The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Dec 1897

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Grain To Be Transported Before the Season Closes.


Thirty-Seven Boats Loading At Fort William.

Chicago, Dec. 4th - Grain rates from Duluth and Fort William have reached such tempting figures that vesselmen are taking all kinds of chances to get there in the end of the season's harvest. P.D. Armour has enormous stocks for shipment to New York, and the fight against the ice will be carried to the limit. Ice is forming rapidly in the St. Mary river, and there is talk of a concerted movement of vessel owners to hire an ice crusher to keep the channel clear. Thirty-seven vessels were put in to the load at Duluth and Fort William yesterday. Five cents is offered on wheat from Fort William and four cents was paid in Duluth. It is more than likely that a number of craft will be forced to winter at Fort William, but extraordinary efforts will be made to get the Duluth fleet through. There are still more than 2,000,000 bushels of wheat at that port consigned through via Buffalo.

Never in the grain trade has ice in the St. Mary's river, between Lakes Superior and Huron, been such a factor as now. It is forming rapidly, and yet thirty-seven boats are loading wheat at Duluth and Fort William, and new charters are being made for more to bring the cereal to Chicago. It is said that not less than 1,500,000 bushels of wheat are yet to be brought from Duluth to Chicago, and 2,000,000 bushels are to go up to Buffalo. About fifteen vessels are still to take on cargoes at Fort William. In the rush for boats, the highest rate of the year was paid at Duluth. It was four cents to Buffalo.



The steamer Bannockburn is in the Welland canal en route to Kingston.

The tugs Thomson and Jessie Hall entered the government graving dock today for repairs.

The gun boat Yantic arrived at Port Dalhousie this morning in tow of the tug Boscobelle.

The schooners Fabiola and Fleetwing are expected over daily from Oswego with coal for James Swift & Co.

The density of steam arising from the water before daylight this morning made it difficult for mariners to go their way.

The steamer Hero steamed away from Swift's wharf on her last trip up the bay this season. On her return she will undergo the necessary preparations for winter.

Capt. Whelan was given charge of the sloop Pilot yesterday to deliver a cargo of wheat at Glenora. The wheat was loaded at Richardsons'.

The tug Walker went to Gananoque yesterday and returned with a hoist to be used by contractor G. Wilson in doing the masonry work of the M.T. company's elevator foundation.

The steamer Algonquin passed down today, bound from Fort William to Prescott with wheat. Upon discharging she will run up to Toronto and go into winter quarters. There are several Kingstonians aboard.

The steamer D.D. Calvin with consorts Ceylon and Augustus arrived at Garden Island last night and will go into winter quarters, having completed the task of supplying Brockville with coal, carried from Charlotte.

The S.S. Bannockburn grounded at Port Colborne yesterday morning, due to the low water. She rests between the piers, and will easily float when a change in the direction of the wind raises the water. There is only thirteen feet of water on the sills at that point.

Working With Energy.

Work on the M.T. company's docks is being prosecuted night and day. The superintendent of the spile driving is desirous of having all spiles down before the ice forms in any thickness. Electric lights have been placed on the wharf making night work as convenient as during the day. The hard nature of the river bed at that point is causing delay and inconvenience.

p.6 Will Wait A Year - The owners of the steamer Sir L. Tilley have decided not to invest any money in repairs this fall. In the spring temporary repairs will be made, and next fall the steamer will be rebuilt. Most likely the work will be done here at a cost of $25,000.

Came Near Being Suffocated - While the schooner Queen of the Lakes was lying at Charlotte a night or two ago, the crew came near being asphyxiated by coal gas escaping from a stove in the cabin. Capt. Oliver's son was found in an unconscious condition. Members of the crew were more or less affected. Capt. Oliver happened to have a medicine chest aboard, and administered restoratives to those affected.

Faithful Employee Dead - Thomas Allen for over twenty years fireman and assistant engineer for St. Lawrence steamboat company.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Dec 1897