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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Aug 1897

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The schooner Fleetwing is discharging a cargo of coal at Swift's wharf.

The steamer Glengarry, Oswego, arrived this morning having in tow two coal laden barges consigned to Montreal.

The schooner Porter, Toledo, is at Portsmouth unloading 40,000 bushels of wheat at the K. & M. F. Co.'s elevators.

The schooner Pilot, Simcoe Island, arrived this morning with 1,500 bushels of peas and oats consigned to Richardson & Sons.

The tug Bronson arrived from Montreal last evening with three light barges, clearing again this morning for Montreal with six, grain laden.

The schooner Richards was discharged today at the M.T. Co.'s elevator and is awaiting the arrival from Prescott of the steamer Queen of the West.

The steamer Britannia was en route from this port to Toledo Tuesday morning, when she ran into and smashed some of the locks in the Welland canal. She discharged 48,000 bushels of corn.

The M.T. Co.'s steamer Bannockburn, bound up, light, and Rosemount, wheat laden from Fort William, are delayed in the Welland canal on account of the break made by the steamer Britannia.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Dalhousie, Aug. 11th - Up - steamer Britannia, Kingston to Duluth, light; steamer Omaha, Oswego to Chicago, coal; steamer Frost, Ogdensburg to Chicago, general cargo.

Down - steamer Haskell, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo.

Port Colborne, Aug. 11th - Up - steamer Tilley, Prescott to Chicago, light; steamer Josephine and consort, Oswego to Chicago, coal.

Down - steamer Clinton and consort, Port Arthur to Thorold, pulpwood; steamer Morley and consort, Chicago to Kingston, corn.

Foreman Gilmour Injured - William Gilmour, foreman for the K. & M. F. company hurt in the weighhouse of one of the company's elevators at Portsmouth; fell backwards and gashed head.

To Remain At Portsmouth.

In regard to a statement published in a local paper, to the effect that just as soon as there were two grain elevators in existence in the city the K. & M. F. Co. would move into the city from Portsmouth, alderman Stewart, the local manager for the company, says there is not a word of truth in the report. The company is firmly rooted at Portsmouth, where its business will be conducted as long as there is any to do. The company never had any intention of moving its plant into the city. Neither does the company intend opposing either of the elevator companies. It will attend to its own affairs and will be on deck every time to protect its own interests.

Ordered to Montreal - Capt. Sewell, first engineer Milne, second engineer Bolton, the porter, six waiters, two cooks and four firemen to transfer to Bohemian at Montreal.



The captain of the steamer Colonial is an angry man. Likewise, the owners are not of that equanimity of mind looked for in persons. To several causes is attributed this condition of affairs. In the first place the Colonial, laden with 72,000 bushels of corn from Chicago, tied up at the Prescott elevator on July 27th. On Saturday last the elevator prepared to unload her, but after the hatches were opened the manager of the elevator refused to accept the corn, claiming it was damaged. John Donnelly, jr., and Capt. Taylor were called upon to arbitrate, and decided that the cargo was not damaged from any cause due to mismanagement or leakage. The manager of the elevator was thereupon forced to accept the corn, and on Monday, fourteen days after the Colonial tied up to the wharf, she was unloaded and cleared for Chicago.

It is thought that the corn was improperly cured, and being kept for such a length of time in the steamer's hold had heated and thus become damaged.



Passengers on the steamers America and Algerian, and a few residents, witnessed a lively scrap at Clayton about five o'clock this morning. The affair was the outcome of the recent mysterious touching at the foot of the rapids a few days ago of the two boats above named. For a time it looked as though the crews of both boats would be pitted against each other in a free and open fight, after the style of Donnybrook fair, but fortunately before such an extreme was reached the combatants retired to the seclusion that the cabins grant, and shortly afterwards the boats pulled away from the wharf, separating for a time at least the principals.

Since the day the two steamers collided there has been a bad feeling between the crews, and it reached a culmination this morning when Capt. Hinckley, of the steamer America, and Capt. Dunlop, of the Algerian, met on the wharf at Clayton. The first named was approached by Capt. Dunlop, who introduced the subject of the collision. He was angry, and applied an epithet to Capt. Hinckley, which was sufficient to arouse any man's temper. Instead of becoming incensed Capt. Hinckley tried to pacify the other man, saying, "Dunlop, you and I do not want to quarrel over this matter. Let us be friends. Let the two companies do the fighting." This seemed to incense Capt. Dunlop, who caught Capt. Hinckley by the breast of his coat and attempted to strike him. The last named was just a trifle too quick for his antagonist, and hauling back, he struck Capt. Dunlop on the face, knocking him backwards. A "runner" for the R. & O. navigation company rushed to the assistance of Capt. Dunlop, and was about to strike Capt. Hinckley, when the mate of the steamer St. Lawrence jumped to the wharf and tackled the runner, "doing" him up in quick order. Friends then interfered and prevented a resumption of hostilities. Capt. Dunlop wears a pair of beautifully hand colored optics as a result of the affray, while Capt. Hinckley has a small bruise and scratch on his right cheek.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Aug 1897