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

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p.1 Incidents of the Day - The schr. Pilot is on Davis' dry-dock being caulked.



The question of the shoals in the harbor was brought up and Mr. Carson asked Capt. Gaskin if it would not be profitable to establish an elevator on the shoal. The captain was sure no man would invest a dollar for an elevator there. Kingston harbor had been neglected shamefully. Small ports along the line were being assisted while Kingston, which did more transhipping than all the others put together, was left in a bad state. While at Ottawa he was told if an application for a dredge was sent in in the proper form it would receive attention. The old style of picking the bottom of the lake with a bar was behind the times. Steam arrangements would dredge out the place in three months.

It was decided that this be looked after.

Mr. Carson asked if Mr. McLennan, president of the M.T. Co., would renew his offer of $100,000 if the old barrackes site was secured for an elevator.

Capt. Gaskin did not know.

Mr. Carson stated that when he, with others were a deputation to call on Mr. McLennan that gentleman said that if the city raised $100,000 he would put up the same.

Mr. Gaskin thought that a proper elevator of 1,000,000 bushels capacity could be built in Kingston for $225,000. The forwarding business could not be done in both Kingston and Prescott. It was the fifteen days' storage which took the vessels down to Prescott. Word came up the other day from Montreal that part of the staff would have to be transferred to Prescott. He did not want to have to go to Prescott to live.

In answer to Mr. Carson, Ald. Ryan thought if the Tete du Pont barracks could not be obtained there could be lots of sites secured below the bridge. Capt. Gaskin said Kingston would lose all the transportation business if something was not done right away. Kingston had lost two-thirds of it already. He thought a joint stock company could be organized by the M.T. Co., the K. & M. F. Co., the city, and a few private individuals. He did not think the site on the west side of the dry-dock would do, as it was too much exposed. It was stated that the M.T. Co. could furnish a site from its own property if they wished, and Ald. Walkem suggested that communication be had with Mr. McLennan, asking him if in the event of a joint stock company being organized he would furnish a site.

It was decided that Mayor Elliott, Ald. Redden, R.J. Carson and A. Chadwick call on Mr. McLennan, at Montreal, on Tuesday.


The rivetters started work today on the S.S. Rosemount.

The schr. Fleetwing is at the K. & M. F. Co.'s dock with coal from Oswego.

The tug Bronson cleared Saturday for Montreal with four grain laden barges.

The str. St. Lawrence cleared at noon today for Oswego to load coal for Duluth.

The str. Niko and consort Churchill cleared today for Oswego to load coal for the upper lakes.

The tug Active, with three light barges, cleared this morning for Oswego to load coal for Oswego.

The schr. Fleetwing arrived in yesterday from Charlotte yesterday morning. She will discharge her cargo at Portsmouth.

The str. Farrell, with consort, Chicago, corn, and schr. Dunn, Toledo, timber, cleared the Welland canal today for this port.

The main mast of the S.S. Melbourne, which was bent, has been taken out of the ship. It will be quite a job fixing it up again.

The K. & M. F. Co.s' shovellers cleared thirty dollars each last week, the largest wage they have earned in one week so far this season.

The str. Bon Voyage arrived about eight o'clock last night from down the river. On account of the storm the steamer laid at Swift's dock until midnight.

The str. Parthia arrived from Montreal on Saturday with two light barges and cleared from Portsmouth this morning with two barges grain laden for Montreal.

The tugs Walker and Hall arrived from Montreal on Saturday night with ten light barges. They will clear again tonight for Montreal with eight grain laden barges.

In McCord's Handbook of Canadian Dates, on Aug. 19th, 1840, is the following statement: "The steamer Ontario is now proudly riding at anchor in the port of Montreal, having descended the rapids in safety. She arrived about seven o'clock this morning, being propelled with one engine. It is stated that the repairs will be completed in about a month."

The tug Petrel left for Toronto towing the Collins Bay Rafting Co.'s pontoons, Saturday afternoon. When out in the lake a short distance two of the pontoons broke away from the tug and drifted down near the ducks. Mr. Lesslie wired the tug Rival on her way up the bay to go after them, and the Rival picked them up this morning. Mr. Lesslie went up on the str. North King last night.

p.4 Could Not Raise The Vessel - Colchester, Ont., Aug. 31st - An attempt was made, on Saturday last, to lift the hull of the schr. Adams, sunk off here last December during the ice blockade, but without success. Three of the heaviest chains used parted, while a heavy south-west wind sprang up, caused a sea which obliged the workmen to remove their pontoons to the river for shelter. Owing to the lateness of the season, it is doubtful if the undertaking will be a success, and it may have to be abandoned until next year.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 Aug 1896