The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 29, 1884

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The barge Rideau has been tied up for wages.

The schr. Elgin cleared for Fairhaven today with ore.

The prop. Persia from Montreal called at Swift's yesterday.

The schr. Annie Falconer is wind bound at Four Mile Point.

The schr. H. Dudley cleared today for Gananoque, there to load barley for Oswego.

The schr. White Oak has arrived from Oswego with 230 tons of coal for Crawford.

The steamer Hastings took the water-logged tow barge Mary Stockton to Sackett's Harbour yesterday.

The schrs. Cornelia and Blanche started for Oswego, light, yesterday. They were forced to run back for shelter.

The Algerian arrived at Swift's last night from Montreal. She did not proceed westward until eight o'clock this morning.

The prop. Dominion started up the lake yesterday, but had to run back on account of the tempestuous weather. She resumed her journey today.

The tug Glide and six barges, light, were due yesterday from Montreal, but did not come in consequence of the heavy weather. The tug Thompson was sent to her assistance this morning.

The following are the arrivals at the M.T. Co.'s dock: schr. G.B. Sloan, Chicago, 20,120 bushels of corn; schr. R. Noyes, Chicago, 20,080 bushels of corn; prop. Armenia, Toronto, 22,000 bushels of wheat.

The Canadian propellers Armenia, Cuba and California, which have been plying between Chicago and Montreal, have been withdrawn because the business is non-paying. They will in the future run only as far as Kingston.

The Canadian schr. Queen of the Lakes, ashore near Avon Point for a week or more, was pulled off by the tug Thomas Quaile, and reached Cleveland in safety. She was leaking a little, but is not seriously damaged. She went to dry-dock.

The schr. Grantham from Toledo, for Garden Island, with oak timber, had a rough voyage of it on Saturday. When off Long Point her deck load drifted, and she began to leak. When she reached the island there was considerable water in her hold. The schooner has been chartered to load ore at Weller's Bay for Cleveland.

The prop. Drake towed the barge Stockton, of Saginaw, laden with lumber, to Four Mile Point, on Saturday morning, and then left her. The Drake came on to the city. On Saturday afternoon the Stockton dragged her anchors and leaked so bad that the captain hoisted the signal for a tug. The Thompson went to her assistance, and towed her to port with four feet of water in her hold. The Stockton was bound for Sackett's Harbour.

The Inter-Ocean says: "There is very little use in keeping vessels in commission. With the exception of a few craft which ply in short and regular trades vessels are not making any money. This is especially true of a class of vessels which might be termed medium-sized vessels, which pretend to compete for business in the grain and coal trades. These vessels take Kingston and Ogdensburg cargoes, but by the time they have paid their expense bills they are either out a small amount or their profit is so small as to be hardly worth considering as profit. A few weeks ago an agent "put in" a vessel for a cargo, on which he calculated, with the prospects of an up freight, to clear at least $300. When the vessel had completed her trip her expense bill was $20 more than her earnings. For several months past it has been a frequent occurrence for vessels to run behind $50 on a trip, and their captains have to draw on agents in order to keep her credit side good."

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 29, 1884