The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
The Grounding of the s.s. Stormount
The Railway and Marine World (Toronto, ON), August 1911, pp. 787, 789

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Capt. L. A. Demers, Dominion Wreck

Commissioner, gave the following judgment

in Montreal July 12, concurred in

by A. F. Nash, and A. T. Haworth, master

of the s.s. Manchester Importer at

Athens, in the case of the grounding of

the s.s. Stormount at Longue Pointe on

May 6:

The court having carefully studied

and considered the evidence adduced by

the various witnesses is of the opinion

that the master and officers of the

s.s. Stormount are exonerated from all

blame for this accident, but wishes to

point out that the master has full responsibility

of the navigation of the

ship; and whenever he perceives that

the pilot, who is simply acting as his adviser

as to local conditions, is doing

wrongly, it is his duty to check or countermand

any wrong orders which may

have been given by the pilot; and moreover,

the court regrets to say that in

this case, owing to the peculiar position

in which the master was placed,

that he was unable to be on deck in the

narrow places in the river St. Lawrence

and to be on hand in case of eventualities.

The fact of the master being obliged

to be on deck from Fort William

through the canals up to Montreal is to

be greatly deplored, yet his absence

from the deck in narrow stretches such

as in the river St. Lawrence is censured.

The court is also of opinion that the

pilot is wholly to blame for the grounding

of this vessel, and he showed a certain

amount of ignorance and lack of

experience in the navigation of his first

vessel. Therefore, in view of the foregoing

and with the hope that this will

be a lesson to him to exercise greater

care in future and to make himself

[p. 789]

thoroughly conversant with the conditions

of the river, this court will suspend

his certificate as pilot for the balance

of this year, but will return to

him his apprentice pilot's certificate, in

order to enable him to acquire the necessary

knowledge which all pilots

should possess.

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The Grounding of the s.s. Stormount