The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Sep 1902

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p.1 A Record Broken - the volume of traffic through Soo to Sept. 1st is up 5 million tons over last year.



Five Boats Will Bring It To Kingston.

The charter of five Canadian boats to carry grain to Montreal seems to lend color of certainty to the theory of the trade that considerable grain will be diverted from the Buffalo route to Canadian ports this season. It is pointed out that the distance to Europe by way of Montreal is much shorter than via Buffalo and the rail route to the seaboard. Hence there is a saving, which, if taken advantage of and the necessary facilities for carrying it out provided, will detract much grain from the American system of transportation.

The former difficulty of establishing a permanent line of vessels to the Canadian city has been the prohibitive cargo insurance rates on the St. Lawrence river. Its dangers have proved to be no greater than those of navigating the great lakes. Another drawback lies in the fact that boats of the larger type cannot operate on the river because of shallow depth, and again their length cannot be increased on account of the canals through which they must pass, and this has very likely blocked previous plans to form a fixed route.

The Canadian boats just placed will load wheat and the rate is reported at four and a half cents through to Montreal, which, on a basis of one and a half cents for wheat, Chicago to Buffalo, compares with a six cent rate on wheat via the American lake and rail route to the sea-board. The take were the Myles, Bannockburn, Bothnia, Melrose, Kingston, and Bothnia. It is understood that some of them will transfer their grain to the Grand Trunk railway at Kingston, but two or three will go on through to Montreal without breaking bulk. The Grand Trunk railway, which parallels the St. Lawrence river from that point to Montreal, is said to be making special low rates on grain shipped via this route just as other rail lines have from Georgian Bay to other Canadian seaboard points. [Chicago Inter-Ocean]

A Happy Selection - The Peterson line of boats will be welcome on the lakes. They will help to save us from the reproach of trying to keep the carrying trade to ourselves and not having the bottoms to do it. The choice of Capt. Donnelly, Kingston, for the management of the line, is a happy one. [Toronto Globe]

Marine Notes.

Craig's wharf: steamer Ocean up.

M.T. company elevator: steamer Glengarry from Montreal, with a cargo for Fort William.

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

Richardsons' elevator: schooner Kate from Cobourg; steambarge Owen from Wellington; sloop Granger from Mosquito Bay; schooner Laura D. from Conway.

The steamer New York arrived at Folger's wharf this morning, and will be placed in winter quarters. She has completed her most successful season on the river.

The schooner Laura D. has been sold by Captain Clancy to Captain Pomatierm (sic), South Bay, for $1,000. The former is now in command of the schooner Queen of the Lakes.

Tapping the Great Lakes - an editorial about drainage canal from Lake Michigan to Mississippi River.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Sep 1902