The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Jul 1899

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p.? Incidents of the Day - Harry Nimmo, purser on the steamer Spartan, has been transferred to the steamer Algerian. G.E. Hall of Napanee, takes his place on the Spartan.

Capt. Gilbert Johnston, mechanical superintendent of the R. & O. navigation company, arrived in the city this afternoon on the steamer Spartan.



Ottawa, July 4th - A return brought down in the house recenlty shows that of the canals and river works forming the connection between the great lakes and deep water navigation at Montreal, which were completed on July 1st, 1896, the Welland canal at that date had thirteen feet nine inches of water, and had cost up to that time the sum of $23,796,353.42; the Murray canal, with fourteen feet of water, at that date had cost $1,247,470.26, and the Beauharnois canal, with nine feet $1,611,690.26. The canals and connected river improvements in course of construction or enlargement on July 1st, 1896, had cost as follows: Sault Ste. Marie canal, $3,748,011; Galops canal, $1,401,365; Rapide Plat canal, $1,496,078; Cornwall canal, $4,008, 037; Soulanges canal, $2,275,908; Lachine canal, $7,536,439; St. Lawrence river works, $4,201,795.

The contracts awarded since July 1st, 1896, are as follows: Lachine canal, $18,000; Soulanges canal, $2,093,840.42; Galops canal, $2,331,888; North Channel, $700,000; Farran's Point canal, $670,000; Galops rapid, $125,740; St. Lawrence river, $65,222; Sault Ste. Marie, $51,576.

The estimated cost of completing works over and above amounts involved in contracts existing on July 1st, 1896: Lachine canal, enlarge lock and dredging down entrance, $500,000; Soulanges canal, $685,000; River St. Lawrence, $400,000; Cornwall canal (widening of upper end), $156,000; Farran's Point canal, $750,000; Galops canal, $2,960,000; North channel, $700,000; Welland canal, (Port Colborne, deepening approach), $500,000; Sault Ste. Marie canal, (if channel to be taken out to twenty-two feet of water), $400,000.

Wolfe Island, July 1st - A petition for the dredging and re-opening of the Wolfe Island canal is being circulated by W.B. Card and numerously signed. The wonder is that so short and convenient a route between Kingston and Cape Vincent has not been kept in a navigable condition.



making Three Round Trips per week from

Kingston to Charlotte, Sodus Point, Oswego, N.Y. and Toronto.

Leaves Craig's Wharf, going west Sundays 8:30 p.m., Wednesdays 3:45, Fridays 10:45 a.m.

Leaves Kingston for Rockport and Alexandria Bay at 7 o'clock a.m. Sundays and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 p.m.

To Oswego, Single Fare $2; return $3; Sodus Point, $2.25; return $3.50; Charlotte, $2.50; return $3.50; Toronto, $3.50; return $5.50; Alexandria Bay, 75 c., return $1.

For tickets and other information apply to W.G. Craig & Co., Agents.



The schooner Annandale cleared last night for Oswego.

The steamer Columbian is lying here awaiting orders.

The tug Active cleared last night with six grain-laden barges for Montreal.

The schooner Fleetwing arrived from Oswego this afternoon with coal for Swift & Co.

The steamer Saturn took on lighthouse supplies at the M.T. company wharf this morning.

The steamer Corsican passed down this morning and the steamer Spartan up this afternoon.

The Hamilton route steamers Algerian and Hamilton will call at Swift's wharf this evening.

The steamer St. Andrews from Toledo discharged 37,000 bushels of corn at Richardsons' elevator today.

The steamer Alexandria from Charlotte and the Michigan from Toronto, called at Craig's wharf yesterday.

The yacht Sirius, towing a houseboat, arrived from up the Rideau yesterday and proceeded to Wolfe Island where the party aboard will summer.

Arrivals at the M.T. company yesterday: steamers Stafford, McWilliams and Frankombe, all from Chicago, with 128,000 bushels of corn.

An agreement was reached between the M.T. and the Donnelly Wrecking companies as to clearing the ways of the former, and at noon yesterday men began cutting in pieces the remains of the tug Walker. The tug Bronson will likely be placed on the ways as soon as it is clear.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Jul 1899