Coaling Season at Sodus Point Opens
First Outgoing Cargo Bound for Ogdensburg -Lake Barges Coming
SODUS POINT - The coal forwarding season at the port of Sodus Point has opened, the first outgoing cargo being sent to Ogdensburg in the steamer Iselin. She was loaded at the Pennsylvania railway trestle. The prospects for a very active season in coal shipping are fine and this will be considerably augmented when the government gives the sanction and starts work on deepening the channel to the coal trestles so as to admit bottoms of deeper draft.
No shortage in the coal supply is anticipated for the export trade. During the past two or three years the production of coal has been hindered by strikes and consequently there has been a reduction in the amount of coal sent into Canada and other lake ports. Plenty of coal is available at the present time and it is expected that the Pennsylvania system will haul in big shipments, running daily trains if necessary.
The big lake barges engaged in the coal trade will soon be arriving. Just whether the small fleet old-time schooners, now reduced to about eight on Lake Ontario, will again engage in the coal business is not known. When the scarcity of coal was in evidence a few years ago the small craft lost money through inability to get cargoes on time, as the limited shipments were picked up by the larger craft, leaving no small amounts for the schooners. With a plentiful supply of coal available this season it is believed that some of the smaller boats will re-enter the work. The small boats, all owned by Canadian parties, are as follows:
Lyman M. Davis, Napanee, Captain John McCullough; Grace M. Filer, Belleville, Captain Fagan; St. Louis, Kingston, Captain Bob Patterson; Mary A. Daryaw, Kingston, Captain Henry Daryaw; William Jamison, Picton, Captain William Savage; Julia B. Merrill, Port Hope, Captain Walter Peacock; Hattie Hull, Kingston, Captain James Oliver; Bert Barnes, Kingston, Captain Harry Mitchell.