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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 May 1899

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p.2 Not Definitely Known - The exact limits of encroachment on the river excursion trade by the R. & O. navigation company do not seem to be definitely known as yet. For instance many would like to know if the steamer Columbian could be chartered by a society or a church for a trip among the Thousand Islands. Of course the public at large are sorry that last summer's warfare is not to be continued.



The fourth raft of the Calvin company left today for Quebec.

The tug Active left for Montreal today with five barges grain laden.

The schooners Laura D. and Pilot unloaded grain at Richardsons' elevator.

The schooner Acacia cleared today for Oswego to load coal for Crawford & Co.

The steamer Vail and consorts Walter and Baltic cleared today for Oswego to load coal.

Other clearances today were the schooners Mary Ann Lydon and Two Brothers.

The schooner Emery is lying at the K. & P. dock below the bridge. Her captain says he will not go out again until the freights increase.

The steamer Caspian will take the Spartan's route for a trip or two. The crew of the Spartan will man the Caspian for the time being.

The propeller Erin will likely go on the government dry dock to have a new wheel put on. Her consort, the schooner Danforth, left for Prescott in tow of the tug Reginald.

The steamer Rosemount of the M.T. company discharged her cargo at Mooers' elevator and had a new wheel put on. She leaves tonight for Fort William with her consorts, the Melrose and Selkirk.

W.G. McDonald and his crew of twelve men went down to Sorel last night to fit out the steamer Corsican, of the R. & O. line, of which Mr. McDonald will be steward. The boys went down on the Columbian.

Capt. Craig, of the R. & O. company, does not know where he will be stationed this summer. He is engaged both as superintendent and master, but would prefer to be in command of a steamer. However his experience as a manager is so fully recognized by the company that they prefer him to continue that work.

Repairs To Steamer Antelope.

The steamer Antelope, owned by Arthur Davis, Rockport, has been at the foundry wharf for the past three weeks getting a new high pressure cylinder put into position. The steamer will leave here today, repairs having been completed. On Tuesday she will begin regular trips on the Brockville-Gananoque route, where she has run for years. Capt. Davis, of Gananoque, will be at the helm this year, while the owner goes on board as engineer. A good season's work is expected.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Colborne, May 26th - Up: schooner S.H. Dunn, Kingston to Toledo, light; steamer R.W. Stafford and barges, Oswego to Chicago, coal.

Port Dalhousie, May 26th - Down: steamer Tecumseh, Toledo to Collins Bay, timber; barge Marengo, Toledo to Collins Bay, timber; barge J.I. Case, Toledo to Collins Bay, timber; steamer Cuba, Toledo to Montreal, general cargo; steamer Arabian, Toledo to Montreal, corn.

Up: steamer Byron Whittaker, Kingston to Buffalo, light; steamer J.R. Langdon, Ogdensburg to Buffalo, light; steamer W.A. Haskell, Ogdensburg to Chicago, general cargo; steamer Empire State, Ogdensburg to Cleveland, general cargo.

Incidents of the Day - The steamer Erin will have to remain here until a wheel arrives from Buffalo.

The steamers New York and Empire State will enter the government dry dock on Monday for some slight repairs.

These vessels called at Craig's wharf last night: steamer Michigan from Hamilton; steamer Alexandria from Montreal; schooner Lone Star with wood from the Bay of Quinte.

Part of the cargo of the steamer Walter Vail, which arrived at the M.T company's elevator from Chicago, was damaged by being heated in transit. Only part of her cargo was discharged.

The work of testing the scales in the Mooers company elevator was delayed yesterday through the arrival of the steamer Rosemount to be unloaded of 81,000 bushels of wheat. The testing was resumed this afternoon.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 May 1899