The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 23, 1879

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Marine Notes

The Port Hope grain is to be shipped to Kingston, thence to Montreal for Europe.

The Jessie Hall, belonging to the M.T. Co., left last night with several barges for a cargo of wheat.

South Bay, April 23rd - The ice has mostly disappeared, and navigation is open for the season.

The first cargo of coal under the new tariff arrived from Charlotte yesterday, consigned to the St. Lawrence and Chicago Forwarding Company. The duty was $107.50.

On the 10th of February Major Lews, who had been appointed to this work, reports that he now has a record of about 840 disasters on the Canadian shores from Collingwood to Kingston, 737 of which he distributes thus: Lake Ontario, 99; River St. Clair, 33; Lake St. Clair, 49; Detroit River, 106; Lake Erie, 390; Lake Ontario, 70; total 737. The number of disasters on Lakes Huron and Erie he says will be materially added to when he shall have examined all the records in the cities of Buffalo and Port Huron.

The majority doesn't always rule as is shown by the fact that the Sailor's Union cannot control prices simply because there are a good number of marners who haven't joined the organization. In Chicago, however, great trouble has been given, of which the Detroit Free Press says: -

There is a rumour to the effect that the vessel men will find a way out of the embarrassment in which the Chicago Seamen's Union places them whenever it fixes wages at a figure inconsistent with freight rates. It is a matter capable of being demonstrated that the grain carrying vessels of the lakes could be handled by the tugs if necessary. That is, that a tug of average size can take four or five vessels from Chicago to Buffalo the year round, and if reasonable rates were made with the tug for the season, at a not very great advance in cost to the vessel over what would be paid if an expensive crew, capable of managing her, were engaged.

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Daily News (Kingston, ON), April 23, 1879