The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Mar 1893

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p.1 Death of Capt. Porte - Trenton, March 1st - Captain Jonathan Porte died this morning at 6:30 o'clock, after an illness of three months or more. Up to Friday he was slowly recovering and great hopes were entertained but he was suddenly stricken with paralysis with the above results. He was well and favorably known and very popular along the Bay of Quinte as he had for years plied between this port and Picton with his steamer the Varuna. He leaves a wife and one daughter. He was fifty-three years of age.

The Elevator Scheme.

George Richardson, president of the Board of Trade, says the council of the board would meet today to consider the elevator scheme. He says a delegation will wait on the government with the end in view of securing the Tete du Pont barracks site. The promoters of the scheme consider the ground is very valuable. It has developed that the Rathbun company are pulling wires to secure the location for a railway station. Mr. Richardson says the proposed elevator would cost at least $150,000. The report that the elevator would be controlled by the M.T. Co. is untrue. Mr. McLellan, president of the company, is one of the chief projectors, while Mr. Ogilvie, Montreal, one of the principal shareholders, is dead against the purchase as he sees it would interfere with his elevating business at Montreal. Mr. Richardson says there is not the slightest doubt that the elevator will be built if the barracks site can be secured. The elevator would be a purely public one and grain could be stored there for eight or ten days without cost. In Ogdensburg Richardson & Sons have had grain stored twenty days without cost.

C.F. Gildersleeve Suit - In the chancery court, Toronto, Charles F. Gildersleeve's suit against the shareholders of the Dominion Salvage & Wrecking Co., of Montreal, is being heard. The suit arises out of the liquidation of the company some time ago, and the plaintiff, a well-known steamboat owner in Kingston, is seeking to hold a number of the directors liable for large amounts.

Incidents - Capt. John McCullough, Detroit, of the schr. T.J. Mott, is in Kingston visiting his parents.

The captains of steamers and tugs in the M.T. Co. receive from $1,500 down for the season. This is only for seven months. They have a chance of working in the winter and most of the men are employed in the company's yard. The shovellers average $500 for the season.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Mar 1893