The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Sep 1896

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The tug Maggie May with two barges, light, from Ottawa, arrived last night.

The schr. Nellie Hunter, with 300 tons of coal for R. Crawford, arrived this morning.

The steambarge Nile and consort Isis, lumber laden, from Ottawa, arrived last night.

The tugs Walker and Thomson cleared, today, for Montreal with ten barges, grain laden.

The schr. Waubeshene is discharging the remainder of her cargo at Richardson & Sons' elevator.

The str. Columbian will continue on the Algerian's trip to Montreal. She comes down from Toronto in the morning.

The barge Cleveland, belonging to the M.T. Co., is in Davis' dry-dock being generally improved. She has been there two days.

Mr. McLeod only sold about 2,000 bushels of damaged grain to Folger Bros. This was the amount spoken of in last night's Whig as belonging to the steambarge Coaster.

Capt. Welcome, Buffalo, managing director of the Davidson line of steamers, is here to look after the cargoes of the prop. Nicaragua and consort. Capt. Welcome generally follows the boats about and does the business himself.

T. Gallagher, head steward of the Thousand Island steamboat company, and T. McGinnis, steward of the St. Lawrence, will lay up the St. Lawrence. The steamer will run an excursion from Rochester among the Thousand Islands the coming Sunday.

There were 260,000 bushels of grain at the M.T. Co.'s elevators, this morning. This, it was expected, would be transhipped by midnight, and ready to proceed to the seaboard by daybreak. There is no delay to vessels discharging here. The M.T. Co.'s anchorage presented a lively appearance this morning and was a reminder of old times.



Capt. McLeod, marine insurance adjuster, whose opinion on marine matters is unquestioned, says that the rates of the Buffalo, N.Y., graving dock and that of Kingston are identical, in fact the Buffalo rates were adopted for thr Kingston dock. When asked to point out the advantage of taking a damaged craft from this port to Buffalo for repairs, Capt. McLeod said it was to save the fifty per cent duty on repairs, for one thing, and another was that ship-carpenters were not procurable here for making repairs. There are plenty of good men in the city, he said, but they were all engaged by private concerns and could not be obtained when wanted. Also, that timber could not be procured here when wanted. He admitted that work could be done cheaper here than at Buffalo, but boats would be delayed too long in receiving repairs, hence it was found more profitable to take American craft to American ports when in need of permanent repairs.

The damaged grain in the str. Monteagle was offered for sale here, but Capt. McLeod said that only ridiculously low prices were offered. The grain will be taken to Buffalo and sold there. At two o'clock this afternoon the Monteagle, with Capt. McLeod aboard, steamed out of the dry-dock and headed for Buffalo. It cost the steamer's owners seven cents for 1,260 tons each day she lay in dock here.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Sep 1896