The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Jul 1903

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Craig's wharf: steamer Lake Michigan up.

Booth's wharf: schooner Acacia from Oswego with coal.

The steamer Armenia cleared from Garden Island for Toronto.

M.T. company elevator: tug Thomson up with four light barges.

Garden Island: steamer Orion and consort Muskoka from Toronto with timber.

The steamer Arabian, the government light house supply boat, was in port yesterday and today.

Swift's wharf: steamers Caspian from Charlotte; Toronto from Toronto; Rideau Queen cleared for Ottawa; Hamilton from Montreal tonight.

The barge Muskoka, owned by the Collins Bay Towing and Wrecking company, has been sold to the M.T. company. The Muskoka is at present unloading timber at Garden Island.

The M.T. company's new steamer Fairmount is at Montreal lightening railway iron. It will likely arrive here on Friday or Saturday. The Fairmount is a sister ship of the Westmount.

p.5 Incidents of the Day - The yacht Bigelow, belonging to George Manning, Alexandria Bay, went on the rocks near Rock Island lighthouse, opposite Thousand Island Park, during a dense fog, but soon got off.


At Kingston Is Amply Sufficient.

The Montreal Herald of Monday has this statement:

"Every day the wisdom of the government's action in taking the tolls off the canals is being more clearly illustrated. One leading shipper said that the quantity of grain coming down the St. Lawrence route is limited only by the elevator accommodation.

At the present moment the weak link in the chain is at Kingston, where the elevator is handling 500,000 bushels a week.

The accommodation at that point should be at least two or three times as great as it is, but were it so increased the weak link would be found elsewhere, either at Port Colborne or at Montreal.

Unfortunately, the elevator at Prescott is now out of commission, and the larger boats have to unload at Kingston, where, as already stated, the elevator accommodation is pitiably inadequate."

L.L. Henderson, inside manager of the Montreal Transportation company here, was asked this morning for an opinion on the points involved in the above statement. He replied:

"The elevator accommodation at Kingston is not the weak link. What is needed is more barge capacity or increased facilities at Montreal. If the facilities at Montreal were such that the barges could be unloaded on arrival from Kingston, there would be no blockade at all, as the elevator capacity at Kingston is amply sufficient to handle at least fifty per cent more grain than has been arriving. Provided the barges could be unloaded promptly at Montreal, our own elevator here at Kingston could easilly handle 900,000 bushels of grain every week, and then we would require to work only six days of ten hours each. The largest amount of grain that has yet come here in a week has been 500,000 bushels. So you see the statement that Kingston is unable to handle the grain is decidedly wrong."

Besides the M.T. company elevator there are Mooers' and Richardsons' with capacity of 750,000 bushels, so that Kingston can easily take care of more than a million bushels every week, double the amount that yet has come.

The real reasons of the recent blockade at Kingston were stated at the time by the Whig, viz. the opening of upper canals ten days before the lower ones, and the longshoremen's strike at Montreal in May. Such a blockade is not likely to occur again in years. At the present time Kingston has ample elevator capacity. If it was increased, little good would result, unless Port Colborne and Montreal increased theirs.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Jul 1903