The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 Jul 1896

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The str. Monteagle, Duluth, is expected to arrive here today with a cargo of wheat.

The schr. Nellie Hunter is completing discharging her cargo of coal at Craig & Co.'s wharf.

The schr. Fabiola, for R. Crawford, is windbound at Oswego. A big sea is rolling in there today.

Nearly all the M.T. Co.'s barges and tugs are still employed in transferring grain from Prescott and Ogdensburg to Montreal.

The str. Sequin, Fort William, is discharging 40,000 bushels of wheat at Portsmouth. It is consigned to James Richardson & Sons.

The steambarge King Ben arrived up from Smith's Falls today. She cleared again for Oswego, and her next cargo will be for the Folger company here.

The R. & O. steamer Columbian is to have new wheels, in place of the brass screws now in use, which have proved too light and too straight in the blade. The steamer Passport brought the new wheels from Montreal to this port on Tuesday last, and they will be placed in position forthwith.

It is declared that the prop. Samoa and consort were not dry-docked here not because the charges were too high, but (1) because a duty of fifty per cent on all repairs done in foreign ports is exacted by the United States; and (2) because masters get a percentage for all work taken to United States docks. The dock charges at Kingston and Buffalo are almost identical; if any advantage it is in favor of Kingston as no profit is sought for workmen or on supplies.

It is a sad sight that greets the eye of a visitor at the M.T. Co.'s plant, foot of Queen street. Once the place was full of life, the busy hum of the elevators, clanking of chains and windlasses, the welcome sound of steam whistles betokened activity, while the large number of men actively engaged in earning a livelihood gave the place the appearance of a human beehive. Today all these are missing and a grave-like stillness prevails. The only sign of life now visible around the plant is the downhearted shovellers reclining at ease in some friendly shade waiting, like the celebrated Mr. Micawber, for "something to turn up." The scene of activity first described can be witnessed any time by a visit to the Prescott or Ogdensburg elevators.

p.2 A Singular Occurrence - After an absence of over a year the schooner L.S. Hammond arrived here at her home port one day last week, and discharged a cargo of corn at Burnham's elevator for Farwell & Rhines, Watertown. She cleared this port again, Saturday, for Oswego, to load with coal for Toledo, Ohio. Capt. "Dick" Saunders, master of the schooner, reports that on the evening of 21st inst., about five miles below Long Point, a very singular phenomenon occurred in the shape of an explosion, similar to that of dynamite when used under water for blasting purposes. The concussion caused the Hammond to shake and tremble very much. Capt. Saunders is unable to account for the singular occurrence, for at the time it took place there was a dead calm on the lake, and no sea whatsoever. [Cape Vincent Eagle]

To Avoid The Law In New York State - The steamers which ply between Clayton and Ogdensburg have adopted a plan whereby the travelling public is reasonably accommodated on Sundays and the Raines liquor law is complied with. The company used to sell only with a government license but a recent decision declared that the state had police jurisdiction on the United States side of the river. Last Sunday one of its largest boats followed the Canadian channel for more than half the distance. While in those waters the bar would be opened up and liquid refreshments were plentiful. In American waters the bar-room closes. By noting the distance from the shore the thoughtful passenger would know the right time to go below and get a drink. [Watertown Post]

p.4 Died On The Ship - Buffalo, July 31st - Ellen Murray, a Canadian, cook aboard the schr. Lapwing, died suddenly last night. Capt. Smith was on deck about eleven o'clock when he heard deep groans coming from the cook's stateroom. He and the mate forced the door. The woman was found to be unconscious, and died soon after Dr. Harrington arrived. Mrs. Murray shipped on the Lapwing at Kingston, Ont., two months ago. It is believed she has a daughter living in Belleville.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 Jul 1896