The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 10, 1871

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p.2 New Iron Barge - The Montreal Transportation Company is introducing a new style of barge into the grain trade. It is a composite vessel with framing of iron and planking of wood, of a construction that possesses advantages as to strength and roominess. The first of this description of iron barges is expected up tomorrow. (barge Kinghorn - ed.)

The Grain Transit - The grain forwarding business by way of Kingston and the St. Lawrence has opened well this year. There is now a large fleet of vessels in port, the last batch probably of the great spring fleet. From this forward to the fall the arrivals can hardly be expected to come in so thickly. Some of the American ship captains with true American impatience have complained of the delay in unloading to which they have been subjected; but the causes of the delay that has occurred have been entirely exceptional. There has been no lack of barges; but by an untoward accident two of the floating elevators have been disabled both at the same time. This accident has led to the suggestion of erecting an elevator storehouse, which would be a great advantage did it exist, but the economy of the floating elevators in transhipping directly into barges is such that it is doubted whether a storehouse could compete against them except of course in special emergencies. The experience of forwarders in the grain trade goes to show that it is a business which baffles all calculation, because its success depends so much upon the fluctuations of the markets and the demand for American grain as it exists in England.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 10, 1871