The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Jul 1892

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Hugh McLellan, Montreal, president of the M.T. Co., was seen by a Whig reporter this morning, in reference to the proposed elevator scheme. Mr. McLellan is very affable and obliging to the press. In company with Manager D.G. Thompson and Capt. Gaskin, soundings of the harbor were made yesterday to see if the situation was such as to admit of the elevating business being carried on successfully. The examination turned out very satisfactorily, and Mr. McLellan says that as far as natural advantages are concerned there is every possibility for such a business being carried on here. He said the matter of erecting an elevator at Kingston had been the talk for, at least, twenty years, but as often as brought up so often did the project fall through. He could not say whether the concern, if such it developed into, would be a joint stock effort or whether the M.T. Co. would have immediate and sole control. He was merely sent up from Montreal to enquire into the matter and report to the directors of the company. As to this he could only say that his statement would undoubtedly be favorable to the scheme. He spoke of it being a hard task to induce men to go into a speculation of this sort. As far as the M.T. Co. was concerned their business could be carried on almost entirely with the floating elevators although there were times when a standing elevator would be a great convenience, when the barges were all employed and vessels were coming in loaded with no place to discharge its cargoes. Mr. McLellan could not estimate the cost of such an undertaking more than than it would reach an enormous sum. The Tete de Pont barracks was a first class location and if the government would sacrifice it the place would certainly be acceptable.

This morning at the British American hotel the council of the board of trade had a conference with Messrs. McLellan and Thompson, in reference to the scheme. It was decided that an elevator, with a capacity of half a million bushels, be built provided the city will render assistance.

Wolfe Island, July 20th - It reminds me of bygone days to see the ferry steamer going through the canal once more. By this route much distance is saved in going to Cape Vincent. It is also a most enjoyable trip as the scenery is very romantic, indeed....


The prop. Alma Munro passed up last evening about midnight with a large passenger list.

Arrivals: tug Thompson, Montreal, six barges; tug Hall, Oswego, two barges coal; schr. Fleetwing, Oswego, coal.

The Columbian's wheels will be exchanged for smaller ones when she arrives in Montreal. The large ones were necessary for the ocean.

Clearances: tug Thompson, Fairhaven, two light barges to load coal; tug Hall, Montreal, two barges of coal; schr. Herbert Dudley, Oswego, light; sloop Murray, Trenton, light.

The steamyacht Indienne steamed into Swift's dock this morning for supplies. She is owned by W. Browning, New York, who is fishing with his son and Mrs. Browning at Brown's Point.

Wrecking The Barges.

Oswego, July 21st - The tugs Calvin and Ferris are at work pulling at the barge Dakota. About 400 tons of coal were lightened from the Dakota. She had a cargo of about 750 gross tons. The contract for wrecking the barges has been awarded to the south shore wrecking company, W.D. Allen superintendent. The barge Siren is full of water and it will be necessary to place a steam pump at work before she is removed from the beach. The other barges are in a pretty good shape and have but little water in them.

p.2 Message From Lake Erie - message found in bottle supposed to be written by Pat McCarty, mate of schr. George C. Finney, which was lost on Lake Erie last fall.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Jul 1892