The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Aug 1900

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Locking through the Soulanges canal will shortly be effected by electricity.

The schooner Straubenzie is at the penitentiary wharf with coal from Charlotte.

By using the Soulanges canal, instead of the Beauharnois, steamers make the trip between Montreal and Kingston in an hour and a half less time than before.

As the steamer James Swift has lately been unable to carry all the freight offered along the Rideau, the steamer Rideau Queen has been forced to carry a portion. The Swift was losing much time on account of the heavy traffic.

The Rideau still continues much higher than its waters were last summer. The rains which have fallen in that district lately have been very heavy. At one time the waters rose four inches in two days.

The steam barge J.G. Nichols is in Davis' dry dock for repairs. It is expected that she will be chartered by the United States government for a survey on the St. Lawrence to be shortly made.

At Craig's wharf on Sunday: Steamers Ocean, from Toronto; Persia from Montreal; Melbourne from Toledo; Argyle from Charlotte. The steamer Varuna called this morning on her way from down the river to bay ports.

At Swift's wharf: Steamers Toronto and North King called on Sunday on both down and up trips. Clearances: Steamer Columbian, for Dickinson's Landing; steamer Rideau Queen, for Ottawa, schooner Fabiola, for Charlotte.

A New York man, summering at Alexandria Bay, is negotiating with Davis & Sons, of this city, for the building of a steamyacht. He desires a Canadian built boat so as to have the privileges accorded by Canadian marine laws, which are not allowed by United States laws.

M.T. company elevator: Tug Active arrived from Charlotte on Sunday with two coal-laden barges. Tug Bronson arrived from Montreal on Sunday with four light barges, and cleared with four barges, grain laden. The S.S. Bannockburn and consorts are expected from Chicago on Tuesday.

The largest number of passengers to Montreal by steamers Toronto and Bohemian went down the river yesterday. The Bohemian had 600 on board after her connection at Prescott with the Toronto. A number of United States tourists on the latter steamer would not proceed to Montreal because of the crowded state of the Bohemian.

A steam steering system will be inaugurated on the steamer Bohemian this fall. This steamer runs the rapids so often that it is important her steering gear should be in first class trim and respond readily. The recent accident to the steamer Spartan will likely result in the steering apparatus of all the R. & O. navigation steamers running the rapids being remodelled.

Among marine men the talk has been revived about the government charging all steamers going down the river to Montreal, for the use of the St. Lawrence canals, whether they run the rapids on the down trip or not. The steamers must pay for both trips, although they only use the canals coming up. The only reason for charging for the canals is that the government holds that the rapids are not navigable. Marine men, however, oppose this contention, and claim that the rapids are navigable, since steamers are constantly going through them. The matter will likely end in concerted action against the present system of rates which has been in existence for many years.

R. & O. Heavy Traffic - every trip overcrowded.

Capt. Dunlop May Command - Speculation is rife among marine men as to who the captain of the new R. & O. steamer Kingston will be. It is almost conceded that Capt. Andrew Dunlop, of Kingston, now in command of the steamer Bohemian, from Prescott to Montreal, will be the chosen commander. Capt. Dunlop is one of the veteran nautical captains of Canada, and is most active, energetic and popular. He will make a most capable officer for the new steamer.

p.3 A Ghost At the Tiller - of a N.Y. canal boat.



The Circumstances of a Steamboat Fine.

Steamboat owners murmur when petty or ungrounded complaints are made against their boats, but they do not hesitate to spread reports injurious to the personal character and position of others, reports that injure more deeply. The latest dissatisfaction noised abroad is over a fine of $200 upon the steamer Empire State for breach of customs laws.

Nothing is more strictly regarded on both sides of the line than the examination of arriving steamers, passengers, freight and baggage. Travellers know that more leniency is shown here than at Cape Vincent. The law is that no steamer shall land any thing from a foreign port except in presence of a customs officer, and because of this law special favor has been shown the Folger boats to facilitate calls at Channel Grove, Long Island Park and other points between Kingston and the Cape. The steamboat officers have merely to state where they want to call and a customs officer is sent to meet the craft. Accommodation and kindness can scarcely go further than that.

A couple of weeks ago the customs department was notified that the steamer Empire State would call at Channel Grove on her way back from Cape Vincent and officer Hogan went up by buggy and across the channel by boat to meet her, but he waited in vain, because the steamer went around the foot of the island instead of by the head and stopped at Long Island park. Had the captain reported when he arrived in Kingston the matter might have been passed over, but the first intimation of the breach of regulations was received next day through an officer of the company reporting that the boat had got into trouble because passengers had been landed. The customs collector stated that if that was all that had been done he could overlook the matter. Later, the report of the customs officer showed that not only passengers, but baggage had been landed, and that this baggage had been left for considerable time, as he had to make his way back to Marysville and towards Long Island park wharf to inspect it. There could be no doubt that the passengers were innocent of any wrong doing, but if regulations are not kept very soon improper baggage would be landed and spirited away in the absence of officers. The collector, upon the report of the customs officer, had no option but to impose a fine, since the captain had failed to report and the company had concealed the fact of baggage being landed. The lowest penalty was inflicted, $200. In this case some of the owners of the steamer have said that the collector was right, but that the fine fell on an innocent company instead of on officers of the boats and that as these fines were generally remitted by the department it would not be displeasing if a small portion of this one was left as a warning to those in charge of boats. If then these officers were to blame the complaint against the customs department in Kingston is uncalled for. The first men to complain if a government official does not do his duty (especially towards the other fellow) are the very people who talk against the same official for doing that very towards them. Recent events have shown this in a marked way. But that is another story.

An Ideal Outing - pleasure outing by Kingstonians on steamer New York, took skiffs with them on tour through Thousand Islands.

p.5 The steamer Parthia arrived today at Garden Island from Belleville with a raft of timber. Here's another proof that Belleville is located in the backwoods.

p.6 Found In a Bottle - A flask was found near Clayton, N.Y., on Sunday from John Sidley, captain of the schooner Picton, which foundered in Lake Ontario on June 29th with seven of a crew. The note reads: "In great peril. Expect to sink at any minute. Good-bye to all friends. Finder please report this to my wife."

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Aug 1900