The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Jul 1902

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Marine Notes

Craig's wharf; steamer Waterlily, Picton to Montreal.

Swift's wharf: steamers Toronto down and up; Rideau King for Ottawa; Spartan from Montreal tonight; Caspian from Charlotte.

The steamer Rival was on the ferry route today, the steamer Pierrepont making the Cape Vincent runs. The steamer America brought the regular river excursion to the city.

Steamer In The Storm - The steamer Aletha left the Orangemen's picnic at Pittsferry yesterday afternoon at five o'clock, just before the rain storm arose. When three miles from Kingston she had to stop a while, as the captain couldn't see ten feet ahead. The passengers huddled downstairs till the fury of the storm abated. The Aletha ran through the bluster, and landed her passengers safely at a quarter past six o'clock.



Old Time Schooners Get Cargoes From Corn Clique.

Chicago, July 15th - Four old-time schooners will return to the grain trade from which they have been driven for many years by the competition of the big steamers. Their chief attraction now to the shippers is that it takes them a good while to make the run down the lakes, and there is no chance that the corn cargoes they have on board will get back to Chicago before the end of the month. The four boats already taken are the Bertha Barnes (sic - Burt Barnes), Oliver Mitchell, Minnie Slauson and Winnie Wing. More are wanted and will be taken if the schooners get here in time to load their cargoes the first half of July, which was the time for shipment named in the sale of the grain.

The clique running the corn corner had 2,500,000 bushels of corn delivered to its brokers July 1st. It has since held the corn for fear that if it was sold it would come back and would be delivered over again on July contracts. The clique had no earthly use for the corn and was willing to sell it were it sure that the grain would be used for feeding purposes. When the Leiter wheat deal was on, the Kraus grain company, of Milwaukee, bought a cargo of wheat from Joe Leiter for milling purposes, loaded it on the Mary H. Boyce up the river, and then unloaded the cargo at the Illinois Central elevator, selling it back to Leiter at a profit of thirty or forty cents per bushel. At least that is what the milling company tried to do, but Leiter's brokers refused to accept it and there was a lawsuit over the deal. The vessels get $50 a day. These freights, vesselmen say, are fair. Operating expenses of a schooner will not exceed $25 a day, and the tug bills from here to Buffalo and return will not amount to $150 at the outside. This would leave a net of $250 for the owner for his fortnight's voyage, not including a load to be secured back, such as coal from Ohio ports to side ports between there and Lake Michigan, where lumber is to be had for Chicago.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Jul 1902