The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Jul 1893

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The schr. B.W. Folger will probably sail for Oswego, as there is no coal now ready for shipment at Charlotte.

The steamyacht Wherenow, en route from Chicago, passed Port Colborne last night. Mr. Spencer and party will be in Kingston tomorrow.

Port Dalhousie: str. Everett, Chicago to Kingston, corn; barge Sophia Minch, Chicago to Kingston, corn; str. Omaha, Chicago to Kingston, corn; str. Wilhelm, Chicago to Kingston, corn; barge Nirvana, Chicago to Kingston, corn; barge Croithwaite, Chicago to Kingston, corn; str. Calvin and barge, Toledo to Kingston, lumber.

One of the Calvin Co.'s steamers got aground in the same place in the rapids as the steamer Bohemian. Calvin's boat was only on a day however and she was a much larger and heavier boat than the Bohemian. A line was pitched and the vessel pulled off. The R. & O. N. Co. is afraid to put a line on the Bohemian. Mariners here think it is the only scheme.

During an interview with Capt. Fox, owner of the schr. Flora Emma, he said he was a resident of Port Hope, where he owned property. If he could get what he paid for it he would move to Kingston for he thinks it a healthy place to live. He has followed the water forty-four years and has been thirty years a captain. He says the marine business is not what it used to be. When he started sailing the owners of vessels were able to get rich in a comparatively short time. Twenty years ago the freight prices were double what they are now. They used to get 65 cents to 75 cents per ton for carrying coal and now it is reduced to 30 cents. The consequence is vessels have to go half manned and money is not circulated as freely by mariners as in olden days. The freight on coal between Oswego and Kingston should be at least 40 cents. Then the masters of vessels could keep a full crew and lay by money. There is not much prospect in getting this advance except when the season gets late, and coal has to be got over at any price.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Jul 1893