The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Dec 1899

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p.4 Business of Council - Finance Committee - ...The committee further recommended that upon communication of W.J. Gates, applying for a grant of $30 re. pumping out steamer of Kingston, no action.



The schooner Pilot is unloading millwood at Breck & Booth's wharf.

Yesterday the last barge of the M.T. company arrived up from Montreal. When the S.S. Bannockburn arrives tonight the season for grain movement will be over.

The M.T. company has hauled down its marine railway for winter work. The tugs Bronson and Hall will be immediately placed upon it. These two tugs are to be rebuilt.

The S.S. Bannockburn, from Fort William, will arrive at the M.T. company elevator tonight. This is her last trip of the season, and when unloaded she will go into winter quarters here.

M.T. Company's Large Fleet.

In conversation with a Whig reporter this morning Capt. Gaskin, outside manager of the M.T. company, referred to statements frequently made by people that the elevators in Kingston are of no benefit to the city. Regarding the large elevator of his company he took exception to such remarks being applied to it. The people, he said, do not realize that they are saying. The benefit to the city should not be estimated simply by the grain trade from the spring until the end of the fall. There is much more to be considered than that. To illustrate his statement Capt. Gaskin took the reporter "up on a mountain" (not as Satan did though) and showed him the M.T. company's fleet of vessels, comprising steamships, steamers, tugs and barges to the number of fifty. These extended from Crawford's wharf to as far down as the cotton mill. On most of these vessels, men were working, and would continue to do so during the whole winter. Carpenters, machinists, engineers, etc., are employed at the overhauling of the large fleet which forms quite a village. This is one of the benefits enjoyed by Kingston which many other places would gladly like to have. And said the captain, it comes through having a good elevator. Without the elevator this would be lost to Kingston.

The Harbor Clear - Fort William, Dec. 5th - The harbor is still free of ice and twelve boats are yet expected for cargoes.

p.6 Incidents of the Day - The schooner Fabiola is awaiting fair weather to clear for Charlotte to load coal for this port.

The schooner Fleetwing is at Charlotte laden with coal for this port and awaiting fair weather for the run across the lake.

The steamer New Island Wanderer had fifty-seven passengers on the Cape Vincent route yesterday. This is a large number for this season of the year.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Dec 1899