The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 May 1903

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The schooner Ballou (Capt. Alfred Thomas) suffered by last evening's squall. She was unloaded at the M.T. company in the afternoon, and then dropped anchor out some distance. Between six and seven o'clock the squall struck her, and she was blown clean over to the Barriefield shore opposite the cottages. The Donnelly Wrecking company was engaged to float the schooner.

Marine Notes.

The steambarge John Milne loaded cement here today for Seelay's Bay.

The steamer America today began her semi-daily trips to Cape Vincent.

Richardsons' elevator: Tug Kate cleared with two grain-laden barges for Montreal.

Swift's wharf: steamer Corsican on the first trip of the season from Hamilton to Montreal.

The steamers Rideau King and Rideau Queen arrived up today from Jones' Falls, where they lay during the winter.

When launched, the new steambarge building at Garden Island for the Calvin company, will be towed to Toronto to receive her boilers and engine.

The schooner Suffel had to run back across the lake owing to last night's squall. She was near Charlotte, but could not reach port. One of her sails was torn.

A vessel which left Kingston harbor and began carrying cargoes without receiving the inspector's certificate, will likely be seized under government order. The boat was ordered to be repaired.

Owing to the scarcity of marine engineers the steamer Valeria was unable to begin her ferry trips between Clayton and Gananoque on Thursday. An engineer had been engaged but was offered a strong inducement to ship on a steamer plying Muskoka lakes, and accepted. Capt. Dix found it a difficult matter to secure a substitute.

C.A. Roys, of Kingston, who is overseeing work of enlarging the steamer Jubilee, of Kingston (now on Lake Temiskaming) that is being carried on by Capt. Roys, of Kingston, launched the boat on Wednesday very successfully. The Jubilee is now eighty-seven feet long and sixteen feet beam, with three decks, and will run twelve miles an hour. She will ply between Temiskaming and New Lisgard, carrying passengers and freight.

p.6 Vessels In Trouble - The steamer Ralph arrived at the M.T. company wharf this afternoon at 3:15 oclock. With two consorts she left Oswego last evening, coal laden for Chicago, but got into the squall which broke over the lake after six o'clock. The two barges broke away during the night, and the Ralph had to run across towards Kingston for shelter. She went ashore at Four Mile Point, but was released at half past two o'clock this afternoon by the Donnelly wrecking company, and immediately came down the harbor. Capt. Davidson stated that it was one of the worst nights he ever experienced on Lake Ontario.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 May 1903