The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 18, 1874

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p.2 Marine Intelligence

St. Lawrence & Chicago Forwarding Co. - Barge Kansas, from Montreal, 3,000 bags salt.

Montreal Transportation Co. - Schr. Lady McDonald, from Toledo, 18,000 bush corn; schr. Dauntless, from Toronto, 10,860 bush wheat; prop. Granite State, from Toledo, 11,220 bush corn; barge W.P. Church, from Toledo, 20,489 bush corn; schr. Tecumseh, from Kincardine, 12,138 bush wheat. The tug Glide leaves with barges McArthur, 15,135 bush corn; Corn Crib, 13,649 bush corn; Lorne, 17,025 bush corn; Utility, 11,800 bush corn; Convoy, 1,523 bush wheat and 7,570 bush corn; Royal Oak, 12,138 bush wheat.

James Swift & Co. - str. Passport up; str. Corsican down; prop. Canada from Montreal; str. C. Anderson from Buffalo; tug Edsall, from Prescott; str. Ada, from Alexandria Bay; str. Queen, from Gananoque.

Holcomb & Stewart's wharf - Schr. Wood Duck, from Hamilton, 4,600 bush; schr. Morning Star, from Picton, 4,300 bush wheat and peas.

Port Colborne, June 17th - Down - Schr. Corsican, Toledo, Oswego, corn; barque Arabia, Milwaukee, Kingston, wheat; schr. Jamaica, Chicago, Oswego, corn; Dan Lyons, Chicago, Oswego, wheat; prop. Georgian, Toledo, Montreal, gen. cargo; schr. A. Muir, Bay City, Kingston, timber; Bay Trader, St. Williams, Welland, lumber; Gleniffer, Bay City, Garden Island, timber; German Oak, Hurber (sic), Oswego, lumber; barque Mary Merritt, Bay City, Kingston, timber; Emerald, do., do., do.; schr. Paragon, Ashtabula, Toronto, coal; Queen of the North, do., do., do.; H. Folger, Milwaukee, Kingston, wheat; Maria Shaw, Cleveland, Welland, coal; Victor, Milwaukee, Kingston, wheat.

Up - Prop. Asia, Montreal, Milwaukee, gen. cargo; Standley, Hamilton, Toledo, gen. cargo; schr. Oliver Mitchell, Fair Haven, Milwaukee, coal; A. Ford, Rochester, Detroit, coal; T.S. Mott, Oswego, do., do.; Starlight, Toronto, Pt. Colborne, lumber; Bermuda of Picton, Oshawa, Leamington, light; Breck, Kingston, Glasgow, light; prop. Argyle, Kingston, Bay City, light; schr. Orphan Boy, Pt. Colborne, Blank, light; Filmore, do., do., do.; schr. America of Chicago, Pt. Colborne, Chicago, light; G. Bates, Fair Haven, Cleveland, coal; J.N. Porter, Lower, Black River, light; prop. Lake Erie.

In Harbour: Schrs. A. Ford, Bermuda of Picton, J.N. Porter, O. Mitchell, Watchful of Cleveland, M.I. Breck, H.A. Richmond, Olive Branch of Oswego, E. Bates; Starlight; M. Filmore, tug Sarah E. Bryant, and scow Enterprise, Orphan Boy, Aetna.

At Elevator - Schrs. M. Filmore, and M.F. Merrick, to lighten; Floretta, John Wesley, to discharge.

The Toronto Sun says the work of rafting timber to Quebec has so far proceeded very favorably this season, 110 drams having left the bay up to the present time. On Saturday evening, about six o'clock, no less than six tugs, with a corresponding number of square timber rafts in tow, left for their voyage to Quebec. The unusual number of rafts, the largest known to have left at one time, attracted quite a number of spectators, and a little speculation took place as to which would reach Kingston first. The construction of these rafts, which are computed to be worth $320,000, has occupied a considerable quantity of strong hardy fellows for several weeks past. Each raft was provided with a shanty for the accommodation of the voyagers. They left the bay in the following order: Tug Conqueror, No. 1, with one raft of six drams, owned by Macadams & Murphy, and Macaully & Welsh; tug Edsall, five drams, owned by Edsall & Smith; tug Active, five drams, owned by Gunn & Grant; tug Matamoras, five drams, owned by Burton & Bros.; tug Porter, five drams, owned by Cook Bros., and O.F. Wright; barge Clinton, four drams, owned by Pearce & Co., and Cockburn & Co. The wind was rather adverse as they moved out, but slowly, but had all safely reached Port Hope by one o'clock yesterday afternoon, the tug Edsall slightly in advance.

A paragraph appeared in the Whig of Tuesday regarding the forwarders and the Government tug line which is incorrect. It is as follows:

"The fallacy of the idea of cheap grain transport through the tug line, is shown in the well known fact that the principal forwarders have not used the line of late, finding it cheaper to employ tugs of their own. The comfort to be taken from the abolition of the service is small, our neighbours will find."

We are informed that of the four firms engaged in forwarding from Kingston to Montreal and vice versa, two are dependent altogether on the tug line for their season's towing and another in a great measure. A number of the barges in the trade independent of the four firms above referred to also depend upon the line. A large lumber trade exists and is increasing by barges from Brockville to Montreal, Lake Champlain and Quebec, which barges depend altogether upon the tug line for towing. The whole trade by lake sailing craft from the western parts of the Province to the Lower Provinces depend upon the services of the tug line also. In case of the Government line being abolished the latter trade would especially suffer, as it would have no means of obtaining steam-towing outside of forwarders' tugs. In the different canals between Kingston and Montreal there are tow-paths, which renders steam towing unnecessary, but to the commencement of the canals and in the water intervening between them steam towing cannot be dispensed with. It is therefore incumbent upon the Government to provide the same, otherwise the trade will suffer from insufficient towing accommodation and high rates.

p.3 C.I. - 17th - Schr. B.W. Folger, Oswego, J. Swift & Co., 261 tons coal.

Str. Margret, Hamilton, C.E. & M.C., 1 iron plate.

Str. Prussia, Chicago, Jones & Miller, 4,957 bush. wheat.

Str. Kincardine, Oswego, Fraser & George, 8 cases A. grease; A. McMillan, 4 do.; A. Chown & Co., 2 bxs hardware.

Schr. Lady Dufferin, Toledo, M.T. Co., 18,735 bush. corn.

Str. Garden City, J. Swift & Co., 889 pieces stone, 24 bxs small stone, 27 racks wooden bowls, 13 racks scale boards.

Schr. Atlanta, Chicago, M.T. Co., 19,700 bush. grain.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 18, 1874