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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Jun 1903

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Richardsons' elevator: steamer Myles cleared for Fort William.

Swift's wharf: steamers Toronto down and up; Rideau King from Ottawa; Corsican up tonight; schooner Suffel cleared for Oswego.

M.T. company elevator: steamer Algonquin from Fort William with 92,000 bushels of wheat; schooner Mowat from Port Darlington with 16,000 bushels of oats; steamer Turret Crown cleared for Fort William; tug Bronson up with five light barges and cleared down with four grain-laden.

Next week Capt. Noonan will take a party of seventy-five members of the Clique Tourist Club of New York, on a trip down the St. Lawrence to Montreal, up the Ottawa to the capital and by the Rideau to Kingston. The boat will start her regular trips between Kingston and Ottawa on July 4th.

Congestion In Grains.

The M.T. company and Mooer's elevators are so full of grain that the big vessels now in port are kept waiting till the congestion is relieved by transhipment in barges to Montreal. The fleet of vessels came faster than was anticipated, and are still coming. So far this season close to 3,800,000 bushels of grain have entered Kingston harbor for the M.T. company, an enormous amount as compared to previous years.

The S.S. Westmount.

The M.T. company's new steamship Westmount, which reached here Tuesday afternoon, was sixteen days coming out from Antwerp. Capt. Milligan says the voyage was exceedingly rough for this time of year. The Westmount brought over a cargo of railway iron, and drew eighteen feet six inches. At Montreal, 1,000 tons was transferred to the lake barge Melrose, and the Westmount's draught reduced to fourteen feet. She brought the barges Melrose and Minnedosa to Kingston, and on Saturday will clear with them for Fort William, where after being discharged, she will load wheat for Kingston.

The Westmount attained a speed of thirteen and a half miles an hour on her trial trip, somewhat faster than the S.S. Rosemount. She will carry 120,000 bushels of wheat, 30,000 more than the Rosemount.

Sailors Are Scarce.

Local mariners complain of the scarcity of sailors. As high as $1 a day is being paid for firemen, while deck hands demand from $25 to $28 a month. Even at these prices the supply is limited and trouble is experienced in meeting the demand upon the market.

Want Ferry Landing.

Reeve Fawcett, of the township of Wolfe Island, was in the city Wednesday and had a consultation with the city engineer relative to the city permitting the proposed Wolfe Island ferry to land at the foot of Clarence street. The ratepayers of the township will vote on the ferry scheme on July 2nd, and if they decided to operate a ferry steamer of their own, it would be necessary to have a suitable landing place along the harbor front, close to the market square.

The city engineer laid the matter before the city property committee at its meeting Wednesday afternoon, when it was decided to re-offer the islanders the use of the wharf at the foot of Clarence street. The engineer stated that Reeve Fawcett asked that the city build a short pier at right angles to the present wharf, so as to form a convenient slip into which the steamer could run; also that permission be given to erect a ticket office on the wharf. The engineer said it would cost between $300 and $400 to build the wharf desired.

The committee decided to grant the township free use of the present wharf and also gave permission to build the additional pier and ticket office, which work must be undertaken at the township's expense, and be approved of by the city engineer.

It was pointed out that the city had not the right to oppose any company or firm at present conducting a ferry.


The Wolfe Island Ferry By-law.

St. Lawrence, June 18th - To The Editor:

I see in the Weekly British Whig a copy of a by-law to be submitted to the electors of the township of Wolfe Island on July 2nd next, to raise $20,000 by debentures, for the purchase of a ferry boat, to be managed and controlled by the municipal council. Then it reads there is no existing debenture debt, which is true. But if we are out of debt, how is it that there is over $100 interest accumulated since January 1st last? I think that if we would look into the standing of the township with the county, we would find that all we would have left of $4,000 would be a small amount, and then we would not be on a square account with the county. If we keep on the way that the business of the township has been going for the past three years it will be a good rent for a farm to pay the taxes.

I am persuaded that there are good level-headed electors enough to vote the by-law down, as our taxes are too high now and increasing every year.


p.8 Marine Notes - The schooner Acacia, from Charlotte, is unloading coal at Garden Island.

The schooner Collier, from Charlotte, is at the spile wharf with coal.

The steamer Pierrepont is now making daily trips to Gananoque.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Jun 1903