The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Oct 1899

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The cargo of the steamer Tecumseh, part of which was found to be damaged by water on the steamer's arrival at the M.T. company's elevator last week, underwent no less than four examinations by experts. When the damaged grain was discovered Capt. Gaskin, on behalf of the Chicago consignees, W.J. McNeill, district grain inspector, representing the vessel owners, and Capt. Thomas Donnelly, representing the underwriters, made an examination of the cargo, and found that 500 bushels were damaged by stress of weather and about 4,500 bushels by leaky boilers in the steamer. The damaged grain was sold for thirty cents a bushel.

But the consignees were not satisfied with this examination, and claimed that the remainder of the cargo must have been affected. Therefore a second survey was made by G. Richardson and W.J. McNeill, who reported the remaining 26,000 bushels sound. Again the consignees were dissatisfied, and Mr. Drummond, of this city, and Peter Reid, a Chicago inspector, examined the cargo, which was stored in the M.T. company's elevator, Capt. Gaskin having accepted it as all right. Mr. Drummond said that the grain was not damaged, but of course the Chicago man, acting for the consignees, took the opposite opinion. Finally it was agreed to appoint A.J. McBean, Montreal, as a third arbitrator, and he has given his report, upholding the verdict of the other Kingston men who examined the cargo. Had the decision been otherwise, a large loss would have resulted to the vessel owners, and litigation would have been sure to follow.

A Benefit To the Farmers.

B.W. Folger considers that the dominion government made a wise move in allowing American bottoms to carry grain between Canadian ports. It will prove of immense benefit to western Canadian farmers by emptying the big elevators, thus relieving the congestion and allowing the farmers to market their grain. The small loss to Canadian marine interests will be compensated several times over by the gain the farmers will enjoy.

Capt. Gaskin thinks the Americans should accord the same privilege as Canadian boats, but admits that the new order of the Canadian government will not prove of any consequence to Canadian boats, whereas it will benefit farmers of the north-west.

Marine Items.

The schooner Eliza White cleared today for Oswego.

The sloop Madcap today loaded coal at Swift & Co.'s chutes for Bath.

The steambarge Alberta arrived this morning from Clayton, light.

The sloops Uno and Flying Cloud, lumber-laden, cleared last evening for Clayton.

The schooner Annie Falconer, Charlotte, coal-laden, arrived this morning for Swift & Co.

The schooner Trade Wind, light, cleared for Oswego last night to load coal for this port.

The schooner Fabiola, light, cleared from Swift & Co.'s wharf today for Charlotte to load for this port.

The schooner Ceylon is at the Grand Trunk freight shed wharf loading hay for Fort William.

The steamer Hamilton, Montreal to Hamilton, touched at Swift & company's wharf this afternoon.

The break in the Beauharnois canal was repaired yesterday and navigation was resumed last evening.

Locking was resumed last night at the Cornwall canal. There is a great blockade on both sides of the canal.

The schooner Katie Eccles, from lake ports, and the sloop Granger, from bay ports, unloaded cargoes of grain at Richardsons' elevator.

The M.T. company can load 2,500 bushels of grain from its elevator into barges in twenty-five minutes, a record few elevators in Canada can excel. The elevator can also lift 75,000 bushels of grain from a boat in three hours. This record can be bettered by using in addition a floating elevator with a capacity of 10,000 bushels an hour.

Capt. Griffin, in command of the Typo, run down and sunk in Lake Huron Saturday by the steamer W.P. Ketcham, is the same man who was in command of the schooner St. Peter, lost in Lake Ontario last fall. In that wreck his wife and child were drowned with the entire crew. He came ashore half dead and was revived by life savers. The Typo was owned by Hiram Henderson, Cleveland.

Oct. 19, 1899

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Oct 1899