The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Oct 1898

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p.1 The steamer Toledo, bound down from Duluth with lumber, waterlogged and ran ashore outside of Portage lake canal on Thursday night during a heavy gale. She soon went to pieces in the sea. Vessel and cargo were worth $25,000, and the vessel was owned by John F. Gray, Detroit, Mich.



The schooner Fleetwing cleared for Charlotte today to load coal.

The M.T. company's barge Dorchester is in Davis' dry dock for repairs.

The schooner Cornelia, with coal from Oswego, arrived in port last evening.

The schooner Acacia, from Oswego, is discharging coal at Crawford's wharf.

The tug Thomson reaced port from Montreal yesterday with five light barges.

The schooner Kate, from lake ports, unloaded wheat at Richardson's elevator this morning.

Two barges were loaded with grain at Richardsons' elevator this morning for Montreal.

The schooner Two Brothers, with coal from Charlotte, arrived at the Grove Inn wharf yesterday morning.

The sloop Laura D., with a cargo of oats from bay ports, was discharged at Richardsons' elevator this morning.

The tug Bronson arrived from Montreal yesterday with five light barges, and returned again with six barges grain-laden.

The steamer Glengarry and consort Minnedosa arrived from Duluth yesterday with 80,000 bushels of wheat, and cleared today for Fort William.

Two old marine boilers being cut up for old iron at the M.T. company's wharves were originally used by the old steamer Europe. The hull was made into a river barge and named the Regina. The barge is one of the M.T. company's fleet.

A useful marine book is the Master's Manual, issued by "The Great Lakes Register," of Chicago, containing Canadian and United States laws for open water and canals, with signals, etc. Government rules require that licensed officers shall be thoroughly familiar with the laws of navigation. The Manual contains the information in a concise form, and much else of importance to the lake marine. Copies will be furnished free to masters and pilots addressing Great Lakes Register, Royal Insurance Building, Chicago. The book is issued each May and suggestions will be welcomed.

Have Arrived At Ogdensburg.

The first lot of schooners and steamers bound for the Atlantic coast from the inland waters arrived at Ogdensburg on Saturday. They are the schooners Georger, Bacon and Moonlight, and steamer Aragon. The latter unloaded a cargo of grain here last week and went across to Charlotte to take on a quantity of coal. This was placed in her bow to raise her stern so she can descend the rapids with greater safety. From Charlotte she proceeded to Port Dalhousie, where she picked up the three schooners and took them to Ogdensburg. The four boats will continue the journey to the coast this week. A dozen or so more boats have been chartered by the Atlantic transportation company and will arrive at Ogdensburg in the course of the next two weeks. The Donnelly wrecking and salvage company will look after the piloting of the boats down the rapids of the St. Lawrence river.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Colborne, Oct. 2nd - Down: steamer George L. Colwell, Cleveland to Montreal, wire; barge Moonlight, Massasoit, S.R. Watson, Crosthwaite, Toledo to New York, light. Up: steamer Langdon, Ogdensburg to Chicago, general cargo; steamer Monteagle, Chicago to Oswego, corn; steamer Melbourne, Toledo to Montreal, general cargo; barges Wadena, W.D. Becker, David Wallace, Detroit to New York, light.


[Rochester Herald]

"Many of the old lake sailors think it strange that a steamboat line has not been started between Rochester and Montreal," remarked an old lake sailor to a Herald man yesterday. "Although the Canadians successfully run steamboats out of Charlotte, Americans have been content to stand idly by and let our neighbors boast that they can do most of our passenger business."

"On first thought it would seem a hard matter to successfully run a fleet of boats between the two points. It would seem at first thought that the New York Central railway would successfully underbid any line for the traffic. On second thought, however, it would appear that even this gigantic corporation would be slow to enter a rate war with a concern whose operating expenses would be far less than those of the railway. The Central's slowness to enter the present rate war is proof of the fact.

"When the enormous profits of the Canadian line are taken into consideration, the fact becomes still more apparent. The gross receipts of the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company, whose fleet comprises four old boats, in 1892 were over $521,000; in 1893, $643,000; in 1894, $739,000; in 1895, 702,000. As this latter figure has increased instead of diminished during the past two years, there is certainly room for another line. The profits on the capital stock are said to reach eighty per cent nearly every season. The line receives over one-half its traffic from American tourists who go from Lewiston to Toronto on the Canadian steamers Chicora and Cibola.

"Although a line could not probably be run between Lewiston and Montreal, owning to the Canadian ownership of docks at the former point, no such condition prevails at Charlotte. At this point dock privileges could be secured at a low rental. Now Rochester tourists, in order to reach Montreal by water, have either to go to Toronto before making a start or go by rail to Clayton, where a troublesome change has to be made.

"Again, the success of the Folger line between Clayton to Montreal is sufficient proof that a line between Charlotte and Montreal would pay heavy dividends. Although the Canadian line this summer sold tickets at a lower rate between Clayton and Montreal than the Folger Bros., the latter easily secured the lion's share of the business between the two ports.

"To stop the talk in shipping circles concerning the proposed line, the Canadian company has stated that new boats approaching the elegance of the Fall River steamers will ply between Toronto and Ogdensburg, the old boats being used to carry people over the rapids.

"The public certainly needs and would appreciate a first-class line to Montreal. And the first man in the field will reap a harvest on his investment."

p.6 The schooners Fleetwing and Fabiola are at Swift & Co.'s wharf with coal. They are from Oswego.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Oct 1898