The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Aug 1900

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p.1 The Crew Is Saved - Detroit, Aug. 23rd - The steamer Specular, bound from Marquette to Cleveland with iron ore, was sunk off Point Pelee, Lake Erie, Wednesday morning, the result of colliding with an unknown vessel, described as a large black freighter. The latter passed on up in the darkness after the collision. Thirteen men of the Specular's crew of eighteen escaped in their small boat. The other few perched in the topmost rigging, which protruded above water. Later they were picked up by the steamer Maritana, and brought to Detroit.


Marine Paragraphs.

The steamer Rideau Queen cleared this morning for Ottawa.

The schooner Eliza White (Capt. Oliver) is receiving repairs at Crawford's wharf.

The schooners Burton and Acacia, from Sodus with coal, are at Crawford's wharf.

The tug Maggie May and barge left Davis' dry dock to-day after receiving repairs.

The steambarge Milne touched at this port this morning on her way to Oswego from Smith's Falls.

The barge Colborne was hauled off the M.T. company's marine railway this morning after having being repaired.

Arrivals at Swift's wharf: Steamers Spartan from Toronto; Corsican from Montreal; North King from Charlotte.

Arrivals at Craig's wharf: Steamers Ocean from Montreal; Argyle from Charlotte with a large crowd; steamyachts Ezra Coriell, Wherenow, Kestril and Aurora.

The steamer Jessie Bain is in port for furnishings. G. Desbarats, chief of staff, reports that a survey is now being made of the shoal at the foot of Wolfe Island, with an object of having a channel dredged to the depth of 14 feet.

The schooner S.H. Dunn, owned by F.L. Kelsey, Detroit, coal laden, for Kingston, ran ashore on the Myles shoal yesterday. She was successfully released by the Calvin company's wreckers in charge of Capt. Thomas Brian, with the tug Parthia and lighter Augustus. The vessel is leaking slightly, but the damage is not considered serious.

The steambarge Alberta has been sold by Gus Hinckley, Cape Vincent, to J. Waterson & Co., commission merchants, Montreal. The Alberta has been chartered by this firm since the spring to carry goods from Montreal to Kingston. The purchasers sent a crew up yesterday to take charge. The steambarge has been in command of Capt. Charles.

Fees Recovered - An interesting case regarding tonnage fees and inspection duties demanded of United States boats touching Canadian ports has just been settled by the courts of the latter country. During '98 and '99 fees of the character mentioned were required of all boats from this country that stopped at Canadian ports. Immediately after a vessel reached the Canadian side and tied to the docks her owners were asked to pay the fees. Naturally the demands were met with disapproval by the owners of the vessels, for in many cases their boats anchored at the ports daily and the money expended in the payment of the fees soon amounted to large sums. The Thousand Island steamboat company expended large amounts in paying the moneys demanded, but not serious protest was made.

At length F.I. Hall, of this place, entered an objection. At that time he was the owner and proprietor of the steamer Pastime, now owned by T.A. Gillespie, constructor of the Massena canal, and Mr. Hall had frequent occasion to send his vessel to Canadian ports. In many instances the fee collectors were evaded, but at one instance Mr. Hall went to Kingston and paid the required fees, $6.60. He at once entered a protest to M.H. Twitchell, United States consul at Kingston, and laid the entire matter before him. Mr. Twitchell began an investigation and probed the matter so thoroughly that the decision has been rendered to the effect that all moneys collected of the vessels must be refunded upon demand, as there are portions of the international treaty which prohibit such collections.

Last Saturday Mr. Hall received a letter from the Canadian treasury department, in which was enclosed a check for the amount collected from him, $6.60.

The Thousand Island steamboat company has applied to the Canadian government, requesting that their money be also refunded, and it is probable that they will receive back in full all tonnage and inspection fees. In the case of this steamboat company it will mean the return of a large sum, as so many vessels under their management and flying the stars and stripes land at Canadian ports daily. [Watertown Times]

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Aug 1900