The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Jul 1904

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Crawford's wharf: steamer Tradewind from Oswego with coal.

The steambarges Kenirving and John Milne cleared for Oswego.

M.T. company elevator: S.S. Westmount cleared for upper lake ports.

The steamer Aletha could not land at Bath yesterday afternoon, on account of the storm.

Craig's wharf: steamers Alexandria down; Lake Michigan up; steam barge Waterlily down.

Swift's wharf: steamers Toronto down and up; Hamilton up; Rideau King from Ottawa tonight.

The steamer New York will not begin her river trips till the middle of the month, as business is dull.

City Council - Bylaw Passed - The M.T. company bylaw, requiring two-thirds' majority, and held over from last meeting of council was passed. It exempts all the M.T. company land, instead of just that on which the elevator stands.



Capt. Scott, of the steamer Persia, writes to the Prescott Messenger:

"I frequently hear complaints from some of our passengers, relative to the sayings of the ticket agent of the R. & O. company, of your town, speaking very disparagingly of the steamer Persia. Now, sir, it is not necessary for the Persia to do so about rival boats as she gets all the passengers she requires, and if she did not, it would be poor policy to talk meanly of other boats. The Persia is run on moral principles and I defy any passenger out of the great number she carries to say that they ever saw any of the Persia officers to be the worse of liquor, nor to see it on board belonging to the boat or crew. She pays her crew much higher salaries than any boat in the R. & O. company - I think I might safely say double that of the R. & O., in fact her first mate, purser and engineer get about the same as the captains of the R. & O. Her captain gets more than double the salary the R. & O. captains get. Notwithstanding the high salaries she pays, the company is always satisfied with her dividends, therefore, there must be some advantage in giving good men good pay. The Persia is a screw steamer and carries sufficient freight to make her seaworthy, and classes higher than the R. & O. boats, and runs in weather when the others have to remain in port. The Persia crew do not wear brass buttons on their coats, but they have something nearly that color, but of a finer nature in their pockets. The contents of this letter does not refer to the steamers Kingston and Toronto, nevertheless the Persia is with them also in heavy weather."

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Jul 1904