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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Sep 1898

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The schooner Kate, from Oswego, is unloading coal at the ferry wharf.

The tug Active arrived in port today with three light barges from Montreal.

The schooner Two Brothers cleared for Charlotte yesterday to load coal for this port.

The schooner Eliza White arrived from Charlotte last evening with coal for R. Crawford.

The steamer James Swift, Ottawa, arrived in port this afternoon, and will clear again tomorrow morning.

The sloop Pilot, from bay ports, discharged 2,000 bushels of wheat at Richardsons' elevator this morning.

The sloop Madcap, with 2,000 bushels of peas for J. Richardson & Sons, arrived from bay ports this morning.

The steamer Persia, St. Catharines to Montreal, discharged a quantity of freight this morning at Craig & Co.'s wharf.

The schooner Picton, from Wellington, unloaded 7,000 bushels of peas at the M.T. company's elevator this morning.

The steamers Caspian, Toronto to Montreal; and Corsican, Montreal to Toronto, touched at James Swift & Co.'s wharf today.

The steamer Niagara, Ashland to Kingston, timber, and steamer Myles, Superior to Prescott, wheat, are in the Welland canal.

The tug Maggie May and barge Dandy arrived from Bath and Amherst Island last night with 4,000 bushels of wheat for Richardsons. They cleared again for Howe Island this morning.

The schooners Fabiola and Fleetwing reached Swift & Co.'s wharf last evening, coal laden from Oswego. The sails of the first mentioned had to be repaired today as a result of the gale met with on Friday last.

The steamers Caspian, Richelieu and Hamilton, of the R. & O. navigation company, will likely be placed in winter quarters here this year. The Columbian, to undergo extensive alterations before next season, will be taken to Sorel.

Next year the R. & O. N. company will have their two new steamers, the Toronto and the Kingston, on the upper river route, and they will gradually replace the other vessels by new ones. Through the islands and perhaps up the Saguenay, the boats will be equipped with powerful searchlights, which will add much to the pleasure of the night journeys.

The mysterious wreck supposed to have occurred near Outer Island of the Apostle group, Lake Superior, is possibly explained by the fact that the Minnesota steamer Mariposa, which recently received new hatch covers at Two Harbors, probably threw her old ones overboard, and it was these that the steamer Fryer met. No boats are reported overdue or lost at Duluth.

Steamboat Line Rivalry - the late Carl Smith, writer for the Chicago Record, tells of experience with agents of rival steamboat lines trying to sell him tickets while he was getting a haircut in Kingston.



On the occasion of the last trip to Montreal the crew of the steamer Corsican presented Captain Estes with a beautiful ebony, gold-headed cane. A complimentary address accompanied the present, in which the crew expressed their pleasure in sailing under so genial and popular a captain.

The steward W.J. Clark was not overlooked. He was presented with a handsome gold finger ring and a fitting address. Following the presentations came a banquet in which the crew participated. Capt. Estes and steward Clark are very popular with those with whom they have had under them during the past season, and the good feelings engendered found its expression in the gifts and well worded addresses. The R. & O. company is to be congratulated upon having in its employment two such capable and popular officers.

General Paragraphs - The steamer Corsican was in port today on her last round trip this season. Returning on Friday she will go into the dry dock and then go to Sorel and into winter quarters.

The steamer New Island Wanderer has been placed on the Cape Vincent-Kingston route. The steamer John Haggart is plying between Kingston and Gananoque.

About two weeks ago the schooner Picton, now unloading at the M.T. company's elevator, rolled out her after top mast in a heavy sea off Charlotte.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Sep 1898