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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Sep 1899

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The schooner Acacia, Oswego, is at the penitentiary wharf with coal.

The tug Reginald and two oil tank barges, light, left yesterday for Sarnia.

The schooner Burton, from Oswego, arrived this morning with coal for Crawford & Co.

The schooner Fleetwing, Oswego, arrived this morning with coal for James Swift & Co. The steamyacht Gladys, of Ottawa, will lay up outside of Davis' dry dock for the winter.

The steamer Glengarry and consort Winnipeg cleared this afternoon for Fort William.

The steamer D.D. Calvin and consorts, Eagle Harbor, are en route to Deseronto with iron ore.

The steamer Orion, Fort William, is in the Welland canal bound down with grain for Richardson & Sons.

The steamer India and consorts, Eagle Harbor, was in the Welland canal today bound down with iron ore for Deseronto.

The schooner Katie Eccles, from Colborne with rye, and the Laura D., from bay ports with wheat, discharged at Richardsons' elevator this morning.

The tugs Thomson and Bronson arrived from Montreal yesterday with eleven light barges, and cleared today for the same place with six barges, grain-laden.

The S.S. Bannockburn and consorts Dunmore and Minnedosa, from Fort William, arrived at the M.T. company elevator this morning with 200,000 bushels of wheat. They will clear tonight.

Vessels run past the lighthouses at Pigeon Island and the Scotch Bonnet until the middle of December, not September as stated in the marine notes on Saturday. A typographical error made a vast difference.

The water in the Rideau is very low at the present time, and if the government does not take steps to prevent the water being used by mills and for other purposes the steamer James Swift and other vessels will have to lay up in three weeks. This would be a month before the usual time. It is probable that superintendent Phillips will look into the matter.

A.B. Mackay, representing the Quebec, Hamilton & Fort William navigation company, is getting information about the Welland canal prior to his trip to the old country to place the order for the company's two freight ships. An old country firm has offered to build steamers for $130,000 each, about $30,000 less than the lowest offer on this side of the water.



[Oswego, N.Y. Palladium]

Col. Bunker said today that the outlook for an early closing of business at the company's trestle this year was good. "We have orders on hand for the shipment of 200,000 tons of coal," he said, "but we can get no vessel room. Instructions have been received from our Buffalo trestle to let no opportunity escape to ship coal to the west, but we can't get boats."

It is a fact that less tonnage is coming to Lake Ontario at present than in many years and that the tolls on the Welland canal is the bar. The Montreal transportation company is receiving but little grain compared with that handled in years past. The same is true of the Ogdensburg route. The Central Vermont boats are finding but little grain for shipment that way.

The situation is this: The Canadian Pacific railway company has established a station at Georgian Bay. Grain is received in the company's elevators there, spouted into grain cars and sent via rail to Montreal and loaded into steamers. This beats the Kingston route because of the fact that it is shorter and there is no canal tolls or charges to be paid.

When the steamers brought grain to Kingston they would come to Oswego for coal for western shipment. Now that they do not come to this lake there is no opportunity to ship coal from Oswego and consequently the Canadian government has lost a business that they at one time collected a considerable amount of tolls on. With a free Welland canal the Georgian Bay route could not exist and Kingston, Prescott and other river towns that have lost business to the Canadian Pacific route would find it restored. The rate on coal to Chicago is $1.50. It would not be a hard matter for vessel owners, having the tonnage to offer, to secure $1.75. This is the highest rate paid on coal from Oswego in many years.

p.5 The steambarge Water Lily today brought a cargo of canned fruit and vegetables from Picton to this city. The goods will be shipped to British Columbia.


Notes About the Steamers.

The fast steamer Island Wanderer commenced running on the Kingston-Cape Vincent route this afternoon. There was a large passenger list today.

The steamers St. Lawrence and Islander are still running in connection with the trains at Clayton.

The steamer America carries an excursion from Cape Vincent to the Picton fair on Wednesday.

Called at Craig's wharf on Sunday: Persia, from Toronto; Cuba, from Toledo; Lake Michigan, from Hamilton; Ocean, from Montreal.

The tug Charlie Ferris, from Oswego, is at Craig's wharf awaiting barges from Ottawa.

May Winter Here.

There is a likelihood of the big steamer Toronto spending the winter season here. The officials of the R. & O. navigation company have been seeking a suitable slip and think they have found one that meets with their approval. It is the one existing between Craig & Co.'s and the locomotive company's wharf. It has been measured and found three feet wider than the Toronto.

The Genessee Sold.

Rochester, Sept. 18th - The yacht Genesee, the property of a syndicate composed of members of the Rochester yacht club, and the finest 35 foot sloop in the world, was auctioned off to the highest bidder at the club float Saturday afternoon. Although widely advertised the sale attracted few bidders, and the pride of Rochester was bid in by Charles Van Voorhis, a member of the club and one of the young men who composed her crew during the Chicago and Canadian races, for the small sum of $1,500. The Genesee cost $3,500 to build and $1,500 more to rig and equip.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Sep 1899