The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Apr 1898

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The barge Senator leaves Davis' dry dock tonight.

The steamer Kathadin cleared for the upper lakes yesterday.

The M.T. company's elevator will be running within two weeks.

The tug Bronson with six barges, grain-laden, left for Montreal last evening.

The schooner Jennetta, with 10,000 bushels of barley, is unloading at Clark's malt house.

The schooners Fabiola and Fleetwing have cleared for Oswego to load coal for James Swift & Co.

Clearances from the Mooers company elevator: steamers W.P. Ketchum and Business, for western ports.

The steamer Cadillac from Chicago with 68,100 ? bushels of corn arrived at the M.T. company's docks last night.

Capt. W. Power and J. Donnelly are making a survey of the damaged wheat in the steamer Ketchum. It is thought the loss will reach 12,000 bushels.

E. Charles, boss carpenter for the Folger company, has gone to Picton to supervise the repairs to the Cambria's hull.

Clarke Bros., malsters, purchased the damaged grain found in the hold of the steamer W.P. Ketchum. It was put into bags and hauled out to the malt house today.

The steamer Viking on her way to Prescott dropped her consort Stewart here yesterday, which will discharge 35,500 bushels of corn at the M.T. company's elevator.

Discharging at the Mooers company elevator: schooner Katie Eccles, Colborne, 8,600 bushels of buckwheat; schooner Annie Minnes, Consecon, 1,000 ? bushels of peas; schooner H.M. Ballou, Picton, 3,600 bushels of rye.

Cornelius Downey has arrived from Buffalo to put into operation the steam shovels at the Mooers company elevator. Inexperienced employees could not successfully operate the shovels, hence the necessity of importing an instructor. He will remain here here a few days only.

Having been built in Kingston, a short account of the large stone barges Hyderabad and Bangalore will not be amiss. They were both designed by Capt. Wm. Power, and constructed under his supervision in his own shipyard, which was located on the waterfront between Union and Gore streets. The Hyderabad came out in 1876 and the Bangalore three years later. The origin of their existence is found in the fact that Capt. Power wanted to retain skilled carpenters during the quiet season, to have them on hand when work became pressing. So during the "spare" season the two three masted vessels were built for himself. They were first employed in the grain trade between Chicago and here, but they did not make a fortune for their owner. About ten years ago they were dismantled and turned into coal barges, running from Oswego to Montreal. On this route they were only engaged a short time when they were sold to Hugh Ryan, and taken above to draw stone for the Sault Ste. Marie locks, where they remained until this spring. The tug W.F. McRae is now on her way with them to Valleyfield to convey stone from that village through the Beauharnois canal and across to Cascade point for the locks on the Soulanges canal. In 1881 the schooner Ford River ran across the bow of the Hyderabad and carried away her bowsprit and headgear, causing the heaviest accident that has visited either of the boats. They were without exception the strongest and best built boats of their size on the lakes. Even their long life and hard work has not altered their sheer, this being due to the excellent construction of their tabled clamps. Their average carrying capacity for stone is 750 tons each. In earlier days it was common to hear the mariners sing little ditties about these boats, such as "The Hyderabad and Bangalore can never beat the Singapore," and another arranged by a local registrar and ex mayor, "The Erin, Ox and Singapore, The Hyderabad and Bangalore, There goes Power's fleet." Through these songs will the old boats be virtually immortalized.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Colborne, April 27th - Down: Topeka, Toledo to Oswego, corn; Algonquin, Duluth to Kingston, corn.

Port Dalhousie, April 27th - Down: barge Vamland ?, Chicago to Kingston, corn; steamer Hall, Chicago to Kingston, corn; barge Stewart, Chicago to Kingston, corn; steamer Cadillac, Chicago to Prescott, rye; barge Nervaria, Chicago to Prescott, corn; barge Galaria, Chicago to Prescott, corn; steamer Street, Milwaukee to Kingston, corn; barge Lozen ?, Milwaukee to Kingston, corn; barge Godfrey, Milwaukee to Kingston, corn; steamer Niko, Chicago to Kingston, wheat; steamer James, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo; steamer Haskell, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo; steamer Pueblo, Toledo to Oswego, corn; steamer Topeka, Toledo to Oswego, corn.

Incidents of the Day - The map of the harbor which government engineers have been at work on for some time is about completed, as far as the drawing is concerned. The coloring will occupy considerable time in its completion.

A great many persons who climb to the top of Richardson Bros.' elevator to gain a glimpse of the surrounding country are afraid to stand upright on the roof. The dizzy height at which they find themselves unnerves them.

p.4 The steamer John J. Hill, with corn from Chicago, arrived at the M.T. company's docks this morning.

Customs Regulations Regarding Shipments.

The collector of customs has been instructed to enforce the following order contained in the regulations respecting foreign trading vessels: "Foreign vessels shall not take freight or passengers at one Canadian port and land the same at another Canadian port, and the master or owner of any vessel found to have violated this rule, shall be subject to a penalty of $400 for each offence and the vessel may be detained until the same is paid."

p.5 Collins Bay Breezes - April 28th - Collins Bay rafting company's fleet left on Saturday night for up the lakes to load timber. They looked fine in their new dress of paint....The tug Petrel left for Belleville on Sunday to bring down a raft for the company. The schooner Neelon has arrived from Charlotte with a load of coal for the C.B.R. company.

p.6 General Paragraphs - There were only 542 bushels of damaged grain in the hold of the steamer Ketchum. At first it was reported that the damaged grain would amount to fully 10,000 bushels, but upon assorting the stuff only 542 bushels were found to have suffered damage.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Apr 1898