The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Dec 1896

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The steamer Rosemount cleared the Welland canal last evening and is expected at the M.T. Co.'s anchorage tonight. The Bannockburn is following and will be here Friday night or Saturday morning. It is the last trip this season for both boats.

The steamer Erin and consort Danforth entered port this morning covered in ice from stem to stern. They are from Fort William and have aboard 70,000 bushels of wheat consigned to Richardson & Sons. In entering the harbor they did not keep in the channel and went aground on a shoal just off the Princess street slip. The passage down the lakes was a stormy one.

p.2 The Handling of Grain - Buffalo, Dec. 2nd - figures on grain and flour handled in 1896.

p.4 General Paragraphs - This afternoon an elevator and barge went to the relief of the stranded barge Danforth, aground on a shoal off the Princess street slip. Four or five thousand bushels were taken out of her, after which she floated off.

Dec. 3, 1896

p.1 Incidents of the Day - When the str. Rosemount steamed into port today her hull, deck and rigging were encased in ice. Capt. McMaugh reported that almost every day while on Lake Superior, during the trip, snow storms raged and the weather was bitterly cold. The crew had a hard time keeping the craft free of ice to allow of their moving about.

The Ball A Success - first annual ball of Kingston yacht club.

p.4 Today's Tidings - A half dozen steamers are said to be bound tight in the ice along the north shore of Lake Superior, and it will be impossible to release them. The steamer Victory, loaded with wheat, is ice bound within a short distance of Superior, and efforts of the tugs to release her have been useless.


The Soo canal will be closed this week. The Welland canal will be closed on the 15th.

The schooner Ballou today loaded 3,500 bushels of wheat at Richardson & Sons' elevator for Glenora Mills.

Capt. Shaw, of the schooner Fleetwing, left today for his home at Brighton. He says the schooner had a prosperous season.

Ice formed in slips along the harbor front last night. It is of good thickness and looks as though it might hold firm.

The steamer Rosemount arrived this morning from Fort William with 66,000 bushels of wheat and at once went into winter quarters.

The schooner Queen of the Lakes arrived in port last evening light from Oswego, whither she took a load of barley. She will at once go into winter quarters.

Work towards completion of laying up the M.T. Co.'s fleet is being continued and is progressing as rapidly as can be expected. The fleet will be snugly stowed away within the next ten days.

Capt. Cornwall, of the schooner Queen of the Lakes, says that when Oswego was left Wednesday morning the ground was covered by a foot of snow and sleighing was good. He was surprised upon arriving here the same evening to see the earth quite bare of snow.

The steamer Erin is at Portsmouth discharging a cargo of wheat consigned to Richardson & Sons. Her consort, the tow barge Danforth, was discharged yesterday and is in the Princess street slip awaiting the steamer to pick her up. The two boats will clear for the west.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 Dec 1896