The Department of Public Works has
awarded the contract for dredging in
the River Thames to W. E. Phin, Welland.
The Public Works Department, will
issue tenders to July 5 for the construction
of a breakwater at Bare Point,
The steamboat City of New York,
owned in Cobourg, is reported to have
been sold to Toronto parties for use in
the sand trade.
The contract for dredging from the
eastern channel into Ashbridge's Bay,
Toronto, has been awarded to R. Weddell
and Co., Trenton.
The Ontario and Quebec Navigation
Co., Ltd., has been licensed to carry on
its business in Ontario with B. H. Hepburn,
Picton, as its attorney.
The Dundas board of works received
tenders, June 25, for the dredging of
the Desjardins canal, involving the removal
of 27,500 cub. yds. of material,
the work to be completed by Sept 1.
The Inland Lines steamboat Dunelm
which ran ashore towards the close of
navigation last year, has been completely
repaired and overhauled at Port Arthur,
and left the dry dock June 8.
The Buffalo, Lockport and Rochester
Ry.'s steamboat Olcott arrived at Toronto
for the first time, June 3. She is
making two trips daily between Toronto
and Olcott Beach, connecting with the
company's lines to Rochester and Buffalo,
M. J. Haney has applied to the Toronto
city council for an extension of
his lease from 21 years from Oct. 1,
1908, of the waterfront property between
Jarvis and West Market Sts., at
an annual rental of $667.20. He proposes
to add to the wharf, at a cost of
The annual meeting of the Thousand
Islands Steamboat Co. was held at Cape
Vincent, N.Y.. June 6. R. Crawford,
President, was appointed also General
Manager in place of W. J. Douglas,
resigned, and the other officers were reelected.
W. J. Douglas, heretofore General
Manager, Thousand Islands Steamboat
Co., and St. Lawrence River Steamboat
Co., Kingston, is reported to have been
appointed General Freight Agent, Southern
Pacific Co.'s Steamship Department
at Seattle, Wash.
The Trotter Wrecking Co., Amherstburg,
has been awarded $7,500 for salving
the Superior Charcoal Iron Co.'s
steamboat Chauncey Hurlbut, after
grounding near Amherstburg in 1906.
The matter has been before the courts
for some time.
The Public Works Department is reported
to have purchased the lower end
of Victoria Island, in the Ottawa River
for the construction of a shipyard for
building barges, tugs, etc., for its business
on the Ottawa and St. Lawrence
Rivers and the Great Lakes.
The Niagara, St. Catharines and Toronto
Navigation Co.'s steamboat Lakeside
has been sold to M. J. Hogan, contractor.
Port Colborne. The price paid
is said to be $10,000. She will be used
for conveying supplies in connection
with various lake improvement contracts.
The Montreal Transportation Co.'s
steamboat George Davy struck on the
lighthouse shoal near Clayton, N.Y.,
June 13, and sank in 50 ft. of water.
The cargo of 50,000 bush, of grain has
been pumped out, and the vessel is to
be raised. Divers reported that several
plates were pierced.
The Public Works Department has
commenced surveys in reference to the
proposed power development plants at
Cedar Rapids and other points on the
St. Lawrence. Data are to be collected
and a commission appointed to report
on the effect such plants will have on
The Toronto board of control had under
consideration, June 7, the formation
of a new Harbor Commission under the
recent legislation. A number of names
were submitted, but as it was stated
that no work to improve the harbor
could be undertaken this year, the whole
matter was deferred.
Surveys are under way providing for a
route for the proposed new Welland
canal. It is proposed to deepen the waterway
from Port Colborne to the height
of land and then run west to the present
canal along the ravine and through St.
Catharines to Port Dalhousie. Plans and
estimates are expected to be ready in the
The Cornwall and Montreal Navigation
Co.'s steamboat Filgate was destroyed
by fire recently at Valleyfield,
Que. She was built in 1879, and was
originally used by the C.P.R. as a ferry
between Caughnawaga and Lachine, and
was later used between Montreal and St.
Helen's Island. She was valued at
about $25,000. and was insured for
The Rainy River Navigation Co.'s
steamboats Keenora and Agwinde commenced
operations for the season between
Kenora and Fort Frances June
17. The running of these vessels has
been considerably interfered with during
the past two years owing to low water
at the mouth of the Rainy River, but
a large amount of dredging has been
carried out there recently.
The Lake Carriers' Association announced
the opening of a new channel
to relieve congestion in the main channel
of the Detroit River during dredging.
Masters of vessels are instructed
not to exceed a draught of 15.5 ft. either
up or down, over Ballard's reef, and to
take the new channel, which is 200 ft.
wide, east of the main channel, and
marked by five spar buoys.
Muir Bros'. Dry Dock Co., Ltd., has
been incorporated under the Ontario
Companies Act, with a capital of $90,000, and office at Port Dalhousie, to carry
on the business of building, owning
and operating dry docks and vessels of
all descriptions. The incorporators are
W. C. and J. F. Muir, Port Dalhousie;
G. P. Muir, Gleichen, Alta.; R. M. Muir,
Detroit, Mich.; A. B. Muir, New York
City, and H. D. O. Kingstone, Montreal.
The Northern Steamship Co.'s s.s.
North West, which runs between Buffalo,
Chicago and Duluth, in conjunction
with the s.s. North Land, was heavily
damaged by fire while moored at her
dock in Buffalo, N.Y., June 3. She was
being overhauled for the season's business.
Reports state that the interior
was destroyed, leaving only the steel
hull, and that the damage amounts to
The Department of Railways and
Canals has awarded the contract for
improving the Port Colborne entrance to
the Welland canal to M. J. Hogan, Port
Colborne. The work consists of widening
the 22 ft. channel into the inner
harbor, and the lengthening of the mooring
dock west of the Government elevator.
The widening of the channel
consists entirely of rock excavation. The
material taken out will be used to widen
the piling at the rear of the west pier.
The U.S. Lake Survey reports the
levels of the Great Lakes, in feet above
tidewater, for May, as follows'— Superior,
600.90; Michigan and Huron,
579.70; Erie, 571.87; Ontario, 245.60. As
compared with the average May levels
for the past 10 years, Superior was 1.34
ft., below; Michigan and Huron, 1.16 ft.
below; Erie. 0.76 ft. below, and Ontario,
1.13 ft. below. During June it was anticipated
that Superior would rise 0.3
ft., Michigan, Huron and Erie 0.2 ft.,
and Ontario 0.1 ft.
The Ontario and Quebec Navigation
Co.'s steamboat Geronia was launched at
Collingwood June 7. She is of the following
dimensions: length. 219 1/2 ft.;
breadth, 42 ft.; depth, 11 1/2 ft., and is
of steel throughout, sheathed with rock
elm at the bottom. The hull is divided
into six watertight compartments. The
staterooms are all outside rooms, and
the dining salon has seating capacity for
120. The machinery, which is located
amidships, consists of quadruple expansion
engines, supplied with steam by
two Scotch marine boilers at 250 lbs.
pressure, driving a screw.
The Dalhousie Navigation Co.. Ltd.,
the incorporation of which we announced
in our last issue, was formed for the
purpose of owning the steamboat Dalhousie
City, which will be operated under
lease by the Niagara, St. Catharines
and Toronto Navigation Co. The
companies mentioned are controlled by
Mackenzie, Mann and Co., Ltd., Toronto.
The steamboat Dalhousie City, a detailed
description of which was given in
our last issue, was launched at Collingwood,
June 24, the christening ceremony
being performed by Miss Mary Hanna,
daughter of D. B. Hanna, Third Vice
President, C.N.R., and President, Niagara,
St. Catharines and Toronto Navigation