The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Apr 1899

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p.1 The First Locked Through - Port Dalhousie, April 24th - The Welland Canal opened up for traffic at 9 a.m. The Montreal transportation company Bannockburn was the first boat to pass up. There are eight more boats here to follow.



Further action in the matter of an investigation into the dealings of Edwin Mooers and the city of Kingston, touching the granting of a $25,000 bonus for the construction of a grain elevator, will likely be postponed until such time as the by law providing for the granting of exemption to the elevator, comes before the council. Before the by-law is taken up it is the intention of those favoring the investigation to ask that the elevator company furnish the council with a detailed statement of the cost of the elevator. This statement, if furnished, will be referred to a special committee of the council for examination. Exemption will not be granted the elevator committee if this detailed statement is not forthcoming. The by-law above referred to must be passed to become operative before September next.

A member of the council states that Capt. John Gaskin is willing to furnish the council with a statement of the cost of the M.T. company's elevator.

Several members of the council say they will make it their business to see that the company enjoying exemption from municipal taxation on grain elevators, pay the school taxes on the full cost of these institutions.


The steamer Nile, for Deseronto, passed up yesterday.

The barge Montreal was released from Davis' dry dock today.

The sloop Idle Wild cleared on Saturday for Bath to load grain.

The steamer King Ben enters Davis' dry dock tomorrow for repairs.

The M.T. company's lake tows reached the canal yesterday morning.

The steamer Alberta is loading pulp wood at the spile dock for Dexter, N.Y.

The schooner Kate, from Oswego, is unloading coal at the spile dock for Sowards.

The schooner Fabiola, light, left for Deseronto yesterday to load ties for Oswego.

The schooner Freeman arrived from Charlotte this morning with coal for Booth & Co.

The schooner Flora Carveth, from Toronto, is unloading barley at Clark's malt house. The schooner Queen of the Lakes left for Goderich on Saturday to load wheat for J. Richardson & Sons.

The steamer Valeria commences her trips on the Clayton route this week. She will run daily as usual.

The Kingston & Montreal forwarding company's elevators Sampson and Sparrow were launched at Portsmouth on Saturday.

Mr. Turcotte has erected a large work shop in the Portsmouth shipyard, leased by him from the K. & M. forwarding company.

The steamer Eurydice, which arrived from Toronto on Friday, left this morning for Picton, where she will be hauled out for repairs.

Waiting to Go Through.

Port Dalhousie, April 24th - The following boats have arrived here and are waiting for the canal to open: steamers Rosemount, Bannockburn, Glengarry, Morley; schooners Minnedosa, Melrose, Selkirk, Winnipeg, Dunmore. The schooner Antelope arrived for Miller's dry dock.

p.4 The Painting Completed - The work of painting the steamer North King will be completed by tomorrow night. This popular steamer will go into commission completely renovated from stem to stern, from hurricane deck to stoke hole. The spacious saloon has been painted white with gold leaf trimmings. Nearly a pound of genuine gold leaf has been used in the decorations. The steamer presents a neat, trim appearance.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Apr 1899