The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Sep 1903

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p.1 To Find Out Facts - Welland, Sept. 19th - to find out if American fishing tug Kittie D., was in Canadian waters when seized by Canadian patrol boat Petrel in Lake Erie.



Swift's wharf: steamer Spartan due up tonight.

The schooner Lydon from Charlotte is unloading coal at the spile wharf.

The steamer North King makes her last trip of the season to the Thousand Islands tomorrow.

The steamer New Island Wanderer makes a special trip to Clayton this evening after coming from the Cape.

M.T. company wharf: tug Thomson up with one light barge, and cleared for Charlotte with two barges for coal.

The steamer Caspian touches at Swift's wharf Sunday morning en route from St. Anne de Beaupre to Charlotte, returning with an excursion.



The great activity among Canadian and English shipbuilding industries, which are building vessels for the export grain trade on the great lakes, is causing much alarm among American vessel owners. Canadian capitalists are making swift strides toward controlling transportation of grain from the head of the lakes, and in time from Chicago and other important shipping ports.

They have been quick to see the advantages of the Canadian routes to the seaboard as compared with the American routes, and no time is being lost in building boats to carry out the purpose. Large steel steamers are being turned out by the Canadian yards as rapidly as they can build them. The Bertram shipbuilding company, in Toronto, is said to have orders for a number of Welland canal size steamers, especially constructed to carry 100,000 bushels of grain through the locks, and these are to be put into commission just as fast as rush work will complete them.

Back of these new steamship ventures are said to be some of the wealthiest Canadian marine interests. John Waldie, of the Victorian Lumber company, Toronto; Crangle & Hagarty, Toronto; and Thomas Marks & Co., of Port Arthur, are among those now deeply interested in the plan of diverting American export grain via Canadian routes to Europe.

There evidently is ample ground for anxiety among American vesselmen, since they are helpless to remedy the combination of circumstances which has prompted the foreign interests aggressively to seek their commerce.

The American rates for transportation to the seaboard are prohibitive, as compared with figures the Canadians are prepared to offer. The latter are said to have the advantage because they are not compelled to submit to excessive demands of labor unions and can carry the grain at much lower figures. [Chicago Inter-Ocean]

p.6 World Tidings - The steamer Joe, bound from Saugatuck to Holland, Mich., with a cargo of fruit broke down and went ashore. The life savers went to the assistance and rescued Captain Upham and the crew.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Sep 1903