The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Nov 1902

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p.2 Water Falls Eighteen Inches - The water in the harbor has gone down eighteen inches since June last, and has now reached what the harbor master calls the "zero mark." The water was higher this year than for many preceding years, and, consequently, the fall was also greater.


Swift's wharf: steamer Spartan down.

Craig's wharf: steamers Cuba up; Niagara down.

Richardsons' elevator: steambarge John Milne and schooners Maggie L., Laura D., Echo and Monitor from bay ports with grain.

The car ferry boat International arrived from Prescott on Sunday night, and on Monday went into the government dry dock for repairs.

James Swift has chartered the barges Muskoka and Neyland ( Neelon ?) of the Collins Bay Rafting company, to bring hard coal from Oswego. Capts. Simmonds and Tyo will be in charge.

M.T. company elevator: tug Thomson from Oswego with two barges, laden with hard coal, which the tug Bronson took to Montreal, along with one grain-laden barge; tug Thomson cleared for Oswego with three light barges.


Marine Notes.

The steamer Pierrepont goes to Cape Vincent this evening with a cargo of hay.

The car steamer International, of Prescott, entered the government drydock this morning for repairs.


Oswego, Nov. 3rd - A dispute over sailors' wages among the men on the coal vessels in the harbor culminated in a lively fight in the dock at the North-Eastern Elevator last night, in which William Nelson, of the schooner James G. Blain, and Joseph Fox, of the schooner Oliver Mowat, were badly bruised. Fox lost two teeth, and Nelson's eye was severely injured. The injured men went to police headquarters and Chief Doyle issued a warrant for "Slob" McGuire and "Irish Paddy." The police went down and searched several vessels, but the men were not found.

When the rush of coal came, the vesselmen could not get enough sailors. The prevailing wage was $1.75 per day. Now many of the men are demanding $2.25 per day, and it is said Fox and Nelson were attacked because they did not stand with the others for the raise.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Nov 1902