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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 3, 1877

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To the Editor of the Daily News.

Sir; - As an incorrect statement regarding the recent grain blockade in this port has been communicated to your columns, we would ask permission to give a correct version of the facts:

1st - It is stated that "all the forwarders here were quite prepared for all they had undertaken." So far from this being the case, the Montreal Transportation Co. were unable to discharge the Fitzhugh and the Morewood, consigned to them by their own customers, and also the Hartford and the D.G. Fort, which were consigned to them, as they claimed, in error. The Fitzhugh had to be sent to Cape Vincent in company with the John McGee (consigned on our account) to be discharged, and the Morewood was discharged only this morning, though she arrived last Sunday week, her cargo being elevated by the M.T. Co. into one of G.M. Millar & Co.'s barges. The Hartford had to be sent to Oswego, and the Fort had to be unloaded by our firm.

2nd - The propellors which are usually lightened at this port, were unable to get accommodation from any of the forwarders here, although all were applied to. The Acadia, consigned to "one of the two principal firms," had to lighten with baskets into a scow, and then tow it to Montreal, while others were compelled to go to the Prescott elevator, taking scows with them to hold their lighterage.

3rd - Two American propellors were diverted to Oswego and Ogdensburg, the Lawrence and the Champlain, the former's cargo thus having to go to New York instead of its originally destined port, Montreal.

4th - This is very good proof that the whole forwarding capacity of the port was taxed beyond its utmost limits, no such quantity of grain ever before being handled here in one week. The Collector of Customs exercised his discretion to permit the use of American barges, only after having been personally informed that all the forwarders here were unable to handle the grain in port and constantly arriving, and only after he was made aware that many more cargoes would have to be sent to other ports to be discharged. We may add that before permission to use these barges was asked, application was made to every likely part of Canada for Canadian craft, but no sufficient assistance was available.

The above facts are incontrovertible and will be verified by all acquainted with the history of the "blockade."

Yours faithfully,

Oct. 3, 1877 Holcomb & Stewart

p.3 The steamer Passport, of the Richelieu and Ontario Navigation Company, has been laid up for the season, and is to be overhauled and rebuilt during the winter at Cantin's yard. She has been running for about thirty years, and was considered one of the speediest and most comfortable boats plying between Montreal and Hamilton.

Honest Americans are finding out what it is to have their own measure meted to them again. A citizen of Ogdensburg, N.Y., it appears, has a contract for dredging the harbour at Napanee. It does not take the tug in attendance all its time to tow away the barges of mud, and he thought he would ease the financial pressure a little by earning some money in towing vessels out of the Napanee River, contrary to law. Owners of other steamers, who no doubt have had abundant experience of the liberality of the Americans, laid information against him, and the Customs officers seized his steamer. Now he will have to employ the Canadian steamers to tow away his dirt. By this time he is probably, with the owners of the American barges at Kingston, converted to the principal of free navigation laws. [Witness]

Marine News

The Canadian tug Prince Alfred, ex-railroad ferry and ex-gunboat, has been sold to a Kingston party for $7,000. [Oswego Times]

Three of the crew of the Algerian were tried by the Police Magistrate at Montreal last week on a charge of refusing to do duty. They refused to eat the rolls on the ground that they were mouldy. The captain examined it and found it was the same as the passengers had. The men were sentenced to two weeks' imprisonment.

Reckless insurance being indulged in, the companies are afraid that other people may become reckless, and that attempts may be made this fall to sell a number of vessels which are well advanced in age, and some also that are comparatively new. For this reason a private sort of a lake detective agency is being established at each port, and at all points between Chicago and the lower lakes. [Oswego Times]

Port Colborne, Oct. 2nd - Up - schrs. G.D. Barker, Charlotte, Milwaukee, coal; Camanche, Oswego, Milwaukee, coal; Granthum, Kingston, Windsor, light; E.H. Rutherford, Kingston, Toledo, light; Lady McDonald, Kingston, Chicago, light; Magellan, Kingston, Chicago, iron; G.C. Trumpff, Kingston, Milwaukee, light; Jessie Drummond, Kingston, Detroit, light; Canada, Kingston, Toledo, light; G.T. Mott, Fairhaven, Chicago, coal; C.G. Mixer, Henderson, Chicago, light; Knight Templar, Fairhaven, Chicago, coal; Star, Kingston, blank, light; G.M. Case, Oswego, Chicago, light; H. Fitzhugh, Oswego, Detroit, coal; props. Argyle, Montreal, Chicago, gen. cargo; Milwaukee, Ogdensburg, Chicago, gen. cargo.

Down - Barge Dashing Wave, Bay City, Ogdensburg, lumber; steambarge Swallow, Bay City, Ogdensburg, lumber; Westford, Grand Haven, Ogdensburg, lumber; prop. Nashua, Chicago, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo.

In Harbour - schrs. Jessie Drummond and Star.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), Oct. 3, 1877