The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Dec 1894

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- 90 per cent of wheat crop going through American routes, the bulk being transhipped at Buffalo; ...."Some vesselmen claim this would not be so if the St. Lawrence combine were "busted." It levies an arbitrary rate of 2 1/2 cents per bushel, no matter how hard times are or how low lake freights may happen to be. There were cases this year where the St. Lawrence charges for 200 miles of transportation, from Kingston to Montreal, were equal to the lake freight from Duluth or Port Arthur to Kingston, 1,000 miles. That is no doubt a strong reason why Canada is unable to get her carrying trade, and the cry goes forth about the decadence of Canada's lake marine......The Buffalo Courier taunts Canada with the above humiliating facts and declares that Canada is no longer a power on the lakes. It has been months since a Canadian boat has appeared in Chicago, and the Canadian route down the St. Lawrence is practically killed. This is rather a sad ending to the many millions spent on the Canadian canals."

Marine Paragraphs.

The prop. Bannockburn was relieved of her cargo this morning.

Capt. Dix will have the deck of the schr. Dunn completed in a few days.

Richardson & Sons received a despatch at ten o'clock this morning that the schr. Queen of the Lakes reached Oswego safe and sound.

Capt John McComiskey, mate on the prop. Niagara during the season, says the boat did well. He may be employed on the same boat next year.

The schrs. Queen of the Lakes and Kate both cleared for Oswego with cargoes of barley on Sunday night or early next morning. The Queen loaded at Stella and the Kate at Wellington. There is no insurance on either cargoes. Both belong to Richardson & Sons. There is no fear for the safety of the vessels unless a snow storm springs up, which is apt to be the case within the next twelve hours.

The M.T. Co.'s new barge Denmore (Dunmore ?), launched on Saturday, is 180 ft. long, thirty-five ft. beam, depth of hold 12 ft., capacity, 45,000 bushels. The vessel will have three masts and sails complete for lake service. She is considered one of the finest modelled vessels ever built by the M.T. Co., and is only second to the schr. Minnedosa. Difficulty was encountered in getting her started off the ways as the lard and grease had become frozen. It was a pretty launch, however.

p.4 A Seized Tug To Be Sold - Windsor, Dec. 10th - Sandusky tug E.C. Oggle had been seized by Canadian vessel Joe Milton for illegal fishing.

Our Vessels Not In It - has the money spent by our government on our waterways been wasted? - American boats carry most of the Manitoba wheat to Buffalo for export via Boston and New York.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Dec 1894