The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 23, 1887

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The sloop Lorraine is loading railroad ties for Cape Vincent.

Yesterday the schrs. McLaren and American were chartered in Chicago to bring 16,000 bushels of wheat and 20,000 bushels of corn respectively to Kingston.

The str. City of Kingston, lying at Anglin's dock, was pumped out, raised, and taken to Portsmouth today. She will be converted into a steambarge.

Arrivals: schr. F.L. Wells, Charlotte, 181 tons coal; schr. Fabiola, Toronto, 9,500 bush. wheat.

Recent lake charters in Chicago included schrs. Ida Keith, 34,000 bush. wheat; Mary Lyon, 21,000 bush. wheat; Ada Medora, 20,000 bush. wheat; Jennie Matthews, 21,000 bush. wheat and A.E. Vickory (Vickery ?) 21,000 wheat, all to Kingston. The Inter-Ocean says: "A reaction set in on lake freights which promise to push rates up to the railroad figures. Under the removal of an embargo of fully 20 cents per bushel, more life has been infused in our shippers. With the collapse of the wheat corner 16,000,000 bushels of grain room was opened up, unhampered, shippers' margin and Chicago announces for herself as in as good a position for dealing in the cereals as was Duluth when the hands of this city were tied behind her. Corn to Buffalo is bringing 5 cents, while it is worth from 1/2 to 5/8 cents more per bushel. Kingston room was firm and unusually active at 8 1/2 cents free of towing charges."


Col. D. Wylie, of Brockville, who was here on Saturday on the str. Ella Ross, having made the round trip, writes: "While stopping to take wood at one of the wooding stations, a rather sad accident occurred to Mr. O'Brien the chief engineer. In pitching the wood on board, one of the sticks flew up and struck Mr. O'Brien on the forehead, cutting him so severely as to require the aid of a surgeon to properly dress the wound. He was rendered by the accident incapable of attending to his duty and he had to be left at Kingston in care of his family. The captain by this was put to considerable trouble to supply a suitable person to aid the second engineer. Unfortunately this was not the only drawback experienced. On reaching Kingston he found to his surprise that the steamboat inspector had left on a pleasure trip, so it was impossible to obtain a clearance for the boat to leave port on her journey down to Gananoque and the Thousand Island Park, much to the disappointment of the captain and his passengers. Red tape was at work, and an expenditure of five or six dollars for telegraphs to Ottawa had to be incurred before leave to sail was obtained, which rendered it necessary for the boat to lie at Kingston all night, thus spoiling the anticipated pleasure of spending Sunday at the park and Alexandria Bay."

p.8 Incidents Of The Day - business on Rideau Canal has increased two fold since last year, 6 steamers running.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), June 23, 1887