The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Mar 1903

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Washington, March 16th - On the requisition of Superintendent Kimball of the United States Live Saving Service, the secretary of the treasury has forwarded a gold life-saving medal to Keeper George N. Gray of the life-saving station at Charlotte, N.Y., for "extreme and heroic daring in saving life from the perils of the sea."

On December 15th, 1902, Gray, with his crew, in the face of extreme personal danger and great suffering effected the rescue of four men and one woman from the schooner John R. Noyes, which was wrecked on Lake Ontario on that date, twenty-three miles from Charlotte station. Gray and his men were under oars constantly for fifteen hours, rowing about sixty miles in an open boat, and in a heavy sea, and, says the secretary in this letter to Keeper Gray, "exhibited great bravery, discretion, skill and sound judgement."

This rescue is regarded by Superintendent Kimball as one of the most remarkable in the history of the service.



[Ogdensburg Journal]

At a meeting of the freight traffic committee of the Canadian Freight association held at the G.T.R. offices Monday, the announcement was made that at the opening of the St. Lawrence navigation in the spring a new line of three freight steamers would be established for the lake trade between Montreal and Lake Superior ports. These vessels will be equal to the maximum draught that can be run with safety through the canals. This line will be devoted exclusively to freight and grain trade. The vessels will carry general freight on the upward voyage and bring down grain for shipment at this port. Those vessels will form part of the fleet of the Merchants' line. Two of the steamers are Canadian built and were recently purchased by the company. The third is now being built at Glasgow.

The vessels already acquired are the Glengarry and the Advance, and the Glasgow built boat is called the Wasconsta (sic). They are all screw steamers and the ports of call will be Toronto, Hamilton, Windor, Sault Ste. Marie and Fort William, the terminal points being Montreal and Port Arthur.

Making Repairs.

During the winter workmen have been finishing the mural and interior decorations of the steamer Kingston, and the steamer Toronto has likewise undergone extensive alterations. The steamers Spartan and Corsican, which wintered here, are also receiving many standard improvements. The steamer Hamilton is at Sorel, Que., where she has been rebuilt and lengthened about forty feet. Her cabins have been remodelled and fitted with new furnishings and up-to-date facilities.

Let Experts Determine.

John Bertram, the builder of the burned steamer Montreal, has returned to Toronto, having abandoned the steamer as a total loss. Whether the hull of the steamer is so warped and the engines so utterly injured that neither is good for further service is to be left for experts to determine.

p.5 Not Of Kingston - James Norris, of the Ottawa hotel, this morning received a letter from Mate Besager, of the schooner Katie Eccles. The letter was written at Brighton and had reference to the body found floating in the harbor there last Friday....

p.6 Incidents of the Day - The steamer Pierrepont will not attempt to make a passage through the ice to Cape Vincent till the end of the week.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Mar 1903