The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 May 1901

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p.1 Steamer Ashore - Oswego, N.Y., May 31st - The steamship John Milne, Smith's Falls, went ashore in a dense fog yesterday at Nine Mile Point. The tug Ferris took the life-boat and crew in tow and also some men and apparatus of the South Shore wrecking company and went to the scene. The Milne was resting easily on a flat rock and was floated with little difficulty. No lives were lost.

The steamer proceeded at once to Fair Haven, where she will load coal. The Milne is of 150 tons burden and is owned by A. Foster, of Smith's Falls, and commanded by Capt. Smith.

New Line in Service - Windsor, Ont., May 31st - The steamer Ossifrage, owned by the Algoma Central railway and steamship company has been placed on the Windsor-Sault Ste. Marie run, thus giving increased facilities for the business men of Windsor to participate in the growing business of the Canadian Soo. The steamship line is another enterprise undertaken by F.H. Clergue. The Ossifrage is equipped to carry both passengers and freight, and she will stop at all the principal ports on lakes Huron and Superior.



What Capt. Donnelly Has To Say About It.

Capt. T. Donnelly, chief inspector of the Canadian lake underwriters association, thinks that the channel of the St. Lawrence requires more attention from the government to make it safe all through the season for boats drawing fourteen feet. He says: "My idea of a fourteen foot channel is one that is navigable all through the season of navigation, and does not depend on the direction of the wind. It may be, as some of the pilots have stated, that there is a fourteen foot channel, but none of us can tell how long that will last, as it depends upon the height of water above normal level. If men start steamship lines from the head of the lakes to salt water, they have to depend on the vessels being able to keep up some sort of a regular service. Last fall boats were detained at Prescott eight days with an east wind, although the vessels were only drawing eight feet. The portion of the river, just above Cardinal, and in the Rapid de Plat, at present hold the key of the situation. From the middle of the season last year it was not safe to use this portion of the river with vessels drawing over twelve feet, and then only when the wind was not from the north or east. There has been no change made in deepening the river since the last test was made in November, 1900.

Marine Paragraphs.

Crawford's wharf: schooner Tradewind cleared for Oswego.

The steamer Islander left Davis & Sons' dry dock today.

The steamer Islander is receiving extensive repairs in Davis' dry dock.

Richardsons' elevator: schooner Ballou and sloop Madcap from bay ports.

The steamer Pierrepont left last night for Prescott, with three grain-laden barges from Richardsons' elevator in tow.

Repairs were today completed to the steamers Caspian and Belmont (formerly the Richelieu) of the R. & O. navigation company.

Swift's wharf: steamer James Swift from Ottawa; steamer Algerian from Hamilton; steamer Richelieu leaves tomorrow for Toronto to begin traffic from that town to Oakville.

M.T. company elevator: tug Bronson arrived from Montreal with three light barges, and cleared again with four laden barges; tug Thomson arrived from Oswego with three coal-laden barges.

Canadian marine inspection is much stricter than that of the United States, as is evidenced in the case of a new steamer recently built here. Inspector Davis allows the steamer to carry seventy less passengers than does the United States inspector.

The Donnelly wrecking company has succeeded in releasing the large barge Isabell Reid, from the shoal in the rapids at Cardinal, and the barge with her cargo of coal is on the way to Montreal. The Isabel Reid is one of the tow of the propeller L.S. Porter, which stranded some two weeks ago. The L.S. Porter, the Rob Roy and Isabel Reid have now been released. The barge Drake is still stranded and sunk, but it is expected that she will be raised.

Personal Mention - Martin Zimmerman, New York, president of the Rideau Lakes navigation company, is in the city, the guest of Capt. Noonan, of Rideau street.

W. Mitchell and D. Magnet have shipped "before the mast" on the schooner Selkirk. They left yesterday for the Soo, en route to Fort William.

p.5 Incidents of the Day - It is feared the schooner Julia B. Merrill is lost. She left Menominee, Mich., for Chicago, on Thursday of last week, and has not been heard of since.

p.6 Incidents of the Day - The schooner Emerald, from Toronto with wheat, discharged at Mooers' elevator this afternoon.

The low water in Lake Erie has caused two serious accidents. Two lumber barges, the Norbequay and the William Jones have stranded near Buffalo.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 May 1901