The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Ontario and the Great Lakes
The Railway and Marine World (Toronto, ON), November 1911, pp. 1085-86

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The Dominion Public Works Department

has awarded the contract for the

lock work on the St. Peter's canal, to W H. Weller. St. Catharines.

Polson Iron Works. Ltd., launched at

Toronto. Oct. 7. a lifeboat of a novel design.

It is claimed by the inventor, that

it is fireproof, unsinkable and absolutely


We are officially advised that the recent

press reports, to the effect that

Canadian Northern Ry. interests had

purchased the Rideau Navigation Ce.

are incorrect.

The Merchants' Mutual Line steamboat,

H. M. Pellatt, which grounded at

Iroquois, Sept. 19, was released Oct. 6, and proceeded to Montreal under her

own steam.

The Montreal Transportation Co.'s

barge Winnipeg, which ran aground in

the Rapid du Plat, recently, with 11,000

tons of coal, was released, Oct. 15, without


B. R. Hepburn, M.P., President and

General Manager, Ontario and Quebec

Navigation Co., stated at Picton, Oct. 8.

that a sister vessel to the Geronia would

be built in about a year.

The Dominion Public Works Department

has awarded the contract for the

construction of a breakwater at Port

Stanley, at a cost of $210,000 to M. J.

Hogan, Port Colborne.

The Ontario and Quebec Navigation

Co.'s s.s. Geronia, which had her

machinery thoroughly overhauled, had

a trial trip, Oct. 8, between Picton and

Kingston, when she averaged 16 miles

an hour.

The Canadian Northern Ry. has given

a site for the erection of a sailors' institute

at Port Arthur, Ont. The site

has been granted on a 30 years lease,

which is renewable. Building will be

commenced in the spring.

The Canadian Lake Line steamboat

Corunna, which ran ashore on Welcome

Island, near Port Arthur, Oct. G. was

lightered and removed to the dry dock

for examination and repairs. The damage

both to cargo and vessel was slight.

The Inland Lines s.s. Emperor while

anchoring in the Canadian canal at

Sault Ste. Marie. Oct. 18, rode over her

anchor, causing it to tear a hole in her

bow, after which she sank, blocking the

channel. She was released the next day.

and, after temporary repairs were made

proceeded to Midland.

At a meeting of directors of the

Richelieu and Ontario Navigation Co.,

in Montreal. Oct. 4. it was stated that

there would in all probability be no

change in the constitution of the Northern

Navigation Co.'s board before

that company's annual meeting, early

next year, and it is possible, even then,

that no changes will be made.

Coals Transportation Ltd.. has been

incorporated under the Dominion Companies

Act, with a capital of $200,000

and office at Toronto, to operate steam

and other vessels, and to carry on a

general shipowning and shipping business.

The incorporators are J. R. Corkery,

J. M. Forgie, E. G. McMillan, H.

Riley and W. B. Sturrup, Toronto.

The schooner Azov, laden with lumber,

while bound for Sarnia, became

waterlogged in Lake Huron, Oct. 24, and

capsized near Point aux Barques. The

crew escaped in one of the boats. She

was owned by J. McDonald, Goderich,

and was built at Wellington Square, Ont..

in 1866, her dimensions being, length

108.4 ft., breadth 23.7 ft., depth 10 ft.:

tonnage, 195 register.

The steam tug Gordon Gauthier, owned

in Port Arthur, and which has been

engaged in hauling supplies along the

north shore for Canadian Northern Ry.

construction, was burned at Port Arthur,

Oct. 10. She was built at Wallaceburg

in 1884. Her dimensions were, length

52.7 ft., breadth 13.9 ft., depth 6.4 ft.;

tonnage, 26 gross, 8 register. She was

equipped with engine of 24 n.h.p. driving

a screw.

The steamboat Joliette, which was

sunk some time ago in the St. Clair

River, near Sarnia, is considered to be a

menace to navigation. It was recently

stated that the wreck would be dynamited,

but owing to the proximity of the

St. Clair tunnel, this is not considered

likely. It is reported that the Marine

Department has the matter in hand and

will shortly call for tenders for the vessel's


G. S. Wright, formerly master of the

steamboat, D. A. Gordon, who was recently

charged at Toronto, with having

obtained his master's certificate by false

pretences, and making fraudulent use of

same, was acquitted Oct. 5. Judge Winchester

expressed the opinion that the

false representations, if any, were the

result of a misconception of the meaning

of the term, mate, as used in the

regulations laid down by the Marine Department, and were not intended to deceive.

Sir Robert Perks, who as a member of

the firm of MacArthur. Perks & Co., is

interested in the proposed Georgian Bay

canal, and who was in Canada during

October, is reported to have said that

he had received an assurance from the

Dominion Government that it would act

immediately in the matter of financing

the work. This work, he stated, will

take 10 years to complete, and cost

about $150,000,000. Since this statement

was made, a change of Government

has taken place.

[p. 1086]

The U.S. Lake Survey reports the

levels of the Great Lakes in feet above

tidewater, for September, as follows:

— Superior, 602.20: Michigan and Huron,

579.63; Erie, 571.53, and Ontario. 244.91.

As compared with the average September

levels for the past ten years, Superior

was 0.69 ft. below; Michigan and

Huron, 1.35 ft below; Erie. 0.90 ft.

below, and Ontario. 1.32 ft. below. During

Oct., it was anticipated that Superior

would remain stationary; Michigan.

Huron and Erie would fall 0.2 ft..

and Ontario, 0.3 ft.

The Detroit & Cleveland Navigation

Co.'s steamboat. City of Detroit III,

which was launched at Wyandotte,

Mich., Oct. 7, is 500 ft. long, over all,

breadth molded, 55 ft; breadth over

guards, 100 ft.; depth molded, 22 ft.;

depth at stem, 29.25 ft.; depth at stern,

25.25 ft.; depth at guard, 21.25 ft. The

hull is built of steel with double bottom

divided into 11 compartments by watertight

cross bulkheads, extending from

the keel to the main deck. The bottom

is divided at the centre line and

athwartships into 15 water-tight tanks.

There are two decks below the main

deck and three above, the main deck

ind the housing on the main deck and

orlop deck will also be of steel.

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