The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Jun 1901

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Crawford's wharf: schooner Acacia, from Oswego, with coal.

The steamer Pierrepont goes to Picton on Friday night to take a load of cattle to Cape Vincent.

Swift's wharf: steamer Caspian, from Charlotte; steamer Columbian from Toronto; steamer Corsican from Montreal tonight.

Capt. McGlade has gone to Montreal to bring to Kingston the steamer Robinault, leased by the Folgers to run between this port and Cape Vincent.

The steamer Alexandria has been greatly improved. Another row of staterooms has been added, and the hurricane deck has been made suitable for passengers.

M.T. company's wharf: tug Hall arrived from Montreal with light barges, and cleared again with four barges laden; tug Thomson arrived from Oswego with three coal laden barges.

The steamer Empire State resumes her trips between the Thousand Islands and Kingston tomorrow. Her hull has been so completely strengthened that her Canadian certificate has been regranted.

p.5 New Boat's First Run - The new boat, the Kingston, left the Bertrim wharf, Toronto, for the first time yesterday afternoon, and was given a trial run. This was a preliminary run for the purpose of giving the engine a turn. A regular trip will be made this week. Yesterday's experiment was very satisfactory, the engines running smoothly, and the boat made good speed, though no attempt was made to force her. Capt. Esford was in command, and chief engineer Milne looked after the engines.


The Empire State Vindicated & Again in Commission.

The investigation into the recent mishap to the steamer Empire State at Brockville is finally completed and decision rendered. The inspectors of both the United States and Canadian governments and Lloyd's chief inspector have made a most thorough inquiry into the cause of the trouble and they all report that it was due to no unsoundness nor unseaworthiness in the hull of the steamer. Both governments have, therefore, re-issued the certificates which were suspended during the investigation and the steamer will again be in commission in a few days. From this thorough examination and vindication of the steamer, the public may feel well satisfied that the Empire State is a staunch and safe craft.

In connection with the matter, Capt. Thomas Donnelly, chief inspector of Inland Lloyd's, makes the following statement:

Kingston, Ont. June 24th, 1901.

Mr. Howard S. Folger,

General Manager, Thousand Island Steamboat Co.

Dear Sir; - In reply to your request for a statement as to the condition of your steamer Empire State, I beg to certify that I made a thorough examination of the steamer at the request of chief inspector of the U.S. Inland Lloyd's and found it perfectly seaworthy. In my judgement and opinion, the accident at Brockville was not caused by any unseaworthiness of this vessel. I examined the steamer on the dock since and this day afloat and I know the steamer throughout to be in a sound, seaworthy condition, well adapted and well equipped for the carriage of passengers.

Yours truly,

THOMAS DONNELLY, Chief Inspector, Lloyd's.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Jun 1901