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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Nov 1902

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Steel Trust To Add To The Ore-Carrying Fleet.

St. Paul, Nov. 13th - A special from Duluth says: In line with its expressed hope to increase the steel ore carrying fleet of the Pittsburg Steamship company, that company has called for bids for the building of twenty steel steamships, to be fifty-two feet longer than anything on the lakes. The ships will be 550 feet long, 58 feet beam and 30 feet deep, and will carry 9,000 tons each.

They will be capable of moving from Duluth to Buffalo 129,000 bushels of wheat in a lake season.

It is expected that when built these ships will use up about $10,000,000 of the $50,000,000 laid aside by the United States Steel corporation for improvements. The steel corporation also owns the Pittsburgh Steamship Company. These ships will sail from Duluth.

Likely Broke It Up.

Fort William, Nov. 13th - Capt. C. Hinsworth, of the Oronoko, reported having seen, on Tuesday morning, a 3 masted tow barge on the shore at Silver Islet, with the seas washing over her and no sign of any persons on board or on the shore. Captains of steamers arriving today reported seeing no wreck from which it is concluded that the storm of the last couple of days has finished the vessel.

p.2 Day's Episodes - Nearly all the local coal dealers have vessels at Oswego and Charlotte awaiting cargoes of hard coal. James Swift has three vessels at Oswego which he hopes to see coming into port some of these days with 2,600 tons of hard coal.


Swift's wharf: steamer Spartan on her last trip up.

Craig's wharf: steamers Persia and Lake Michigan up; Ocean down.

The Hamilton Bridge company is suing the Montreal Transportation company for $15,860, balance of account for steel barge construction.

The steambarge John Milne cleared from Richardsons' elevator with a cargo of wheat for Washburn, after which she will go into winter quarters at Seeley's Bay.

Many of the schooners which formerly carried grain, are in the coal trade. Others, however, are laying up, as their owners do not think it will pay to continue carrying any longer this season.

p.8 Big Wheat Cargo - The Montreal Transportation company's barge Hamilton has landed in Montreal the largest cargo of wheat ever brought through the inland waterways from the lakes. The barge started from Fort William some ten days ago with 71,000 bushels on board, but it was not thought safe to carry this amount down the St. Lawrence canals owing to the possibility of the tugs not being able to hold her in the currents, so 11,000 bushels were taken out, leaving an even 60,000 bushels of No. 1 hard wheat, which was brought through and delivered to the Ogilvie Milling company. The record up to this time was 50,000 bushels.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Nov 1902