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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 May 1899

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p.1 The Welland Canal - Ottawa, May 17th - Mr. McCleary's resolution calling for the improvement of the Welland canal was discussed in the house.

Pith of the News - The schooner Ganges was sunk in Lake Erie by a collision with the steamer Presque Isle about eight miles off Colchester. The crew of eight men were taken off by the Presque Isle and landed in Detroit.



The steamer Denver cleared for Oswego to load coal for upper lake ports.

The tug Bronson arrived from Montreal last night with two light barges.

The steamer James Swift will enter Davis & Sons' dry dock for repairs.

The schooner Acacia, Oswego, is discharging a cargo of coal at Crawford & Co.'s wharf.

The sloop Madcap, Conway, today discharged 2,000 bushels of oats at Richardsons' elevator.

The M.T. Co.'s barge Iowa was floated out of Davis & Sons' dry dock today. The tug Edmund entered for repairs.

Arrived at the M.T. company's elevator: steamer Denver, Chicago, 85,000 bushels of oats; steamer Arabian lightered 23,000 bushels of corn and proceeded to Montreal; steamer Toltec and consort Mystic, Chicago, 90,000 bushels of corn; steamer Bannockburn with consorts Dunmore and Winnipeg, Fort William, 200,000 bushels of wheat.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Colborne, May 17th - Up: steamer Sir S.L. Tilley, Montreal to Detroit, general cargo; steamer A. McVittie, Ogdensburg to Chicago, general cargo.

Down: steamer Bannockburn, Fort William to Kingston, wheat.

The water raised sufficiently to float the steamer Bannockburn to the elevator on Tuesday night.

Port Dalhousie, May 17th - Up: schooner Annandale, Deseronto to Thorold, railroad ties; steamer Rocket, Montreal to Port Colborne, light; steamer Melbourne, Montreal to Cleveland, general cargo; steamer Cadillac, Kingston to Marquette, light.

Down: steamer Denver, Chicago to Kingston, oats; steamer Topeka, Chicago to Prescott, corn; steamer Toltec, Chicago to Kingston, wheat; steamer Arabian, Fort William to Montreal, general cargo; barge Winnipeg, Fort William to Kingston, wheat; barge Dunmore, Fort William to Kingston, wheat; steamer Bannockburn, Fort William to Kingston, wheat.



[Oswego Palladium]

Capt. Graham D. Fitch, United States engineer, has received notice that the secretary of war has approved his project for improving the harbor of Cape Vincent, N.Y. The recent appropriation made by the last congress was for $25,000. This amount with other money left from the last appropriation makes a total sum available of nearly $30,000.

The contemplated work will be done by contract and will consist of dredging a trench to the hard stratum on which the new breakwater will be built. Only the dredging work will be done this season. Next season as much of the breakwater as the balance of the funds will permit will be built. Bids for the dredge work will be advertised for as soon as practicable. The new breakwater will be 1,045 feet long and when completed will give to Cape Vincent a large harbor at the mouth of the St. Lawrence river. It will probably take many years to build it.

p.8 Big Cargo of Corn - Prescott, May 18th - The new steel steamer Huron, owned by R.K. Rhodes, Cleveland, unloaded at the elevator here last week 75,700 bushels of corn. This is the largest cargo of corn which has been brought through the Welland canal on a fourteen foot draught.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 May 1899