The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Ontario and the Great Lakes
The Railway and Marine World (Toronto, ON), December 1911, pp. 1184-85

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The Richelieu and Ontario Navigation

Co. has declared a quarterly dividend at

the rate of 8% per annum, an increase

of 2%.

The Toronto Harbor Commissioners

have decided that the harbor must be

made deep enough for vessels drawing

24 ft.

The Hamilton city council is applying to

Parliament for the appointment of a

harbor commission to manage the waters of

Burlington Bay.

The Northern Navigation Co. is considering

the question of lengthening its

steamboat Huronic during the winter by 50

ft., and increasing the engine power.

The Department of Public Works has

awarded the contract for the construction

of a breakwater at Wheatley, at a

of about $28,000. to W. Bermingham.

Negotiations are in progress for the

formation of a joint harbor commission

for the control of the harbors and

water front properties of Fort William

and Port Arthur.

Capt. Jas McMaugh, who retired

from the Toronto Ferry Co.'s service a

short time ago and who had been connected

with the navigation of the Great

Lakes for several years, died in California,


The Northern Navigation Co. announced

that the report that

the s.s. Hamonic left Sarnia, Nov. 12,

on her last trip of the season, is in error.

She will run until Dec. 6. with the

company's other vessels.

The Prescott and Ogdensburg Ferry

Co.'s steamboat City of Belleville, which

drifted on the rocks at Big Island recently

through the breaking of the rudder

chains, was taken to Ogdensburg,

where repairs to her hull were undertaken.

The Peterborough and Lake Simcoe

Navigation Co.'s fleet, consisting of the

steamboats Otonabee, Manita, Monarch

and Water Lily, and four barges with

the wharf and storehouse at Ashburnham.

is offered for sale by tender in

one or more lots.

Press reports from Collingwood state

that the Western Steamship Co. will

have its steamboat J. A. McKee lengthened

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during the winter. We are, however

officially advised that though it has

been under consideration, it is not intended

to do it this winter.

The Western Navigation Co.'s steamboat

Kaministiquia is to be lengthened

at Port Arthur by 76 ft. during the winter.

She was formerly known as Imperial,

and was built at Toronto in 1886,

and rebuilt and renamed at Port Arthur

in 1906. She is now 109 ft. long.

Press reports from London, Ont., state

that a proposal is being considered to

dredge the River Thames from Chatham

to London, to enable steamboats to come

up to the city. It is estimated that in

addition to dredging, the installation of

four locks between Chatham and London

would be all that is necessary.

Press reports from Montreal, Nov. 11,

stated that negotiations had been reopened

between the Richelieu and Ontario

Navigation Co., and shareholders

of the Niagara Navigation Co., with the

view of merging the two interests, and

that Sir Henry Pellatt was conducting

the negotiations for the R. & O. N. Co.

Sir Henry has denied this.

The Ministers of Railways and Canals

is reported to have stated, Nov. 7, that

he would not be able to inspect the proposed

route of the new Welland canal,

until after the first session of Parliament,

after which inspection the Government

would consider the question of

going ahead. It was probable that a

year or more would elapse before anything

definite was settled.

The Ontario and Ohio Navigation Co.,

a subsidiary of the London and Lake

Erie Ry. and Transportation Co., is reported

to have plans prepared for a second

steamboat to ply between Port Stanley

and Cleveland. S. W. Mower, General

Manager, is reported to have stated

recently, that though the plans were

ready, nothing definite about ordering a

new vessel had been done.

The Dominion Government has awarded

a contract to Pratt and Hambly, Midland,

Ont., for the construction and

equipment of a wireless telegraph station at Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. A site is

said to have been obtained at Pim Hill,

about half a mile north of the old wireless

station. Work is said to have been

commenced, and it is expected to be

completed by Mar. 1. 1912.

The steamboat John Sharpies, which

ran ashore on the Gallop Islands in Dec.,

1910, and which has been lying at Garden

Island since it was released in the

following spring will, press reports say,

be taken to Cleveland or Buffalo, where

it is considered there is better opportunity

for its sale. The underwriters

who have had the sale in hand for some

time, are reported to have refused


The steamboat Forest B. while running

between Kenora and Rainy River,

struck a rock to the south of the Little

Traverse in the Lake of the Woods, Nov.

8, and foundered. She was built at

Rainy River in 1895, and re-built there

in 1910, and was formerly named Brandon

and Edna Bridges. She is screw

driven with engine of 4 n.h.p., and is

75 ft. long, 17 ft. broad, 6 ft. deep, 88

tons, gross, 60 register.

The U.S. Lake Survey reports the levels

of the Great Lakes in feet above tidewater,

for October, as follows: Superior,

602.23: Michigan and Huron. 579.60;

Erie, 571.53: Ontario. 244.62. As compared

with the average October levels

for the past ten years, Superior was

0.64 ft. below: Michigan and Huron 1.14

ft. below; Erie, 0.62 ft. below, and Ontario,

1.25 ft. below. It was anticipated

that during November Superior would

fall 0.2 ft. and the other levels 9.3 ft.

Polson Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Co.,

Ltd., has been incorporated under the

Dominion Companies Act, with a capital

of $1,000,000 and office at Toronto, to

carry on the business of engineers,

dredgers, contractors, shipowners and

shippers, carriers by land and water,

etc., to build, own and operate all kinds

of vessels and dredging equipment,

wharves, docks, dry docks, harbors,

breakwaters, etc., and in connection

therewith to build and operate tramways,

terminals and railway sidings on

its own lands.

The Canadian Lake and Ocean Navigation

Co.'s s.s. Turret Cape, operated by

the Merchants Mutual Line, Toronto,

was reported hard ashore on the Middle

Bank, near Cove Island, Lake Huron,

Nov. 20. She left Point Edward on the

previous day, light, for Port Arthur, and

was caught in a storm. It is feared she

is a total loss. She was built at Sunderland.

Eng., in 1895, and was screw driven,

with engine of 250 n.h.p. Her dimensions

were, length 253 ft., breadth

44 ft., depth 19.4 ft.: tonnage, 1,827

gross, 1,142 register, and she is registered

in England. It has since been reported

that she has been abandoned to

the underwriters.

The late freighter Toiler, of which we

have given a description previously, and

the engines of which are described and

illustrated on another page, is being operated

by C. I. de Sola, Montreal, for the

builders. She brought, from England,

a cargo of pig iron for Halifax, and

scoria blocks for Montreal, and after

unloading, proceeded to Port Colborne,

light, there taking on a cargo of 94.000

bush, of grain, the largest single cargo

to pass through the Welland canal, for

Montreal. Her next trip was from Montreal

to Charlotte, N.Y., light, where she

loaded coal for Montreal, afterwards

proceeding to Kingston, where she Is

berthed for the winter.

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