The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 28, 1884

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p.1 Kingston Industries (part) -

Shipbuilding is dead. There was very little done during the past winter, and the prospect for the future is black indeed. There was probably less than $10,000 spent in wages at all the yards in the past season, while about $25,000 was paid out for labor alone by one firm a couple of years ago.

The marine business is, in dullness, without a parallel. During the first three months of 1882-83 about 3,000,000 bushels of grain were handled at this port. During May, June and up to the present in July, this year, the receipts and transhipments have totalled less than 1,500,000 bushels. Half of the barges do not seem to be in use, and several of the tugs have not been in commission this year. Some vessels are laid up here, and not a few have sailed for other ports to go into quarters and await a revival of trade. There are quite as many shovellers employed as in past seasons, but they do not earn as much. If they do not get the same quantity of grain to shovel they cannot make the wages. Their receipts now average from $10 to $15 per week, while in May, June and July of last year they ranged from $25 to $40. Wharf labourers in 1882 asked 20 cents, 25 cents, and even more per hour, but now they gladly accept $1 and $1.25 per day without choice of occupation.

Trades outside of the industries named have all felt the dull times to some extent, but their fluctuations of fortune do not merit special comment. [Globe]

p.2 A Yachtsman's Explanation - letter to editor about Belleville yacht club regatta.



Capt. O. Hogan has purchased the schr. Philo Bennett for $1,800.

The schr. Pride of America is loading timber at Detroit for Kingston.

The schr. Anna M. Foster is at Breck & Booth's wharf with 150 tons of coal from Oswego.

Mr. T. O'Brien started to pump out the Conqueror and put her on the ways today.

The schr. Muir brings timber from Sarnia and Courtwright to Garden Island at $55 per m.

The steambarge Nile and barge Bedford arrived at Rathbun's from Trenton with bunch wood.

The schr. Nevada left Portsmouth today for Grindstone Island, where she loads stone for Chicago.

The schr. B.W. Folger has arrived from Charlotte with 240 tons of coal for the Kingston Cotton Co.

The steam yacht Lancet will arrive from Cape Vincent tomorrow. She will get a new wheel at Davis'.

The steamer Varuna passed here on Saturday afternoon with excursionists from Belleville for the Thousand Island Park.

The steamer Norseman went down the river yesterday morning. The party from Rochester and Port Hope was not large.

At Swift's the following steamers called: Varuna, Picton; Corsican, Toronto; Norseman, Charlotte; Passport, Montreal; and City of Belleville, Ogdensburg.

This morning the yachts Garfield and Laura left for Oswego in tow of the McArthur. The crews will be recruited before the races. Henry Cunningham will sail the Garfield.

For the K. & M.F. Co. - Arrivals: schr. Nevada, Chicago, 22,000 bush. wheat; prop. Tilley, Duluth, 40,000 bush. wheat; str. City of Belleville, barges Princess and William, Ogdensburg; tug Hiram A. Calvin and two barges, light. Departures: barge Alice Pacey, Montreal, 15,000 bush. wheat.

There have arrived for the M.T. Co. the schr. Grimsby, Duluth, 22,600 bush. wheat; the tug Thompson, four barges, light; the tug Active, three barges, Oswego, 1,500 tons coal. The departures are: tug Thompson, four barges, 1,500 tons coal, Montreal, and 15,000 bush. corn, Edwardsburg; two barges, Oswego, light.

The barges, which Capt. Merryman used in raising the schr. Sam Cook, and for which he paid $40 per day, have been returned to the Kingston & Montreal Forwarding Co. The Cooke was placed on the Ogdensburg ways on Saturday. Capt. Merryman will now tackle the Erie Queen, the hull of which he has purchased.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), July 28, 1884