The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 22, 1886

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Boycotting Canadian Vessels.

We understand that the schooners Eliza White and Katie Eccles, loaded with wheat from Brighton, consigned to forwarders, have been refused by them and the captains are arranging to go to Montreal with their cargoes. Schooner Blanche has been here since Wednesday and may get unloaded tonight or Monday. The schr. Hannah Butler's cargo was refused last week, and was only received after the vessel was detained several days. Later - The schr. Eccles has about 7,000 bushels of wheat, and the schr. Eliza White about 8,000 bush. wheat. They loaded at Colborne and Brighton respectively. The forwarding companies refused to handle such small lots, notwithstanding that both cargoes could be put in one barge. No demurrage could be collected by the vessel captains and so they were let do as they liked. "I tell you what," said a captain, "if the forwarding companies are to dictate the kind of vessels we shall build then we had better know it. By refusing to handle Canadian grain the lake business of the north shore is killed." "Is this what we give the M.T. Company exemption for?" asked another citizen. "They kill Canadian trade and turn us over to the railroads and Americans." "A very good reason for the refusal is found in the Welland Canal report of today. Plenty of big vessels are coming down," added a mariner. "Canadian grain is boycotted for American stuff, and this, too, under the British flag."



The rate on wheat from Chicago to Kingston is 5 1/2 cents.

Tug Glide arrived today from Montreal with seven barges, light.

The steam barge Water Lily has reached Ottawa with granite from Kingston.

The schr. Anna M. Foster has been chartered to carry coal from Oswego to Oakville.

The barge Hyderabad has left Eilbeck's dock for Montreal with 9,000 bushels of peas and 5,000 bushels of rye.

The Chicago Seamen's Union have decided to demand $2 a day. This was the first effort the union has made this season to fix wages.

Capt. Rothwell ran his steamer over the Long Bar, at Bath, this week, a feat never before accomplished. The water in the bay is remarkably high.

On the 19th inst. the prop. Cuba was chartered to carry 24,000 bush. of wheat from Chicago to Kingston; and the schr. A.L. Andrews 21,000 bush. of wheat to Ogdensburg.

The sailors on board the schr. W.R. Taylor, at Garden Island, asked last evening for $1.50 per day. They had been receiving $1.25. On being refused the increase they struck.

The steamship Monteagle had the schrs. White Star, Mystic Star, and two other vessels in tow and made the run from Chicago to Port Colborne in one hour less than five days and chiefly against head winds.

The following crafts have passed through the Welland Canal for Kingston: schrs. White Star, Mystic Star, wheat; steambarge Lincoln and barges, steamer Monteagle, corn, all from Chicago; prop. Dominion, Amherstburg, corn; prop. St. Magnus, Toledo, corn.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 22, 1886