The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Jul 1902

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p.2 Will Close the Season - It is expected that the survey of the river St. Lawrence, being conducted by a party on the steamer Jessie Bain, will be completed, for this season at least, within the next week or ten days.


Craig's wharf: steamer Ocean from Montreal.

Richardsons' elevator: steambarge John Milne cleared for Washburn with grain.

The steambarge Kenirving of Smith's Falls, is in Davis' dry dock for repairs.

The steamyacht Niagara, from Clayton, was at Swift's wharf this morning en route up the bay with a fishing party.

The steamer Kingston which got in trouble at Charlotte, did not come here yesterday, but returned west after transferring her passengers to the steamer Toronto.

Swift's wharf: steamers Toronto down and up; Caspian from Charlotte; Corsican from Montreal tonight; Rideau Queen cleared for Toronto.

Travel on the Rideau steamers is not nearly up to last year's mark at this time. Capt. Noonan states, however, that the line is more than paying expenses, which others are not.

The steamer Niagara, returning from Belleville to Picton, went aground near Northport. The steamer Aberdeen, attempting to release her, also went aground. Both steamers, however, were successfully floated without receiving serious damage.

The steamer Kingston did not go aground at Charlotte as was at first reported. The river Genesee had overflowed, and the big steamer found great difficulty in getting out. Three tugs worked to bring her down broadside, but several lines were broken. In coming down the steamer smashed into a sailing yacht. The steamer Toronto did not go into Charlotte, but landed at the big pier.

The officers and crews of the R. & O. steamers report that the river over at Charlotte is in bad shape and shipping is about tied up. The large steamers can hardly make their docks, and when the steamers Toronto and Kingston go up the river to make their turn they practically dam the water. A dam of floating timber, trees, hay stacks, fence rails and other rubbish occurs quite frequently. All this is caused by the recent rains. The Toronto was not able to get up the river Tuesday.

Incidents Of The Day - The steamers Caspian and North King are doing good business on the Bay of Quinte and Rochester routes. The Caspian's machinery, which was not working well, is now in fine shape and good time is being made. The boats are finely fitted up and passengers are pleased with them.

p.6 Capt. Thomas Crawford Dead - A message received from Chicago announced the death on Wednesday afternoon, of Capt. Thomas Crawford, of Wolfe Island. Deceased had been latterly master of a tug at Chicago. For many years he sailed in these waters, his last command here being the schooner Grantham. Capt. Crawford was widely known and highly respected. He is survived by a wife and three children, living on the island.

Struck The Purser - Joseph Denny, engineer of the steam yacht Thrya was fined $10 and costs at Clayton by justice of the peace Campbell for assaulting purser Vandewalker of the Thousand Island steamboat company's steamer Islander. Denny refused to pay his fare, and struck the purser in the face.

Returned From Midland - Capt. Thomas Donnelly has returned from Midland, where he spent four days holding a survey on the steamer Algonquin, and the schooner John Kilderhouse, as the result of a collision on Georgian Bay on July 2nd. Both vessels were badly injured. The repairs to the Algonquin will cost nearly $2,000 and the cost of the schooner's repairs will amount to about $3,500. The underwriters on the steamer will pay the cost of both mishaps. The schooner will be repaired at Detroit. Capt. Henry Hartgrove, formerly of Picton, owns the schooner Kilderhouse.

A Precedent Established - Judge McDougall, of the maritime court, has just given decision in the Hiawatha - Card collision case, holding that the damages shall be divided, as both vessels were to blame. Capt. Donnelly was an expert witness in this case, and his contention has been sustained by the judge. This is the first time in Canadian courts that a schooner has been held to contribute to the costs of the damages resulting from a collision between a steamer and a sailing vessel, and Capt. Donnelly states that this is the good result from having a maritime court in which to try navigation cases.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Jul 1902