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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 8, 1869

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p.2 Shipping News - The schooner Wave Crest arrived this morning from Toledo with wheat. The Flying Scud is loading rye for Oswego. The schooners Florence, Cecilia Jeffery and New Dominion of Quebec, left Garden Island last evening for Hamilton and the Welland Canal. The schooner Mail arrived this morning from Toronto with wheat. The first consignment of 200,000 feet lumber arrived for Messrs. Swift & Co. this morning from Brewer's Mills in the steam barge Hemlock and barge Montreal. The cargo is destined for Oswego. The tug Grenville left here at 5 o'clock last evening, proceeded to Brockville, and took in tow a barge loaded with withes for Garden Island, arriving at that port at 7 o'clock this morning. Smart action on the part of the tug. The tug Francis arrived at the Commercial wharf this morning with three barges in tow, wood laden. The steamer Kingston left here last night at half-past twelve o'clock. She will discharge at Hamilton, and will then take on board a battery of artillery for Montreal. She expects to touch here tomorrow. The steamer Osprey, of the Merchants line, arrived here this morning en route from Montreal with a full load for Toronto and Hamilton. The pilot of the Osprey complains that the floating lights near Coteau du Lac have not yet been lighted for the season, and the absence of a night beacon there of any description has been the cause of a considerable delay, vessels being obliged to wait for broad daylight before proceeding, and that two steamers have already touched bottom in their endeavours to proceed on their trip without the usual marks, viz., the Colonist and the Grecian. When the Osprey came up five vessels were detained for these reasons. Masters of vessels claim that if the usual floating lights are not ready, which they should be by the time the canal opens, temporary beacons should be placed there in the meantime. Another source of complaint is the small size of the buoys in that neighborhood, which it is impossible to discern except with broad daylight, for in the evening or early morning they are quite useless. The schooners Dauntless and Gazelle are chartered to convey grain from Toronto to Kingston at 2 1/2 cents. Freights at Buffalo remain unchanged. The following charters are reported: Schr. Hattie Johnson, coal, Cleveland to Milwaukie, at $1.25 free on board; sch. Minnie Slawson, coal, Erie to Chicago at $1 free; schr. Golden Rule, coal, Buffalo and Cleveland to Houghton, Mich. at $1.50. At Chicago the rates for lake freights were firm, and 1/4 to 1/2 cent higher, ruling at 5 1/4 c for corn, and 5 1/2 c for wheat to Buffalo. Charters were - To Buffalo - Schr. A.H. Moss wheat, from Milwaukie, at 5 1/2 c; schrs. Fleetwing and M.M. Scott, wheat, at 5 1/2 c; schr. Hattie Howard, from Racine, wheat at 6 c; schr. M.B. Spaulding, corn 5 1/2 c. At Detroit the market is dull with few vessels to charter, consequently there are no quotations. At Toledo charters are not of sufficient frequency to afford strictly reliable quotations on grain freight. Nominally grain to Oswego may be quoted at 7 to 7 1/2 c. The charter of the sch. Belle Wallbridge is reported chartered with pine lumber Bay City to Ogdensburgh at $6.50 per m.; also the schr. Rival with black walnut, Toledo to Ogdensburgh at $6.50 per m.; and the sch. Shickaluna with black walnut to Buffalo at $3 per m. The steamer St. Helen and the props St. Lawrence and Magnet touched here this afternoon en route from Montreal to Toronto. They each complained of the absence of the lights at Coteau du Lac. The new steam barge Rose, and her sister, the Shamrock, are loading a general cargo at Messrs. Swift & Co.'s wharf for Ottawa and the intermediate ports on the Rideau canal. The sch. Gazelle will leave this evening for Oswego with lumber, thence to Toronto for grain. The new steam barge Robert Anglin discharged a cargo of wood this afternoon at Messrs. Swift & Co's wharf for the use of the R.M. steamers. The sch Eureka arrived this afternoon from Toronto with wheat. The government tug line steamer City of Hamilton arrived today with four barges from Dickinson's Landing with iron ore. The schs. Three Friends and Highland Chief arrived at Garden Island today with staves, the first from Lake Erie and the last from Hamilton. Messrs. Calvin & Breck's second raft of the season left Garden Island on Thursday evening, and was omitted in yesterday's report. It consisted of 16 drams of timber and 27 cribs of staves. It was in charge of the steamer Hiram A. Calvin.

The following vessels are reported through the Welland Canal today:-

Down - Sch. Atmosphere, Chicago, Kingston, wheat; A. Falconer, Tryconnell, Kingston, staves; Adirondac, Chicago, Ogdensburgh, corn; prop America, Milwaukie, St. Catherines, wheat; barque Superior, Chicago, Kingston, wheat; prop Bruno, Southampton, Montreal, wheat ashes; sch. Thornton, Detroit, Ogdensburgh, lumber; ch. Coquetta, Sandusky, do., do.; E.P. Dorr, Milwaukie, Oswego, wheat; Oswegatchee, Chicago, Ogdensburgh, gen cargo; Cossac, Milwaukie, Oswego, wheat; Maumee Valley, Toledo, Oswego, corn; Prairie State, Toledo, Ogdensburgh, gen cargo; Annie Minnes, Port Stanley, Kingston, staves; Sophia, Saginaw, Ogdensburgh, lumber; Fitzhugh, Milwaukie, Oswego, wheat; Mullen, Milwaukie, Oswego, wheat; Sweet Home, New Glasgow, Clayton, staves; Minnie Stanson, Milwaukie, Oswego, wheat; William Young, Chicago, Kingston, corn.

Up - Sch. Wesley, Toronto, Erie, sundries; Mira, Thorold, Ashtabula, light; M.L. Breck, Kingston, do.; White Oak, Oswego, Chicago, gen cargo; Ariadne, Oswego, Bay City, light; D.M. Foster, Toronto, Cleveland, scrap iron; Mary Pringle, Ogdensburgh, do., iron ore; Trenton, Oswego, Chicago, light; barque Niagara, Welland P Buffalo, wood; at Elevator, Pt. Colborne to discharge; sch. Golden Rule, Chicago, Oswego, corn.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 8, 1869