The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Apr 1897

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p.1 The K. & M. forwarding company has over 400,000 bushels of corn and wheat in the Welland canal on the way to Portsmouth.

The steambarge Calvin will clear from Garden Island tomorrow with her consorts, the Ceylon and the Augusta, for Toledo, Ohio, to load oak timber for Garden Island.

Several of the Kingston and Montreal forwarding company's vessels are expected at Portsmouth with grain on Thursday next.



The M.T. Co.'s barge Toledo is in Davis' dry dock receiving a general overhauling.

On Thursday the steamer Rosemount and consort Minnedosa will clear for Fort William to load wheat for this port.

Daley Bros., of Ogdensburg, have been awarded the contract of dredging Charlotte harbor. The appropriation is $8,500.

The steamer D.D. Calvin, with consorts Ceylon and Augustus, cleared today for Toledo to load timber for the Calvin company.

The steamer Niko and consorts are expected to arrive here from Chicago with grain on Thursday, making the first grain arrival of the season.

The schooner Clara Youell, bound across the lake, was forced to run in here yesterday for shelter. She cast her anchor off the government dry dock.

The schooner Fabiola, coal laden from Oswego to this port, was forced to seek shelter under the lee shore of Four Mile point during the fury of yesterday's storm.

Capt. Ira Folger will command the steamer Princess Louise this season. The steamer will ply between Gananoque and this port, and will run the Garden Island ferry service when necessary.

The M.T. Co. began elevating this morning, the first of the season. The wheat stored in the schooner Minnedosa was lightened and stored in river barges, pending the opening of the St. Lawrence canals. The Minnedosa had 50,000 bushels in her hold.

International Association - of ice yachting clubs suggested by last week's issue of 'Amateur Athlete.'

Incidents of the Day - Frank Mann has accepted a position as stoker on the R. & O. steamer Spartan for the coming season.

p.3 Council of Wolfe Island - April 5th - ....On motion of W.H. Woodman, the reeve and deputy reeve were appointed to look after the necessary repairs to the Simcoe island scow....

On motion of R. Boyd, the council petitions the minister of public works for the use of a dredge for deepening and widening the channel leading to the ferry dock, the channel already dredged not having been made sufficiently wide and not deep enough to accommodate a steamboat in all kinds of weather.

p.4 The K. & M. forwarding company has such a large quantity of grain on the way from Chicago to Portsmouth that a portion of it will not be used for the first shipment. This morning Alderman James Stewart, local manager, instructed the captains of the company's grain-laden vessels at Port Colborne to proceed to Prescott and to place 200,000 bushels out of their cargoes in the elevator there for ten days' storage. Even this early in the season, before a solitary cargo has been delivered at this port, is the urgent need of an elevator in Kingston forcibly demonstrated.

A Steamer Sunk - Ogdensburg, N.Y., April 20th - The steamer Massena, Capt. Frank Dane, plying between this place and Alexandria Bay, sank yesterday near the main land, about seven miles up the St. Lawrence river from Ogdensburg. She was bound for the Thousand Islands with an all deck load - fifteen tons of plaster and 8,000 feet of lumber - for the New York Casino. A fifty-mile-an-hour north-west gale was blowing and the steamer was obliged to run broadside to the wind for some distance. The windows in the bulwarks were crushed in by the swells, and her cargo shifted.

p.6 The Welland Canal Opened - Port Dalhousie, April 20th - The Welland canal opened for the season at 11:30 o'clock this forenoon. The first boat to lock up was the Canadian schooner Wawanosh, Capt. John Read, which goes to Toledo to load timber for Collins Bay. The following boats are waiting for their turn: Steamers Rosedale, Algonquin, Niagara, Bannockburn and Erin; schooners Danforth, S.H. Dunn and Straubenzie.

Affairs of the Hour - The K. & M. forwarding company's barges and elevators are all in readiness at Portsmouth to receive the grain consigned to the company, and now on the way from American ports. The assistance of Hall's barges, (Ogdensburg, N.Y.) has been secured to receive such surplus as may remain after the company's vessels have been loaded.

Thousand Island Park, April 19th - The steamer Islander made her first trip on the Clayton-Alexandria Bay route this morning. She looks as bright as a new dollar and is again under the command of captain Aldridge Kendall, of Clayton.....Capt. E.G. Robbins of Grenell Island has built a neat little sloop which will be used for cruising purposes.....The sloop Dolphin is engaged in carrying stone to Hart's Island near Alexandria Bay...

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Apr 1897