The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Aug 1897

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p.2 Incidents of the Day - The Montreal transportation company is spending on three barges being built here for them nearly as much money as an elevator would cost. The building of these barges is giving employment to a large number of workmen.



The steamer Bothnia, with the schooner Dunn in tow, left Garden Island yesterday afternoon for Toledo to bring back a cargo of oak timber.

The steam barge Calvin, with her consorts, the Ceylon and Augustus, left Garden Island last night for Georgian Bay ports for pine timber.

The steamer Varuna ran a trip from Picton to Kingston yesterday in opposition to the steamer Hero, the fare being ten cents lower than the Hero's charge. Notwithstanding this inducement the Hero secured the larger number of passengers, who were landed at Swift's wharf an hour and ten minutes before the Varuna came in.

The steamer Hero will undergo extensive alterations and improvements during the coming winter. As soon as navigation closes she will be docked and the work of removing her boiler to make room for a new one will be commenced. The new boiler will be made by the firm that manufactured those placed in the North King last winter, and will be capable of carrying forty pounds more steam than does that now in use on the boat.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Dalhousie, Aug. 20th - passed up: steamer John Rugee, Oswego to Chicago, coal; steamer Denver, Oswego to Milwaukee, coal; steamer Rosedale, Prescott to Chicago, light; steamer Escanaba, Ogdensburg to Chicago, light; steamer Saturn, Collins Bay to Toledo, light.

Down - nothing.

Port Colborne, Aug. 20th - passed down: steamer Topeka, Toledo to Kingston, corn; schooner A.L. Andrews, Detroit to Ogdensburg, wheat.

Passed up: steamers G.W. Morley, Ogdensburg to Chicago, light; Kathadin, Kingston to Chicago, light; Monteagle, Oswego to Chicago, coal; schooner W.Y. Emery, Toronto to Toledo, light; A. & C. Columbia, Buffalo, excursion; schooner L. Tilley, Prescott to Port Arthur, light.


Death of Engineer Malcolmson.

Toronto, Aug. 21st - One of the landmarks in the inland marine world has disappeared with the passing away of engineer Samuel Sutherland Malcolmson, who died at his son-in-law's residence, No. 632 Bathurst street, Thursday. His illness has lasted for a long time, but the old gentleman was cheerful through it all. His life, until the final illness overtook him, was an active one, and during it he had held numerous responsible positions and had handled the machinery on some of the most important steamboats on the lakes. He was born in Bronte in the year 1835, and after his education was completed he began to learn the business of his life. Among his first engagements, and perhaps the most exciting was when he was engineer on board the big steamer Her Majesty in the years 1868 and 1869, trading between Toronto and Halifax. In the season of 1868 the vessel struck on a rock off Whitehead in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and it was mainly owing to Mr. Malcolmson's indefatigable efforts that the vessel was finally released. He worked for over fifteen hours, and nearly all that time he was up to his waist, and sometimes up to his neck, in water.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Aug 1897