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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 7, 1886

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Richardsons are loading the barge Lancaster with 15,000 bush. wheat.

The str. Lincoln and consorts have been chartered to carry grain from Chicago to Kingston.

The schr. Kate Kelly has arrived at Oswego with about 8,500 bushels of wet wheat from Detroit. She collected pay for it.

The steamer Quinte, damaged by running on a shoal near Thousand Island Park some days ago, has been repaired at the Deseronto shipyard.

A visit was recently made to the wreck of the schr. Henry Folger, near South Bay Point. Although the vessel struck nearly a mile from shore large portions of the wreck have drifted high upon the beach near the lighthouse. A piece of her port bilge, fully eighty feet long, is imbedded in the gravelly beach. Two weeks ago her capstan was fished out and drawn to the beach. The horseshoe that the sailors placed upon the Samson post for good luck it failed to bring, was taken off and will be given to the captain's widow, who still resides at Clayton.

Arrivals - schr. C. Gearing, Oswego, 160 tons coal; prop. St. Magnus, Duluth, 28,000 bush. wheat; str. Maud, Cape Vincent, 235 boxes cheese.

Cleared - schrs. E.J. McVea, light; Vienna, Oswego, light; Singapore, Charlotte, light; sloop Two Brothers, Cape Vincent, 1,650 ties; str. R. Anglin, Cape Vincent, 1,700 ties.

Sarnia Is In Mourning - tug International returns with bodies of men who died in yachting disaster on Lake Huron.



The Position In Which The Vessel Now Lies.

[Montreal Witness]

The Passport still lies at the Cornwall canal mouth, literally hooked up to the pier by her starboard guard and with her beam ends in the water, which reaches to her saloon deck in many staterooms on the port side. She is in no better condition than she was a day or two ago, and her putting to rights will cost many thousands. The damage is so heavy that she is to be raised only after the company has received tenders for her. The boat is in so awkward a position that the wonder is they wait for tenders.

The passengers, who were paid at the rate of 22 per cent for damaged baggage, were in many cases dissatisfied, and two ladies absolutely refused to take the offering of the company and left their trunks behind them in the American House. Among the heaviest losers were: Mr. W.A. Dixon, representative of the firm of jewellers, Ellis & Co., Toronto, who had trunks containing goods valued at upwards of $40,000; 25 per cent of their value will, it is said, represent the loss to the firm; Capt. and Mrs. Rogers, Pittsburg, $125 to $$250; Mr. and Mrs. Hunter, with three children, $350; Miss Rolls, about $200; the Misses S. Green, A. Butters and J.A. Butters, travelling from Niagara Falls with new clothing, dresses, etc., about $1,000; Miss Wight, of New York, and Miss Hadrill, of Montreal, $600; Mrs. and Miss Kirkwood, $500; Mr. and Mrs. G.D. Wood, on their wedding trip, $700; Mr. Dowe and wife, Toronto, and Mrs. and Miss Kirkwood great losses through damage to new dresses and ornaments; Mr. C.W. Cook, of New York, heavily.

Incidents Of The Day - Tomorrow the str. Khartoum will make her regular trips to Channel Grove at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The str. Rothesay arrived today with a large excursion party from river ports. After leaving some of her passengers here she proceeded to Picton.

Mr. Miller's steam yacht Dot has reached Belleville after a month's cruise, in the course of which he ran down the Bay of Quinte to Kingston, then to Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec, returning by way of the Thousand Islands and making the journey by easy stages.

In the recent Buffalo sailing regatta there were 12 entries, and the yacht Alarm won; the yacht Ripple sailed by George Dix formerly of Garden Island being second. He was highly praised for his handling of the old boat. The rest of the fleet were greatly outsailed.


Kingston, Aug. 6th - To the Editor:

Has the agreement made by the Montreal Transportation Company with the city been cancelled? If it has not something should be done to carry it out, or else let the mayor make the admission that owing to his firm's relations as solicitors of the company he cannot see to its fulfilment. Ald. Eilbeck brought the matter up before, when it was in a fair way of being settled and the city receiving a large sum due in taxes and forfeit, but after wire-pulling and coaxing the company was let down easy on the understanding that it would make improvements in its shipyards and do its work in the city. Has it done so? Why is it that barges are still being sent to Portsmouth for repair? There is a barge there now, the Duluth, and no doubt others will be sent out as they are wanted unless some action is taken to get the work done in the city. If this company cannot live up to its agreement let it say so, and pay the taxes it should, nearly $1,000 a year, which by its present action it is defrauding the city out of. If a poor man defaulted like the company what a howl we would hear, and now that the attention of the city solicitor is called to the matter it will be interesting to watch his action as well as that of the mayor and council. Please print this and oblige one who is a non-exemptionist and


Sending work to Portsmouth is what shut up Power's yard, leaving others to pay the taxes with less work to do.



Hugh McLennan, a leading exporter of Canadian produce for over forty years past, says the export of grain by the St. Lawrence route this year has been more than double that of last year. It must not be fogotten, however, that the supply of grain from the last profilic harvest on this continent was greatly in excess of the yield of the previous year, when the harvest was a comparative failure. To the reduction of the canal tolls by the government he attributes the great increase in the transmission of grain. Exporters are becoming more favorable to the St. Lawrence route, since the cost of shipping grain is not greater or as expensive as via New York. In order to compete with the latter port the reduction in the canal tolls of the Dominion should be made permanent by the government. Mr. McLennan was in Kingston recently, when a fleet of barges arrived from Duluth with 100,000 bushels of wheat, which they proceeded with to Montreal. Another fleet of barges belonging to the same company left last Saturday for Toledo to convey the same quantity of wheat to Montreal, and a third fleet was under orders to start for Duluth for similar cargoes. The quantity of grain brought by one of these fleets, four barges only, would take 250 railway cars to transport, so that the water route is in a position to successfully compete with the railways. The canals between here and Montreal, he says, are strictly attended to with the exception of the one near Cornwall, where the steamer Passport recently met with an accident. His opinion is that greater supervision is required to have a head of water on so that the depth of the canal is always sufficient to float the vessels passing through. It has often happened that vessels were stranded and the navigation obstructed for days merely on account of the neglect of the officials to supply sufficient water.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Aug. 7, 1886