The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Aug 1901

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p.2 Incidents - In connection with the telephoned letter of Capt. Joseph Dix, of steamer Valeria, he says the last sentence, "The engineer was discharged," should have been, "The engineer was replaced on Saturday night by another man."


The steambarge King Ben, from Charlotte, is unloading coal at the spile wharf.

The schooner New Dominion, from Oswego, is unloading coal at Rockwood wharf.

Craig's wharf: steamer Alexandria, Olcott to Quebec; steambarge Waterlily, Picton to Montreal.

Swift's wharf: steamers Caspian from Charlotte; Toronto from Toronto; Rideau King from Ottawa; Spartan from Montreal.

Within the past week three United Stated gasoline yachts came to Kingston for marine inspection. It is not yet known whether they will be allowed to carry passengers from Canadian ports, as the Canadian marine law does not recognize them as safe, although in the States they are accepted. There is great danger of fire on gasoline yachts from gas accumulating.

It seems that the Canadian marine law does not require fusible plugs in steam boilers, for the reason that they may be melted out when the vessel is otherwise in danger, and the steam all escape. United States regulations require the fusible plug. A prominent local marine man states that by the melting of one of these plugs in a steamer last week, there was great danger of a fire occurring, and this was very narrowly averted.

Here For Inspection - The yacht Sarah A., owned by Albert Root, Grenadier Island, was in the harbor on Monday to undergo inspection by hull inspector Davis. The upholstering work, being done by the James Reid company, was completed yesterday. The trim little craft draws only about eighteen inches of water, can carry twenty-four passengers and make nine or ten miles an hour. Clarence Root, well known in the city, a graduate of the business college, is both pilot and engineer on his father's yacht.

Kingston Is Advertised - in folder of New York Central Railway Company - map of Rideau district by Capt. Noonan promotes area, gives description of sights in Kingston.

p.3 The Late Capt. Davis - John Hillier Davis traded the Sanford Davis for Tidd's Island, opposite Gananoque, divided it into lots, and named it Tremont Park; he was appointed keeper of Jack Straw and Narrows lighthouses and held position for a few years; owned the Lily Nicholson, the St. Julian, had Antelope built for Gananoque-Brockville route; he built an iron boat with gasoline engine, afterwards selling it to parties on Bay of Quinte. (over 1/2 column of detail) [Gananoque Reporter]



Last year Capt. John Ryan had charge of the steamer Jessie Bain, and gave perfect satisfaction to the engineer in charge of the party, Mr. Desbarats, for he is quiet, obedient and hard working. This year he was encouraged to expect re-appointment, but a new engineer took charge, late in the spring. He appointed a Quebecer as sailing master, in accordance with the custom of lower province men. They not only monopolize the appointments in their own province, but endeavor also to fill those on Ontario survey and dredging boats. A protest from Kingston to Hon. J.I. Tarte promptly brought the re-instatement of Capt. Ryan, but the engineer-in-charge has not forgiven the action. He has made things uncomfortable for the captain, even ordering him ashore to work as a deck hand - an action his predecessor never found necessary. The captain's duty is to remain in charge of his boat, especially when at anchor, not to be brought down to a level with the crew. However, Capt. Ryan complied with orders, but entered his protest, and for this was dismissed on Monday. The way is now open for another French-Canadian in Ontario.

The wrong man has been interfered with. It is hoped that the department of public works will investigate. Mr. Tarte will not tolerate unfairness. Then the Jessie Bain is more of a pleasure boat than a survey steamer, and is boarding people in such numbers, and doing the social act so freely, that it is really a rival to the river hotels. It's time for a change.

And now it is stated that immediately after Capt. Ryan was paid off the government engineer went to representative liberals in Kingston and denounced him for faults he has not been guilty of. As a consequence not one of them will take up his case. Some of them recommended his appointment, yet they are not willing now to urge that he be given the benefit of an investigation. The manly part is to see that the under dog in the fight gets fair play. The Whig believes that Capt. Ryan, a Kingstonian, has been badly treated and misrepresented by an outsider, and it stands by him for fair play.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Aug 1901