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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Jul 1896

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Tenders for the above Ferry will be received up to one o'clock p.m., Monday, second day of November, 1896, at the Town Hall, Wolfe Island, and a lease of same awarded for a period not exceeding the term of seven years, from the first day of January, 1897. The lowest or any tender not necessarily accepted.

A copy of conditions required by said Township of Wolfe Island and other information will be furnished tenderers on application to the Township Clerk of said Municipality.

D.J. DAWSON, Township Clerk.

Dated Wolfe Island, July 30th, 1896.


The str. Sequin, Fort William, wheat, is expected to arrive here today.

The schr. Nellie Hunter is discharging a cargo of coal at Crawford's wharf.

Strs. Conmero and Armenia, Toledo, timber laden, arrived at Garden Island today.

The str. Glengarry and three consorts, bound for Fort William, light, cleared the Welland canal today.

The tug Walker, bound up from Montreal with a tow of light barges, was ordered to Ogdensburg today to load wheat for Montreal.

Inspectors Donnelly and Thompson have returned from Lindsay and district, where they have been inspecting vessels for the past two weeks.

The str. Samoa and barge Celtic, wrecked on a shoal near Brockville, would have entered the drydock here for repairs had the rates not been so high. As it was, their owners paid for the services of steam pumps and attendants from this port to Buffalo, where the boats will be docked. Even this could be done at much less cost than paying dockage here.

Capt. Gaskin is at Montreal superintending the cutting into two parts of the str. Rosemount. It has not yet been decided whether or not the steamer will be united in the local government dock or at Ogdensburg, but it is almost certain the last named dock will be used as the rates are fully two-thirds cheaper. If the use of the government dock here is given at any sort of a reasonable figure, the work will be done here. The company would much rather have the work done at Kingston, and is satisfied to pay a little more for that privilege.

The str. Columbian arrived in last night from the lake, where she has been running excursions. She goes down to Morrisburg on Sunday and returns the following day with a big crowd for Kingston. The steamer has been making very fast time this year. From Pickering to Niagara Falls, thirty eight miles, was done in 2:35 hours. Coming down she ran from Nine Mile Point to the dry-dock in twenty-two minutes. As Capt. Craig has been enthusiastic about the speed of the Passport, Capt. Batten thought he would show how easy it would be for the Columbian to beat her.

In The Dry-Dock - The str. St. Andrew, here with a load of wheat from Fort William, entered the government dry-dock today to be recaulked. She is owned by Capt. Playfair, Midland, and has been chartered to carry two grain cargoes from Fort William to Richardson & Sons' elevator. On her next trip she will have the schooner Queen of the Lakes as a consort.


The Need Of An Elevator.

Kingston, July 28th - To the Editor:

While in Prescott the other day I was more strongly impressed than ever before of the necessity of a permanent elevator at Kingston. Some time ago, in company with several prominent gentlemen in the grain carrying trade of the great lakes, I cautiously questioned them concerning the importance of having a large elevator built here. They informed me such a thing was not wanted, giving as a reason for their answer in the negative that there was not enough business transacted to compensate for the outlay. Not being a forwarder myself and having no practical experience in that line, and knowing that if ever a permanent elevator was to be erected at Kingston we must first get our city companies' hearty co-operation or the scheme would be a failure. I quietly dropped the subject but very reluctantly. Since then, as I stated before, standing on the wharf at Prescott and witnessing so much bustle and life in the harbor, I naturally made enquiries as to the cause of this activity, and was informed that it was all on account of the erection of the new elevator, and it certainly reflects credit on the busy town of Prescott. The capacity of the elevator, I was informed, was 750,000 bushels, and it was full to overflowing with grain, and five large boats from the upper lakes lay moored to the wharves, the owners not knowing when they would get unloaded. But what arrested my attention was the sight of tugs and barges that always, to my knowledge, had to come to Kingston to load, stopping at Prescott, loading and returning to Montreal.

Now surely it is time for Kingstonians to move in the matter of erecting a permanent elevator and not allow Prescott or any other town to pilfer trade which legitimately belongs to us. When we consider how difficult it is for large boats to navigate the river St. Lawrence, and take into consideration the additional expense of traversing the river even as far as Brockville, all must admit Kingston is the place for a permanent elevator, situated as we are at the foot of the lake with a magnificent harbor. In addition to all this I am informed that boat owners obtain no higher rate to Prescott than to Kingston. Thus taking all items into consideration it is time for us to be moving in the matter.

Now that a good liberal government is at the helm at Ottawa, could not the old barracks be secured for a site for a new elevator 1,000,000 bushels capacity? The government policy of the past could be pointed out to the present administration, that is the money spent on the Welland canal and of no practical to Canadians, unless we have some storage capacity on our lake front, and Kingston is the place.

I hope that the Montreal Transportation Co. and the Kingston & Montreal Forwarding Co. may be induced to move in the matter, also our local board of trade and city council, for if something along these lines or similar is not pursued, Kingston will lose its grain trade.


p.4 Twelve Steamers Tied Up - Cleveland, July 30th - The depression in the iron trade is being felt by the vessel owners of the lakes. Twelve big steamers have gone out of the ore carrying trade, and are tied up for the remainder of the season. Others will follow them soon. The docks at Lake Erie ports are piled full of ore which cannot be removed, and the steamer owners fear the rates have fallen so low that there is no profit in the ore carrying trade.

Lost His Leg - a sailor on barge towed by tug Nellie Reid got leg tangled in rope while adjusting hawser on a snubbing post at lock 19, Cornwall canal.

Today's Tidings - yacht race off Oakville between Canada, Zelma and Aggie, won by Canada.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 Jul 1896