The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Apr 1909

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p.2 Granting Aid For Wharf Rent - letter to editor asking if it is proper for city council to grant $100 to Wolfe Island for rental of a wharf for the Wolfe Island ferry.


The schooner Maize cleared today for Oswego to load coal.

The schooner Keewatin arrived from Oswego with coal for Swift's.

The schooner Cornelia is expected at Swift's today with coal from Oswego.

The steamer Bothwick arrived at Richardsons' elevator this morning to load oats for Quebec.

The steamer Windsor and barge Kingston, wind bound, cleared for Oswego this morning to load coal for Montreal.

The weather was so rough yesterday that the trip of the steamer Stranger to Gananoque had to be cancelled. The steamer Aletha's trip was also called off and the vessel sought shelter in Richardsons' slip.

After placing buoys at river points, steamer Reserve returned to Prescott. The captain and his men speak of rough weather, their boat being greatly wave-tossed. West of Wolfe Island matters became interesting, as the water began to invade the windows and even the dishes in the kitchen were prone to wander.

The Handling of Ice.

Over ten thousand tons of ice went from Kingston and adjacent ports to Lake Erie ports since navigation opened, the Calvin company, of Garden Island, sending some 6,500 tons. The ice costs $1.50 per ton delivered at Erie, Lorraine, Sandusky and Cleveland and the up-cargoes will net the vessel owners good freight. This year there was no ice in Lake Erie and in consequence the dealers thereabouts had to look elsewhere. It was cheaper to buy ice here than to use that artificially made, hence the filling of orders for the St. Lawrence product. The ice will be chiefly used for supplying the freight boats on the upper lakes.



Navigation Is Now Open At The Soo.

The ice blockade at Sault Ste. Marie is at last broken, and marinemen are now happy. A message was received yesterday, stating that the blockade had been broken, and that navigation was open.

The M.T. Co. had several boats tied up there, on the way to Fort William, and the expense of keeping the vessels there, to await the opening of navigation, was very expensive. The boats got an early start from Kingston, but their good start did not benefit them, owing to the long hold-up at the Soo. Had there been no delay, the steamers would have been down to Kingston, discharging their cargo, but now it will the second week in May before any great amount of grain reaches Kingston. The season for grain carrying is quite short enough, and to have a delay of this kind, just at the opening of navigation, is indeed a great drawback.

According to the report received, the steamer Carleton was the first boat down, followed by the Northern Queen. The Northern Queen was imprisoned since Monday last having left Duluth on Saturday, April 17th. Both vessels reported the ice to be very heavy.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Apr 1909