The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Aug 1896

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p.1 Death of George Suffel - George Suffel, a well-known resident of St. Thomas, was at his business as usual on Saturday and died Sunday morning after taking a drink of water. He had not, however, been in good health for seven years. From 1842 to 1844 he was purser on a steamer which ran between Kingston and Montreal, down the St. Lawrence and back up the Ottawa and Rideau canal to Kingston. While in Vienna he engaged in shipbuilding, and between the years 1868 and 1875 built the following sailing vessels: the George Suffel, Leviathan, Two Brothers, Vienna, Two Friends, Lewis Ross and W.J. Suffel. They navigated the different lakes and rivers between Kingston and Chicago. He also had an interest in the prop. Alma Munro when she was built.

Collision With A Barge.

The steamer Passport arrived in port this afternoon with one of her sides pretty badly battered in. An M.T. company barge, McArthur, was moored at the entrance to the Beauharnois canal last night, and as the steamer entered, the stern of the barge swung out into the stream. The result was a big collision between the boats. The Passport's side was badly caved in above the guard. The ice box, officer's mess, wheelman's room, firemen's and deckhands' mess room and the cook's room were broken in. A gang of carpenters were taken on at Valleyfield. On account of the break being above the guard the steamer was able to proceed on her route. The carpenters can go on with their work while the steamer is in motion. The M.T. Co. will no doubt be held accountable for the damage done.



Capt. John Gaskin returned from Ottawa last night. Yesterday afternoon, accompanied by Ald. James Stewart, B.M. Britton, Q.C., and Sir Richard Cartwright, he waited on the minister of public works for the purpose of securing better rates for the government dry-dock while the S.S. Rosemount would be obliged to occupy it in being put together. Mr. Tarte received the deputation very courteously and upon learning the facts of the case readily agreed to grant the request of the M.T. Co. The minister stated that he was only too glad to be able to assist business men in the country and was always willing to do so unless requests were unreasonable. The deputation was perfectly satisfied with the outcome of the interview. The Rosemount will enter the dock without delay.

It is altogether likely that the government will be approached shortly on the advisability of reducing the dry-dock rates generally.

Marine Items.

The schr. S.H. Dunn is loading timber at Toledo for here.

The prop. Monteagle cleared for Oswego yesterday afternoon to load coal for Chicago.

The prop. Armenia, with lumber from Sault Ste. Marie, and the str. Niagara, with rye, from Detroit, are in the canal en route to Kingston.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Aug 1896