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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Mar 1902

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The steamer Pierrepont was able to reach the Wolfe Island landing today.

A number of schooners are all ready to spread their canvas and speed away as soon as the wind clears the harbor of ice.

A large quantity of freight was brought from Cape Vincent yesterday and today by the steamer Pierrepont. There is still a big amount awaiting the steamer.

Fast time was made yesterday between Kingston and Cape Vincent by his majesty's mail carriers. The trip and return was made in eight hours, despite the obstructing ice.



Prepared By The Lake Carriers Association.

The lake carrier's association at Cleveland has fixed the wages for the seamen for the coming summer. The scale is virtually the same as last year, the only exception being as to the wages received by the cooks, who, this year, receive an increase, on almost all classes of boats, of $5 a month. The scale does not apply to the package freight handlers and the line boats, as they make wages to suit themselves. The engineers are not included this year for the first time, principally because most of them came to terms with the owners some time ago, and also because the engineers as a body objected to having their salaries fixed and announced to the world. The scale adopted is as follows:

First class steamers, monthly wages: First mates, $96; second mates, $66; cooks, $66; helpers to cooks, $25; firemen, $45; wheelsmen, $45; lookouts, $45; deckhands, $25; oilers, $45; firemen fitting out and laying up, $1.50 per day and board themselves.

Second class steamers - first mates, $84; second mates, $54; cooks, $60; firemen, $45; wheelsmen, $45; lookouts, $45; deckhands, $25; firemen fitting out and laying up, $150 per day and board themselves.

First class consort and sail - First mates, $70; second mates (when carried) $50; cooks, $45; seamen, $45.

Second class consort and sail - First mates, $55; cooks, $45; seamen, $45.

March 28, 1902

not published - (Good Friday)

March 29, 1902

p.6 Incidents of the Day - The steamer Pierrepont is still taking the river route to Cape Vincent on account of the difficulty of navigation through the ice, against a wind, around the head of the Island. The river ice is pretty well blown in towards Gananoque.

March 31, 1902

p.1 Longshoremen Won't Strike - Cleveland, O., March 31st - After nine days' discussion an agreement has been reached between the dock managers at Lake Erie ports and the International longshoremen's association. Last year's wage scale and an eleven hour day are the terms agreed upon. The settlement eliminates the probability of a strike.


Marine Tidings

The steamer New Island Wanderer will likely be ready for the Cape Vincent route on Wednesday or Thursday.

Presque Isle bay is now clear of ice and is open for navigation to the Brighton wharf, but not through the Murray canal.

The steambarge Owen will run between Deseronto and Oswego this season. A new smokestack was placed in the vessel today.

Last night a strong north-east wind cleared the harbor of ice, which was blown up the lake. The United States channel in the vicinity of Cape Vincent was clear on Saturday.

The steambarge Hinckley, which left here on Wednesday for Cape Vincent and Oswego, was iceblocked at the Cape for several days. The American channel was blocked with huge blocks of ice, and the steamer could not leave port until Sunday.

The fleet of barges of the Canada Atlantic railway company have been repairing at Portsmouth, are about ready for commission. The forwarding company has secured work enough to keep the present staff of workmen employed in the shipyard until about July 1st.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Mar 1902