The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 May 1910

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p.2 The Welland Canal - discusses Montreal and Toronto's interests in getting the canal deepened. [Montreal Herald]

A New Cement Wharf.

Messrs. James Swift & Co. are putting in a cement pier to replace the timber on the Wolfe Island wharf. The management stated this morning that all extensions and new work would in future be done with cement. Speaking of the proposed public dock they stated that there is no necessity for it from a business point of view. As a promenade and a pleasure boat landing it would be welcome. At present we and the Folger Bros. are handling, to the satisfaction of the various lines calling at Kingston, what business there is. At times our wharf is rather congested but only with sight-seers, and not with regular business. Our premises are proportionately larger and better equipped than any on this lake.

Great Traffic In Cement.

The steamer Edmonton, discharging grain at the M.T. Co.'s elevator, will clear for Belleville, and take on a cargo of cement for Fort William. There is a great rush in the cement business this season, nearly all the big grain carriers taking on cement at Belleville on their way back to Fort William. There has been more cement loaded this season than there has been coal.


The steamer Sowards arrived at Crawford's with coal from Fairhaven.

The steamer Fairmount will clear for Belleville to load cement for Fort William.

The steamer Kenora touched at the government dry dock on Monday on her way west.

The steamer India with barge Ceylon and oil tank barges cleared for the Welland canal.

The steamer Beaverton passed, Tuesday morning, on her way from Fort William to Montreal.

The steamer Turbinia is expected down this week to enter the dry dock to be scraped and painted.

The schooners W.J. Suffel and Keewatin are unloading coal at Swift's wharf from Sodus Point and Oswego.

The tug Florence cleared for Montreal with the barge Zotebec, coal laden, and the barge Katie H., loaded with grain.

The steamer Alexandria passed down on her way to Montreal on Monday night. At Folger's wharf she took on 280 boxes of cheese and considerable other freight.

The steamer Ottawan, of the Ottawa Ferry Company, running from Montreal to Ottawa, then up the river to Portland, coaled up at Swift's wharf this morning. The steamer was on the wrong side of the break in the locks, and was forced to come up this way en route for Montreal.

M.T. Co.'s elevator: tug Emerson cleared for Montreal with four grain barges and one coal barge; steamer Edmonton arrived from Fort William with two light barges, cleared for Montreal with three grain laden barges (sic); steamer Fairmount and barge Quebec arrived with grain from Fort Williamm, Fairmount discharged, Quebec will go through to Montreal.

p.8 Rideau Canal Question - discusses the proposal of the Canadian Pacific to use the Ottawa end of the Rideau canal as a right of way for tracks. [Ottawa Free Press]

Daily Standard, May 17, 1910

p.1 Help To Build Canada's Canals - was the suggestion of the National Association of Manufacturers at their meeting in New York.

p.6 Napanee, May 17th - ...The officers for the Swastika Yacht and Motor Club for the coming year are as follows: Commodore, U.M. Wilson, Napanee; Vice-Commodore, R.J.S. Dewar, Deseronto; Sailing Fleet Captain, T.J. Naylor, Deseronto; Fleet Surgeon, Dr. T.W. Simpson, Napanee; Regatta Committee, D.L. Hill, Napanee; J.N. Osborne, Napanee; H.E. Smith, Napanee; T. Warren, Deseronto; R.J.S. Dewar, Deseronto; Motor Boat Fleet Captain, Arthur Chinneck, Napanee; Sec.-Treas., Mark Graham, Napanee. The club proposes holding a run on the 24th, to some point on the Bay....



Ottawa, May 17th - Regulations are set forth by an order-in-council providing that every swing or draw bridge over a navigable water shall be marked at night by lights on each side of the channel, and at each end of the bridge, a red light when the passage is clear, and a green one when the swing is open. All cable ferries must be indicated by a beacon, and none is to be established across a navigable water without the approval of the Minister of Marine.


There Is Still A Material Advantage For Grain Shipping.

[Toronto Globe]

A few weeks ago there were loud complaints of a policy on the part of ocean steamship companies, which seemed to result in discrimination against the St. Lawrence route and to deprive the Dominion of the natural benefits of a favorable position. The rate to Buffalo and to Georgian Bay ports from the head of the lake was then a cent and a half. From Georgian Bay to Montreal the rail route was four cents, and from Buffalo to New York 4 9/10 cents. This made a slight difference in favor of Montreal by the rail and water route, while by the all-water route to the Canadian port of shipment the advantage was a cent and a half. Complaints arise because this difference was more than offset by the difference in ocean rates, these giving the New York route a slight advantage over the all-water route by Montreal, and of course a large advantage over the rail and water route by the Georgian Bay. It was suggested when the complaints were made that the inland water rates might be modified to offset the discrimination by ocean steamships. The charge to Georgian Bay ports from Fort William was a cent and a half, the distance being 450 miles, and the same charge was made to Buffalo, a distance of 750 miles. There were return cargoes and other considerations to take into account; still the shorter route seemed entitled to some advantageous difference.

It is now reported from Montreal that the transportation companies handling the inland traffic have made reductions which more than counteract the difference in ocean charges. The change has been made by the Inland Rate Association, which is said to control lake and canal rates in Canada. The reported reduction of the all water rate to Montreal to 4 1/4 cents will make the entire rate from Fort William to Liverpool by Montreal 8.13 cents per bushel, as compared with 8.52 cents per bushel by Buffalo and New York. There will be a slight reduction in the difference by the higher insurance rates in the Gulf, but there will still be a material difference in favor of the St. Lawrence route. The reduction in charges on inland traffic more than counterbalances any ocean discrimination that may exist. A material result of the change is seen in the statement by the Canadian companies that practically all their May space has been booked. The new condition promises to restore Montreal to the position she attained last season as the leading ocean port for outbound grain. The advantage of location on the shortest grain route to Britain and the policy of providing adequate harbor and elevator accommodation are bringing again their natural results.


Eastbound leaves Kingston 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Westbound leaves Kingston 10:30 p.m. Saturday, between Hamilton, Toronto, Kingston, Montreal and intermediate ports.

Connections at Montreal for Quebec and the Saguenay River.

For tickets and berth reservations, apply to

J.P. HANLEY, Agent, Kingston.


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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 May 1910