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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Oct 1877

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p.2 Telegraphic Summary - str. New York, of Belleville, has changed hands and will get new boiler.

p.3 The River Trade - has picked up.

Oct. 4, 1877


(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 propellers 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 propellers were diverted to Oswego and Ogdensburgh, 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

Kingston As a Grain-Shipping Port - Kingston needs elevator accommodation. [Belleville Ontario]

p.3 Marine - Passed Through Welland Canal - ...Up: O. Mowat, Kingston, Chicago, salt;...

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Oct 1877