The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 May 1898

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Ten barges have arrived at Mooers elevator to load grain.

The schooner Acacia clears for Oswego tonight to load coal.

The steamer Josephine cleared for the upper lakes last evening.

The steamer Alberta loaded grain at Mooers' elevator for Montreal.

The schooner Singapore cleared today after discharging coal at the ferry dock.

The schooner Fabiola cleared today for Oswego to load coal for James Swift & Co.

The tug Bronson, with three grain laden barges, left for Montreal last night.

The schooner Two Brothers arrived from Oswego today with coal for Booth & Co.

The tug St. George will arrive from Montreal this evening with a tow of light barges. The sloops Echo, Laura D., Two Brothers and Maggie L. discharged at Richardson's today.

The M.T. company's elevator is equipped with six steam shovels to feed grain to the elevating buckets.

The steamer Glengarry and consort Minnedosa arrived from Toledo this morning with 90,000 bushels of corn.

The schooner Clara Youell arrived from Chatham last evening with 15,500 bushels of wheat for the M.T. company.

The schooner Annie Falconer left Portsmouth today for Wellers Bay to load pulp wood. This is her first trip this season.

The steamer Empire State returned this morning from Picton, where she underwent repairs. She will bring an excursion from Ogdensburg and way ports on Tuesday.

The steamer Jubilee made a double trip to the head of Howe and foot of Wolfe Islands this morning, bringing up two large loads of passengers and considerable freight.

The report that the tug St. George ran ashore in Coteau Lake on Thursday was incorrect. It was the steamer Beaver which ran ashore at Lancaster. A Cornwall tug released her without any difficulty.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Colborne, May 20th - Down: Steamer Rugee, Chicago to Ogdensburg, corn; W.B. Morley, Chicago to Kingston, wheat; Gov. Smith, Chicago to Ogdensburg, gen. cargo.

Port Dalhousie, May 20th - Down: Steamer Glengarry, Toledo to Kingston, corn; barge Minnedosa, Toledo to Kingston, corn.



The gang of shovellers at Richardsons' elevator went out on strike yesterday afternoon and demanded higher wages. The complaint offered by the men was against the introduction of new men after a vessel's cargo had been partly discharged. It happened that the gang was delayed a few hours after working on one vessel, and when work was resumed H.W. Richardson added five or six men, who were to receive equal pay with the old shovellers. This the gang resented, and demanded a higher wage, which being refused, they dropped their shovels. There were fifteen in the gang, but one man was satisfied with his pay and remained at work. These men had been employed by the Richardson brothers all through the winter, since the old elevator was burned. H.W. Richardson says that the shovellers were receiving seventy-five cents per thousand bushels more than some other companies pay, and the reason he placed the additional men at work was because the gang was unable to keep the elevator supplied, which being the case, a loss of coal and time was entailed. When the men refused to work a new gang of twenty-five men was secured and work resumed after a delay of one hour and a half. Mr. Richardson states that he did not lose anything through the strike. In a month or so the elevator will be equipped with steam shovels.

p.8 The Steamer Antelope - Frank Nicholson, Portsmouth, returned from Rockport today, where he was assisting in rebuilding the steamer Antelope. The steamer is expected here next week for further repairs and inspection.

Wants To Use The Dock.

The Globe iron works, Cleveland, Ohio, building two revenue cutters for the United States government, wants the use of the government dry-dock in which to cut in two the two boats so as to let them through the lower canals. The stock will be available by June 15th and the Globe company has been so informed. If the dock is used it is likely the Collins Bay rafting company will be given the contract to pontoon the sections through to Montreal. The dock was also required for use of the United States revenue cutter Gresham, cut in two at Ogdensburg, one section sinking, but on account of being occupied by the steamer Rosedale the work went to Ogdensburg.

The big tug W.H. Brown, which passed down last fall, being frozen in at Valleyfield, is now doing service for the United States government as a despatch boat between Cuba and Florida. She was sold to the government.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 May 1898