The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 11, 1876

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p.2 The Armenia - The steamer Armenia is making for herself a very fair share of patronage on the Bay of Quinte route. By advertisement in another column it will be seen that she will have daily trips to the Campmeeting while it remains in session, and also excursion trips three times a week up the Bay. We have no doubt she will be largely patronized in this last respect.

The Mail Steamers - Last night the steamer Magnet took about 50 passengers out on her trip to Oswego and Charlotte. She is also carrying large quantities of freight between these places and Kingston. The other boats continue to be crowded every morning with Americans and strangers from Europe, a number of whom arrive in Kingston by rail, and are conveyed up to the wharf by a Pullman car, which waits every morning until the boat arrives from Toronto.

The Dauntless - The yacht Dauntless arrived in the harbour this morning, on her way up to Belleville, after a cruise among the Thousand Islands. The following gentlemen were on board: Messrs. F.C. Ridley, D.B. Robertson, P.H. Hambley, W. Kelso, C. Kelso, F. Campbell and R.J. Bell. They report having spent a very pleasant time down the river.

The Zitella - The Brockville Recorder says: "The yacht Zitella, of Kingston, came into port last evening, and remains here until tomorrow. She is accompanied by her owner Mr. M.W. Strange, and Messrs. J. Strange, D. Cameron, C. Strange, D. Cunningham and M. Strange. The party are cruising among the islands and appear quite anxious for a race.

Cylinder Broken - On Wednesday afternoon the steamer Dolphin, while on her trip down with the excursion, and off the foot of Wolfe Island, broke her cylinder, which caused a good deal of commotion on board. The Pierrepont towed the Dolphin down to Clayton.


[New York Commercial Bulletin, Aug. 6th]

Much complaint has been made of late by the grain merchants of Chicago at the excessive elevator charges there; but the elevators, being in the nature of a wealthy and powerful monopoly, it seems but little attention has been paid to it. Excessive elevator charges, however, are not the only grievance. The railways are accused of making a "new charge every time they move a car," and when to this is added the expenses of shovelling, trimming, and inspecting, the total tax per bu. amounts to not less than 3 cents. In the matter of shortage, too, there is much that needs explanation and remedy. The elevators are provided with all the necessary appliances for correctly weighing grain received and shipped; and yet by some mysterious process we are told almost every consignment is more or less short; and as the shortage has to be made up by the unfortunate carrier out of his slender freight receipts, the injustice to the latter is apparent. Efforts have been made from time to time to discover these so-called errors in weighing, but thus far, it would appear, without success; and yet, the curious fact that in the course of the year these wonderful elevators overrun from 20,000 to 30,000 bu., would seem to indicate that, after all, the thing is not so much of a mystery, seeing that the overrun is just so much clear profit to the elevator proprietors. The merchants have not been wanting in remonstrances against all this, but these appear to be wholly unheeded by a class of men who are represented to care little for the business welfare even of their own city, so long as they can wring exorbitant fees from the important commercial interests who are compelled to depend upon them. This short-sighted and selfish policy, as might be expected, has at length had the effect of turning a large proportion of the grain trade away from Chicago altogether. The opening of trunk railways to the seaboard gave shippers their opportunity, and they have not been slow to improve it; so that now immense quantities of grain are sent east by rail. The Chicago merchants, wiser than the elevator people, begin to realize what a fatal mistake has been made in thus driving commerce from their city. They understand perfectly well that it is not that port alone that must pay the penalty, but the great boating interest of the lakes and water-routes, the prosperity of which it is well known depends upon the grain of the North-west being shipped through Chicago and Milwaukee. An effort consequently is making by some prominent capitalists of the former port to turn back the tide that is flowing away from it by making such arrangements as will enable the grain merchants and the vessel interest to live, as well as the elevator men. These gentlemen, we are informed, have entered into an association, with parties from Iowa, large shippers, and members of the Iowa State Grange, to be incorporated under the title of the "Chicago Transfer Elevator Company," Four new transfers are to be built, and, if possible, the two now there will be purchased. The proposition is to handle grain at very low rates, and to guarantee that at Chicago at least there shall be no shortage. The movement being in the interest of the entire grain trade it ought to be a success. The old elevator companies, no doubt, will give it the cold shoulder, but having pursued a policy which threatened to kill the goose that has laid for Chicago the golden egg, we have no doubt there is enough of public spirit among the commercial classes there to stand by an enterprise which promises to emancipate them from what it is probably no-over-straining of language to call the exactions of an intolerable monopoly.

(The above is cut from the Chicago Tribune of the 9th instant, being an article which appeared in the New York Commercial Bulletin of the 6th inst., and as a matter of fact, gives the New York point of view as against Chicago. Kingston, to some extent, has had some experience the same difficulty, but not being so much of a commercial metropolis, has to bear all the bullying of the Chicago Inter-Ocean on the shortage question. It would be well for Chicago to cast the beam out of its own eye, and not be all the time picking at the mote in the eyes of others. It may be stated in reference to the shortage question that the forwarders of Kingston use only the Fairbanks' scales, and that these scales have now been tested and sealed by the Government Inspector. The Inter-Ocean should at least believe there is a possibility of a mistake in Chicago as well as in the Canadian ports, and learn that honesty as well as charity begins at home.)


The Race Between the Madeleine and Countess of Dufferin

This race, which is exciting so much interest in yachting circles was to open today. We find the following in the New York Herald:

The yachts Madeleine and Countess of Dufferin are finishing their preparations for the Queen's Cup races, and no doubt they will be ready on Friday morning to be started for the initial event, which is to be over the regular New York Yacht Club course. The Madeleine is still at Greenwich, Conn., and the Countess of Dufferin on the ways at Port Richmond, S.I., from which she will be lowered this morning at high water. Major Gifford has been officially notified by the Regatta Committee to be in readiness with his yacht at ten o'clock sharp tomorrow morning.

The following circular has been issued by the Chairman of the Regatta Committee:

New York Yacht Club,

Twenty-seventh street & Madison Avenue,

New York, Aug. 4th, 1876.

The judges' steamer, W.E. Gladwish, furnished by the New York Yacht Club to witness the races for the America Cup, August 11th, 12th and 14th, and will leave the Barge office at the Battery at :45 upon the morning of each race.

Tickets to the number of sixty (comprising the capacity of the steamer) will be issued to members of the club only. Price of tickets, $2.50 for each race. Applications for tickets should be to Niels Olsen, steward of the club, corner Madison Avenue and Twenty-seventh street, and will be considered in the order of their reception, and prompt application is recommended to secure places.

Refreshments on board at the expense of those ordering them. A second steamer for the use of members will be provided if there be adequate demands. Tickets transferrable only to members of the club.

G.L. Haight.

Chairman Regatta Committee, N.Y.Y.C

We certainly do not anticipate a victory for the Canadian yacht, all the odds being against her.

New York, Aug. 11th - The yacht Madeleine started at 11:16 and the Countess of Dufferin at 11:17. When last seen the Madeleine was gradually getting away from the Countess.

Later - At 1:46 yacht Dufferin rounded buoy off Sandy Hook nine minutes behind the Madeleine. Madeleine rounded lightship at 2:52 1/4; Dufferin at 2:57 3/4.

Marine Notes

James Swift's - Called - The steamers Passport from Montreal; Corinthian from Hamilton; Armenia from Picton; Nile and S. Davis from the Canal; Lake Erie from Duluth; Oswego Belle from Hamilton.

Holcomb & Stewart's Wharf - The barge Siren left last night in tow of the Hiram A. Calvin, with 19,500 bush. wheat.

Business at Buffalo has never been so dull as it is at present. There is absolutely nothing doing, and there are a large number of vessels idle, while some are even stripping, apparently going into permanent quarters. It is almost impossible for a vessel to get a load there, and when one does the figures are so low that it is a wonder how the vessels can stand it. [Chicago Times]

The Welland Canal - Another lock has been completed on the New Welland Canal, under the Brown contract on section 14. There are now two other sections which the contractors have so far completed as to be ready for the coping stones. From this it will be seen that the work upon this important project makes steady progress.

Port Colborne, Aug. 10th - Up - schrs. St. Lawrence, Port Dalhousie, light; A. Morewood, Toronto, Vermillion, light; prop. Maine, Ogdensburg, Toledo, gen. cargo; Columbia, Montreal, Toledo, light; Europe, Montreal, Fort William, railroad iron.

Down - prop. Lake Erie, Duluth, Montreal, gen. cargo; Acadia, Detroit, Montreal, wheat; Milwaukee, Chicago, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo.

In Harbour - schr. St. Lawrence, Morewood and Russian.

A skiff named the Grace B., of Boston, painted on her sides, Boston to Detroit, in one hundred and twenty days, passed here today. The voyage is undertaken on a bet of three thousand dollars. The young man is confident of winning, and is now out ninety-one days.

p.3 Customs Imports - Aug. 11th - Schr. Mary Ann, Fairhaven, P. Penitentiary, 150 tons coal.

Schr. Sweepstakes, Toledo, M.T. Co., 12,260 bush. corn.

Schr. G.W. Davis, Toledo, St. Lawrence & Chicago Transportation Co., 18,900 bush. corn.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Aug. 11, 1876