The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Oct 1895

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The schr. Acacia is at Swift's dock with coal from Oswego.

The schr. Fabiola is at Crawford's dock with soft coal from Sodus.

The schr. Loretta Rooney is discharging coal at Booth & Co's dock.

Richardson Bros. are loading 9,000 bushels of peas into a barge for Montreal.

The schr. Nellie Hunter, from Oswego, arrived this morning with coal for Crawford.

The storm drum was displayed today, warning sailors that a gale was expected from the east.

The str. North King, from Charlotte, and Hamilton, from Montreal, called at Swift's dock yesterday.

The schr. Falconer is discharging coal at the penitentiary. She will clear today for Oswego to reload.

The sloop Laura D. with peas from South Bay, and Madcap, with oats from Simcoe Island, arrived at Richardson's elevator this morning.

The steamer Persia is laid up at Toronto. She will, perhaps, remain there, as the water in the St. Lawrence is so low that she cannot get in with even half a cargo.

The tug Thompson arrived up from Montreal today with four light barges. She cleared again this afternoon for Oswego with three barges, to load coal for the M.T. Co.

Capt. Geoghegan says he expects to see the water in the river far below its present level this fall. He gives as his reason the small rainfall this season and the excessive heat of the summer.

Very little grain is arriving for the forwarding companies, and every tow that comes down the lakes is from twenty-five to thirty-five thousand bushels short. The boats have to load light in order to keep off the bottoms. The barges going down the river also have to go with light cargoes, nearly all being short fully four thousand bushels. This is a big loss to the forwarding companies, who have to put more boats into commission, necessitating a longer time in handling the grain.

George Oldrieve says business in the line his firm is engaged in is falling off every year owing to the number of steam craft replacing sailing vessels. A lake steamer and her consorts now carry as much grain down the lakes as twelve or fifteen schooners would carry as many years ago. This change in the lake carrying trade has also a depressing effect upon business generally, as there are not as many sailors employed as formerly, and those in the business now do not get an opportunity of staying in the city long enough to spend any money. Hence the city loses a considerable paying trade.

Oct. 8, 1895

p.1 Incidents of the Day - The str. Lake Michigan had a port gangway knocked out by a barrel of high wine, and had to put into Ashtabula to be repaired.

The tug Jessie Hall arrived from Montreal last night with five light barges and cleared this morning for the same port with five grain laden barges.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Oct 1895