The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 21, 1889

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The Kingston & Montreal Forwarding Co. has had a most satisfactory year. It carried more grain than in any season since its organization, but strange to say it had not one bushel of Canadian grain. Their trade has been altogether on Chicago and western account, a large proportion of which was from exporters who have never shipped by the St. Lawrence before. To retain this large export trade the government will have to again rebate the canal tolls next season, and early intimation should be given. The barges of the company, while not employed in the grain trade, were placed in the coal business, and carried a much larger quantity than in former years. They also freighted a considerable quantity of railway iron to Kingston and other points west.

The Montreal Transportation Company's fleet has been kept fully occupied throughout the season. The amount of grain carried by the company this season exceeds that of any other season in the history of the company, now in existence twenty-one years. The large crop of corn harvested in the United States in 1888 and the low price at which it has sold throughout this season for export is, no doubt, the cause of the increase via the St. Lawrence route, and clearly proves that with a canal toll equal to that of the Erie canal the St. Lawrence rate can hold its own. A remarkable feature in the season's business is the fact that only four per cent of all the grain carried by the company was Canadian product.


The schr. Fear Not cleared this morning with a load of shingles for Clayton.

The schr. Picton arrived this morning from Oswego with coal for Breck & Booth.

The schr. White Oak worked herself off the tower shoal yesterday. She only touched it.

A Barge Broke Loose - On Tuesday the steamer Isaac May and consorts Muskoka and Waubaushene cleared from Portsmouth for Windsor with 2,100 tons of railroad iron. The trip was found to be a boisterous one. The captain of the steamer found it a difficult undertaking to keep his boats in tow, and did not succeed. Near Charlotte the barge Waubaushene, which was in tow of the May, broke adrift, and there being a heavy sea the steamer was unable to pick her up. After she brought the Muskoka to Port Dalhousie the May returned in search of the Waubaushene. No word has been received here as to whether the barge has been recovered. The boats are owned by the Collinsby rafting co.

General Paragraphs - A new set of ways will be laid at the foot of Gore street by Mr. Powers for the purpose of hauling out a screw steamer.

At the Bavaria investigation today Thomas Cadotte was examined. He was one of the crew on the barge Norway. He saw the Bavaria break her tow line and considered it was due to bad steering. He did not see anyone on the Bavaria after the line broke. He went on the Bavaria the next trip and considered her in a seaworthy condition. The enquiry has been closed.

The Kingston Markets - (part) There has been no stir in the grain market during the week. All grains except barley remain firm. Today a vessel cleared for Oswego with10,000 bushels of barley and 3,500 bushels wheat. On account of there being no grain to ship, vessels have been compelled to lay up earlier than in previous seasons.

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Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), Nov. 21, 1889