The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 31, 1888

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The steamer Metamora and consorts will clear for Georgian Bay, and return with timber for Garden Island.

The str. Shickluna and schrs. Albacore and Worts are loading grain at Port Arthur for Richardson & Son.

The schr. Queen of the Lakes, 30 years old, is on the ways at Deseronto. She will be rebuilt. Her bottom is in good condition.

The propeller Myles, from Port Arthur, unloaded her cargo of wheat at Port Colborne, and found 3,814 bushels damaged. In trying to work her way down last fall the ice knocked a hole in her and damaged the wheat.

The steamship Algonquin has been successfully unrivetted and separated into two sections for passage through the canals. She will proceed as far as Prescott, where she will be again put together, and thence go to Port Arthur, her anticipated route being between that point and Kingston.

The schr. Edward Blake, of McGarigle notoriety, is ready to sail. The boat has been completely fitted out, a crew engaged, and will be commanded by Capt. Thomas Murray, late commander of the Jessie Barwick, the schooner which foundered in the gales in the upper lakes last fall. The Blake will engage in the timber trade.

The imports of lumber at Oswego from Canada since the opening of navigation amount to 26,323,236 feet. This does not include the shingles, lath, railroad ties, posts, etc. This is 7,169,645 feet more than last year. The increase shows the Oswego lumber market to be healthy and flourishing. About three hundred men are engaged in handling lumber on the docks. The rate of pay is 25 cents per thousand for all vessels with a capacity under 300,000 and 30 cents for all over that amount. There has already been paid out for this class of labor $7,377.27. All the longshoremen are members of Shamrock Assembly K. of L., which is one of the best organized assemblies in the country. They meet regularly and no man is allowed to work unless he is in good standing and has a working check, which are issued anew every month.

Arrivals: schr. Oliver Mitchell, Chicago, 22,792 bush. corn; schr. White Oak, Oswego, 357 tons coal; schr. Ocean Wave, Oswego, 144 tons coal; props. Acadia, and Ocean, Montreal; steamer Metamora and schrs. Benson, Russel and Manly, Byng Inlet, timber.

Clearances: schr. Philo Bennett, Oswego, timber. She will bring coal back.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 31, 1888