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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 May 1879

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p.3 Reform Association - (part) Regret was expressed at the departure for the summer months of Mr. J.D. Thompson, who goes to Montreal as the manager at that port of the forwarding business of A. Gunn & Co. His service in past elections was duly acknowledged.


They had a yacht launch at Napanee a few days ago; she is called the Pioneer, and is owned by Messrs. E. Dickson & Son.

At a meeting of the Local Board of the Detroit Vessel Association, yesterday, the rate on wheat was fixed at 5 cents to Oswego and Kingston, and 5 1/2 cents to Ogdensburg.

The str. Hiram A. Calvin has succeeded in releasing the schr. Annandale, which went ashore at Niagara last fall. Capt. Donnelly and his men are invariably successful.

The grain fleet which passed through the Canal on the 5th, and which we announced in the Whig of that day, will probably arrive here on Monday; then things will be lively.

St. Lawrence & Chicago Forwarding Company - The first arrival from Montreal was the tug Jessie Hall with barges Tuscorora, Minnesota, D., Janes, and M.A. Grant.

Swift's Wharf - Corsican, from Hamilton, passed down; prop. Cuba, from Montreal, passed up. The schr. Fairy Queen is being repaired. She will start in a few days for Oswego. Schr. B.W. Folger left for Oswego for a cargo of coal.

Montreal Transportation Company - Arrivals: prop. Armenia, from Toronto, with 12,400 bushels wheat. Departures: - tug Glide for Montreal with barges Toronto, 19,500 bushels wheat; Iroquois, 536 tons coal; Harvest, 12,018 bushels wheat and 75 tons stone; Energy, 12,606 bushels wheat; Duluth, 9,200 peas; 7,301 wheat and 60 tons stone.

Davidson & Doran's Wharf - A great number of vessels have been repaired. The steamer Magnet is having general repairs made on her. She will have new furnaces, and the boiler and engine will be overhauled. She will be ready for service about June. The new yacht, owned by H.C. Rothwell, which was built at Wolfe Island in the winter, is having the engine put in her. She is a snug little vessel and will run between here and Gananoque. She will be ready next week.

Gunn's Wharf - Departures: Schrs. Florida, Arabia and Hyderabad all left for Chicago loaded with salt; Crusoe, Brockville, general cargo; schr. Pilot for Bay of Quinte ports, loaded with salt; prop. Lake Ontario passed down, general cargo; str. Nile for Rideau Canal, general cargo. The schr. E.G. Benedict, of Montreal; Agnes of Montreal, and Jessie McDonald are lying at this wharf, waiting for cargoes. The latter, however, will be sold by mortgage sale on the 22nd.

At the Shipyard - The steam yacht Marquis of Lorne, owned by A. Gunn, M.P., is being painted, caulked, and otherwise put in thorough repair. The schr. Canadian was hauled up last fall and repaired, but is now tied up awaiting the payment of the expenses incurred. She was sold last fall, but the buyers failed to make their payments, and she fell back into the hands of the former proprietor. The tug McArthur was hauled out this afternoon and will be thoroughly overhauled and painted in time for the service. Sundry other repairs are going on in vessels and barges.


The propellers are expected to commence running on Saturday. Rates to Montreal from Toronto open at 18 cents for flour, and 5 cents for grain; and to Kingston and Prescott at 10 cents for flour and 1 1/2 cents for grain.

The rates of the G.T.R. have remained unchanged, and from Toronto to the undermentioned points they now stand as follows: - Flour to Kingston, 20 cents per bbl.; Gananoque to Prescott, 25 cents; Edwardsburg to Montreal, 30 cents; St. Lambert to St. Johns, 40 cents; to St. Hyacinthe, 45 cents; St. Liboire to Lennoxville, 50 cents; Waterville to Coaticook, 50 cents; Danville to Chaudiere, 50 cents; Doucett's Landing to Point Levis, 45 cents; Cacoana to Metapediac ?, 65 cents; to St. John, 60 cents; to Halifax, 65 cents; to Miramichi (for Newcastle), 65 cents; Point du Chene and Pictou, 65 cents; Dansville and McAdam Junction, 65 cents; to Carlton, 60 cents. Rates on grain one half of the above per cental.


Port Dalhousie, May 8th - Arrived: schooners Eureka and Cataract; barge President, propeller Columbia. Wind southerly, light.

Port Colborne, May 8th - Up: Schrs. Von Straubenzie, Kingston to Chicago; James Campbell, do, Sarnia; Mary Jones, Toronto to Windsor; Antelope, Port Dalhousie to Amherstburg; Ontario, Toronto to Parry Sound; Lady Macdonald, Toronto to Port Burwell; Bermuda, Whitby to Cleveland; Blazing Star, Oswego to Toledo; Babineau & Gaudry, Toronto to Leamington; Riverside, do, Toledo; Lem Ellsworth, do, Chicago; Trinidad, do, do; prop. Lake Erie, Hamilton, do.

Down: - Schrs. Fannie Campbell, Babineau & Gaudry, Montana, Mary, Gladstone, Lem Ellsworth, Blazing Star, steambarges George King and Burcade, schrs. Nevada and Cheney Ames. Wind south east.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 May 1879