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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Mar 1901

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Appointed By The M.T. Company.

The captains and engineers of the M.T. company's steamships, steamers, tugs and barges for the coming season have been appointed as follows:

Tug Active - Captain, Edward Bennett, Kingston; engineer, John Hamilton, Kingston.

Tug Bronson - Captain, Joseph Murray, Kingston; engineer, R. Hepburn, Kingston.

Tug Glide - Captain, Thomas Murphy, Kingston; engineer, M. Rankin, Kingston.

Steamer Glengarry - Captain, George Woods, Port Dalhousie; engineer, Isaac Boyd, Kingston.

Tug Jessie Hall - Captain, Charles Martin, Kingston; engineer, George Tuttle, Kingston.

Tug Thomson - Captain, James Murray, Kingston; engineer, George Henderson, Kingston.

S.S. Bannockburn - Captain, Alexander Milligan, St. Catharines; engineer, R. Taylor, Kingston.

S.S. Rosemount - Captain, J.W. Mawdesley, Thorold; engineer, John Huff, Hamilton.


Kildonan - Captain, Maxime Lefebvre, Valleyfield.

Minnedosa - Captain, R.C. Irwin, Kingston.

Selkirk - Captain, M. Ackerman, Picton.

Winnipeg - Captain, A. Davy, Kingston.

Melrose - Captain, James Kirkwood, Kingston.

Dunmore - Captain, John Phillips, Kingston.

Alberta - Captain, Albert Major, Valleyfield.

Acadia - Captain, Ciestra Lebeouf, Valleyfield.

Bella - Captain, Peter Lalonde, Valleyfield.

Colborne - Captain, Charles Francis, Kingston.

Cornwall - Captain, H. Boyer, Valleyfield.

Detroit - Captain, Truffle Daoust, Valleyfield.

Dorchester - Captain, M. Bissonette, Valleyfield.

Eagle - Captain, A. Charlebois, Pointe Claire.

Hector - Captain, Theo. Leduc, Kingston.

Iowa - Captain, Louis Benoit, Valleyfield.

Jennie - Captain, A. Summersail, Cedars.

John Gaskin - Captain, Israel Daoust, Montreal.

Kingston - Captain, Alex. Herbert, Valleyfield.

Montreal - Captain, Amey Monette, Valleyfield.

Maggie - Captain, Adelard Monette, Valleyfield.

Nebraska - Captain, Ernest Secotte, Valleyfield.

Regina - Captain, Joseph Page, Kingston.

Star - Captain, Moise Leduc, Valleyfield.

Toledo - Captain, Joseph Daoust, Valleyfield.

Toronto - Captain, William Lalonde, Kingston.

Brighton - Captain, Nelson Malette, Cornwall.

Cobourg - Captain, Frank Lafrance, Cascades Point.

The captains of the barges Cleveland, Chicago, Corn Crib, Glengarry, Senator, and Wheat Bin have not yet been appointed.


Launching of a Steamer.

The launching of the excursion steamer Aletha took place at the Davis dry dock company yards this morning. It has one of the finest models every seen in this city. The dimensions are 112 feet long, 21 feet beam, and 5 1/2 feet depth of hold. The steamer is fitted with a Clyde boiler, 8 x 9 feet, and two cerricated furnaces to carry 160 pounds of steam with triple expansion. The engines are 9 3/4 x 12 1/2 x 21 in., turning a five foot wheel. The steamer will be nicely furnished and finished. The ladies cabin will be provided with plate glass sliding doors, upholstered in green, silk plush carpet and handsome piano. The boat's speed will be fourteen miles per hour. It will ply between Kingston and Valleyfield in the excursion trade for the St. Lawrence ferry company. The officers will be: Captain, Alexander Cameron, Lancaster; mate and purser, J.A. Roys, Kingston; steward, H.B. Mead, Kingston; engineer, L.B. Sears, Kingston.


Navigators have been complaining of the shallow water at the foot of Wolfe Island, between the Canadian and the United States channels. Captains of through vessels are said to be deterred from using the Canadian channel because of the risk of crossing always, and the inability at low water of doing so with a laden boat of lake size. The government has been appealed to dredge a deeper channel than that of twelve feet. Captain Hinckley comes to the relief mean-time, by pointing out a deep and easy channel at that very point. If navigators will consult their charts they can follow a straight course down, same as if going the middle of the channel; then, with Burnet island light over the stern, head for Whiskey island, go north and east of Black Ant and Hickory islands, and to the westward of Whiskey island and south west of Blanket island. This is an excellent passage, (three hundred feet at narrowest point), with water from thirty to eighty feet deep, into the United States channel of one hundred feet deep. A few buoys would be all that is needed for absolute safety, but a couple of narrow shoal points could be dredged off at small cost. Captain Hinckley has taken this course with steamers thousands of times.

p.6 Took Picture On Trust - picture on new Canadian four-dollar bill is that of American Soo lock; shows C.P.R. steamer Athabasca in lock.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Mar 1901