The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Jul 1904

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Booth's wharf: schooner Voges cleared for Oswego.

Crawford's wharf: schooner Tradewind cleared for Oswego.

The steamer Thomas Fawcett will reach Kingston early next week.

The government steamer Arabian is here taking on light house supplies.

Craig's wharf: steamers Ocean from Montreal this morning; Melbourne up tonight.

Swift's wharf: steamers Toronto down and up today; Rideau Queen left for Ottawa this morning; Corsican due up this afternoon.

The forty foot launch Mignon, formerly owned by Dr. E.E. Campbell and recently purchased by Nathaniel Hunt of St. Elmo Island, has been sold again to Detroit parties.

The dredge Sir Richard is attacking the mud bank in front of Wolfe Island wharf, the high water enabling her to reach that spot. Now if she will move into the canal and work away all of the people will be happy.

The steamer Alexandria with excursionists for Quebec, was on the river when her engines broke down and she became useless. She was towed into Sorel by a tug, and the passengers will be obliged to finish their trip by rail.

Capt. James B. Estes, father of Capt. Milo D. Estes, has arrived at the river and began his duties as first mate on the steamer St. Lawrence. Capt. Estes is the oldest pilot on the river, and is the only captain now living of the old American line of steamboats which ran between Toronto and Ogdensburg fifty years ago.

Grain is offering from Chicago to Buffalo at three-quarters of a cent per bushel. This is the lowest going rate on record for grain from Chicago, and is probably the cheapest transportation in the United States for a haul of 500 miles, counting the route by the railroad distance. Even at the low rate no business outside of small lots was taken.

Deckhands Went On Strike - A strike on a small scale occurred just prior to the departure of the R. & O. steamer Kingston, Tuesday afternoon. Wages being six days overdue, some of the deckhands had banded together and obtained from the police court clerk a writ demanding payment. This they presented to Capt. Esford and offensively urged their case. So strained did the situation become that Patrol Sergt. Irwin had to be called upon to intervene and took the ringleader of the disgruntled into custody. Capt. Esford explained that the non-arrival of the pay slips from Montreal had delayed the payment of wages for a few days. [Toronto World]

p.8 The Races Fixed - Lake Yacht Racing Association Regatta to be held at Kingston on July 23rd to 27th.

Heavy Cargo of Elm Timber - The Simla, a double-deck steam barge under command of Capt. Malone, left Toronto for Kingston, with 75,000 cubic feet of square elm timber. The Simla is one of the largest steambarges on the lake and her load of timber will be made into rafts at Garden Island and conveyed to Quebec.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Jul 1904