The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Wireless Telegraphy on the Great Lakes
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The Railway and Marine World (Toronto, ON), June 1911, p. 563


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The following item appeared in our

April issue:-

"In connection with recent press reports

to the effect that the Northern Navigation

Co. intended to equip its vessels with wireless

telegraph apparatus this year, we are

officially advised that as there are no receiving

stations on the Canadian side of

the lakes, it would be useless to so equip

the vessels at present."

N. G. Neill, Industrial Commissioner,

Port Arthur, Ont., has written us in reference

to the above as follows:-

"A wireless telegraph station was

erected at Port Arthur in the fall of

1910, and established communication

with the other stations on Lake Superior,

namely, at Isle Royal. Grand Marias [Marais],

Duluth and Calumet. It was very shortly

after the station was in operation that

the advantages of the wireless telegraph

were demonstrated. The steamer

Dunelm of the Inland Lines went ashore

on Isle Royal [Isle Royale], and although she was not

equipped with the apparatus, a freighter

which had the wireless telegraph apparatus

strung between her masts was within

sight of her distress rockets, and immediately

flashed the distress signals to

the wireless station at Port Arthur. The

powerful tug. James Whalen, was immediately

sent to her assistance. The advantages

of this invention were further

shown when the wrecking outfit was

working along side of the Dunelm. By

a constant exchange of messages being

kept up between the wreck and Port Arthur,

the boats were warned of approaching

storms and enabled to seek

shelter in the neighboring bays during

operations. The hazardous work of towing

the wreck to the dry docks at Port

Arthur were only undertaken after the

Meteorological Station there had given

out a report that fine weather might be

expected for the next 24 hours, and this

message was conveyed to the scene of

the wreck 6 miles out in Lake Superior.

"The Northern Navigation Company

has recognized the advantage which the

installation of wireless telegraphy is to

any steamer, and the additional feeling

of security which it gives her passengers,

and placed an order on April 19 for the

equipment of the Hamonlc and the Huronic.

It is the company's intention to

equip all its boats, both freight and passenger,

during the summer. A wireless

station is to be erected at Sault Ste.

Marie, Ont., as soon as they can get the

apparatus on the ground, and it is understood

that arrangements will also be

made for the establishment of stations

at Sarnia, Owen Sound and Midland on

the Georgian Bay. Boats will therefore

never be out of communication with

land on Lakes Huron and Superior,

where probably the heaviest traffic on

the Great Lakes is concentrated."

The paragraph in our April issue to

which Mr. Neill refers was based on

official information written us by the

Northern Navigation Co.'s management

and was undoubtedly correct so far as

the management's intentions at that time

were concerned. We are now officially

advised by the management that it has

been decided to equip the three Lake Superior

boats, Hamonic, Huronic and Saronic.

but that the other boats of the fleet

will not be equipped at present.

Arrangements have been completed for

the installation of wireless telegraph

equipment on three barges of the Canadian

Towing and Wrecking Co., Port Arthur,

these being the Empire, Imperial

and Luddington, and it is also said that.

in the near future, the C.P.R. five Upper

Lake boats, will also be similarly equipped.

It is claimed that the apparatus installed

on lake vessels is capable of transmitting

and receiving messages up to 250

miles.

The wireless telegraph station at Port

Arthur was built and is being operated

by the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Co.

of Canada, but we are advised that it may

he transferred to the Dominion Government

as soon as the Government's policy

in this connection is defined. It is reported

that wireless stations are to be

established at Sault Ste. Marie, Sarnia,

Owen Sound and Midland. On May 15

we were officially advised that the matter

was still under the Government's consideration,

but that no decision had been

arrived at as to whether the stations

would be built by the Government or by

private enterprise. It is to be hoped that

a prompt decision will be arrived at as

there does not appear to be any reason

why it should be delayed.


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Date of Original:
June 1911
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Wireless Telegraphy on the Great Lakes