The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 Aug 1891

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The prop. Canada lightened 8,000 bushels rye from Toledo yesterday.

The shovellers at Portsmouth expect to handle 500,000 bushels of grain this fall.

The prop. Enterprise, from Chicago to Kingston with corn, will arrive today.

The steam yacht Lucille, Capt. Waggoner, left this morning for the Rideau river with an American fishing party.

Davis & Sons are placing a new jib-boom in the schr. J.G. Worts, to replace that lost in last Thursday's gale.

The str. Lothair, water-logged in Georgian Bay, was towed into Collins' harbor, her crew being well nigh exhausted from their hard experience.

The S.S. Campana was due here yesterday at four o'clock, but did not arrive. It is supposed she was delayed in consequence of the gale on Friday.

The yacht Laura and the tug Thompson had a friendly brush coming up the river yesterday, which resulted in a victory for the steamer by a small distance.

Clearances: tugs Active and Hall and nine barges, Montreal, grain; str. Seguin, Serpent River, light; schr. Eliza Fisher, Oswego, light; steambarge Alberta, Cape Vincent, light.

Arrivals: schr. Annie Falconer, Charlotte, coal; tugs Thompson and Active, Montreal, light; str. Dominion and consort Benson, Toledo, grain; sloop Crazy Boy, Clayton, light.

Charles Hubel and George A. Wolvin have sold one half of the prop. Oswegatchie to Charles Spademan, of Marine City, for $2,500. The Oswegatchie was built at Ogdensburg in 1867, registers 280 tons and is valued at $9,000.

Arrivals at Portsmouth: str. D.D. Calvin, Chicago, 25,081 bushels rye; schr. Valencia, Chicago, 39,286 bushels rye; schr. Armenia, Toledo, 24,300 bushels rye; schr. Norway, Toledo, 24,183 bushels rye; S.S. Campana, Chicago, 27,000 bushels corn.

The Canadians, with the fear that the grain trade from the west to Montreal will be diverted from Kingston to Ogdensburg, says the Chicago Times, are talking of building a large elevator at the former place. Had Kingston been an American port it would have had elevators and modern facilities for handling grain many years ago. Now steamers are compelled to unload directly into St. Lawrence river barges, and if the barges are not at hand the lake boat must wait until the barges come back from Montreal.

Sailors, who comprised the crew of the schr. Antelope to Chicago, told a story of bad treatment to commissioner Hoyne. They declared they had signed articles to come from Tonawanda, N.Y., to Chicago, but Capt. Houston touched at a Canadian port on his way down the lakes and made the men sign articles for a return trip to Kingston. When they reached Chicago, Friday night, they asked for a little money for something to eat, but the captain declined and ordered them off the boat, and also threatened to shoot any man that came aboard again. The men made complaint to Commissioner Hoyne, but he declined to act, inasmuch as the men had broken their contract in not working their way back to Kingston. The seamen's union has taken up the case and will take it to the British consul, the Antelope being a Canadian vessel.

Down At the Drydock - The closing scenes in the eventful history of the erection of the now famous graving dock here are now being enacted and still the place is as busy in appearance as any time during the past year. The two big dredges have dug a hole through the dam at the entrance and are now clearing away the spiles and mud at the sides. The large hollow gate of boiler iron which is being built by the dominion bridge company, under the supervision of William Murdock, inspector of works, was floated today and will at an early date make its trial trip across the entrance which it is to close in order to test its working powers.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 Aug 1891