UP AT THE PORT
THE OPENING OF NAVIGATION
SOMETHING ABOUT THE TOWN AND ITS SHIPPING
A gang of Toronto reporters on the invitation of the N. & N. W. railway Co. took a trip up to Collingwood on Wednesday of last week in order to note the navigation excitement at that seaport and see and report the shipping outlook...
Three lines of steamer ply between Collingwood and lake ports, comprising ten large steamers with an aggregate tonnage of about 6, 900 tons. Besides these there are sailing craft innumerable. The New England Transportation Company have four propellers, which carry freight and passengers to Chicago and Milwaukee, viz;- Northern Queen, Columbia, Canada and Lake Erie. This force is supplemented by sailing vessels when the trade demands it. The capacity of the steamers is about 6oo tons each. They bring grain, pork, lard, and flour for shipment over the Northern and North Western railway to Toronto. The produce is then taken by the Lake Ontario steamers of the line to Ogdensburg, and thence to ocean ports for export to Great Britain. The return cargoes are brought from New York, Boston, and other points, and are largely composed of cotton goods, boots and shoes, sugar, molasses, and canned goods. The line is organized by Mr. Robert Kerr, of the Northern railway, and so far it has been a success. The Lake Superior Transit Company's steamers ply between Collingwood and Fort William and Duluth. They are named City of Winnipeg, City of Owen Sound, and Francis Smith. And leave semi-weekly The commodiouss steamers of about 900 tons each, and are favourite vessels with tourists owing to the excellence of their accommodation. In freight they carry outward general merchandise, lumbermen's supplies, and fine grade manufactured lumber for the North-West; and from the upper waters of lake Superior they bring return cargoes of grain, fish, and silver and copper ore, and the latter in barrels... The Great Northern Transit Company owns three steamers - Manitoulin, Emerald, and Northern Queen - two of which run to the Sault, touching at Killarney and the Manitoulin Islands, doing a large local trade. The Northern Queen plies between Collingwood and Parry Sound, carrying passengers, merchandise, emigrants effects, and lumberman's supplies. Of this company Mr. Charles Cameron is president, and Thomas Long, M. P. P. , secretary.