The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Aug 1896

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p.1 A Social For The Sailors - given at the sailor's rest.


The Passport's Crew Want To Go To Cuba.

The tug Petrel will go on the government dry-dock and be caulked.

James Richardson & Sons are loading a barge with wheat for Montreal.

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

The prop. Sequin is loading 1,000 tons of railroad iron at Portsmouth for Fort William.

The schr. Loretta Rooney went in the government dry-dock last night to receive caulking.

The str. Bannockburn and consorts will arrive here from Fort William about Wednesday next.

The str. Seguin, after discharging her cargo of grain at Portsmouth, cleared today for the upper lakes.

The str. Monteagle, Duluth, with 50,000 bushels of wheat, arrived last night at the M.T. Co.'s elevator.

The str. King Ben did not get away for Oswego till eleven o'clock last night. The wind outside became calmer.

The schr. Hunter Savidge, from Port Huron, with 9,000 bushels of peas, arrived this morning and was discharged at the M.T. Co.'s elevator.

The tug Thomson, bound up from Montreal, with five light barges, was turned back and sent to Ogdensburg, where the barges will be laden with grain for Montreal.

The captain of the str. New Island Wanderer telegraphed yesterday to see if he could get the government dry-dock at ten o'clock last night. The dock was engaged at that time.

The steambarge St. Andrew left the dry-dock last night. She received planking and general caulking. The caulking will be continued above water. E. Charles had charge of the job and kept eighteen men at work.

The dimensions of the new steam barge to be built at Garden Island are: Length of keel, 200 feet; over all, 212 feet; beam, thirty-six feet; depth of hold, fifteen feet. She will have a capacity of 50,000 bushels of wheat and will be fitted with triple expansion engines. Next summer will see her in commission.

The str. Pilgrim, which has lain in the slip at the G.T.R. freight sheds since being tied up after last season's work, has been sold and was taken to Montreal on Sunday last. It is said that T. Hanley, of this city, is the new owner and that the Pilgrim will be used as a ferry boat between certain points below Ottawa. Pilot Denley, wheelsman of the str. Passport, was engaged to take the steamer to Montreal and he accomplished the task without mishap.

The crew of the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation Co.'s steamer Passport have decided to volunteer for service on the vessel, in Cuban waters, should the report prove true, that negotiations have been begun, looking to the purchase of the Passport, by the Spanish government, to be used as a gunboat. Capt. Craig, the efficient and genial commander of the boat, and also her popular purser, H. Dubois, may volunteer for service in the event of the negotiations being brought to a successful termination. A better staff of officers and a more capable crew than the Passport now has, it would be impossible to procure.

The str. Passport made remarkably good time on her up trip last Tuesday, notwithstanding that she was the victim of untoward circumstances that caused three and a half hours delay. Shortly after clearing for the run she was delayed for an hour at the Wellington bridge, where the electric current could not be brought into use, in consequence of which the bridge had to be swung open by hand. At Valleyfield a delay of two hours and a half was occasioned by a break in one of the locks in the canal, and the Passport was compelled to lie there until the break had been repaired. In spite of these accidents, the vessel reached Kingston ahead of time, thus furnishing another proof of her claim to be the fastest of the Richelieu & Ontario boats.

To Call A Public Meeting.

Every day the want of a grain elevator and storehouse here is felt to a greater degree. An instance of what the city is losing every day is shown by an event which happened today. The tug Thomson was coming up with five light barges, but was turned back and sent to Ogdensburg. The tug and five barges will be provisioned there, and Kingston merchants lose so much trade. Then again, all the lake grain carrying vessels provision and coal up at ports in which their cargoes are discharged. By this trade being diverted merchants and other places receive the benefit of what rightfully belongs to here. Grain shovellers here have not averaged $5 a week so far this season. In past seasons they have made from $15 to $25 a week. As they are of a class that spend money freely merchants feel the depression. It is difficult to place the actual loss the city suffers daily, but it is considerable. Ship carpenters, laborers, etc., are also thrown out of employment and they will naturally follow the work.

Mayor Elliott has decided to call a public meeting for some night next week to discuss the scheme of erecting an elevator here. The board of trade will be asked to attend.


Kingston, July 31st - To the Editor:

About twelve years ago the writer brought to the notice of the board of trade, through Mr. Muckleston, the value of an elevator at Kingston for relieving the demand at that time upon C.P.R. traffic. It has lately been reported that the C.P.R. Co. contemplate erecting an elevator at Brockville, and it was newspaper report that the people of that town were moving in the matter.

Kingston carries very little about railway connections. The so-called Kingston & Pembroke railway, projected and bonused by the city to bring some of the trade of the Ottawa river to this port, has not been able, in twenty five years, to get to its destination. Meanwhile Toronto is pressing for railway connection with Pembroke, and a projected extension from Haliburton to Mattawa will make Port Hope the lake port for some Ottawa lumber interests.

To the east of us Brockville and Prescott have ever widening connections with New York and eastern Atlantic ports. The mythic Wolfe Island railway, which has a charter, would enable us, with the aid of ferries, to send cars daily the year round to New York.

Garden Island is the best site for an elevator. There is deep water there for any lake-going vessel. The island should be the terminus of the railway from Hinckley's ferry, opposite Cape Vincent. The lumber trade could send its traffic through without breaking bulk. Should there be enough vigor left in Kingston to secure the extension to Pembroke to which it can lay claim, and to open up the long-thought-of connection with New York by Cape Vincent, the sight of lumber going to New York away around by Ottawa would no longer vex us, nor would we see the Bay of Quinte railway taking Madawaska lumber from the Kingston & Pembroke railway at Harrowsmith to ship it at Deseronto.

Some other good things we should see if some moral dynamite would awake the city to the advantages of its situation. The distribution of wheat, lumber and other produce on its way to the ocean, by way of Quebec or New York, can be better handled here than elsewhere. It is a profitable trade. It has built up many places of position far inferior to this. If Brockville could but complete its railway to Sault Ste. Marie, and add to its facilities a large storage elevator, with cold storage warehouse for the dairy trade, it would in a short time exceed Kingston in wealth and population.


p.4 A Remarkable Trial - over estate of late Capt. Eber B. Ward.

General Paragraphs - Ellen Murray, cook, who died on the Kingston & Montreal forwarding company's schooner Lapwing, at Buffalo, is not known here.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Aug 1896