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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Sep 1898

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The tug Active cleared for Charlotte today with one barge to load coal.

The schooner Acacia is in the Welland canal with coal from Sandusky to Kingston.

The schooner Two Brothers arrived from Charlotte last evening with coal for Booth & Co.

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

The sloop Laura D., from bay ports, unloaded 2,500 bushels of oats at Richardsons' elevator this morning.

The tugs Jessie Hall, D.G. Thomson and Bronson arrived up from Montreal today with twelve light barges.

The schooner Freeman, from Charlotte, unloaded coal at the spile dock and entered Davis' dry dock today for repairs.

The schooner Eliza White was released from Davis' dry dock this morning and cleared for bay ports to load grain.

The sloop Madcap, from Wolfe Island with peas and oats, was discharged at Richardsons' elevator this morning.

The steamer Valeria arrives here this evening from Clayton to enter Davis' dry dock. Repairs will be done to her shoe and wheels.

The steamer Newaygo, after discharging 40,000 bushels of wheat at the M.T. company's elevator today, cleared for the Welland canal.

The steamer Spartan, Montreal to Toronto, touched at Swift & Co.'s wharf this afternoon. She will continue running for a few more trips.

The schooner Jamieson arrived from Port Hope today with 6,500 bushels of peas for the M.T. company, and cleared this evening for lake ports.

The steamer Algerian, Toronto to Montreal, touched at Swift & co's wharf this morning on her last trip of the season. She will winter at Sorel, Quebec.

The steamer King Ben is chartered to carry sand from Chateauguay to the new Soulanges canal. She will be engaged there for the remainder of the season.

None of the R. & O. boats will winter here. An effort was made to have four put in the cold season at this port, but the company prefer to have all the steamers together at Sorel.

The steamer Tecumseh left the government dry dock today after receiving repairs to her wheel. She goes to Detroit to enter winter quarters. A portion of her crew was paid off last night.

Of all the large cargoes of grain which came down the lakes from the west this season few have touched the bulk of that brought down by the steamer Empire City. It consisted of 260,000 bushels of grain, of which 120,000 bushels were corn, 80,000 oats and 60,000 barley.

On Wednesday last the whaleback steamer J.B. Colgate had a narrow escape from foundering in Lake Superior. Bound up with one barge she entered a heavy sea above Whitefish Point and pounded heavily, causing two forward plates in her hull to crack. She ran back to the Soo for repairs.

The last issue of the Marine Review says: "The depths of animosity, which have been aroused by competition between the various St. Lawrence river navigation companies, have developed some accidents, which, to the outsider, are highly amusing. Not the least of these was the recent collision between the steamers Alexandria and Columbian, which, if newspaper reports are to be believed, was characterized by some, to say the least, peculiar circumstances. Indeed, it would appear to be very much as Capt. Thomas Wilson intimated in a communication in the last issue of the Review, that the rival companies are devoting far more time and attention to fighting each other than to attending to the needs of their patrons. This is unfortunate, even from the standpoint of the companies, for the excursion business to the St. Lawrence has been heavier this year than ever before, and there is every prospect of a steady growth in volume were tourists treated with ordinary civility.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Sep 1898