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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Oct 1898

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The schooner Eliza Fisher was expected in port today with coal from Charlotte.

The schooner Cornelia cleared this morning for Sodus to load coal for Picton.

The steamer Rosemount and barges, Chicago to Kingston, corn, will arrive tonight.

The sloop Laura D., from bay ports unloaded peas at Richardsons' elevator last night.

The schooner Fabiola cleared last evening for Charlotte to load coal for James Swift & Co.

The tug Maggie May and barge Dandy left this morning for Napanee to load grain for Richardson & Sons.

The sloop Pilot from Deseronto discharged 2,500 bushels of oats at Richardsons' elevator this morning.

The schooner William Jamieson arrived from Wellington this morning with 8,500 bushels of peas for the M.T. company.

The tug Fearless and consort arrived last evening from Rudd's quarry with a cargo of sand, which was loaded into a Grand Trunk car and shipped to Oshawa.

The schooner Annie Falconer anchored in the harbor opposite Craig's wharf, sought shelter in the slip behind the old Atlantic elevator when the heavy squall passed over the city last evening.

Might Be Removed.

"It is well known that the Martello tower fronting the city buildings has lost its usefulness as a military fortification, and it might be removed to free navigation from an impediment," said a marine captain last evening. "The tower stands in a very inconvenient spot for boats reaching the ferry wharf from the lake, and Swift's wharf from the canal and lower harbor. Frequently steamers have run ashore on the shoal on which it rests, and vessels working their way out from the mutual dock have been known to crash into the landing bridge. The government might be pursuaded to remove the obstruction, and also the shoal. This request should be asked while the department is engaged in deepening the harbor." The Whig hopes that every citizen will oppose the removal of the tower. It is a unique landmark and navigation has stood it for fifty years very well. The cost of removing tower and shoal would be great.

p.5 Port Milford, Oct. 4th - The tug Thistle made her last trip from here to Cape Vincent last week. She will lay up in Kingston....Frederick Newman shipped a cargo of peas and wheat to Kingston last week on the schooner Laura D.....


[Montreal Herald]

The N.Y. & O. company has awarded the contract for the removing of the wrecked spans and pier of the N.Y. & O. bridge to the Collins Bay Rafting and towing company. According to terms the wreck must be removed this fall, and the work commenced at once. It is understood that the span which will be lifted is the centre span, which is believed to be about intact and lying on its side, by the use of steel pontoons. These pontoons have a capacity of lifting 60 tons, and the weight of one span is about 340,000 pounds. The terribly swift current makes it very difficult for work - in fact it will be almost impossible to go on unless protected with steel shields, such as Capt. Lesslie purposes using. The greatest difficulty is expected to be on the south span, which is badly tangled up, and it is not unlikely that dynamite will be used to effect its removal. The masonry and crib work on the old pier is also to be lifted up, and preparations are being made for the rebuilding of the pier on its old site, and it is fully intended if possible to build it above high water mark this fall.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Oct 1898