The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Ontario and the Great Lakes
The Railway and Marine World (Toronto, ON), October 1911, pp. 985, 987

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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,

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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

own steam.

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.


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