The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 28, 1888

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The steamer Hero went to Amherst Island today.

The steambarge Nile cleared today for Deseronto.

The schr. Acacia is loading grain at Conway for Oswego.

A fine of $1,000 was imposed on the prop. St. Magnus for neglecting to report at the Sault.

The barge Siren was hauled out at Portsmouth today. She will be extensively repaired.

The steamer Islander will be rebuilt on the Portsmouth marine railway during the winter.

A number of barges belonging to the M.T. company, which would have laid up here have got to remain in Montreal.

Capt. Scott, of the steamer Persia, says the owners of that vessel lost about $3,000 by the break in the Cornwall canal. The vessels which were crowded above and below the break were able to get through, but hardly any of them were able to make another trip.

The tug Walker started for Montreal a few days ago with five barges laden with grain. On reaching the Cornwall canal it was found the barges would be unable to go through on account of ice. They have returned to the city and the grain will be forwarded to Montreal by rail.

The barge Annie, and canal boats Alfred and Arthur W.H. Sexsmith, from Ottawa, loaded with lumber, broke the ice near Cape Vincent and went ashore at Gravelly Beach, where they are rapidly going to pieces. The aggregate valuation of the property is $11,300, having a total insurance of $7,300. The crew, mostly Frenchmen, were saved. A fishing smack, Captain Charles, also went to pieces.

The steamer H.A. Calvin returned to the city today, with the schr. Julia in tow. The vessel was uninjured by her accident. Saturday night, because of the gale, Capt. Saunders ran under Timber Island and cast the anchor. The vessel hung out until noon on Sunday, when the chains parted, and she went ashore. Capt. Saunders, to prevent her pounding, scuttled her, and she laid easy. Yesterday the steamer reached her. The plugs were replaced and the boat pumped out and brought here. She is not leaking at all. Capt. Saunders says he will take a load to Oswego if he can get one.

A writer in the Ottawa Journal says that of the forwarders doing business there in the forties the firm of Macpherson & Crane was the most prominent. Originally they did business on the Montreal and Bytown division, having some connection with the Montreal & Bytown Forwarding Company. By the purchase of boats and the merging of business into their hand partly from the Drummond estate and partly from the Bytown & Kingston Forwarding Company, they became the largest and most influential forwarding firm in Canada; their operations extending west to all the important Canadian ports, at nearly all of which they had warehouses. During a large portion of the decade F. Clemow was manager of their business at Bytown. He came from Montreal to Kingston and then to Bytown. The shipments handled consisted of supplies for the lumbering trade such as pork, flour, sea biscuit, etc., and wheat - much of this wheat came in schooners from Western Canadian ports and was transhipped in the old fashioned grain scoop style, at Kingston, and came here in barges, most of which were consigned to the MacKay mills at New Edinburgh. John McPherson was an older brother of the present Sir David, and after retiring from business went and resided in the south of England. Much of his time, however, he spent in Rome in Italy. He died some 18 years ago.

A New Scheme Suggested.

Kingston, Nov. 28th - To The Editor:

May I have the use of your columns in the interest of a statue of a gentleman whose shrinking honesty, retiring and sensitive nature, prohibit him from ever alluding to himself. I refer to Capt. Gaskin of the Montreal transportation company. I emphasize his name and mention that of the company with which he is connected as he has always been careful to refrain from any allusion to his own merit or that of the company. His efforts have always been in the interest of the poor man. Believing, with the philosopher, that "vice flourishes in prosperity and virtue in adversity," he has been careful to see that the wages paid by the company he is connected with have not been of a character to lead the employees into extravagances, and as to taxes, the poor man's heritage, he has manoeuvred so that the Montreal transportation company pays none, though it is one of the largest companies of its kind in the world. Therefore it does not encroach on the poor man's peculiar privilege. If the hidden stream of the captain's deep charity and beneficient wisdom could be fathomed I have no doubt his present opposition to the railway bylaws would be found to be affected by the fact that the roads or the city might be obliged to take the barracks. Rather than see them forced to do this he would sacrifice the Montreal transportation company and have it acquire the barracks and save the city, and the railways that contribute to the city, any great expense. For the building and erection of a statue or pedestal in his favour I propose to open an office in some convenient place and receive subscriptions, and I will say for the benefit of the poor man, and the mechanic, to whom the Captain always alludes so pathically, that nothing over $5 will be accepted. They will please to govern themselves accordingly. Due notice will be given when the office will be opened, and, as I expect a tremendous rush, I would advise the fat men to come on stilts and avoid the crush.

Yours truly, Rusader (sic - Crusader?)

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 28, 1888