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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Jul 1896

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Richardson & Son's grain fleet is up the bay loading.

All the coal carrying schooners are across the lake loading.

The strs. Myles, Duluth; Bannockburn and barges, Fort William; Denver, Buffalo, and whaleback barges 201 and 201 (sic), light, bound up, cleared the Welland canal yesterday.

Nearly all the grain passing through the Welland canal these days is consigned to Prescott and Ogdensburg. Quite a lot of this grain is bought on speculation and it is shipped to these ports, not because quicker dispatch can be secured, but because it gets ten days' free storage. If Kingston had an elevator and storehouse quite a portion of the trade would come here.

The barge Bismarck, sunk in the Cornwall canal since last week, has been raised by the Calvin Co., and arrived in the city, at Clarke's malt house, where her cargo will be discharged and dried, it having been sold to Mr. Clarke. The Bismarck was towed to this port by the steamer Bothnia. Capt. Sinclair, representing the underwriters' association, is in the city, having negotiated the sale of the cargo. He will remain here for several days.

The str. Bothnia brought up only a portion of the cargo of the sunken barge Bismarck today. The tug Reginald brings the Bismarck and the barge Jet, the latter carrying the remainder of the cargo.

Whalebacks At Ogdensburg - Through somebody's blunder the work of uniting the two whalebacks has been lost to this city. When it was first contemplated bringing the whalebacks from the coast to the lakes again it was intended that the work of uniting them after being cut in halves at Montreal to get through the St. Lawrence canals would be done at Kingston. The rates of the government dry-dock, however, were found to be too high; they are cast iron and there is no such thing as a special rate. Consequently, the work went to Ogdensburg, where it can be done at about half the cost and Kingston is out just so much money.

Personal Mention - Mate John Black, of the str. Bannockburn, ill for the past two weeks, is able to be around again, though not fully recovered. He will join the steamer on its next trip to this port, about the 20th inst.

p.4 The First Up - Toronto, July 3rd - The propellor Ocean of the Merchant's Line (Capt. J.V. Trowell), which arrived in port last night from Montreal, is the first boat to pass up through the Sheik's island dam, the new cut in the Cornwall canal between Dickenson's Landing and Mille Roches. This cut is one of the many improvements which are being made in the lower canals. It is really a branch of the river, which has been dammed up at both ends, and through which the water of the canal is now directed by the cutting away of the banks of the old canal opposite the dams. The water in this new channel is very deep at all points and by its construction the boats save almost forty-five minutes of time. Capt. Trowell has the honor of bringing up the first boat through the new course, the construction of which is not yet completed. The dam is about four miles in length.

General Paragraphs - The str. Cuba, from Montreal for Toledo, O., with passengers and general cargo, called at Gunn's wharf at noon today.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Jul 1896