The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Nov 1895

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p.1 Died At An Early Age - Mrs. John Ferguson, Garden Island, 31; Jane Leora was only daughter of Capt. James Allen of str. Pierrepont; her husband is commander of schr. Valencia.

p.2 Drawing of steam yacht Miltonian being built by Davis & Sons for A.E. Knopf of New York city, much detail of construction; 70 feet long over all, 12 ft. 3 inch beam, 5 ft. 9 in. depth of hold.

biography of Capt. John Paul - ....He owned the last vessel he sailed, the Belle of Hamilton, whose ribs lie in the mud at the marine graveyard near the cotton mill.....In 1873 he entered the employ of the dominion government as superintendent of harbor improvements and construction, at which employment he has been engaged at Belleville, Toronto, Kingston, Portsmouth and elsewhere. In 1875 he worked here for about the space of one year, but returned in 1882 and has since been a resident of this city. He is best known in connection with the work on the shoal in Kingston harbor, upon which he has been employed for the past thirteen years.....(photo in special second section)



Called at Craig & Co's wharf: Str. Alexandria, from Montreal, on her last trip; str. Aberdeen, from Montreal to Toronto; str. Waterlily, from Montreal to Picton on her last trip.

Str. Bannockburn left Fort William today with a cargo of wheat for this port. It will be her last trip for this season. She will be laid up for the winter after having been discharged.

The cargoes in the schooners Selkirk and Winnipeg will be discharged today, after which the boats will be stripped and go into winter quarters, after passing a most successful season.

Marine matters are in a very quiet state just at present. The season is about ended and only occasionally is a charter made. The arrival of the boats now bound down will wind up the business until the re-opening of navigation next spring. The season has been only a fairly successful one. The amount of grain handled here was scarcely up to the average of past seasons. The vessels in the coal carrying trade were kept fairly busy, but not as much so as in years past. The little sloops that ply between this and the island and Bay of Quinte ports carrying grain were about the busiest craft seen around the harbor this summer. They had about all they could do and made the most of a busy summer.

Lachine Canal Trade - Ottawa, Nov. 30th - Grain shipments by the Lachine canal have closed for the season. The receipts of grain passing through the Lachine canal during the season of 1895 are much lower than that of the previous year. 219,450 barrels of flour passed through the canal this season, against 857,571 last year, being a decrease of 638,111 barrels. The total quantity of wheat which passed down was 4,231,763 bushels, being a decrease of 2,871,530 bushels.

Dredge Destroyed By Fire - Morrisburg, Nov. 30th - On Thursday afternoon the dredge Sir Hector, working in the canal about two miles above Morrisburg, and owned by Poupore & Fraser, contractors, caught fire, and before the crew had time to do anything was all in flames, and is almost a total loss. Sir Hector was one of the largest and best dredges in Canada, and cost $30,000. She was only insured for $10,000. Most of the crew lost all of their clothes, etc. Some of them had as high as $300 in cash, but did not have time to get their belongings out. The cook was with great difficulty taken out of the kitchen. The dredge will be rebuilt.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Nov 1895