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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 Mar 1898

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The schooner Fabiola cleared yesterday for Oswego to load coal for Folger Bros.

The tug Parthia came over from Garden Island today for the purpose of inspection by the government officials.

Just as soon as the schooner Fleetwing is fitted out she will clear for Oswego to load coal for James Swift & Co.

Folger Bros.' new steamer New York, now fitting out at Buffalo, will not arrive here until about the middle of May.

The schooner Katie Eccles, Cobourg, is bound down the lake with 10,000 bushels of peas consigned to the Mooers' elevator company.

Preparations are making for the launching of the M.T. company's new steel barge Brighton, at present on the ways at the locomotive works.

The steamer America made a trial trip around the harbor this morning testing her machinery. This afternoon she was placed on the Cape Vincent route, while the steamer Islander, after arriving from Cape Vincent, cleared for Clayton to run hereafter between that port and Alexandria Bay.

Capt. Gaskin, outside manager for the M.T. company, claims that marine men talk nonsense when they ask for the opening of the canals early in April. It would be useless to open the Welland canal before the canals along the St. Lawrence river, for shippers do not send grain here for storage, but for transhipment to Liverpool via Montreal, and until steamships can reach Montreal there is little use of sending grain down, for naturally, a blockade would be the result. There is sufficient grain waiting to come east to fill five or six elevators like the M.T. company's.

The new barge constructed in the M.T. company's shipyard is ready for launching. She is considered the best barge under Canadian control, and the only one of her kind in use. For durability and preservation, she cannot be beaten, so well has she been constructed. The perishable sections of a boat have in her case been made of steel, and the remainder of wood. Thus the frame, bottom, outside planking and inner sheeting are composed of wood, and the rails, covering board, deck, deck beams, main keelson, sister keelson, stanchions, shelf, clamps and cabin of steel. Her dimensions are 180 feet long, thirty-six feet beam, and twelve feet deep. The actual carrying capacity is 50,000 bushels, but at St. Lawrence canal draught about 32,000 bushels. Her construction cost in the neighborhood of $35,000. This queen of barges will bear the name of "Kingston."

p.6 Shipbuilders Strike - Toronto, March 31st - One hundred and fifty employees of Bertram's shipyards went out on strike this morning. They demand 15 cents per hour, instead of 12 1/2 cents which they are at present receiving. There are a number of important contracts for boats for the Yukon trade on hand.

Purchased The Minnie - Capt. J. Maloney has purchased the sloop Minnie, and brought her down from Picton yesterday. He secured her at a very low price.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 Mar 1898