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

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The barge Frontenac is at Swift & Co.'s wharf with hard coal from Oswego.

The barge Diamond, from Oswego, is at the Kingston Penitentiary wharf with 750 tons of hard coal.

The K. & M.F. Company barges Siren and Princess have been hauled out on the marine ways at Portsmouth. During the winter they will be repaired and improved.

The steamer New Island Wanderer did not reach here yesterday from Cape Vincent, on account of fog. The steamer Pierrepont met her between here and the foot of Wolfe Island late in the afternoon, and exchanged passengers and baggage. Then the Wanderer returned to the Cape and the Pierrepont to the city.

The last of the Canada Atlantic barges were returned to the K. & M. F. company Tuesday, after a most successful season on the river. The barges will be thoroughly overhauled and repaired during the present winter season. The tug Kate brought up the last of the barges on Tuesday, three facing the storm, but finding successful anchorage inside the breakwater at Portsmouth. To the enterprising agent, James Stewart, much credit is due for the success attained during the season, and for bringing all the barges into port without damage.

Day's Episodes - During the night two barges in Portsmouth bay broke from their moorings and made a brave dash for the village hall. Their onward rush was stopped when they touched mud bottom.

Thinks Well of Vessels.

Capt. Thomas Donnelly, speaking in Toronto about the turret type of vessels says after two month's experience he is convinced they are the very best that could be built for the trade. "We have many converts to our belief in the new steamers as lake carriers, and instead of the elevators at Port Arthur and Fort William being nearly full of grain as at the close of other seasons, these elevators are now nearly empty - the result to some extent of the new company's operations."

When asked if the company intended increasing its fleet next season, Capt. Donnelly said: "That is a question of policy, and is controlled by the manager and directors. It is not likely that after such good results that the company will be content to rest on its oars. More I cannot say. As some of the owners of the Canadian Northern said about the railways in Western Canada, "There are lots more."

p.5 Incidents of the Day - At Belleville this afternoon, was heard the case of William Smith against Capt. Bloomfield and the Bay of Quinte Navigation company for damages. J.M. Mowat appeared for the company.

All doubt as to the fate of the barge Celtic, on Lake Huron in the gale of November 30th, was settled, Tuesday, when wreckage from the boat came ashore at Thessalon, Ont. Nine men were lost.

p.6 Lights Removed - Detroit, Dec. 10th - It is no longer safe for boats to run Detroit River or Lake St. Clair or St. Clair river at night. The lights have practically all been removed by the government. Those over the Limekiln Crossing will be taken away today. Most of the buoys and floats have been removed from Lake St. Clair, and, yesterday, all that remained in the lake were the lightships and Piche Island ranges.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Dec 1902