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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Apr 1896

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The schr. Glenora will be placed in the water some day next week.

The steamers America and Princess Louise are ready for inspection by boiler inspector Thompson.

There are at Chicago, already loaded, 84,000 bushels of corn for Prescott and 411,000 for Kingston.

The new vessel Melrose, being built at the M.T. company's ship yard, is about finished and will be launched probably on Friday or Saturday.

Yesterday the lake ice began to drift down the river with the prevailing southwest wind, and by noon the harbor was nearly blocked again. Open water was visible in the vicinity of Nine Mile Point.

Telegrams from Sault Ste. Marie say it will not be safe for boats to load below thirteen feet six inches on the first trip through that canal, but it is expected the water will rise considerably after the opening.

The steamer North King will begin her regular trips to Charlotte next Sunday, leaving here for Port Hope at five o'clock in the afternoon. She will run daily between the above two ports and touch at this port weekly.

It is expected that by Saturday next the Bay of Quinte will be free of ice. The steamer Hero will clear from this port on that day, remaining at Belleville over Sunday and beginning her regular trips Monday morning.

The grain fleet which has been wintering at Chicago will sail eastward this week, carrying 9,000,000 bushels of grain. A few of the vessels are loaded as deep as sixteen feet six inches. The sailing of this fleet is not as picturesque an event as a yacht race, but there is more money in it.

Recently the Thousand Island steamboat company offered to purchase the stock of the Alexandria Bay steamboat company, but the shareholders have rejected the proposition, and there will be another season of rivalry. The rivalry is based on the refusal of the R.W. & O. railroad company to allow the boats of the Alexandria Bay line to land at the railroad dock at Clayton. A suit against the New York central railroad for $25,000 damages for unjust discrimination was argued in December, but no decision has been given.

Has Reached Buffalo - Buffalo, April 20th - The steamer Thomas Davidson is the first vessel to arrive in this port this season. She reached here about eight o'clock last night. The steamer Davidson came from Chicago, stopped at Milwaukee and left there at noon Wednesday. Her master reports that he struck the Buffalo ice field at Long Point, and by avoiding the big pieces worked his way slowly in. He had no serious difficulty till he was in the harbor, when the steamer ran into the stern of the steamer Maytham before the tug got the line. The damage to the Maytham is $200 or $300. A large fleet of line boats are ready to start out, and quite a few will probably make attempts to cut a passage through the ice today.

Navigation On the Bay - Picton, April 18th - The Deseronto navigation company's steamer Deseronto arrived this morning from Deseronto and today resumes her regular trips between Deseronto, Picton and Napanee. The steamer Ella Ross will commence on Monday her regular daily trips between Picton, Belleville and Trenton. There is about two miles of ice floating west of the upper gap, otherwise the Bay of Quinte is free of ice. The steamer Hero is expected to commence regular daily trips between Kingston and Belleville on the 25th. The schr. Kate arrived this morning from up the Bay of Quinte.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Apr 1896