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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 7, 1878

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A private letter from Montreal states that it will be impossible to lock barges through the Lachine Canal until tomorrow.

Swift's Dock - Called, the str. Corsican, from Hamilton; the D.C. West from Westport and the Alexandria from Trenton.

Mr. Gildersleeve's beautiful steam yacht Cruiser, after being on the ways all winter, has again been launched, and is cruising about the harbour.

Barge For Sharbot Lake - We are informed that the form of a barge has been set up at Sharbot Lake, for the purpose of carrying wood across the lake to the railway, for shipment to Kingston.

A telegram from Morrisburg yesterday announced that the St. Lawrence & Chicago Co.'s tug Jessie Hall had struck on a rock off Weaver's Point and sunk. She still lies there, the underwriters refusing to let her be touched.

The new steamer being built by Mr. Shickluna, at St. Catharines, to run on the Bay of Quinte, will be finished on the 1st of July next, on which day Belleville becomes a city. The steamer will be named the City of Belleville in honour of the event.

The Tug Association in this city has made arrangements with the Sodus Point and Southern Railroad Co., by which the tug Spinney will be employed in towing vessels for the railroad at Sodus Point during the present season. The Spinney will probably leave here tomorrow morning. [Oswego Times]

Rates on freights were firm at Milwaukee on the 2nd at 3 1/2 cents on wheat to Buffalo, and owners were asking 3 3/4 cents. The steambarge Annie Smith was chartered to carry 29,000 bush. wheat to Buffalo at 3 1/2 cents. There was a large demand for vessels at that rate, but there were few in port, and no other engagements at that rate.

At Chicago, on Wednesday, rates were 2 cents on corn and 3 1/4 cents on wheat to Buffalo, and 6 1/4 cents on corn and 6 3/4 cents on wheat to Oswego. Lake and rail rates 11 cents corn and 12 cents wheat to New York, 13 cents corn and 14 cents wheat to Boston, 10 cents corn and 11 cents wheat to Philadelphia, and 9 1/2 cents corn and 10 cents wheat to Baltimore. Lake and canal rates quotable at 8 1/2 cents corn and 9 1/2 cents wheat to New York.

A number of sailors at this port held a meeting last night, and after considerable discussion, resolved to demand $1.50 per diem. Vessel owners are not disposed to pay over $1.00, as they say they cannot afford to pay higher wages when freights are low. The effect of the meeting has been to check the chartering of vessels which are not fitted out will not be put into commission until seamen yield somewhat in their demands. [Oswego Times]

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), May 7, 1878