The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 May 1898

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Richardson Bros. shipped 16,000 bushels of peas to Montreal by water today.

Called at Craig & Co.'s wharf: steamer Persia, Montreal; steamer Ocean, Toronto.

The tug D.G. Thomson cleared today with five grain laden barges for Montreal.

The tug James A. Walker cleared for Montreal yesterday with four barges, grain laden.

The tugs Walker and Thomson arrived from Montreal yesterday with five light barges.

Capt. W. Simmons, Bay street, left for Toronto last night to take charge of the tug J. Norris.

J.D. Reid, M.P., G.F. Benson and Mr. McDougall, Cardinal, were in the city yesterday to overlook the steamer Rosedale.

The steamer Bannockburn and two consorts and steamer Rosemount and two consorts with 450,000 bushels of corn, arrived from Toledo yesterday.

The sloop John McBride, Belleville, arrived on Saturday with 25,000 bricks consigned to C.J. Graham. The sloop was laden to within 15 inches of the rail.

The K. & M. forwarding company's barge Siren is on the marine ways at Portsmouth for repairs.

The steamer North King was delayed in leaving on her first trip yesterday and did not get away until 11:30 o'clock last night. Several works of improvement to the steamer delayed the regular work of fitting out, but the popular boat commences duty this season more fully prepared to breast the storms of Lake Ontario than ever before. Among the additional furnishings, a new carpet has been placed in the main saloon, increasing the attractiveness of that already handsome apartment. About three hundred people assembled on Swift's wharf at the usual hour last evening to see the boat off, but they were rather disappointed. Her freight and passenger list were small.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Colborne, May 1st: Down: steamers Niagara, Toledo to Kingston, timber; Business, Toledo to Kingston, corn; barge Grampian, Duluth to Kingston, wheat; steamer Marion, Chicago to Oswego, corn.


"There is one particular in which I think the government is lax as regards the safety of persons who travel by water on the lakes and rivers of Canada," remarked the captain of a steamer yesterday, "and that is the rescue of passengers by the crew of a steamer in the event of a mishap. The government limits the number of passengers to the safe capacity of a steamer, compels the owners to provide cork life preservers, floats and life boats, which are well enough in their way, but I think the authorities should go a step farther and compel the daily rehearsal of crews in the lowering and manning of life boats. I am satisfied in my own mind that not one per cent of those forming the crews of steamers plying to the port of Kingston know the first thing about lowering and manning a life boat, simply because they have not been taught. What a predicament these men would be in should a mishap occur aboard a crowded steamer while under way. Their bungling work would only tend to increase instead of subside a panic. Therefore, I am of opinion that the government should compel the regular and systematic training of crews of steamers in this important work. Another thing I might mention is the fact that life-boats on steamers seldom float in the element they are intended for from one season's end to another. Just imagine what condition they would be in to accommodate a crowd should occasion arise this summer!"

A Sad Drowning Accident - young man off str. Persia.

Judgement Reserved - four employees of M.T. company were caulking a barge on Sunday, an infraction of the Lord's day act; the act provides for certain cases of necessity; judgement reserved.

p.3 A War Incident of 1812 - in May 1812, British schooner Lord Nelson was captured in American waters; on board was a quantity of personal items belonging to a newly married woman of Queenston; Commodore Woolsey bid high for them and forwarded them on to owner. [Watertown Times]

p.6 Snips - On Friday the steamer Glengarry and consort Minnedosa, corn laden, were leaving Toledo as the steamer Clinton, with barges Grimsby, Lisgar and Emerald were entering light. The light barges swung around and forced the Glengarry and Minnedosa on the bank. They were pulled off with tugs without damage. One of the Clinton's tow lost her headgear, jibbom and fore topmast.

Efforts will be made to reduce the danger of the Charity shoals, American channel. It was on these shoals the S.S. Rosedale grounded last fall, and several shallow spots make navigation over them dangerous.

Negotiations are being made by a company to purchase the Knapp roller, of Toronto. They intend to run it as a freak pleasure boat between the city and the island if a suitable wharf can be supplied.

Work has progressed so far on the steamer under construction at the Bertram yard, Toronto, for the Richelieu & Ontario navigation company that she will be ready to launch on May 24th.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 May 1898