The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Oct 1891

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p.1 News In Small Lots - Two schooners laden with grain arrived in the harbor this morning but owing to lack of barges the boats could not be lightened. The barges belonging to the M.T. company have gone to Montreal with grain. Several tows of barges were expected back today.

Mr. Bullis is loading the prop. Myers (Myles ?) with 100 tons of hay for the west. The hay was brought from Wolfe Island by the str. Belmont.

The str. Islander brought a load of cheese from Clayton yesterday. She will go into winter quarters.

Prop. Algonquin, from Kingston, passed Port Dalhousie for Cleveland, light.



Barley rates from Toronto to Kingston are 1 1/2 cents per bushel.

The str. John Haggart, Perth, with cargo of rye and peas, is in port.

The str. John Haggart will have her wheel and shaft repaired at Davis' dry dock.

Davis & Sons are building a steam yacht, with double expansion engine, for Charles Newton, Montreal.

The schr. Minnes, stranded on shoal near Brockville, will receive general overhauling at Davis' dry dock.

A survey is being made in the St. Lawrence river to locate a dangerous shoal, that, according to statement of navigation, is situated about one-fourth of a mile from Haskell's shoal.

Clearances: schr. Speedwell, Gananoque; tug Thompson, tug Hall with eight barges, Montreal, barley; schr. White Oak, Oswego, 14,000 bushels rye and peas; prop. Acadia, Chicago, general cargo; schr. Fleetwing, Oswego, lumber.

Arrivals: Saginaw Valley, Duluth, 16,000 bushels wheat; schr. Collier, Whitby, 10,000 bushels barley; schr. Grantham, Toledo, 27,000 bushels corn; schr. Emerald, Detroit, 24,000 bushels rye; schr. Nellie Hunter, Picton, 12,500 bushels rye; tug Thompson and four light barges, Montreal, light; tug Hall and four barges, Montreal.

The str. Enterprise and tow are in hard luck in getting cargoes. When they were in Chicago before they had been chartered for grain to Kingston before leaving this port. The boom came, and they lost 1 1/2 cents a bushel by being chartered so early. Then the owners decided not to charter ahead again. Now they may not get charters at all, or if they do it will be at 1 1/2 cents a bushel less than if they had been chartered before they left Kingston. Their captain says this is truly hard luck.

The Chicago Times gets off this doleful howl: "The moss growing so luxuriantly on the banks of the Canadian marine interest is largely responsible for a half dozen Canadian boats now in port unable to get loads of grain to Kingston at any price. For ten years the Canadians have been on the point of building elevators at Kingston. They are still unbuilt. Grain going to Montreal for export is transhipped at Kingston from lake vessels to St. Lawrence river barges, being handled directly from vessel to barge. Just now there are no ocean steamers to take grain from Montreal, and the whole traffic by that export route is blockaded clear to its source, there being no elevators on the way where grain can be stored. The Canadian boats, having non-union crews, are in constant fear of assault by the seamen's union, and the barges are kept at anchor in the basin, while the steamers skirmish as general protectors and supply ships. One tow has been here a week. It is likely the boats will stay here another week before they can get cargoes."

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Oct 1891