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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 May 1879

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p.2 Boats Cheap - Giving Up Business & Selling Out - J. Sharman, Boat Builder, Barriefield.



The B.W. Folger has arrived from Charlotte with a load of coal.

The mail boat Algerian started for Hamilton today. The others follow in quick succession.

Everything is dull around the docks, though several vessels are discharging their cargoes of wheat.

Vessel rates for grain to Oswego, 1 1/2 cents.

Last week over 112,000 bushels of wheat, and 29,511 of barley, have been shipped from Toronto.

Milwaukee engagements - Schooner Mposotis, wheat to Kingston, 8 1/4 cents; S. Anderson, wheat to Collingwood, 3 1/4 cents, free of elevation.

A correspondent of the Chicago Inter-Ocean telegraphs from Kingston: - Vessel owners object to paying the wages demanded by the sailors. Six of the timber fleet have engaged a tug to tow them to Lake Superior and back, all on account of the wages' demand.


On Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock the schr. Prussia was launched at Garden Island. She is the largest and finest craft of the fleet which will be engaged in Messrs. Calvin & Breck's lumber business, being specially designed and intended for the pine trade of Lake Superior. She will be commanded by Captain Tom Donnelly, a navigator of some experience, just returned from England, where he obtained a certificate of his knowledge and ability. The vessel is 139 feet keel, 145 feet overall, 26 ft. 2 in. beam, 14 feet depth of hold, and tonnage about 385 tons. She was built under the supervision of Mr. Henry Rooney, and rigged and fitted out by Mr. Dix. She will probably sail on Wednesday next, the Welland Canal opening on Monday.

Sailors' Troubles - At Port Hope in the beginning of the week there was quite a commotion among the sailing community in consequence of the difference between the captains of vessels and those who belong to the sailors' unions. For a couple of days serious trouble was apprehended, but eventually the union triumphed, and all is peace for the present. Several vessels have left Port Hope with grain for Kingston.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 May 1879