The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 10, 1887

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p.4 The Dry Dock Talk - An enquiry of the knights of labour has elicited the fact from the minister of public works that nothing definite has been decided upon in regard to the construction of a dry dock at Kingston. In case it is built the labour of the convicts upon it will be limited, being confined to the quarrying and preparing of the stone necessary for its foundation. This presentation of the issue does not coincide with that of advocates of the dock, who certainly gave the people to understand that the building of it, at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars, would be the accomplishment of the convicts, that if they do not construct it it would never be constructed. The getting out of the stone for the foundation is but a small part of the service the dock would occasion, and it is questionable if the scheme would have been boomed by some people so much had they understood the extent to which Hon. Mr. Langevin says convict labour is available. If the government did not at any time, nor now, contemplate the construction of the dock, (not merely the supplying of some of the material entering into the composition of it,) why should it send its engineers here to examine sites, make surveys of them, and collect the data for an elaborate report upon them? What is the sense of going to all this trouble and expense if no policy, so far as the government is concerned, has been decided upon? Is it not very apparent that a great deal of moonshine has been talked by certain citizens, and that the government for political effect has taken advantage of it and humbugged them? If not this the minister of public works does not give a straight answer to the interrogatives of the knights, and they will not be apt to forget it.

p.5 Found In Lake - body of sailor, near where yacht Juno was beached; detailed description given; information from coroner at Fairhaven.



The str. Varuna is in the city, having repairs made to her machinery.

The schr. Annandale ran aground on Toronto Island and lost her centre board.

The schr. Clara White with coal from Oswego is at the K. & P.R.R. spile dock.

The schr. Eliza White has arrived with coal from Oswego for the K. & P.R.R. company.

The schr. Manzanilla is discharging wheat. She comes from Chicago. The schr. Dudley has also arrived.

The steambarge Pioneer and barges Jessie and Trent, will be landed out at Mitchell's shipyard, Portsmouth, for repairs.

At Rathbun's, the steambarge Anglin is loading ties for Cape Vincent; schr. A. Foster, ties and lumber for Oswego.

A.H. Allison, Napanee, has bought the interest of D.W. Allison, in the steamer Reindeer, and the boat is now owned by the former and Capt. Collier.

The steamer Quinte has returned from Toronto and resumed her trip on the bay. The Armenia, under Capt. S. Anderson, sr., will resume her trips to Kingston and Ogdensburg.

Carpenters have commenced to build, for the Montreal Transportation company, a floating elevator, which, when finished, will be capable of holding 10,000 bushels of grain an hour, 1,000 more than the largest American elevator. The machinery of No. 2 elevator will be transformed to the new one.

Arrivals: schr. Oliver Mowat, Chicago, 18,000 bush. wheat; schr. Eliza White, Charlotte, 217 tons coal; schr. Clara White, Oswego, 130 tons coal; schr. P. Bennett, Oswego, general merchandise; prop. Cuba, Chicago, 7,026 bush. wheat.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Sept. 10, 1887