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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 May 1899

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The steamer Orion will be dry-docked here before proceeding westward.

The tug Thomson cleared today for Montreal with four grain laden barges.

The steamer King Ben is still in Davis' drydock. She had 150 rivets added to her boiler.

The sloop Maggie L., Wolfe Island, arrived last evening with a consignment of pressed hay.

The schooner Two Brothers, Oswego, is discharging a cargo of coal at Anglin & Co.'s wharf.

The tug Active cleared last evening with two barges for Oswego to load coal for Montreal.

The steamer Orion lightered 5,000 bushels of grain at the Mooers company elevator yesterday.

Yesterday 54,000 bushels of grain was shipped from the Mooers company's elevator to Montreal.

The schooner H.M. Ballou arrived this morning with 4,000 bushels of rye and peas for Richardson & Sons.

The steamer Monteagle, Chicago, discharged 50,000 bushels of corn at the M.T. company's elevator this morning.

The steamer John Milne touched at Swift & Co.'s wharf last night bound from Oswego to Smith's Falls with a cargo of coal.

The steamer Eurydice and schooner Grantham cleared this evening for Brighton where they will fit out and tomorrow will take part in the attempt to raise the sunken tug Walker.

The steamer Badger State is lying at the Mooers' company elevator. There is some uncertainty about discharging her here, owing to the difficulty experienced in getting an elevator leg into her hold. This cannot be done without cutting away the woodwork from around her hatches. Even then there is a danger of the marine leg being twisted and badly injured.

Word received from Port Colborne is to the effect that the schooners Frank D. Ewen, H.W. Sage, Shawnee, and S.H. Foster, which sailed from the upper lakes for the Atlantic last fall, are all back through the Welland Canal into their old waters. The company to which they had been chartered failed last winter, and their owners were compelled to pay a big tow bill from the St. Lawrence, where they were stopped by the ice on their way to the Atlantic. The losses on the venture range from $1,000 to $3,000 per boat. Of the three dozen vessels which started from the lakes to the Atlantic last fall, these four schooners are the first to get back. The bones of a number are scattered on the beach from Newport News to Nova Scotia. One lies in a hundred feet of water in the St. Lawrence.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Colborne, May 16th - Down: steamer Toltec and barge, Chicago to Kingston, wheat; steamer Denver, Chicago to Kingston, oats; steamer Topeka, Chicago to Prescott, corn; steamer Arabian, Fort William to Montreal, general cargo; steamer Bannockburn and barges, Fort William to Kingston, wheat.

Up: steamer Empire State, Ogdensburg to Cleveland, general cargo; steamer W.B. Morley, Oswego to Chicago, coal.

The steamer Bannockburn, while entering the Colborne harbor grounded between the piers and is still on the bottom. Two tugs were unable to pull her off. The easterly wind has lowered the water some, and the steamer drawing over fifteen feet will have to wait for the water to rise before getting up to the elevator to lighter.

Port Dalhousie, May 16th - Up: steamer Sir S.L. Tilley, Montreal to Detroit, general cargo.

Down: steamer Orion, Fort William to Kingston, wheat; steamer Monteagle, Chicago to Kingston, corn; steamer Sequin, Ashland to Deseronto, iron ore; schooner S.H. Dunn, Toledo to Kingston, timber.

The steamer Iron Age, which struck coming in outside of Port Colborne pier last week, has had her damaged stern repaired at Muir's dry dock. She loaded on the part cargo which was not damaged. The balance, some 11,000 bushels, partly damaged, was reloaded in the schooner Flora Carveth, which takes it to an eastern starch factory. She is waiting for favorable weather.

A New Steam Yacht.

Davis & Son are building a new yacht for H. Barber, Toronto. It is to be finished by July 1st and will cost $3,500. Her dimensions are: length over all, fifty-five feet; beam ten feet; depth of hold six feet. She will be fitted with triple expansion engines, water tube boiler, and will develop not less a speed than fourteen miles an hour. Her fittings will be modern throughout and the interior will be finished with mahogany.

p.6 Incidents of the Day - The steamer Vial and schooner Baltic have been chartered at Chicago for Kingston for corn at three and a half cents per bushel.

Capt. Hinckley left this morning for Montreal to assume command of the steamer Columbian, which will arrive in port on Friday next.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 May 1899