The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Jul 1896

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Kingston Must Have It Or Lose Its Trade.

Ald. Strainge says he was a strong advocate of a free elevator in Kingston twenty-five years ago. At that time the harbor was full of vessels and a place for storage was needed as some vessels were delayed here for weeks.

Ald. Behan thinks there would be little difficulty in building an elevator here. The government would undoubtedly give a site and the amount required to erect the building could easily be raised. He thought the shoal in the harbor could be used without disadvantage to the entrance.

Ald. Stewart said it would be out of the question to expect the government to erect an elevator here. Kingston could only recover the trade by giving shippers a fifteen days storage free. Only a few days ago a New York gentleman, with whom the K. & M. F. Co. does business, told him that if Kingston put up an elevator he would fill it himself this fall. Of course it would be too late now to start one for use this season. There is certain danger to all big craft going down the river to Prescott. Kingston is undoubtedly the natural port for transportation. As for his company nothing has been shipped in three weeks. His barges are engaged carrying from Prescott to Montreal. The new elevator company there have now put on barges of their own, so the trade is getting pretty well cut up. The props. Algonquin and Rosedale have not been here this year. These big vessels are trading at Prescott.

To Be A Vessel Of War.

There is a probability that the R. & O. steamer Passport, one of the liners which touch at Belleville on the way up, will become a vessel of war and enter the Cuban campaign. Capt. Hina, a brother of Admiral Jose Marit Beranger, Spanish minister of marine, was in Toronto the other day. He has come to this country on a commission from the Spanish government to inspect the fast boats of the River St. Lawrence, with a view of purchasing for service in Cuban waters. He was very much taken with the Passport, which is the fastest boat on the lakes, and he has concluded to purchase her at the end of the tourist season. The boat will then be immediately fitted up and put into commission. [Belleville Sun]

In Marine Circles.

The tug Hall cleared today for Montreal with four grain-laden barges.

The schr. Acacia has arrived at Swift's dock from Oswego with a cargo of coal.

The tug Bronson and two barges arrived from Montreal, light, last evening.

The tug Bronson and barge Star entered the government dry dock for repairs today.

The sloop Laura D. is discharging a cargo of peas at Richardson & Sons' elevator. She is from Brighton.

The str. Pilgrim has been sold by James Swift to Ottawa parties, to run as a ferry between Ottawa and Gatineau Point.

The str. St. Andrew, Port Arthur, wheat; schrs. Hunter and Savidge, Port Huron, peas, are expected to arrive here today.

The tug Active will go down to Montreal to assist in bringing the str. Rosemount in two parts through the St. Lawrence canals.

The str. Glengarry and consorts Winnipeg, Selkirk, Melrose, from Fort William, arrived yesterday, and discharged 131,500 bushels of wheat at the M.T. Co.'s elevators. The steamer and tow cleared again about one o'clock.

The harbor front, once hustling with business, is almost deserted these days. The iron ore trade has departed and the grain trade is fast following it. About the only grain brought here now for transhipment to the seaboard is that carried by the M.T. Co.'s own boats.

First Time In Sixty Years.

The sailing yacht Victoria, owned by George Offord, has outlived her usefulness and now lies on the bottom at Anglin's bay. The Victoria was built by Dew Claus, the well known Presque Isle designer, about thirteen years ago. She was a deep draught, standing keel boat, built for comfort. Many Kingstonians will remember the old Vic for the happy days spent aboard. Mr. Offord says this is the first summer in over sixty years he has not cruised in a yacht.

p.4 Tidings Today - The yachts Zelma and Canada started yesterday on the first of a series of three races. The course was twelve miles off Oakville and the boats, which started at two o'clock, kept very close together, but towards the finish the Canada fouled the Zelma and the race was declared off.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Jul 1896