The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Ontario and the Great Lakes
The Railway and Marine World (Toronto, ON), March 1911, p. 281, 283

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The Fort William Coal Dock Co., Ltd., has increased its capital stock from $50,000 to $200,000.

Capt. Jas. Collier, a shipbuilder and mariner on Lake Ontario for over 50 years, died at Picton, Feb. 10, aged 74.

It is reported that the Northern Navigation Co., and C.P.R. vessels operating on the Great Lakes, are to be equipped with wireless telegraph apparatus for the approaching season.

An order in council has been passed making regulations for the governance of the ferry across the Ottawa River between Pembroke. Ont., and Allumette Island, Que.

The Niagara Navigation Co., invited tenders recently for building a passenger and freight shed 300 by 45 ft. on its east dock pier 22. Toronto, to replace the one burned last year.

The application of the Kingston city council to exempt the Kingston dry dock from payment of school taxes, has been refused by the Private Bills Committee of the House of Commons.

Montgomery and Fisher, owners of the tug Saucy Jim, which was burned last fall, have ordered a new one to replace her. The vessel, which will be built in Collingwood, will be 90ft. long.

The Ontario Public Works Department is rebuilding the lock n the Magnetawan River at Magnetawan, and it is anticipated that it will be completed in time for the re-opening of navigation. The lock is 120 ft. long by 28 ft. wide, and about 12 ft. high.

Press reports from Collingwood state that arrangements are being made for the transfer of the C.P.R. vessels from Owen Sound to Victoria Harbor, during the coming season. It is stated two of the vessels will be transferred on May 1, and the others during the season.

Capt. W. O. Parkinson, well known on the Great Lakes for many years, and at one time connected with the old ferry company at Toronto, died there, Feb. 3, aged 57. He retired from active service several years ago, since when he has been in indifferent health.

Following is the board of the Mutual Steamship Co., for the current year: President. D. McGillivray, Port Colborne; Vice President, W. M. German, Welland; Managing Director. J. W. Norcross, Toronto; other directors, R. M. Wolvin, Winnipeg; W. E. Phin, Welland.

The C.P.R.. which has been suffering considerable losses through the thefts from cars in transit on its car ferries across the Detroit river, recently caused the arrest of a number of the crews concerned, seven of whom were sentenced to periods of imprisonment ranging from 12 to three months. Feb. 21.

The Dominion Parliament has extended the time within which the Lake Champlain and St. Lawrence Ship Canal Co. may construct the canal authorized by chap. 107 of the Statutes of 1898, to [p. 283] five years from Feb. 7, and limiting to two years from the same date, the time within which $50,000 must be spent on the work.

A deputation representing the Kingston city council and the Board of Trade, waited on the Minister of Public Works, Feb. 2. to urge the dredging of the lower harbor and the erection of a new bridge to replace the old Cataraqui structure, in order to make Kingston harbor more suitable for deep draught vessels.

The Department of Public Works has awarded the contract for the construction of a breakwater at Port Burwell, to M. Hogan, Westmount, Que., his tender being $234,000. He built the Port Colborne breakwater. The Port Burwell breakwater will be built to the west of the pier, and the contract calls for the work to be completed in 18 months from Jan. 30 last.

The Grimsby Beach and South Shore Navigation Co., Ltd., has been incorporated under the Ontario Companies Act, with a capital of $50,000, and office at Toronto, to build, acquire and operate steam and other vessels. and carry on a general ship owning and transportation business. The provisional directors are W. H. Irving. H. H. Davis and N. Boynes, Toronto.

Polson Iron Works, Ltd.. has notified the Toronto board of control that it desires to purchase the old city yard on the west side of Frederic St., to the south of the Esplanade, to enable it to construct a floating dry dock, capable of holding the largest type of vessels sailing on Lake Ontario. The company's plans for the dry dock have been approved by the Government engineers, but nothing can be done until a site has been obtained.

After enquiry into the collision, last fall, between the U.S. tug General and the C.P.R. s.s. Athabasca, in the St. Marys River, the U.S. marine inspectors have suspended the license of the tug captain for six months, and have suggested to the Canadian authorities to investigate the conduct of the Athabasca at the time. We are officially advised that a formal investigation will be held in this matter, some time in March.

The Victoria Navigation Co., Ltd., has been incorporated under the Dominion Companies Act., with a capital of $50,000, and office at Ottawa, to own and operate steam and other vessels; to conduct salvage operations, own wharves, docks, piers, warehouses, etc., and to carry on a general navigation business. The provisional directors are, E. A. Hall, L'Orignal, Ont.: J. H. Hall, R. T. Holcomb, J. Galbraith. Ottawa. Ont., and F. Elliott. Thurso, Que.

A proposal is under consideration for the construction of a dry dock and shipbuilding plant at Amherstburg, where it is stated enough shore front property has been secured and negotiations are proceeding for acquiring the necessary land. It is also stated that subscriptions have been received to the extent of $250,000. It is proposed to build at 600 ft. dry dock, with the necessary machine repair shops, etc. Among those mentioned as being interested in the proposition are A. H. Clarke, D. H. Lerry and A. Woods.

The annual meeting of Inland Lines, Ltd.. was held at Hamilton, Feb. 9. when the directors' report for the past year was adopted. Following is the board for the current year: President, Jas. Playfair, Midland. Ont.; Vice President. J. P. Steedman. Hamilton, Ont.; Secretary, F. A. Magee. Hamilton, Ont.; other directors. W. J. Southam, W. G. Walton, F. H. Whitton, Hamilton: C. W. Band, Toronto; D. L. White, Jr.. Midland; H. W. Richardson, Kingston; Treasurer, J. I. Hobson, Hamilton, Ont.

The U.S. Lake Survey reports the levels of the Great Lakes in feet above tidewater for Jan.. as follows:—Superior, 601.07; Michigan and Huron 579.31; Erie 570.92; Ontario 244.78 As compared with the average January levels for the past 10 years, Superior was 1.23 ft. below; Michigan and Huron 0.85 ft. below: Erie 0.78 ft. below, and Ontario 0.60 ft. below. It was anticipated that during Feb. Superior would fall 0.2 ft.; Michigan and Huron would remain stationary; Erie would fall 0.2 ft., and Ontario would rise 0.1 ft.

The Huntsville, Lake of Bays and Lake Simcoe Navigation Co.'s annual meeting was held at Huntsville. Feb. 4. when the report for 1910 was submitted and adopted. The balance remaining in hand after the season's operations was carried to profit and loss, no dividend being declared. The officers and directors were re-elected for the current year, as follows: President. C O. Shaw. Huntsville; Vice President. H. Foster Chaffee, Toronto; General Manager, S. H. Jacobs, Secretary and Assistant General Manager, W. J. Moore; Treasurer, J. W. McKee.

In connection with the construction of the Livingstone channel by the U.S. Government, which includes the extension of the dam in the Detroit River to the head of Bois Blanc island, in Canadian waters, a notification has been served on the U. S. Government, by the contractors, that unless an order is issued instructing them to proceed with the work, they will withdraw their men and plant. The order to cease operations, which was given last fall was the outcome of objections raised by Amherstburg, to the extension of the proposed dam.

The Ontario and Quebec Navigation Co.'s steel passenger and freight steamboat, which is under construction, is expected to be ready for service by June 1, when she will be placed on the run from Toronto to Quebec and return, making the round trip each week, passing through the Bay of Quinte, by Thousand Islands, and running the rapids without transferring passengers. The s.s. Alexandria will continue on the route between Rochester N.Y., and Montreal and Quebec, and the steamers Brockville, Alethea, Varuna, Where Now and Madge will operate on the Bay of Quinte, as before.

The captains and chief engineers of the Inland Lines vessels, for the forthcoming season, have been appointed:

Captain Engineer
Donnacona C. R. Alexander J. Dee
Dundee J Woolner E. Shaw
Dundurn R. Cooney J. Morris
Emperor G. W. Pearson G. Smith
Empress of Fort William C. R. Albinson J. Murphy
Empress of Midland J. W. Mawdesley A. Abbey
Glenellah G. Mackey A. E. D. MacKay
Midland King W. Cunningham J. McGregor
Midland Prince J. Tindall J. Pickard
Midland Queen W. Lavigne G. E. Wilson
Neepawah W. W. Allan C. Carr
Rosedale G. Motley P. Goodwin
Stadacona J. Cannally C. H. Menmuir
Strathcona H. C. Mawdesley A. J. Fisher
Wahcondah W. E. Linton W. McWilliams
Winona B. Garvie J. A. McLaughlin

Capt. W. H. Featherstonehaugh has been appointed Marine Superintendent, and E. Abbey. Superintending Engineer

A steamboat is being built at Kingston for Capt. A. Foster, mayor of Smiths Falls, for operation between Smiths Falls and Kingston. It will make three trips a week, and is expected to be in operation by May 1. The dimensions are. length 96 ft. long overall; 18 ft. beam; 6% ft. deep. It is of the composite type throughout, with steel frame and steel shear strake. The machinery will consist of Fitzgibbon boiler with fore and aft vertical compound engine, with cylinders 9 and 18 ins. diar., by 14 ins. stroke, supplied with steam at a working pressure of 150 pounds. The condenser will be of the independent type, jet condenser and pump combined and the boiler is to be fed by the regular duplex pump. Hand fire and test pumps are included in the outfit. The cost of the boat is about $12,000. The Davis Dry Dock Co. has the contract.

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