The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Jul 1899

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p.1 The condition of William Power, the veteran shipbuilder, is unchanged. He is in a very low condition and is gradually sinking.

p.2 The Channel All Right - The statement was made this morning that the harbor channel was not properly marked out, and that it was not the fault of the S.S. Mae in running aground when opposite the Ferry wharf. Several well-known and experienced mariners were interviewed as to this statement and all claimed that the channel was all right. One captain said: "There is nothing whatever to hinder any vessel which passes through the Welland canal from coming into Kingston harbor, and thence to the M.T. company's elevator, without a mishap if the captains keep on the range. The trouble is that after passing the Martello tower near the Ferry wharf the vessels are suddenly turned inward, and therefore get out of the channel. There is plenty of water in the channel, and there is no reason whatever for the S.S. Mae grounding this morning."


The steamer Alberta cleared for Dexter with pulpwood.

The sloop Rover cleared last night for Stella and Bath.

Arrivals at Craig's wharf: steamers Lake Michigan and Persia from Montreal.

The tug Maggie May and barge Dandy left for Washburn today with wheat.

The schooner Burton is awaiting inspection, and will then clear for Charlotte with ties.

The sloop Granger, from Collins Bay, unloaded corn at Richardsons' elevator this morning.

Called at Swift's wharf: steamer Spartan, down this morning; steamer Corsican, up this afternoon.

The schooners Kate and Frederick L. Wells arrived from Oswego today with coal for Crawford & Co.

The steamer Varuna will make her first trip of the season today, when she is expected to reach Swift's wharf at four o'clock. Her starting point is Trenton, and she calls at Belleville, Northport, Bath, Kingston and other points on her way to Thousand Island Park.

R. Davis and J.H. Davis returned from Toronto last evening after having delivered their new steam yacht Wapiti to Henry Barber. On Thursday afternoon the trial trip was made with seventeen members of the Royal Canadian yacht club aboard. Mr. Barber logged her for one hour on the lake. She ran 12 3/10 knots in one hour, or 14 1/7 miles. As she was built for a twelve mile boat the trial was a very satisfactory one.

Lively at Swift's Wharf.

Things were lively on Swift's wharf yesterday afternoon when the steamers Toronto, Algerian and Spartan lay at the wharf at the same time. The steamer Hero left just as the Toronto was entering the harbor, and a few hours later the steamer Hamilton arrived up from Montreal. All the boats had good passenger lists, the Toronto especially. A large crowd of people boarded the new vessel and admired her beauty of construction and equipment. She left at 4:30 o'clock for Toronto. Large quantities of freight were handled on the wharf and boats.

The S.S. Mae Aground.

The S.S. Mae, from Toledo with 60,000 bushels of corn consigned to the M.T. company and Richardson Brso., arrived down this morning at six o'clock, and when opposite the ferry wharf ran slightly aground. She had run in a little too close and got over the edge of the channel. A floating elevator was sent out by the M.T. company to lighten the steamship, which was able to swing about somewhat.

This is the first trip of the Mae, which was built at Toledo by the Craig shipbuilding company. She is about the same size as the S.S. Bannockburn and is on her way down to the coast, having been sold to a New York transportation company. The Mae's speed is ten knots, and she will carry the mails from New York to Porto Rico.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Jul 1899