The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Jun 1897

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The tug Walker, with three light barges, arrived from Montreal last night.

The schooner Nellie Hunter, Oswego, is at Crawford & Co.'s wharf with 375 tons of coal.

The sloop Maggie L., Trenton, discharged 55,000 feet of lumber at the foot of Princess street this morning for the McRossie estate.

The tug McNaughton, with three light pin-flats from Montreal, arrived at Richardson & Sons' elevator last night to load grain for the sea board.

Welland canal report: steamer Tilley and consort Merritt, wheat, Fort William to Kingston; schooner S.H. Dunn, timber, Toledo to Kingston; steamer Niagara, light, Kingston to Toledo; steamer Saturn and consorts, light, Collins Bay to Serpent River; schooner Barnes, timber, Toledo to Garden Island.

p.3 Defending The Elevator - its erection is in the interest of Kingston - 2 letters about elevators



At a meeting of the electors of Wolfe Island on Saturday night, there was general rejoicing over the outcome of the ferry question, Wolfe Island having scored at both points at issue, viz., the legality of the government issuing any license under the present ferries act, and securing to Wolfe Island of privileges enjoyed in the past. Garden Island also gets a license from Garden Island to Kingston, and from Garden Island to Wolfe Island, but as it is, and has been, an act of courtesy on the part of Mr. Calvin to allow any boat to land at Garden Island, the action of the government is not considered unfavorably. The question has been, for over two years, of deep local interest and the point of legality and other respective rights claimed were hotly contested.

Some of the benefits claimed under present conditions, are: A ferry service that will permit of Kingstonians and tourists generally, appreciating the unsurpassed advantages of Wolfe Island as a pleasure and health resort. A free wharf in Kingston that means from fifty cents to one dollar a head on live stock sold to butchers, owing to the competition that ease of access, and a lack of the almost prohibitive conditions that have always prevailed, will naturally bring.

A cheaper freight and passenger charge, the reduction on grain alone being co-incident with the fact that Wolfe Island now secures at home, Kingston prices - less one cent per bushel - while formerly the difference was two cents. This means at present prices, say on oats, a saving to the producer of one bushel on every twenty sold. Wolfe Islanders have been watching for some time to see how the government would act, it will now be in order to note how they will act themselves. - COM.

p.6 Snips - The R. & O. steamer Spartan called at Swift's wharf on her way from Toronto to Montreal with a heavy cargo of freight.

The ferry steamer holding the seven years' license will be the only one permitted to carry passengers from Kingston to Wolfe Island.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Jun 1897