The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Sep 1896

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p.1 Incidents of the Day - W. Evans, engineer on the tug Thomson, will go on the S.S. Rosemount on her next trip up the lakes. He will go on as second engineer to become acquainted with the ship's machinery, so that he will be able to take the chief's post next season.


A meeting of the joint committee of the city council and board of trade took place in the mayor's office yesterday afternoon regarding the proposed elevator. Those present were: Mayor Elliot, Alds. Stewart, Skinner, Walkem and Ryan; R.J. Carson and A. Chadwick from the board of trade. The proposition made by Mr. McLennan, president of the M.T. Co., that he would give $25,000 towards a public elevator in Kingston was talked over. It was felt that this was a very small offer from the company. If the transportation companies would not come up better it could hardly be expected that outsiders would take any stock in the scheme. Some of the members were in favor of forming a company that would build an elevator. The M.T. Co. wanted the barracks site secured, and also wanted exemption from taxes. The last government asked $40,000 for the barracks site, so it can be seen what this would mean to the city if the corporation had to buy it for the elevator. Some of the members thought that Richardson & Sons would take $25,000 stock in the scheme and others thought they should take $50,000 interest. However, it was felt that on account of the absence from the meeting of James Redden, president of the board of trade, ex-Ald McKelvey and others the matter should be laid over. It was decided to hold another meeting Friday night, when some decision will probably be reached. On account of the M.T. Co. being equipped with floating elevators some thought that they would not pay one-half cent bushel storage if a private concern took hold of the scheme. Financially, it was felt, there would be no money in such an elevator.


The schr. Fabiola goes to Oswego again. She has five or six loads ahead.

The schr. Annie Falconer arrived from Charlotte this morning with coal.

The tug Walker cleared last evening for Montreal, with six grain laden barges.

The schr. Acacia is unloading part of her cargo of coal from Charlotte at Collins Bay.

The tug Edmond, with barge Columbia, light, passed up the Rideau canal this morning.

The str. Armenia, Ashland to Garden Island, timber laden, is on her way down Lake Ontario.

The prop. Algonquin cleared about ten o'clock last night. She goes to Cleveland to load coal for Duluth.

The str. Corsican went down the river this morning. She will only go as far as Prescott and return to Toronto.

The tug Charlie Ferris, with barges Fred and Jackson, coal laden from Oswego, passed up the Rideau this morning.

The str. Germanic, with consort Hutcheson, Duluth, with 75,000 bushels of wheat, is discharging at the M.T. Co.'s elevators.

The str. Arizona and consort Plymouth, Chicago, 90,000 bushels of corn, arrived, this morning, at the M.T. Co.'s anchorage.

The big str. Katahdin, with 70,000 bushels of wheat from Duluth, arrived today and tied up at the M.T. Co.'s anchorage.

The schr. Pilot, sloops Madcap and Laura D., with peas from Bay of Quinte ports, arrived last evening for James Richardson & Sons.

The tug Active, with two coal-laden barges, from Charlotte, arrived last night. The Active cleared again, this morning, for down the river, and will return with a tow of eight barges.

The str. James Swift met with a slight accident at Ottawa. While she was in the canal one of the wings on her propeller was broken. She is in dry-dock undergoing repairs.

The tug Thomson smashed two buckets off her wheel coming up the river yesterday. The tug was towing ten barges and made big time in her delapidated state. A new wheel will be put on.

The prop. Algonquin was unable to get in close to the M.T. Co.'s dock because of the low water. Mariners think it is pretty nearly time the harbor was dredged and that vessels could get in and out with safety.

The steamer Hamilton, in trying to avoid collision with a tow of barges coming up the river on Tuesday, ran on a shoal just above Sister light. Capt. Gilbert Johnston telegraphed the Calvin company for steamer Chieftain with wrecker O'Brien, and after lighting off some of the cargo the Chieftain pulled the Hamilton off and she proceeded on to Montreal with her passengers. It is thought that the damage to the Hamilton is not serious.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Sep 1896