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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 21, 1870

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The shipping business during the past week has not been very brisk; but the arrivals in the harbour were quite sufficient to engage the time of the various forwarders in transhipping cargoes into barges for despatch to Montreal. A number of vessels have sailed light for Chicago and Milwaukee, but it is thought the season has too far advanced to allow of them making a through return trip laden with grain.

Messrs. Jones & Miller's wharf - The propeller Enterprise, of the Welland Railway line, which discharged her cargo of 2,000 bush wheat yesterday, and left in the afternoon for Port Dalhousie, light, was obliged to return last night owing to the journal of her engine having been broken. She was abreast of Long Point when the accident occurred. The barges Juno and Monica arrived this morning from Montreal, light, and the barge Dixie leaves this evening for the same place with 15,724 bush of wheat. The schooner E. Benedict is unloading her cargo of lumber at this wharf before proceeding to Mill Point to be hauled out and repaired.

The Montreal Transportation Company's wharf - The tug Francis and four barges, laden with 320 cords of hardwood, arrived on Wednesday, unloaded and left, together with the tug Elswood and three barges, for Newboro, Rideau Canal, light, yesterday. The schooners Richardson and Agnes sailed for Oswego, the former on Wednesday evening with 9,000 bush barley, and the latter yesterday with 24,800 feet lumber. The schooner Cavan is now loading cordwood for Toronto.

Messrs. J.H. Henderson & Co's wharf - The barque Jessie Drummond, from Milwaukee, with 19,500 bush wheat, arrived here yesterday, and the barge Star, from Montreal, with 206 tons pig iron, arrived this morning, and commenced unloading into the schooner George Dousman, for Cleveland. The barque Robert Gaskin is also loading 2,000 bags salt for Chicago, and will probably sail this evening. The barge Tiger leaves tonight for Montreal with 13,000 bush wheat.

The schooner Cavalier and two or three other vessels are lying at anchor awaiting a moderation of the wind from the southwest before clearing for western ports.

Marine Railway - The schooner Orion has been hauled out here to receive new kelsons and caulking, and the tug Sarah for general repairs.

Taken Off - The schooner E. Benedict, one of the three vessels which were blown ashore by the gale on Tuesday morning, had a portion of her cargo of pine lumber unloaded into the barge Crosby, of the Montreal Transportation Company's line, yesterday, and was safely taken off in the afternoon between 3 and 4 o'clock. She was towed to Jones & Miller's wharf, where men were employed today in discharging the remainder of the cargo before proceeding to the owners', Messrs. Rathbun & Son, shipyard, Mill Point, to be repaired. She is but slightly damaged.

The tug Carlyle, of Oswego, arrived here today to assist in getting off the schooner Kate Robinson, bound for Boston, with lumber, when she met with the disaster. The barge New Dominion was sent over to lighten the cargo, but returned to the wharf before noon, unable to proceed with the work on account of the roughness of the water and the prevailing stiff breeze from the southwest.

We understand that Messrs. Calvin & Breck, of Garden Island, have made a contract with the Western Assurance Company to take off the barque Pride of America from where she is now grounded, opposite the Military Cottages, before the 15th November next, for $1,500.

The Late Storm - Reports from Cleveland, dated 20th inst., state that, during the severe gale of Tuesday, the propeller Tonawanda, of the Western Transportation Company's Line, went down about eight miles from Buffalo. She was loaded with grain from Chicago, and was one of the largest propellers of the line. It is not known how many persons were lost. The small boat, in which were the two engineers, the daughter of the captain, and three or four others, has not been heard from.

On Tuesday the barque Fontainelle, from Charlotte, reached Oswego, with the loss of her mainsail, foresail, topsail and jibs; the schooner Senator Blood, with the loss of her yawl, and the schooner Caroline Marsh, from Port Hope, with the deck load of lumber carried away.

Buffalo, Oct. 19th - There is no change to note in rates or supply of freight.

Detroit, Oct. 18th - There is a better feeling both in lumber and grain freights.

Milwaukee, Oct. 18th - Vessels continue scarce, and rates have gained an advance of from 1/2c to 3/4c. To Oswego 13c; to Kingston 13 1/2c.

Owing to the advance of canal rates, vessel men demand higher figures, which shippers generally refused to accede to, though a fair demand existed.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 21, 1870