The canal employes [employees] in the Dominion
Government Service have been granted
increases in wages, to date from April
Weddell and Manley, of Toronto, have
been awarded the contract for the
construction of a turning basin in the
Welland canal at Thorold.
The navigation season on the Yukon River will close Oct. 10, on which date the last sailings from Dawson and White Horse are scheduled.
The Calvin Co., Kingston, Ont., has entered action against the owners of the s.s. Hero, for $30,000 damages for the sinking of its s.s. Chieftain.
A. major, master of the Montreal Transportation Co.'s barge Hector, died suddenly at Kingston, Sept. 13, aged 55. he was a native of Valleyfield, Que.
The Welland canal was open for the passage of vessels on Sunday Sept. 10, and it was announced that it would be kept open on Sundays for the remainder of the navigation season.
An Ottawa press dispatch of Sept. 7, stated that the Canadian Northern Ry. has acquired the Rideau Lakes navigation Co., and that it will extend the service on the Rideau Lakes.
The steamboat Riverside, which grounded in the Cornwall canal, Aug. 23, was released Sept. 3, by the raising of the water level, owing to the local works being closed and the canal not open to navigation.
The city of Toronto recently invited tenders for the construction of a steam tug for use in the harbor. Only one tender was received, viz.: from the Polson Iron Works, Ltd., Toronto, for $17,063. The board of control has recommended that it be accepted.
Alex. Cunning, master of the Great Lakes Towing Co.'s steam tug Favorite, was arrested at Amherstburg, recently, on a charge of theft of cargo from the wreck of the steamboat Wissahickon, which ran ashore on Duck Island about the close of navigation last year.
The Montreal Transportation Co.'s barge Winnipeg, in tow with 1,200 tons of coal for Montreal, struck a rock in the Rapid du Plat, Sept. 13, and later sank near Farrans Point, below Morrisburg. She was built at Kingston in 1893.
The Dominion Public Works Department has been carrying out sounding and boring operations at Goderich, north of the harbor, and near the mouth of the Maitland river, in connection with the proposal to extend the north breakwater by 1,000 ft.
Capt. M. A. Livingstone of the Northern Navigation Co.'s s.s. City of Midland, was presented with a silver loving cup recently, by a number of the passengers, in appreciation of his services during a disagreeable trip through bad weather, between Mackinac and Collingwood.
The schooner Keepsake, owned at Belle River, and which has been used for some time as a sand carrier, ran on the rocks near the mouth of the Detroit River, Sept. 1. She was built at River Puce in 1880, her dimensions being, length 72.6 ft.; breadth, 19.9 ft.; depth, 3.7 ft.; tonnage 45 register.
The Northern Navigation Co.'s s.s. City of Midland, while backing out of Parry Sound harbor recently, struck bottom, breaking her shoe and driving her rudder into the wheel. The Dominion Government steamboat Simcoe, towed her to Collingwood, where the necessary repairs were carried out.
The Turbine Steamship Co.'s s.s. Turbinia, which was recently fined $50 for an alleged infringement of the U.S. navigation laws, has had the fine remitted, and has been allowed, for the present, to continue to carry excursionists as heretofore. It is stated that during the winter, the law will be carefully looked into.
The Northern Navigation Co. has arranged with Hugh Calderwood to prepare plans for another steamship,
which it intends to build for operation
next season. The new vessel will be
about the size of the company's s.s.
Hamonic, and as soon as the plans are
completed they will be submitted to
shipbuilders for tenders.
The Montreal, Ottawa and Georgian
Bay Canal Co. has given notice of application
to the Dominion Parliament
for amendments to its act of incorporation,
including the naming of seven of
the incorporators to act as provisional
directors, and to extend the time within
which the contemplated works may
be commenced and completed.
J. H. Hall, Manager, Ottawa Forwarding
Co., who recently returned to Canada
from Scotland, is reported to have
stated that negotiations were practically
completed for the purchase of a vessel
in Scotland, for operation on the
Rideau canal, between Ottawa and
Kingston, and that the vessel will be
brought across the Atlantic under her
The Northern Michigan Transportation
Co.. Chicago, Ill., is arranging docking
facilities at Collingwood, for its
steamboat Missouri, which it purposes
placing on the route from Chicago
via Mackinac island and the Sault canal,
to Georgian Bay points. The Missouri
is a steel vessel, and was built in 1904,
and is of the following dimensions,
length, 250 ft.; breadth 40 ft.: depth,
16 ft.; tonnage, 2434 gross, 1484 register.
The vessel Toiler, a new type of lake
freighter, of which we gave a full description
some time ago. and which has
been built in England for the Canadian
lake trade, sailed from Middlesbrough,
Eng., at the end of August, with a cargo
of pig iron, for Halifax and Montreal, arriving at Halifax. Sent. 22. It
was not anticipated that she would
make the voyage this season, and we
were advised to that effect a few weeks
ago, as mentioned in our September issue.
The U.S. Lake Survey reports the
levels of the Great Lakes in feet above
tidewater for August, as follows:— Superior,
602.15: Michigan and Huron,
579.83: Erie 571.62; Ontario 245.19.
Compared with the average August
levels for the past ten years, Superior
was 0.71 ft. below: Michigan and Huron
1.33 ft. below: Erie. 1.08 ft. below and
Ontario. 1.45 ft. below. It was anticipated
that during September, Superior
would rise 0.1 ft., Michigan and Huron,
would fall 0.2 ft.; Erie, fall 0.3 ft., and
Ontario, fall 0.4 ft.
The Ottawa River Navigation Co. has
only been operating the steamboat
Princess on the river between Montreal
and Carillon this season, and has not
been operating the Grenville and Ottawa
end of the route. The Carillon
and Grenville Ry., which has been purchased
by the Mackenzie, Mann and
Co. interests, has not been operated this
year. This railway is to be changed to
standard gauge, and it is anticipated
that next year connection will be made
with the steamboat at Carillon, and the
journey to Ottawa completed by rail.
A press dispatch from Winnipeg.
Sept. 8, stated that Sir Donald Mann,
Vice President, Canadian Northern Ry.,
announced there that next year the
C.N.R. would proceed with the establishment
of a line of passenger vessels
on the Great Lakes, the first sailing to
take place In the spring of 1913. Another
dispatch. from Duluth. Minn..
states that the headquarters of the
proposed service will be at Duluth, and
that strong competition with U.S. lake
lines is proposed, with an increased
ocean service to handle grain cargoes.
The Farrar Transportation Co.. Collingwood,
has been awarded about $20,000 as damages sustained by its steamboat
Collingwood in a collision with the
U.S. steamboat George L. Craig in the
Detroit River, Aug. 24. 1909. The matter
has been before the courts for some
time, and was referred to arbitrators,
who met in Cleveland. Ohio, recently
and settled the case. G. E. Fair, Manager.
Farrar Transportation Co., and A.
W. Wright, Manager, St. Lawrence and
Chicago Steam Navigation Co., Toronto,
icted for the Farrar Transnortation
Co.. and W. H. McGean, Cleveland,
Ohio, for the owners of the George L.