The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Jun 1898

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Repairs are being made to the cabin of the steamer J.G. Nichols.

The schooner Fabiola is discharging a cargo of coal at the ferry wharf.

The schooner Fleetwing, Oswego, is at Swift & Co.'s wharf discharging coal.

The steamer Arundell, Alexandria Bay to Charlotte, touched at Swift's wharf last evening.

The steamer Jubilee brought two large loads of passengers to the city today from island resorts.

The steamer Corsican passed down and the steamer Spartan up today, touching at Swift's wharf.

The break in the Beauharnois canal causes the M.T. company some inconvenience in delay of barges.

Arrivals - Schooner Kate, Wellington, peas; sloop Maggie L., Picton, oats; sloop Minnie, Howe Island, stone.

A great quantity of pulp wood is coming in over the K. & P. railroad for transhipment to the United States.

Clearances - Schooner Acacia, Oswego, light; sloop Two Brothers, Dexter, pulp wood; schooner S.H. Dunn, Toledo, light.

The steamer New York will be floated out of the government graving dock tonight, repairs to her hull having been completed.

With the new wheel made at Kingston it is expected that the steamer Brockville will be able to knock off fourteen miles an hour quite handily.

It cost the owners of the steamer Rosedale $4,600 for the use of the government dry dock for the time the steamer occupied the dock.

Yesterday the M.T. company's elevator unloaded 108,000 bushels of clipped oats from the steamer St. Lawrence in six hours. This is considered fast work.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Colborne, June 24th - Down: Steamer Melbourne, Toledo to Montreal, general cargo; steamer Gov. Smith, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo.

The barge Plymouth did damage to a bridge in the canal last evening and was stopped here to pay the estimated amount of damage, $400, for repairs. The captain paid the bill and the barge left for Buffalo.


The Building Erected By The Richardson Brothers.

The third new elevator erected along the harbor front is now almost completed. The building has been in operation for a short time, but a few articles of equipment remain to be added. While it is smaller than the other two, Richardsons' elevator does equally rapid work with the best, and the equipment is so arranged that the elevator is worked with ease. The old commercial elevator was burned down on December 1st, 1897, when it was well filled with grain. The debris was at once cleared away, and the erection of the new commercial elevator started on January 10th, 1898, under the supervision of J.A. Jamieson, contractor.

The new building stands out one hundred and fifty feet towards the harbor beyond the old site, and its dimensions are 110 feet long, 55 feet wide and 140 feet in height. It rests on a foundation formed with 650 spiles driven down in clusters, on top of which rest plank and cement grillage and stone piers. The elevator is somewhat similar to the M.T. company's building in equipment, with one exception. The latter is a low storage elevator, where the former is termed a high storage. In the M.T. company's elevator belts are used in distributing grain to the several parts of the house, while in Richardsons' owing to its height, the grain is spouted from the bins to the shipping legs, thus obviating the necessity of carrying grain by conveyor belts.

The capacity of the building is slightly under one quarter of a million bushels, which the firm finds sufficient for their trade. When fully equipped it will have steam shovels to work in the holds of boats, and will elevate at the rate of 8,000 to 10,000 bushels per hour, while it will load boats at the rate of 20,000 bushels an hour, and cars as fast as is necessary. The marine leg is located on the north side of the building, and two improved shipping spouts on the south side. In the building there are fifty incandescent lights, and four arc lights outside, the power being supplied from the power house of the light, heat and power company. The house has worked satisfactorily so far, and is now filled to its full capacity.

The elevator power house is situated 125 feet from the building and power is transmitted by a rope drive. The house is thirty-five feet square and has an adjoining square chimney seventy-five feet high. It is equipped with the latest improved machinery, including a Wheelock (Wheclock ?) engine of 150 horse power, pumps, a condenser and a pair of heavy boilers.

The elevator is very suitable for the trade and can be almost termed a dustless elevator. The only dust within the building is seen on the ground floor.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Jun 1898