The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Ontario and the Great Lakes
The Railway and Marine World (Toronto, ON), June 1911, pp. 571, 573

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The Dominion Parliament has voted

$50,000 for improvements in Kingston


The Department of Railways and

Canals received tenders, May 31, for

dredging the Murray canal.

The Department of Railways and

Canals received tenders, May 31, for improvements

at Port Colborne.

The name of the steamboat Stranger,

no. 103878, registered at Kingston, has

been changed by order in council to Lamonde.

The name of the steamboat Calumet,

no 103921, registered at Peterboro. has

been changed by order in council to


The Public Works Department has

awarded the contract for dredging at

Toronto, to R. Weddell and Co., Trenton,


Capt. Frank Duetta, a well known

navigator of Lake Ontario and the River

St. Lawrence, died at Picton, May 15,

aged 65.

The Nipissing-Pontiac Steamboat Co.,

New Liskeard, has placed the steamboat

Aileen in service on Lake Timiskaming,

with G. Miller, as captain.

The Merchants Mutual Line, Ltd., is

building an addition to its shed on the

Simcoe St. wharf. Toronto, making it

approximately 300 by 150 ft. wide.

The Hamilton Ferry Co., Hamilton,

has appointed J. Gillem, captain, and A.

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tenders. May 29, for the privilege

of ferrying across the Ottawa River

between St. Thomas d'Alfred, Ont., and

Passett. Que.

The Montreal Transportation Co.'s

Stormount, which grounded between

Longue Pointe and Pointe aux Tremhles

May 6, was released, with practically no

damage, the same day.

The Keystone Transportation Co.'s

steamboat Keystone, ran aground on the

Vidal shoals, near Sault Ste. Marie, May

5. She was released by tugs and proceeded

on her trip.

The Department of Railways and

Canals has awarded the contract for the

work of improving the lower entrance to

the Farrens Point canal, to the Randolph

Macdonald Co., Toronto.

The Department of Railways and

Canals will receive to June 6, tenders for

the construction of an extension to the

north mooring pier at the upper entrance

to the Sault Ste. Marie canal.

The Dominion Parliament has voted

$500,000 for further harbor and river

improvements at Fort William and Port

Arthur, and $15,000 for an addition to

the Customs House at Port Arthur.

The Ontario and Quebec Navigation

Co.'s steamboat Aletha, which was

driven ashore in Navy Bay. Kingston,

May 1, after being released, May 7, was

dry docked at Kingston for repairs.

An order in council has been passed

changing the name of the steamboat

Waubaushene. no. 85,415, registered at

Midland, to D. J. Burke. The register

gives the port of registry as St Catharines.

The Inland Lines steamboat Emperor,

which has been built at Collingwood, left

there on her first trip, May 3. On May

19, she broke her shaft and was towed to

Detour, whence she was taken to Port

Arthur for repairs.

The Niagara Navigation Co. is building

a structural steel shed, 250 ft. long, on

pier 22, at Toronto, to replace the shed

destroyed by fire last summer. It will

be used for freight purposes, and will

cover a waiting room, ticket offices, etc.

During the past winter the Inland

Dines steamboats Donnacona and

Strathcona were completely overhauled,

to enable them to enter the package

freight trade this season, instead of the

ore trade, for which they were originally


The Turbine Steamship Co.'s s.s.

Turbinia, which was entirely overhauled

during the winter, had a trial trip. May

17, and was placed on her route between

Toronto and Hamilton, May 20. The

repairs and Improvements cost about


The Buffalo, Lockport and Rochester

Ry. steamboat. Olcott, has been placed

on the route between Toronto and Olcott

Beach, this summer. It is said that

this vessel was formerly known as Lakeside.

and built at Toledo. Ohio, about

six years ago.

The underwriters are offering a reward

of $1,500 for information indicating the

exact location of the car ferry Marquette

and Bessemer No. 2, which sunk, during

a storm, in Lake Erie, in Dec 1909.

A further $3,500 will he paid to the same

informants, if, and when, the car ferry Is

successfully raised.

The Inland Lines steamboat Donnacona.

with a full cargo of grain from

Fort William, struck the bank In the

Welland canal, near Port Colborne, May

8. and returned to Port Colborne, where

her cargo was discharged. She subsequently

proceeded to Buffalo for examination

and repairs.

Press reports state that arrangements

are being made for the operation of a

line of steamboats, between Kingston

and Clayton, and Kingston and Cape

Vincent, one trip being made daily on

the first route and two trips daily on the

second, B. W. Folger, Kingston, is said

to be interested in the project.

The following is a list of the steamboats

operated by the Upper Ontario

Steamboat Co., New Liskeard, with their

respective captains and chief engineers:

Champion, A. L. Casselman, G. Willis;

Gipsy, L. Bethune, R. T. McCaw; S. & Y.,

R. Hansen, J. McCaw; St. Antoine, G.

Miller, T. Arbin: Wenona, J. S. Inkster.

The steamboat Geneva, which is reported

to have been purchased recently

by the Peterboro and Lake Simcoe Navigation

Co., for operation between Peterboro

and Rice Lake ports, was built

at Orillia in 1905. She is screw driven,

and is equipped with engine of 10 n.h.p.

Her dimensions are, length, 80.7 ft.,

breadth 16.3 ft., depth 5.3 ft.; tonnage,

9 2 gross, 58 register.

A deputation representing the municipalities

between St. Catharines and

Port Dalhousie, waited on the Minister

of Railways and Canals, May 10, to ask

that the Grenville route for the proposed

new Welland canal be chosen. The

Minister in reply, stated that surveys

were being made, with the object of deciding

the best route, and in reaching a

final decision, the representations of the

deputation would not be lost sight of.

The U.S. Lake Survey reports the

levels of the Great Lakes, for April, in

feet above tidewater, as follows:— Superior,

600.61 : Michigan and Huron,

579.44: Erie, 571.45; Ontario, 245.44.

Compared with the average April levels

for the past ten years, Superior was 1.33

ft. lower; Michigan and Huron 1.11 ft.

lower; Erie, 0.86 ft. lower, and Ontario,

0.94 ft. lower. It was anticipated that

each of the lakes would rise 0.3 ft. during


The Dalhousie Navigation Co., Ltd.,

has been incorporated under the Dominion

Companies Act. with a capital

of $50,000 and office at Toronto, to

purchase, lease. charter or otherwise

acquire and operate steamships, or other

vessels propelled by any ether motive

power or device; to own piers, wharves,

docks, dry docks, terminals, warehouses,

etc. The incorporators are G. F.

Macdonnell. R. H. M. Temple, A. J.

Mitchell and J. B. Robertson, all of

whom are connected with the Canadian

Northern Ry., Toronto.

The Engineer Office of the U.S. War

Department, will receive tenders to

June 29, for the construction of lock

masonry at the Sault Ste. Marie canal,

Mich. The work to be done includes

the furnishing of all necessary plant,

labor and supplies, and the building of

a masonry lock and a portion of the approaches,

with pump well, tunnels, etc.,

and the furnishing of cement and certain

re-inforcement and metal parts to

be built into the masonry. The estimated

quantities. include 2,000 cubic

yards of excavation, 138,000 cubic yards

of concrete in lock and canal walls. 35,000 cubic yards of concrete elsewhere

than in walls, 26.000 lineal feet of drilling

for anchor rods, 215,000 barrels of

Portland cement, 385 tons of square

cold-twisted steel bars, 215 tons of anchor

rods in rock with nuts and square

plate washers, 150 tons of wire cloth,

35 tons miscellaneous steel, iron and

castings, 30 tons sheet lead stop waters.

Forbs, chief engineer of the ferry steamboat

Ivan R. for the current season.

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