The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 May 1897

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The schooner Kate cleared this morning for Bay ports to load grain for this port.

The schooner Queen of the Lakes cleared for Toledo on Saturday to load corn for this port.

The schooner Nellie Hunter arrived on Saturday from Charlotte with 375 tons of coal for Crawford & Co.

The steamer Rosemount passed up through the Welland canal on Saturday bound for Fort William.

The steamer Morley passed through the Welland canal today, bound from Duluth to this port with wheat.

The schooners Ballou, Echo, Annandale and sloop Madcap are tied up at the foot of Princess street awaiting charters.

The barge Jennie was floated out of the government dry-dock this morning and the barge Harvest entered for general repairs.

The tug Jessie Hall arrived from Montreal yesterday with two light barges, and returned this morning with four barges laden with 75,000 bushels of wheat.

Every day grain cargoes consigned to this port are sent down to Prescott to discharge, it being impossible to handle the grain here; a strong argument in favor of the erection of a grain elevator.

The steamer Glengarry and consort Minnedosa arrived on Saturday from Fort William with 90,000 bushels of wheat. They were discharged today and tonight will clear again for Fort William.

The steamer Servia and consort Moravia arrived yesterday from Duluth with 125,000 bushels of wheat. The Moravia was dropped off here and the Servia proceeded on down to Prescott to discharge, it being impossible to accommodate her cargo here.

Capt. Daryeau (sic - Daryaw) claims to have established a record between this port and Consecon. Leaving here with the sloop Laura D., a good run up, with fair wind, was made, 2,500 bushels of grain were taken aboard, and the sloop was tied up at this port again within thirty hours. He would like to hear of another craft attempting such a feat.

An Iron Bound Agreement - between city and Mooers company for elevator.

He Witnessed It - Peter Carroll describes launch of gunboat Cherokee in the fall of 1842.

District Dashes - Capt. Paul Clark, Picton, has purchased all the shares of the steamer Merritt and assumed full control.

p.4 Wind Wafts - Called at Craig & Co.'s wharf: steamer Persia, Montreal; Cuba, Prescott; Ocean, Hamilton.


May Have Two Elevators.

It is understood that another grain elevator offer will be made to the city council this evening by J. Richardson & Sons. It is understood that this firm will offer to erect an elevator having a capacity of 1,000,000 bushels, for a bonus of $35,000. If progress be made at this rate Kingston will ere long , take her proper place as a centre for the grain trade with innumerable elevators.

Council could do no better than to accept this offer as soon as the agreement with the Mooers company has been ratified, and then, with two elevators having a combined capacity of 1,500,000 bushels, this city ought to soon come to the front. Who will make the best offer? Let the ball be kept rolling.

A Loss To Kingston.

On account of their barges being engaged in carrying grain between Prescott and Montreal, the two local forwarding companies cannot properly handle all the grain consigned to them. Each had to send a cargo down to Prescott today, representing about 112,000 bushels. As the companies get half a cent for discharging grain, one quarter of a cent for elevating, and one quarter of a cent for shovelling, Kingston loses just $560 by the two cargoes going past this port in one day, not to speak of provisions which would be necessary to purchase, the money spent by sailors, etc.

The Water Lily Wrecked.

The barge Water Lily, while on her way to Valleyfield, Que., with a cargo of 8,000 bushels of grain, from Cobourg, consigned to Macdonald, of Valleyfield, struck, and went down, in Coteau lake on Friday last. The cargo was fully insured. It had originally been consigned to Richardson & Sons, of this city. Particulars of the disaster are very meagre and it is not known here whether or not the vessel and her cargo will be a total loss.

Let There Be Fair Play.

An alderman who favors the agreement between the grain elevator company and the special elevator committee, and which is published in full in today's Whig, stated today that the greatest influence had been brought to bear upon him by persons interested in a rival concern to induce him to vote against the adoption of the special committee's report in council this evening.

Sent On To Prescott.

The steamer Morley and consort Owen arrived this morning at Portsmouth from Duluth with 112,000 bushels of wheat. The K. & M. F. company could not handle all this grain as a number of the company's barges are engaged in carrying grain from Prescott to Montreal. The Morley was sent on down to Prescott to discharge there.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 May 1897