The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 12, 1873

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p.2 The Forwarding Trade - Some weeks since the Chicago Times published an array of figures anent the shipping trade on the upper lakes, and in the course of its comments, remarked to the effect that Oswego carried off the palm in the amount of marine business transacted during the past season of navigation. We immediately refuted the statement, and in the interim have endeavoured to collect the statistics of this port for 1872, in which effort we have only been partially successful. But the fifteenth annual pamphlet of the Chicago Board of Trade, for the twelve months ending Dec. 31st last, is irrefragable evidence of the accuracy of our assertion. For instance the total shipments to Oswego of all kinds - according to this report - were 1,439,851 bushels, and to Kingston 3,645,806. Then there are 707,026 bushels consigned to Montreal, fully two-thirds of which we can claim as having been transferred here into barges from sailing craft. We make no mention of what had been received from Milwaukie, Toledo, and other American points of importance. It has been carefully computed that 17,000,000 bushels of grain were delivered in Montreal last year, of which immense quantity over 11,000,000 bushels passed down the St. Lawrence, after undergoing re-shipping at Kingston, and the balance of 6,000,000 was conveyed to its destination in propellers and vessels which only required lighterage of a portion of their cargoes before descending the river. Particular stress is laid on the storing capacity of Oswego. 'Tis true we have not such extensive warehouses, nor are they really so much wanted, this being merely a transhipping harbour. But we have reason to be proud of our elevating power, which last season was worked to advantage and satisfaction. The up-freight of two firms alone, which is sufficient for all purposes - reached nearly 50,000 tons rails, pig iron, etc. We need scarcely ask, Can Oswego beat that?

Getting Ready - The painters, engineers, etc., are employed in overhauling the steamers in the harbour. Mr. T. McMahon has the contract for painting the Royal Mail Line.

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Rick Neilson
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Daily News (Kingston, ON), March 12, 1873