The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Jun 1899

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The tug Hall arrives tonight from Montreal with five light barges.

The tug Thomson cleared last night for Montreal with five grain-laden barges.

The steamer Glengarry and consort Winnipeg will arrive this afternoon at the M.T. company's elevator with 74,000 bushels of corn from Toledo.

The tug Walker still lies between the two schooners at the M.T. company's wharf. No further work in raising it has been attempted so far, and nothing is known as to what will be done.

When the steamer Toronto landed at Clayton wharf on her way up she drifted to the dock and five of the long fenders, fully sixty inches in circumference, were snapped in two like matches. The heavy crash startled the crowd which scattered in several directions.

The fleet of steel freight vessels for the Canadian inland transportation company will be built by the Bertram engine works company. They are to be used on the run from the head of the lakes to Montreal and Quebec, and will carry 3,000 tons of cargo. The vessels will be the full Welland canal size. Two of the fleet are to be ready by next spring, and the others as soon after that as possible.

Frank E. Kirby, engaged by the United States government, looking after transportation work, was in Toronto attending the trial of the steamer Toronto, states that A. Angstrom, of the Bertram works, and himself, have prepared plans for a steamer to run through from Toronto to Montreal, and also for a type of steamer for service on the St. Lawrence alone, but the Richelieu company, although certain to undertake the building of three new vessels, is as yet undecided.

The steamer Lealand is in dock at Oswego receiving repairs. On the run down from Duluth, lumber laden, the Lealand sprang a leak. A syphon was put to work, but could not lower the water in the hold. Several fissures allowed the water to enter freely. Two days before Oswego was reached the inflowing of water ceased, and the cause was not known until the steamer was docked, when it was found that two fish had been drawn into the fissures, thus closing the leak.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Dalhousie, June 19th - Up: steamer Niagara, Kingston to Ashtabula, light.

Down: steamer Glengarry, Toledo to Kingston, corn; barge Winnipeg, Toledo to Kingston, corn.

A Visit To New Ontario - legislators storm tossed on Lake Huron; were aboard City of Collingwood, owned by the Northern navigation company. The boat is commanded by Capt. W.J. Bassett. W.M. Storey, a name well known in older days on the Merchants' line passing Kingston, is purser, E.G. Simpson steward, and Charles Robertson, chief engineer.


Late Marine News.

The schooner Emery, from Oswego, arrived at Swift's wharf today with coal.

The schooner Acacia is unloading coal at Crawford's, arriving from Oswego at noon.

The steamer John Milne passed down from Smith's Falls on her way to Oswego this afternoon.

The steamer Columbian passed up this afternoon on her way to the Niagara camp, having on board 600 soldiers from about Cornwall and Prescott.

The steamer Spartan arrived from Montreal this afternoon on her first trip of the season.

The steamer Lake Michigan lightered grain at the M.T. company elevator this afternoon before proceeding to Montreal.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Jun 1899