The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 May 1901

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p.1 The Marine Engineers - Ogdensburg, N.Y. - The marine engineers' association has taken up the fight in earnest against the Rutland Transit steamboat line, the only company of importance holding out against the union demands. With the arrival here of the steamer Langdon, both the engineers went ashore under union orders, and were followed by the firemen, wheelmen, and watchmen. Unable to secure an engineer, William Wise, chief engineer of the company, has taken charge of the steamer's engines as far as Buffalo, where she is to load freight for Chicago. Her former engineer has gone by rail to Buffalo to report. The engineer of the steamer Smith, of the same line, left on reaching the dock.

Steamer Sunk In Lake St. Clair - Detroit, May 30th - The steamer P.C. Reynolds collided with the steamer James Fisk jr. last night in Lake St. Clair, near the cut and the Fisk was sunk in fifteen feet of water. The crew escaped in the yawl. The Fisk is owned by A. Peters of Toledo and she is 396 tons burden. She was bound up.



Garden Island: steamer Parthia arrived from Quebec, light.

The steamer Arabian, Montreal to Duluth, passed up last evening.

Swift's wharf: schooner Falconer clears this evening for Oswego.

Craig's wharf: steamers Lake Michigan and Ocean from Montreal.

The steamer Toronto will be in port Sunday morning on her way to Prescott.

Capt. Andrew Dunlop left last evening for Montreal to resume command of the steamer Bohemian.

The steamer Toronto arrives at Swift's wharf early Sunday morning, on her first trip in the new century.

Richardsons' elevator: tug Nellie Reid and two grain laden barges cleared for Montreal; schooner Maggie L. and sloop Minnie arrived from bay ports.

Eng. Kelly, of steamer Pierrepont, is acting in the same capacity on the steamer America. The latter will run the ferry during the remainder of the week.

The steamer Empire State left the dry dock immediately after the inspection yesterday afternoon. There were no repairs to be made to the hull, and longer docking was useless.

M.T. company's elevator: steamships Rosemount and Bannockburn and consorts cleared this evening for Duluth and Fort William; tug Thomson cleared with two grain-laden barges for Prescott, arrived up with four light barges, and cleared for Oswego, light.

Incidents of the Day - A number of sailors on the M.T. company's boats were discharged yesterday afternoon, and in a few minutes five men for every one man discharged applied for the vacant positions.

Brings Weekly Excursions Here - Beginning on Thursday, June 6th, the new excursion steamer Aletha will run excursions from Ogdensburg to this city every Thursday. Every Wednesday she will carry excursions from Kingston to the burg and return. The vessel is allowed by the Canadian government to carry 360 passengers, and by the American government 420 passengers. She left port today to take an excursion out of Cornwall tomorrow.

p.5 Demanded An Increase - This morning a deputation from the longshoremen's union waited upon R. Crawford, and demanded an increase of twenty-five per cent for unloading screenings. Mr. Crawford claimed that in making such a demand, the union was breaking faith. They had agreed with him to do the unloading at ten cents per ton and now wanted the amount increased to twelve and a half cents. After some discussion Mr. Crawford granted the request.

The deputation had also another grievance. There were two non-union men at work unloading coal at the wharf, and they demanded that these two be dismissed. This request was also granted, as Mr. Crawford was not aware that there were any non-union men at work, and found it necessary to take that step in order to get a big cargo of coal unloaded. The longshoremen's union holds a special meeting this evening.

Made A Fast Trip - The schooner Eliza White left port yesterday morning for Oswego, loaded coal for Crawford and reached the city again this morning, making the return trip in twenty-four hours, a very fast voyage. Capt. Oliver is proud of his command.

p.6 The Steamer Inquiry - The enquiry into the condition of the steamer Empire State having been concluded, inspector McElhinney returns forthwith to Ottawa, and will in a few days give the government a written report. Meantime, as is customary, inspector's certificate will be withheld from the steamer. Her hull is reported sound; the inspectors have failed to discover any leak.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 30 May 1901