A rise in the grain freights

Johnyxxx

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Hello,

Can anybody explain to me what the bold text means?

I called in at a book-shop, and bought a ’Frisco guide, one of those pretty little flip-flap things that ripple out a fathom long, all pictures of Telegraph Hill and the waterfront and the ferry boats, with glimpses of the bay and a “peep at Oakland”; not forgetting even the mud flats across the bay, where the wind-jammers used to lie up by the dozen and wait for a rise in the grain freights.

The Case of A Curio Dealer, W.H.Hodgson 1910

Thank you very much.
 

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My guess is that grain freights was a way to say "the price to ship grain".
 
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