The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 May 1900

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p.1 Big Vessel Ashore - Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., May 31st - The big steel steamer H.C. Frick is reported ashore on Lake Superior, six miles west of White Fish Point. The steamer ran twenty inches out when she struck the beach. The tug General has been sent from here to her assistance. This is the first season of the Frick and she has made but one or two trips.



The schooner Fabiola is unloading coal at Bath.

The tug Hall cleared for Montreal with five grain-laden barges.

Called at Craig's wharf: Steamers Ocean and Lake Michigan from Montreal.

The sloop Pilot from Deseronto, unloaded bunchwood at Crawford's wharf to-day.

The steamer Columbian returned last evening, after taking "A" field battery to Deseronto.

The schooner Two Brothers, from bay ports, unloaded grain at Richardsons' elevator this morning.

The tug Thomson arrived from Montreal with two light barges, and cleared for Oswego with two barges to load coal.

The steamer Columbian, which took "A" field battery to Deseronto yesterday morning, returned to her moorings at five o'clock last evening.

The travel on the St. Lawrence this season is expected to be as large as last year, despite the fact that the world's fair is in progress at Paris.

Dominion engineer Desbarats, and staff, have arrived in the city to survey Kingston harbor and the St. Lawrence river to Montreal, with a view of deepening the channel to 14'. Mr. Desbarats only expects to get down as far as Prescott this season.

When nearing Newboro, on her usual trip to Ottawa on Wednesday morning, the steamer James Swift broke her stern pipe, and was forced to return to Kingston. She went into Davis' dry dock this morning to have the pipe repaired, and will be ready for her regular Friday trip.

The steamer Lloyd S. Porter, which left here yesterday for Oswego to load coal for Duluth, had to run back to have a wheel adjusted. She entered dry dock to-day and had the work attended to. The wheel was placed in position at Ogdensburg but the work was improperly performed.

Irwin Marshall, of Duluth, Minn., a former Kingstonian and brother of Robert Marshall, Rideau Street, and first engineer on the steamer Hamilton has been named as engineer of the steel steamer Charles Van Hise, built at West Superior for the Bessemer steamship company. According to official measurement, her registered length is 458 feet, beam 50 feet 2 inches, depth 25 feet. Tonnage, gross, 5117.37; net 4444.21. The carrying capacity of the steamer is estimated at 8,000 net tons, equivalent to 266,000 bushels of wheat. The engine is a quadruple expansion 20 1/2, 30, 43 1/2 and 63 x 42 inches, and will develop a minimum of 2,500 horsepower. Steam is raised by three Scotch type boilers, each thirteen feet long and fifteen feet in diameter. They weigh 65 tons each. The engine, exclusive of the boilers, weighs about 175 tons.

p.5 The Funeral This Morning - Capt. John McArthur, one of the oldest pilots on the great lakes, died at Chicago, Tuesday, and was interred this morning at Cataraqui cemetery. The funeral was conducted from his son's residence, Capt. John McArthur, No. 7 Division street. The deceased was aged eighty-one years, and until a few years ago resided in Kingston. When he gave up sailing he went to Chicago to take up residence with his daughter, who besides two sons, both residents of Kingston, survive. The deceased was a noted lake and river pilot, and taught many of the pilots at present engaged in navigating the inland lakes and rivers. He was a phenomenally strong man, and it is recorded of him that once when coming up to Kingston from Montreal by train he slipped and fell between two passenger coaches. He caught the platform of one of the coaches in his descent and though his feet were dragging along the track, he held on bravely for a distance of ten miles, until the train had stopped. He was a genial, good hearted man, a thorough mariner of the old school, and there are many in the city yet who remember his kindly countenance and cheery greeting.

Had A Hard Time - The sloop Minnie performed some wonderful manoeuvres on Wednesday afternoon. She attempted four or five times to get around Point Frederick, starting from the ferry wharf. Once the sloop ran into the tug Thomson which was proceeding out with a tow of barges, and got foul of the tow line. Finally the good ship Minnie had to be anchored in the harbor, and after several hours of hard work the crew rested from their labors.

Incidents of the Day - The schooner Lydon cleared this afternoon for Oswego.

The tug Reginald, with two oil barges from Sarnia passed Garden Island last night on the way to Montreal.

p.8 Ran Ashore In The Fog - Mackinaw City, Mich., May 30th - In a dense fog the steel steamer Sequin, bound down, light, ran ashore half a mile west of McGilpin's at seven o'clock this morning. The steamer struck a rocky bottom and ran out a foot forward. The wrecking tug Favorite has been ordered here from Cheboygan. The Sequin is a Canadian craft and is worth about $80,000. The wind is fresh from the north-east and the fog is so dense the captains cannot see the length of their boats.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 May 1900