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Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 5, 1878

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p.2 Toronto Correspondence

To the Editor of the Daily News.

Dear Sir; The organization of a new route is always of interest to your readers, particularly when Kingston is likely to partake of the benefits, and such a route is now formed by the handsome propellors Cuba and Armenia. These vessels start every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from Toronto, running directly to Kingston, thence down the river to Gananoque, Brockville, Prescott and Ogdensburg, connecting for the east with the Lake Champlain Railway. On the western end of the route they connect with the Northern Railway, and at Collingwood with steamers running to Chicago, Duluth and Prince Arthur's Landing. It is one of the most pleasant and cheapest routes for all persons going from Central Canada to Manitoba, while to the American going from the New England states to the west it offers facilities which are seldom equalled and cannot be surpassed. The boats are large, roomy and safe, and the appointments all that could be desired, while the price between Toronto and Kingston is only $3.50. Passengers will find this route very favourable, particularly for those who desire to breathe the fresh and life-giving air of the lakes. These vessels also take large cargoes (about 21,000 bushels of grain), and yet their speed is, on an average, nearly ten miles an hour. To persons desirous of a summer trip to the North-West, this route offers perhaps the best and cheapest facilities for the accomplishment of their purposes.

p.3 A Lengthy Launch - On Saturday last, Messrs. Calvin & Breck, having completed the new schooner Denmark, which is intended for the lake trade, made an attempt to launch, but in the middle of the operation the ways broke, leaving the Denmark, like the angel of the Apocalypse, with one foot in the sea and one on dry land. There she resisted all efforts to move her, and there she had to be left till Monday. All day on Monday a tug was jerking at her with a similar result, and some part of Tuesday was also wasted. But on Tuesday afternoon about 2 o'clock the Hiram A. Calvin gave a long pull, and a strong pull, and a pull altogether with such effect that the Denmark gave a header (!) stern first, and glided like a duck into her native element. We believe that the officers and crew of the Denmark were on her ready to hoist sail and away as soon as she was launched.

Marine Notes

St. Lawrence & Chicago Forwarding Co. - Arrivals - schr. Northern Star, 9,010 bush. wheat from Toronto.

Holcomb & Stewart - Arrivals - props. Europe, from Chicago, 4,000 bush. corn; Sovereign, from Chicago, 4,500 bushels corn; schr. Wave Crest, from Toronto, 12,000 bush. wheat; barge Ox, light.

James Swift - Arrivals - prop. Dromedary, from Montreal, gen. cargo; str. Water Lily, from Ottawa, lumber; props. Prussia, from Montreal, gen. cargo; Kincardine, from Oswego, gen. cargo; Persia, from St. Catharines, gen. cargo.

Railway Track - schrs. Jessie Macdonald, from Oswego, 10,000 feet of lumber; White Oak, from Toronto, 12,500 bush. wheat.

Montreal Transportation Co. - Arrivals - tug Glide, with five barges, from Montreal, light. Departures - tug Glide leaves for Montreal with barges Montreal, 1,125 bush. corn and 17,900 bush. wheat; Dalhousie, 18,090 bush.corn; Lancaster, 16,897 bush. corn; Toledo, 21,080 bush. wheat.

Yesterday the schooner Bolivia brought down a cargo of 26,150 bushels corn, to the Montreal Transportation Company. This is the largest load that ever came to Kingston through the canal. Where are the Brooklyn and Ben Folger now? Eh, Benjamin ?

The Chicago Tribune says that there is no money in the lumber carrying trade this season, and owners of schooners, who sell lumber, find that it pays better to let their own vessel be idle, and employ others to do their shipping. The schr. Mary E. Perew recently carried 340,000 feet of lumber from Mononimee (sic) to Chicago for $1 per thousand.

The Shannon is now making daily trips between Picton and Napanee, having until lately made trips on alternate days between Picton and Belleville. [Express]

It is said that Captain Campbell will shortly resume command of the Hastings.

The propeller Sovereign takes corn from Toledo to Montreal at 7 cents.

There are quite a large number of vessels at Cleveland seeking cargoes. It is believed that some of the largest vessel owners will lay up their fleets for sixty days or more, unless the freight rates improve, and vessels are laying up at nearly all the lake ports on account of the low rate of freights, the owners claiming that they are losing money every trip they make. [Oswego Times]

Port Colborne, June 4th - Evening - Up - schrs. B. Barwick, Clayton, Dresden, light; J.C. Woodruff, Kingston, Saginaw, light; M. Copely, Sodus Point, Toledo, coal; Siberia, Kingston, Spanish River, light; Mary Jane, Kingston, Bay City, light; Cavalier, Collins Bay, Detroit, light; Ontario of Goderich, Kingston, Goderich, light; Elgin, Kingston, Lake Superior, light; J.G. Worts, Toronto, Black River, light; W. Keller, Brockville, Black River, light; Laura Belle, Ogdensburg, Sandusky, iron ore; C. Ames, Charlotte, Toledo, coal; Republic, Clayton, Chicago, coal; Wawanosh, Toronto, blank, light; Mont Blanc, Clayton, Chicago, coal; T.C. Street, Brockville, blank, light. Props. Zealand, Montreal, Chicago, gen. cargo; Champlain, Ogdensburg, Chicago, gen. cargo.

Down - schrs. Antelope, Fair Haven, Port Dalhousie, timber; Albacore, Fair Haven, Port Dalhousie, timber; Brooklyn, Duncan City, Kingston, timber; Victor, Toledo, Kingston, corn; E.R. Williams, Lake Superior, Oswego, corn; Bismarck, Munising, Garden Island, timber; Pride of America, Marquette, Kingston, timber; Dauntless, Cleveland, St. Catharines, coal; Jessie Breck, Munising, Garden Island, timber; Norway, Sault Ste. Marie, Garden Island, timber. Barges Marquette, Kingston, timber; Gibraltar, Marquette, Kingston, timber. Steambarges Lisgar, Marquette, Kingston, timber; Albion, Lake Superior, Quebec, timber. Props. Lawrence, Chicago, Ogdensburg, gen. cargo; Ocean, Chicago, Montreal, corn.

In Harbour - T.C. Street, Mawanosh (sic - Wawanosh ?), Mont Blanc, Republic, C. Ames, Laura Belle, W. Keller, J.G. Worts, Elgin, Mary Jane, Siberia, Trade Wind.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), June 5, 1878