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
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
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.
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
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