or at any other large shipping port - but they have not been occasioned by dishonesty on the part of the weighmen or defects in the scales which they used. That there has been no mistake committed here is evidenced by the fact that the grain has, before now, been weighed twice and a third time at Montreal, in all cases with similar results. Shortages are created during the loading of a vessel and sometimes they are occasioned by blunders which would not have passed if the captain and his mate been attending to business. The "accusations", therefore, quoted by the Spectator, can only be made by those who are ignorant of the facts. As to the delays - they have not occurred in recent years. There is ample elevator accomodation here, more than the trade of the lakes can fully engage much less over-tax. With some fifty or sixty barges and a half dozen tugs it is impossible to conceive of how a blockade could take place on the arrival of "several vessels" simultaneously. The Spectator should, therefore, in future avoid unjust references to Kingston and to its transhipping facilities. The object of them it is difficult to understand.


Capt. Steve Tyo launched the "Slippery Sal" yesterday.

The schr. St. Louis left Eilbecks dock with lumber for Oswego.

The tug McArthur has arrived in port with six drams of timber from Toronto.

The schr. Blanche, from Oswego, is unloading coal at Breck & Booth's wharf.

The propeller Canada arrived from Port Arthur today with 7,000 bush. of wheat.

p.3 Here & There - The Dominion Wrecking & Salvage Co. have had a liquidator appointed. Creditors have given a six months extension of time pending the decision of suits regarding the stock.

The members of the K. & P. yacht club last evening succeeded in moving their yacht house, but they made a wreck of the building at the same time.

Four cents per bushel is offered on corn from Chicago to Kingston. The schr. Mary Copley has been chartered.


An application for a writ of assignment, on behalf of the Dominion Wrecking and Salvage Company, has been granted in the Superior Court of Quebec. A prominent shareholder of the company stated that this action had been taken in view of an urgent debt under which the company labored, and which it was unable to meet. It is not the intention of the company to go into liquidation, the writ being obtained merely to cover the stock from seizures, on behalf of preferential creditors, which would have resulted in the ruin of the company.

The trouble arises from the company beginning operations without sufficient capital, a number of capitalists who promised to subscribe stock refusing to pay up, and consequently the company has been laboring under the great disadvantage of beginning with a deficiency. The plant of the company is valued at some $200,000, an amount considerably in excess of the indebtedness, and it is proposed to clear off the debt by issuing new stock. The meeting called for Tuesday last was postponed for want of a quorum.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 5, 1884