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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 May 1899

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To Stop Tug Wars.

Chicago, May 20th - The Tribune says that a corporation, whose backing is supposed to come from the Rockefeller interests, is said to be endeavoring to buy all the tugs on the lakes and the good will of all the companies operating them. The idea is to control the towing interests of every lake port from Buffalo to Duluth and Chicago. Towing charges will not be advanced at any point, it is said, but the endless tug wars, which have been so destructive to profits in the past, will be terminated. It is said the new company will not be a trust, but a single corporation controlling all the tug lines now in business on the lower lakes. The capital will be $1,000,000.


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

The schooner S.H. Dunn, Toledo, is discharging a cargo of timber at Garden Island.

The tug Active arrived from Oswego today with two coal laden barges for the M.T. Co.

The steamer Glengarry and consorts, Fort William, are expected to arrive in port tomorrow morning.

The steamer Bannockburn and consorts cleared this afternoon for Fort William to load wheat for this port.

The steamer Columbian touched at this port last evening bound from Montreal to Hamilton. Eight waiters were taken aboard here.

The schooner Fleetwing cleared this morning for Oswego to load coal for this port. The schooner Acadia cleared for Sodus for the same purpose.

Arrivals at the M.T. Co.'s elevator - steamer Nicaragua, Duluth, 60,000 bushels of wheat; schooner Lizzie Low, Duluth, 53,000 bushels of corn; tug Thomson, Montreal, six light barges.

Working At the Wreck.

The sailors who formed the crew of the schooner W.Y. Emery, stranded on a shoal on the south west of the Main Ducks, arrived in the city last evening, after having stripped the schooner and stored the goods on the island. The schooner went ashore about eleven o'clock Thursday morning in bright daylight. The wind was from the west and an attempt was made to pass the Ducks to westward. The schooner surged too close inshore and went broadside on the shoal. Every effort was made to her off but without avail. The stranded schooner lies broadside to winds from the west and south-west. She has 310 tons of coal aboard, her capacity being 450 tons. When the crew left yesterday afternoon, there was three feet of water in her hold.

The steamer New Island Wanderer and lighter went out to the scene of the wreck yesterday afternoon but could not do anything without a pump. They returned to the city last evening and this morning the steamer America with a lighter, wrecking outfits and a gang of men, went up to the schooner. The Donnelly salvage and wrecking company has charge of the work. The schooner is not insured and will not be injured to any extent unless bad weather springs up.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Dalhousie, May 20th - Up: steamer Hecla, Oswego to Chicago, coal; steamer Monteagle, Oswego to Chicago, coal.

Down: steamer Niagara, Duluth to Kingston, wheat; barge Lizzie A. Law, Duluth to Kingston, wheat; steamer W.R. Stafford, Chicago to Kingston, corn; barge J.A. Francombe, Chicago to Kingston, corn; barge Edward McWilliams, Chicago to Kingston, wheat; barge Minnedosa, Fort William to Kingston, wheat; steamer City of London, Collingwood to Montreal, light; steamer Queen City, Port Dalhousie to Toronto, light.

Port Colborne, May 20th - Up: steamer Gov. Smith, Ogdensburg to Chicago, general cargo; steamer James, Oswego to Chicago, coal; steamer Pueblo, Oswego to Chicago, coal; barge R. Halloran, Ogdensburg to Buffalo, light.

Down: steamer Glengarry and schooner Minnedosa, Fort William to Kingston, wheat; schooner L.S. Hammond, Toledo to Ogdensburg, coal; steamer Viking and barges, Chicago to Prescott, corn.

The steamer W.J. Averell, O.T. line, from Oswego to Chicago, coal cargo, sprung a leak coming through the canal. On arrival here early this morning she was making three inches of water an hour. Carter Bros.' diver and diving apparatus were engaged and located a bolt hit near the keel through which the leak occurred. The diver succeeded in stopping the leak and the steamer departed this evening.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 May 1899