The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 May 1903

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To Be Sent To The Seaboard.

Chicago vessel owners say that Canada is making her greatest effort to divert the great volume of grain traffic along Canadian waterways for shipment to Europe from the dominion's seaports. The announcement that the Canadian government has removed all tolls from the canals is the subject of much discussion among marine interests in Chicago. Lake men contend this action will have the effect of diverting much export traffic that is shipped by way of Buffalo to New York.

It is figured that it will be possible to carry grain from Fort William to Kingston for 3.05 cents a bushel under present conditions, and from there to Montreal for 1.05 cents. On this basis it is believed that with lake insurance and charges at Montreal it would bring the cost up to 5.87 cents. The rate from Fort William to Buffalo on a basis of 2 cents, including charges from there to New York, make the cost 6.68 cents per bushel on board. From these figures vesselmen contend that the rate from Chicago at 1 1/2 cents for wheat to Buffalo, will amount to in the neighborhood of 6.18 cents on board at New York, which, according to the Canadian figures, is 0.31 cents higher than rates by the St. Lawrence river route to Quebec.

Acacia Ashore.

The schooner Acacia, owned by Capt. James Crosby, went ashore Saturday night on the south side of the Main Ducks. She was laden with coal from Oswego for R. Crawford. Early this morning, the Donnelly Wrecking company's steamer and crew of thirty went up to release the vessel.

Rates Are Advanced.

Owing to the additional cost for fuel and other expenses in running steamers, the rates are being advanced at different points, and undoubtedly will be between this port and the islands. They have already been advanced between Picton, Amherst Island and here.

Movement of Vessels.

Repairs to the schooner Ballou will likely be completed today.

The schooner Burton cleared from the Grove Inn wharf for Oswego.

Robert Berry, of Wolfe Island, is mate on the steamer Pierrepont.

Anglin's wharf: schooner Two Brothers, from Oswego, with coal.

The steamer Calvin and consort, from Toronto, with timber, are unloading at Garden Island.

The R. & O. steamer Spartan leaves Toronto tonight on her first trip east.

Enough grain has come to the M.T. company so far this season to completely fill their big 800,000 bushel elevator.

The steamer Rideau Queen left early this morning on her first trip of the season to Ottawa. She carried a large cargo of freight.

The steamer North King is in the government dry-dock for an overhauling. She and the steamer Caspian have been found in splendid condition.

M.T. company wharf: steamer Bermuda and consort Grantham, from Duluth, with 115,000 bushels of wheat; S.S. Rosemount and consorts cleared for Fort William, light.

Capt. James McAvay, commanding the steamer Bermuda, of Chicago, in port with grain for the M.T. Co., is a former Wolfe Islander. He left here about fifteen years ago for the west and has since commanded some of the largest steamers plying the great lakes.

Water in the St. Lawrence River at Thousand Island Park is so high that it is getting into the boathouses. Gananoque also complains of inconvenience on account of the high level of the water. The Journal says that the owners of boathouses there who years ago moved them out much further are now compelled to either move them back or raise them nearly two feet. It is many years since the water has been as high as at present.

p.5 Captains of Barges - These captains will command the Canada Atlantic Transport company's barges this season: Beauport, A. Miron; Bismarck, Clevis Hebert; Cherokee, J. Hebert; Condor, H. Bradley; Dakota, M. Chatel; Geo. T. Davie, T. Hebert Sr.; Hiawatha, A. Monette; Huron, T. Hebert Jr.; Iroquois, C. Brunet; Jet, Stephen Bradley; Lapwing, Joseph Leduc; Princess, A. Fillatrault; Siren, J. Brunet; Thrush, R. Bradley.

Applying For Marine Bonus - William Lesslie is applying to the Canadian government for a bonus to keep his steamer Petrel and a wrecking outfit at Cape Race so that immediate assistance can be given vessels which get into trouble in that locality. It is quite possible that the request will be granted, as a wrecking station and outfit at the gulf is certainly necessary.

Incidents of the Day - Capt. George Houston, Port Dalhousie, is here to take charge of the barge Winnipeg.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 May 1903