The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Nov 1894

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p.1 General Paragraphs - The schr. Vienna got stuck on the shoal off Folger's dock this morning but was pulled off by the str. Pierrepont without damage.

Oswego Yacht Club's Officers - At a meeting of the Oswego yacht club the following officers were elected: Commodore, John T. Mott; vice-commodore, W.B. Phelps; fleet captain, Allan Ames; secretary-treasurer, W.B. Couch; measurer, Williams, Pierson, Judson; fleet surgeon, J.W. Eddy, M.D.; directors, J.P. Phelps, C.H. Bond, Neil Gray; delegates to the lake yacht racing association meeting at Toronto, Nov. 10th, J.T. Mott, W.B. Phelps, Allen Ames.


James B. Campbell's recent attack upon the policy of the government in regard to the inland shipping has been the subject of much discussion on 'Change the past day or two.

Mr. Campbell has given the matter much thought, and the conclusion he arrives at is that the grain and other interests must suffer for the benefit of the small Canadian coasting trade.

Some say he is wrong in blaming the inland shipping policy for the lack of grain trade at Montreal. One prominent shipper said a great deal of the trouble arises from the fact that this port is ice-bound for six months in the year and that is a very important reason why Manitoba grain is shipped to New York. It is not because the owners have to ship it there for the lack of transportation facilities as is alleged by Mr. Campbell but that is their wish, for which they pay even a higher rate rather than have it brought to Montreal.

D.G. Thompson, manager of the Montreal Transportation Co., and president of the Corn exchange, on speaking on the matter today said that the Manitoba grain goes to Buffalo solely because it is the wish of the owners that it go there. There has been no lack of facilities in respect to Canadian vessels, and there has been plenty of space for grain for all purposes. At present he is prepared to give space for 100,000 bushels to any one who wants it and not only that, to prove that Mr. Campbell's charges are unfounded there have been Canadian vessels this season, whose owners have been only too anxious to get cargoes, and he knew of two vessels which made only two trips from Fort William down to Kingston this season. Canadian vessels have been carrying Manitoba grain to Buffalo this season and there was nothing to prevent the owners from sending it on to Kingston if they desired it. Why, my dear sir, grain owners refused to charter our steamers unless we gave the Buffalo option. There need not be any fear in respect to the lack of transportation facilities of grain to Montreal. Whenever there is a greater demand for Canadian vessels than the Canadian ship-owner can supply then there will be a remedy handy. There is a case in point; some years ago a great deal of Manitoba grain was shipped to Kingston and the forwarders, owing to the lack of barges, were not able to get it down to Montreal as fast as required. What was done to meet the requirements? Why, reports were sent to the government of the state of affairs and they allowed American barges to do some of the hauling until the strain was over. You may rest assured that as soon as the Canadian vessels cannot supply the demand for transportation there will be some such remedy to rectify it. It is not for the lack of facilities that the Manitoba grain does not come this way. It costs the owner more to send the grain to the seaboard via Buffalo than via Kingston; the former costing eight cents per bushel on board steamer at New York, as against six and three-quarter cents on board steamer at Montreal. The reason why the American route is preferred is that the owner has the wheat at his command all winter to ship to the foreign market or not as he wishes, while in Montreal he is compelled to ship it before the close of navigation or have it shut up in the elevator all winter. Buffalo and New York have advantages which Kingston and Montreal have not, and the owners of Manitoba grain know well enough what these advantages are worth. There is no lack of transportation facilities whatever.



The prop. Glengarry is at the Soo today bound up.

The schr. Fleetwing will load lumber at the spile dock for Oswego.

The prop. Arabian came in from Montreal this morning and the str. Magnet from Hamilton.

The schr. Fleetwing unloaded part of her last cargo at Bath. It belonged to James Swift & Co.

Mariners can look out for stormy weather from this out. Snow storms are most to be dreaded.

Called at Gunn's wharf yesterday: str. Melbourne, Hamilton to Montreal; str. Acadia, Montreal to Cleveland.

Richardson & Sons have a big stock of grain on hand just now. They have hard work storing all their stuff.

The tugs Active and Thompson arrived back from Oswego this morning with six barges of coal for Montreal.

On the trip over from Oswego the schr. Bella in tow of the tug Active tried to use one of her sails. The mast was broken.

The prop. Tilley and barge Merritt and the prop. Niagara, both of Fort William, are down at the M.T. Co.'s dock this morning. The Niagara is for Richardson & Sons.

The schr. Denmark is now ready to be used as a transfer boat between Kingston and Garden Island. Rails have been laid on her deck and the cars will be pushed aboard at the Rathbun Co.'s dock.

Capt. John Johnston, mate of the str. North King, reports the past year one of the most successful in the history of the steamer. During the winter considerable alteration will again be made in the North King, including a new dining room. Capt. Johnston will spend the winter in Toronto, attending the Ontario veterinary college.

Weekly British Whig, Nov. 8, 1894

p.8 A Tug Burned - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Nov. 7th - The tug Crusader, owned by the Grummond estate of Detroit, was burned yesterday. Henry Billings and Charles Whiffen, Port Huron, firemen, were burned to death.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Nov 1894