The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 23, 1877

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p.1 Good News For Mariners - The Hamilton Times reports that freights are briskening up, and predicts good times. It says: "Freights which have for months been no higher than 5 cents and 6 cents per bushel for wheat from Chicago and Milwaukee to Montreal have risen to 7 cents, which is a considerable advance, as ship-owners will readily understand. Yet it is a rate which will scarcely pay; and we know of a cargo refused at Detroit yesterday by a Hamilton vessel. It is not that 7 cents is such a handome remuneration, but rather that it indicates a decided improvement, that we mention it. Shippers regard it as an evidence of stiffening in rates, especially as a Western wheat broker stated yesterday to a ship captain that before many weeks had passed the rate would have risen to 10 cents per bushel.

p.2 New Dominion Boatbuilding Establishment - Portsmouth, Ontario - H.H. Tomlinson, proprietor. Boats built to order on short notice. July 21st,

p.3 The Steamer Flight - This little steamer is gaining considerable popularity by her excursions down the river to the Camp Meeting Ground. She took down a considerable number of passengers both on Friday and Saturday, and those who returned this morning speak very highly of Captain Swales as sailing master. We have no doubt that during the continuance of the services at Wells' Island the Flight will be largely employed.

Marine News

The Chicago Times of yesterday says that "many industrious seamen are now beginning to pay their annual visits to the harvest fields, where they obtain much better pay than can possibly be hoped for on the lakes. This, together with a good demand for vessels for the grain trade, has caused a scarcity of seamen here that is beginning to be felt. Wages are consequently tending upward, and may be quoted at $1.25 per day, that figure having been paid very quietly, on yesterday, in several instances. The absence of seamen from the shipping offices and sailors' boarding houses is becoming more noticeable every day, and the advance is therefore not to be wondered at, neither need a still further advance surprise any one."

Port Colborne, July 21st - Up - schooner Ella Murton, Hamilton, Cleveland, light; Erie Stewart, Toronto, Port Dover, light; Lady Dufferin, Fairhaven, Collingwood, coal; J.M. Scott, Charlotte, Chicago, coal; A. Muir, Port Dalhousie, Alpena, light; Nellie Hunter, Toronto, Black River, light; propeller Granite State, Ogdensburg, Toledo, gen. cargo; Dromedary, Montreal, Toledo, light; Columbia, Montreal, Duluth, gen. cargo; St. Albans, Ogdensburg, Chicago, gen. cargo.

Down - schooner American, Chicago, Cape Vincent, corn; Josephine, Black River, Toronto, coal; Laura, Sauble River, Garden Island, timber; J.H. Breck, Bay City, Garden Island, timber; Lilly Parsons, Chicago, St. Catharines, wheat; barge A.C. Keating, Glenhaven, Oswego, corn; propeller Buckeye, Glenhaven, Oswego, lumber; Ocean, Toledo, Quebec, gen. cargo; City of New York, Toledo, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo; steam yacht Oriziba, Detroit, Buffalo, light.

In Harbour - schooner Ella Murton, Erie Stewart, Lady Dufferin, Nellie Hunter, Mary, Dauntless.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), July 23, 1877