The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 May 1896

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The rate on corn from Chicago to Kingston is three and five-eighth cents.

The barge Cornwall was floated out of the government dry dock Saturday night.

The str. Topeka has been chartered at Chicago to carry corn to Kingston at 3 5/8 cents a bushel.

The str. Lindsay, Chicago to Kingston, corn laden, entered the Welland canal this morning.

The schr. St. Louis, from Kingston to Fort William, light, passed through the Welland canal yesterday.

The str. E. Smith and consort C.J. Fillmore, Chicago to Kingston, with corn, cleared the Welland canal yesterday.

The str. Persia, bound from Toronto to Montreal, called at Craig & Co.'s yesterday on her first trip of the season.

The str. D.D. Calvin, with consorts Ceylon and Augusta, cleared the Welland canal Saturday bound for Toledo to load timber.

The str. Cuba touched at Craig & Co.'s wharf from Toledo, O., this morning on her first trip since the opening of the season.

The str. Samoa, from Chicago, discharged 50,500 bushels of corn at the M.T. Co.'s elevator, Saturday, and cleared for upper lake ports.

Saturday afternoon the tug Thomson arrived, light, from Dickinson's landing, and at once cleared with four corn-laden barges for Montreal.

The str. Orion with schooners Waubaushene and Muskoka, from Collins Bay to Grand Marias, light, cleared from Port Colborne yesterday.

The schr. Ewen discharged her cargo of corn, Saturday, at the M.T. Co.'s elevators and was towed to the piers at the government dry-dock to await the arrival of the str. Morley from Prescott.

The str. Kathadin, from Chicago, is discharging 69,750 bushels of wheat at the M.T. company's wharf. This is the first trip of this big steamer to this port. She brought down her immense cargo on a draught of thirteen feet, six inches.

The officers of the North King complain that the crowd which gathers at Swift's wharf each Sunday to witness the departure of the steamer seriously interferes with the crew in the performance of their work, as it is only with the utmost difficulty that the baggage is got aboard. Gates may be erected at the entrance of the wharf to keep off all persons but passengers.

The departure, on Saturday night, of the Kingston & Montreal forwarding company's lake vessels, the Thrush, capacity, 47,000 bushels wheat; Lapwing and Hiawatha, capacity, 40,000 bushels each, caused quite an excitement at Portsmouth. These vessels were fitted out by Oldrieve & Horn in a little over 6 weeks; in fact four weeks ago some of the masts were standing in the woods. The above named boats are quite an addition to the Canadian tonnage. William Stewart, managing director of the company, who has been in the city for some days supervising the work, left for Montreal this afternoon. The above named boats are chartered to load at Fort William for Kingston.

The shoal on which the str. Morley struck, Friday evening, is marked on the river chart. It is situated between the bluff at the end of Howe Island and Black Ant Island, about five miles from Clayton. The pilot was making for the deep water at the entrance to the middle channel, intending to cross over again, when nearly opposite Clayton, into the American channel. The steamer knocked off her forefoot, part of her keel and tore off a portion of her starboard streak. She managed to back off the shoal and steamed to Clayton, where she settled in the mud. When the wrecking crew from Kingston arrived there were six feet of water in her hull. A diver patched up the damage temporarily and she was pumped out Saturday night. A start for Prescott was not made until Sunday morning. It is expected that at least half her cargo of corn, or 25,000 bushels, is damaged. The schr. S.H. Dunn struck the same reef last fall. There are about thirteen feet of water on it. The Morley was drawing over fourteen feet when she struck.

The Fine Has Been Paid - Windsor, May 4th - Collector of customs Galt, acting under instructions from Ottawa, has released the tug Harley, the fine having been paid. The tug was seized last fall for violation of the customs law and has been lying under water inside the M.C.R. slip at Gordon ever since she was seized.

p.4 Vessel Disaster - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., May 4th - The str. Emily P. Weed, up bound, light, struck the rock at Encampment, lost her rudder and is hard aground at Little Point. It is not known how badly her bottom is damaged. She is four feet out.

The schooner Moore, up bound, coal, tow of the Vining, struck the light crib at Encampment and is hard aground. Tug Thomson, with diver, have gone to them.

Tidings Today - The water was let into the Cornwall canal on Friday and navigation was opened on Saturday morning. The canal was kept open on Sunday.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 May 1896