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

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p.2 Prince Edward County - South Marysburg, May 30th - ....The schr. Katie Eccles loaded rye here on Tuesday last.



The str. Spartan came up on her first trip from Montreal today.

Harry Cunningham goes as steward on the str. James Swift. He is an experienced hand.

John McComisky did not go as mate on the str. Cuba, but will go second mate on the str. Niagara.

The round trip, between here and Oswego, was made by the schr. Grantham in forty-eight hours.

The str. Columbia had to be repainted recently owing to the rain coming on before the first coating became dried.

The str. North King will get a certificate from Capt. Miller, American steamboat inspector, to make a trip to the world's fair.

Arrivals: str. Ocean, Montreal; str. Spartan, Montreal; schr. Grantham, Charlotte, coal; schr. Flora Emma, Oswego, coal; schr. Fabiola, Oswego, coal.

The schr. Grantham is here from Charlotte with coal for Swift. & Co. This is the vessel's first trip since being repaired at Davis' dry-dock. She sails well.

Clearances: schr. B.W. Folger, Oswego; schr. Fleetwing, Oswego, lumber; schr. F.F. Cole, Sackett's Harbor, ties and laths; schr. Keewatin, Oswego, light.

The sailing yacht Atalanta, under reconstruction at Belleville, has been seized at the instance of Capt. John Allen, who has a claim against the owner, Mr. Ward, Chicago, of $3.90 ($390 ?).

The schrs. Falconer, Folger, Fleetwing, Grantham, Flora Emma and Straubenzie, the latter with soft coal from Sandusky, will have unloaded coal at Swift's dock within the next two days.

W. Hawkins, of the str. St. Lawrence last year, acts as head waiter on the str. Columbian this season. Mr. Hawkins was waiter in the hotel at Thousand Island park a couple of years ago when it was burned down.

Capt. Miller, American steamboat inspector, is in the city inspecting some of Folger's boats. He goes to Collingwood on the 7th. Capt. Miller has not been home in over a month, so busy has he been inspecting.

The str. James Swift left on her first trip to Ottawa this afternoon. Quite a large number of guests were on board. A. Moreland, of the Anglo-American, and formerly steward of the str. Spartan, acted as steward for the occasion.

Ira Folger sold the schr. Cole to E. Joy, Three Mile Bay, yesterday. Mr. Folger purchased the schooner, last September, from the Lake Ontario fish company and made money by yesterday's deal. The Cole carries 1,000 bushels of grain.

The K. & M. F. Co. keeps a gang of twenty-eight men for unloading vessels. The shovellers look forward to a good season this year, but the principal objection they have is against vessels being sent to Ogdensburg to elevate. Three or four from the bay were sent down the other day. This is because enough barges cannot be secured for the company's work at times.

The Port Hope Times says the North King and Empire State had a little tussle into Charlotte on decoration day. The paper says: "The State came along all right, but struck a streak of greased lightning, and after the North King, with bunting all unfurled, was tied up at the dock, the boys went down to take the lines from the State, amid the cheers of the crowd on the wharf."

Grain can be handled cheaper from Chicago to Montreal than from Chicago to New York. It is figured out that the charges from Chicago to Kingston were 3 cents, and to Ogdensburg 3 1/4 cents, and from Kingston to Montreal 2 1/2 cents; making the cost of transportation 5 1/2 cents to 5 3/4 cents. It costs 1 1/4 cents to bring wheat to Buffalo, and 5 cents through the Erie canal, making 6 1/4 cents to New York. Let the Erie rate go down to 2 1/2 cents, as it did last August, and then the effect of competition would be felt.

The Shipment of Grain.

The Ottawa Citizen says: "The opening of navigation this year is not attended with the canal tolls dispute as formerly. We should like to know from the Kingston papers whether the removal of the discrimination against Ogdensburg has caused trade to shift from the Canadian to the American side." Here's the answer:

"The Kingston & Montreal forwarding company," said Mr. Stewart, "has had the best May on record. We have received 1,500,000 bushels this spring, as against 500,000 bushels of wheat and corn for the same period last year."

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Jun 1893