The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 3, 1877

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p.3 Marine Notes

The schr. E. Hall arrived from the Bay of Quinte with a cargo of lumber for W. McRossie.

Three of the steamers of the Royal Mail Line have made their trial trips, the Corsican, Spartan and Algerian. They are in good order and the machinery worked smoothly. The Corsican left last night for Hamilton.

James Swift's - The City of Concord arrived from Ogdensburg and left for Chicago; the D.C. West arrived from the Canal; Admiral Porter from St. Catharines, and Flora Carveth from Oswego, 450 tons of coal.

The steamer D.C. West is to run on the Rideau Canal route this season. The boat has been lengthened 15 feet, and is otherwise improved. She will be a valuable acquisition to the carrying trade of the Rideau Canal.

Vessels are wanted at Chicago for square timber from Lake Superior to Kingston for $1.10 per M.

The unfinished condition of the Lachine canal causes some anxiety on account of banks of earth protrudung in some instances far into its bed.

The Napanee Beaver says: "We are pleased to learn that Capt. George Reid is to take command of the Oswego Belle this season. The captain is a favourate with travellers, and will add a new interest to the already popular Oswego Belle.

The Belleville Intelligencer says the steamer Kincardine, which lies at Napanee, will not, probably, be put in commission this year, unless times change greatly for the better.

It is said that the outlook for canal vessels is considered unusually bright this year. A large number of this class of vessels, particularly those owned in Canada, have made season engagements for the timber trade, and more are wanted than can be supplied. It is thought that rates through the Welland Canal will rule considerably higher, proportionately, than for several years past, and carriers are happy in consequence. [Oswego Times]

The Chicago Times says seamens' wages in the lumber trade rule from $1 to $1.25 per day. In the grain trade $1.50 per day is still paid with every prospect of a decline when the fleet has all left. Yesterday the schooner David Dull secured a crew at $1 per day for the round trip between Chicago and Quebec via Muskegon, a fact that led to much swearing on the part of an idle gang that infests the lumber market, who seem prepared to do anything except work for a living. At Detroit sailors are getting $1.25 to $1.50. Tug engineers, who formerly received $80 and $100 per month, are now paid $65 to $80 per month for time actually engaged. Captains of tugs have met with a like decrease in their salaries and are paid from $80 to $100 per month. No crew are steadily employed, but are engaged as necessity demands. There are at present undoubtedly two hundred unemployed sailors at that port.

Chicago, May 2nd - There is but little excitement on 'Change today as compared with yesterday. At the opening of business prices went up, but declined before the close. Corn closed one cent lower than yesterday and one eighth lower than last night. It was very steady all day.

Lake freights steady and essentially unchanged. The tendency of the market seems to be quite down, and the price for all staples tend towards a decline. How long this may last no one knows. It depends much upon the war news yet to come, though the present decline is due mainly to the pause in Liverpool and New York.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 3, 1877