The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Jun 1902

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Brockville, June 19th - T.A. Knapp, of the Knapp tubular steamship company, is negotiating with the town council in reference to the matter of establishing the shipyard of the company at Brockville. He states that it is the object of the company to have a shipyard at a point east of Lake Erie to supply river boats. He is anxious that from $40,000 to $50,000 in stock be purchased by local people. It is the intention of the company to build at least ten boats at a cost of $55,000 each during each winter season.



"There is not the same chance for a laboring man to make money here these days as there was a few years ago," remarked a citizen last evening. "When I worked along the docks I used to make anywhere from $20 to $75 a week. I have made as much as high as $250 a month, and all the members of the gang with which I used to work made the same money. Those good times were in the days when the harbor front was a forest of masts, when you could see a hundred masts for one to be seen now. There was plenty of work in those days for laborers, and we made good pay. Of course, we had to work hard, but we were paid accordingly. I have heard men of our gang grumble if they did not make more than $20 a week. I have seen some of the laborers pay as much as $18.50 for a week's bar bill and think nothing of it. All that trade in the shipping line that Kingston once enjoyed is now diverted elsewhere and our harbor front is deserted. The trouble with the people here is that they are too slow to take advantage of their opportunities; they never seem to wake up, while the Americans are ever on the alert. They capture Canadian trade and the people never seem to realize its going.



Craig's wharf: steamer Ocean from Montreal.

The steamer America carried an excursion from Gananoque to Clayton last night.

Swift's wharf: steamers Toronto down and up. Rideau Queen cleared for Ottawa; Algerian from Montreal tonight.

The strike against the Great Lakes towing company has been settled. The crew are to receive higher wages. The headquarters of the company is at Cleveland, Ohio. Some 1,000 sailors are on strike.

The Great Lakes towing company was fined altogether $2,500 by the collector of customs at Cleveland for neglecting to place the name of their several boats on the bow of each vessel.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Jun 1902