The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Ontario and the Great Lakes
The Railway and Marine World (Toronto, ON), September 1911, p. 889, 891

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During July, there were 1,249,935

bush. of grain received at Kingston, and

transhipped to Montreal by river barges.

The Northern Navigation Co.'s s.s.

Hamonic was recently docked at Port

Arthur, to have a propeller blade replaced.

The Department of Public Works will

receive tenders to Sept. 11 for the construction

of a breakwater at Thessalon,

in the Algoma district.

The Department of Railways and

Canals received tenders, Aug. 21, for the

construction of a turning basin at Thorold,

on the Welland canal.

The Department of Marine steamboat

Lambton, grounded on Pancake shoal,

near Whitefish Point, Aug. 6, and was

subsequently released with minor damages.

The Niagara Navigation Co.'s steamboat.

Chicora, was towed to Toronto by

the same company's steamboat, Cayuga.

Aug. 21, having broken her intermediate


The Department of Public Works has

awarded contracts for dredging at Big

Island to R. Weddell and Co., Trenton,

and at Kingsville, to the Windsor Dredging

Co., Windsor, Ont.

The Niagara. St. Catharines and Toronto

Navigation Co.'s steamboat Dalhousie City, has been placed in service

between Toronto and Port Dalhousie,

making two trips daily.

The Ontario and Quebec Navigation

Co.'s s.s. Geronia, while entering the

C.P.R. wharf at Brockville, Aug. 22, collided

with the ferry steamboat Bigelow,

considerably damaging her upper works.

The Canadian Storage Corporation,

Ltd., proposes to build storage warehouse

docks at Port Arthur, each 800

ft. long, with concrete buildings, seven

stories high, each costing about $400,000.

The Marine Department is placing a

buoy on the Minnie Blakley shoal at

Point Anne, near Belleville, where the

Like Ontario and Bay of Quinte Steamboat

Co.'s steamboat Caspian recently


The ferry steamboat Sirius, operating

between Cornwall, Ont., and Massena,

N.Y., and owned in the latter place, capsized,

Aug. 1, shortly after leaving the

New York shore, seven of the passengers

being drowned.

A steam tug, named John R. Stover,

built for Eddy Bros., Bay City, Mich.,

was launched at Collingwood recently.

She is built of steel throughout, her dimensions

being: length, 75 ft.; breadth.

18 ft.; depth. 9 ft.

Capt. Williams, commodore of the

Toronto Ferry Co.'s fleet, was removed

from the steamboat Trillium, Aug. 13.

on account of sudden illness. His place

was taken by Capt. Jennings of the

steamboat Primrose.

The Niagara, St. Catharines and Toronto

Navigation Co.'s steamboat, Dalhousie

City, left Collingwood, Aug. 14,

for Toronto, where she arrived, Aug. 21,

when she was placed on her route between

Toronto and Port Dalhousie.

The General Realty Corporation, Ltd.,

has been incorporated under the Dominion

Companies Act, with a capital of

$500,000 and office at Port Arthur, with

power among other things to build, own,

deal in and operate steam and other vessels.

The Niagara Navigation Co.'s s.s. Cayuga,

which lost a blade from one of her

propellors, Aug. 7, had the damage repaired

at Toronto by the use of the specially

designed cofferdam, which was

fully described and illustrated in our

June and July, 1908, issues.

[p. 891]

The Cornwall and Montreal Navigation

Co.'s steamboat Filgate, which was

burnt recently at Valleyfleld, Que., has

been raised and the hull taken to Cornwall, where it has been docked. It is

stated that the vessel will, in all probability,

be rebuilt, and be ready for further

service next season.

Press reports from Windsor, state that

the residents of Pelee Island have subscribed

the necessary funds for the

building of a steamboat to ply between

the island and the main land. The proposed

vessel, it is said, will be larger

than any of those now on this service,

which are considered too small for rough


Traffic on the Canadian canals for

July shows considerable falling off in

the tonnage passing through. The total

is 17,143,060, against 21,457,752, a decrease

of 4,314,692 tons. The decrease

is chiefly due to the Sault canals, where

about 4,500,000 tons less of ore was

handled this year than in the same

month of 1910.

The Merchants Mutual Line steamboat,

H. M. Pellatt, was seized, Aug. 14,

at Montreal, on a claim for $10,000 for

damages sustained by the U.S. yacht

Cignet, in a collision in the canal, Aug.

12, for which it is alleged the H. M. Pellatt

is responsible. The vessel was released

on bonds furnished by G. E.

Jaques and Co., agents.

The Keystone Transportation Co.'s

steamboat Key West ran into the head

gates of lock 21 on the Welland canal.

Aug. 20, opening them and thus causing

the carrying away of the gates and some

damage to the vessel itself. The replacing

of the gates was accomplished in

very short time, and locking was resumed

the following day.

The Midland Towing and Wrecking

Co.'s barge Albatross foundered in Georgian

Bay, near French River. Aug. 21,

those on board being saved after spending

the night and day drifting in small

boats. The barge was in tow of the

Midland tug C. C. Martin, which was

also lost, together with her entire crew.

W. R. Burgin has been appointed

Travelling Freight and Passenger Agent,

Northern Navigation Co., to cover the

territory west of Toronto, including the

Northern Division of the G.T.R., with

office at Sarnia, Ont. S. Hewitt has

been appointed Travelling Freight and

Passenger Agent for the city of Toronto,

and other special work, with office at

the Union Station, Toronto.

The steamboat Mary Louise, owned in

Kingston, was reported to have sunk in

the Rideau River, near Dog Lake. Aug.

12. She was built at Portland. Ont., in

1902, as a sailing vessel, her dimensions

being: length 77.2 ft., breadth 18.6 ft.,

depth 4.2 ft., tonnage. 60 gross, 30 register,

and she was equipped with engine

of 3 n.h.p. driving a screw.

The Ontario and Quebec Navigation

Co.'s s.s. Geronia, while en route from

Quebec to Toronto, Aug. 9, lost one of

her propellors, and had to be docked at

Kingston to have it replaced. It was

estimated that the company would lose

about $10,000 on account of the mishap,

as the vessel was booked to capacity,

the route having proved exceedingly


The following is a list of members of

the Toronto Harbor Commission, created

by the recent legislation, re-modelling

the previous commission, and extending

its powers. Appointed by the

Dominion Government. F. S. Spence: appointed

by the city, T. L. Church, R.

H. Smith and L. V. Clarke: appointed by

the Toronto Board of Trade, R. S.


Press reports recently stated that the

new lake freighter Toiler, which is

equipped with internal combustion engines,

and of which we have given full

description, was on her way across the

Atlantic to take up her service on the

Great Lakes. We are officially advised

that she is not on her way to Canada,

and it is not likely that she will come

out this season.

The Reid Wrecking Co.'s steam tug

Winslow was burnt at Meldrum Bay,

while on its way to Georgian Bay, Aug.

21. She was built at Cleveland, O., in

1865. Her dimensions were: length 120

ft., breadth 19 ft., depth 10 ft.; tonnage

353 gross, 193 register. She was equipped

with engine of 150 n.h.p. driving

a screw. The loss is put at $25,000 with

insurance of $20,000.

Press reports state that the Buffalo,

Lockport and Rochester Transit Co.'s

steamboat Olcott, operating between Toronto

and Olcott Beach, N.Y., will be

lengthened, during the winter, by 30 ft.,

making her 204 ft. over all. The increase

in size will enable her to accommodate

about 1,400 passengers. It is

also stated that a new boiler will be installed

in place of the present two small


The Ontario and Quebec Navigation

Co.'s steamboat Geronia left Toronto, on

her maiden trip to Quebec, Aug. 3. This

route will be continued for the remainder

of the season, the following

ports being called at each way: Charlotte,

N.Y., Brighton, Trenton, Belleville,

Deseronto, Picton, Kingston, Gananoque,

Prescott, Brockville, Iroquois, Morrisburg,

Cornwall, Montreal and Quebec.

The Calvin Co.'s s.s. Chieftain III,

which was sunk in collision with the

s s. Hero, Aug. 20. in the St. Lawrence

River, near St. Antoine, was built at

Garden Island. Ont., In 1906. Her dimensions

were: length 142.4 ft., breadth

39.4 ft., depth 9.3 ft., tonnage. 355 gross.

147 register, and she was equipped with

engine of 48 n.h.p. driving a paddle

wheel. Four of the Chieftain's crew

were lost.

The U.S. Lake Survey reports the levels

of the Great Lakes, in feet above

tidewater, for July, as follows:—Superior,

601.64; Michigan and Huron,

579.88: Erie, 571.75; Ontario, 245.54.

Compared with the average July levels

for the past 10 years, Superior was 1.10

ft. below: Michigan and Huron, 1.33 ft.

below: Erie, 1.13 ft. below, and Ontario

1.33 ft. below. It was anticipated that

during August Superior. Michigan and

Huron would rise 0.1 ft., and Erie and

Ontario 0.2 ft.

The Lake Shippers' Clearance Association

held its annual meeting in

Winnipeg, Aug. 22, when the report for

the past year showed that 82,065,629

bush of grain were loaded, against 74,440,421 for the previous year. The association

was organized two years ago

to facilitate the handling and shipping

of grain from the head of the lakes,

and has headquarters at Winnipeg, with

a branch at Fort William. Ont. There

was an excess of revenue over expenditure

of $11,731.38. The officers for the

current year are:— President. J. Fleming;

Secretary, A. C. Ruttan: Treasurer.

A. K. Godfrey: Directors. G. Tilt,

P. N. Baird and F. W. Young.

Following a tour of inspection of the

works in progress in Toronto harbor by

the newly appointed Harbor Commission

and others. J. G. Sing. Government Engineer

said, Aug. 15, there is no reason

why vessels up to 600 ft. long should

not come into the harbor, but in order

to make it safe for them to do so there

should be a depth of water of 28 ft.

The chief work inspected was the new

western channel, which has been made

400 ft. wide, with two piers of stone and

re-inforced concrete, about 30 ft. wide,

the longer pier being 2,500 ft. long. The

work on the city dock at Ashbridge's

bay has been commenced, a considerable

amount of piling having been done.

The U.S. Department of Labor and

Commerce issued a circular, Aug. 17,

calling attention to the law forbidding

Canadian vessels from carrying excursion

passengers from U.S. ports to Canadian

ports and back. This law provides

a penalty of $200 for each passenger

so carried. On Aug. 21 the Assistant

Secretary of the department

stated in a letter that the situation had

been brought to the Department's attention

through the case of the Turbinia

Steamship Co.'s s.s. Turbinia,

which left Charlotte, N.Y., July 9, with

a party of excursionists for Presqu'Ile

Bay, on the Canadian side, and return.

When the vessel arrived at Presqu'Ile,

the channel was blocked and she returned

to Charlotte. A fine of $183,000 was

imposed, which was reduced to $500,

and later, after the explanation of the

owners of the Turbinia, to $50. He also

is reported to have stated that Canadian

vessels for some years had taken

large excursions parties from Charlotte

to Cobourg. Ont., and other Canadian

ports, and in many instances the tickets

provided specifically that passengers

should not go ashore at any place until

the vessel returned to Charlotte. This,

he said, is a distinct violation of the


The Department of Marine has issued

a notice that all Canadian lights

and fog alarms in Lake Superior will

be kept in operation until Dec. 15, or

later if the season of navigation will

permit, with the exception of the lights

at Caribou Island, Otter Island, Michipicoten

Island. Gargantua, Michipicoten

harbor and Corbeil point, from

which stations and keepers may be removed

at any time after Dec. 1. The

lights and fog alarms in Lake Huron,

Georgian Bay, Lake St. Clair, Lake Erie

and Lake Ontario and connecting waters

will also be kept in operation to

Dec. 15, except southeast shoal lightship,

Lake Erie, which may be moved

from her station not earlier than Dec.

5. and Lonely Island light, Georgian

Bay, which may be closed Dec. 5. All

lights in the River St. Lawrence will be

kept in operation as long as navigation

is open, and all gas buoys, both on the

river and the Great Lakes, will be kept

at their stations as long as ice conditions

will permit, and where it is necessary

to remove the buoys before the

close of navigation, spar markers will

be laid down if possible. Light keepers

are cautioned to maintain their lights

until the dates specified for their respective

districts and later if navigation

remains open.

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