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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Sep 1893

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The tug Petrel left for Prescott with a tow this morning.

The schr. Hanlan is expected from Charlotte today with coal for Breck & Booth.

Clearances: prop. Rugee, Oswego; str. Escanaba, Oswego; prop. Arizona, Chicago; str. Alcena and barge Alta, Duluth.

Arrivals: str. Corsican, Toronto; str. Algerian, Montreal; str. James Swift, Ottawa; schr. Ishpeming, Toledo, 27,000 bush. wheat.

The str. Glengarry and barge Minnedosa, Kingston, Fort William; str. Armenia, Kingston to Escanaba, reported last evening at Port Colborne.

Str. Hall, Duluth to Kingston, wheat; barge Adriatic, Duluth to Kingston, wheat; barge Martin, Duluth to Kingston, wheat; passed Port Dalhousie last night.

It is stated that no more work will be done in connection with deepening the harbor. A great deal of money has been spent in this work. It has been going on for over ten years.

The schr. Gaskin has been in the grain trade between Kingston and Montreal all this season. On account of the rush of grain it was deemed more profitable to put the vessel on the river.

By the delay to vessels this season the Yankees have been given a chance to see the city. The captains think Kingston a fine city if there was only a little more entertainment at night.

The dredging plant which Capt. Paul expected from Little Current arrived yesterday, and will be used by him in removing a shoal in the river St. Lawrence near the narrows three miles from Brockville.

Capt. Saunders is well liked by the sailors, and when the storm abated yesterday there were many ready hands to assist him in repairing the dock. The Murton pulled out a couple of spiles and tore away a portion of Rathbun's old dock yesterday morning.

The schooner Ballou is still high and dry on the inner point at Sodus. The schr. B.W. Folger would have assisted Capt. Smith had not a strong fair wind sprung up immediately after being loaded which it was to the schooner's advantage to make for Kingston in. The Ballou is being jacked off.

Capt. Crawford, of the schr. Grantham, just returned from Charlotte, says it is the intention of the owner of the schr. Bullock to allow the vessel to remain where she is, on Manitou Beach, until the spring. The Bullock is on the same place the Bolivia and another boat went on one fall. These boats were left till spring and when the water raised floated off with a pull from a tug. The tug only used a small harbor line so that the strain could not have been great. The Bullock is on a soft bottom while the schr. Singapore is lodged on a stony bed. Work is still going on towards the release of the Singapore and it is to be hoped she will soon be off.

General Paragraphs - Tomorrow the str. Bannockburn will leave for Charlotte to load coal for Fort William, and from that port she will again return to Kingston with grain.

It has been found necessary to keep up steam on the Bannockburn since she left the dry-dock. The rivetting was not tight in some places and the vessel leaked considerably. She moved down to the M.T. Co.'s dock today to take on fuel.

The str. North King will get out of the dry-dock this evening after receiving temporary repairs. By the accident she had twenty-three frames cracked, and if she had not been struck underneath the keelsons she would have sunk at the time.

p.2 Kicking Against Ottawa's Drydock - R. Davis, Kingston, who owns a private dry-dock, is making a vigorous kick because the government dry-dock here is free. There is absolutely no charge and in consequence all boats requiring any repairs simply have them attended to here, instead of in Kingston as heretofore. The result is that the business of the Kingston dock has been seriously interfered with. Mr. Davis considers it unfair that the government should compete in such a way as this with private enterprise. It is said he purposes bringing down a deputation to the railways and canals department and taking other means to have the injustice remedied.

[Ottawa Journal]

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Sep 1893