The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 May 1903

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p.1 The steamer James Fisk, Jr., of Toledo, which collided with a government dredge in the Welland canal, near Welland, Ont., on her down trip a few days ago, was compelled this morning, to give a bond for $1,000 before proceeding on her way up the lake.



Accident To Steamer Monteagle.

The steamer Monteagle, bound from Chicago to Kingston with 45,800 bushels of wheat for the M.T. company, ran on a shoal when coming down the harbor, opposite Mooer's elevator yesterday afternoon. She was commanded by Capt. R.G. Talbot, who took the old ship channel down, instead of following the inner one marked by the range lights. He was thus too far out, and came in contact with a large shoal. The Monteagle was running very slowly at the time, in fact only gliding along, and the collision was very slight, no damage to the hull being likely. The steamer turned right across the shoal.

Soon afterwards, the Donnelly Wrecking company's steamer was at work trying to release the vessel, having received the contact. An effort was first made to pull the Monteagle off, but this proved impossible. The schooner Katie Eccles was secured as lighterer, and this morning after a large quantity of the cargo had been removed, the Monteagle was finally floated, and proceeded to the M.T. company's elevator. It is claimed that the harbor buoys are confusing to mariners.

Turret Cape Ashore.

Last night, the big steamer Turret Cape, from Fort William to the M.T. company elevator with wheat, went slightly ashore at Four Mile Point. She is commanded by Captain Stephen, and has as pilot Capt. Towers, well-known here. The Turret Cape evidently turned in too quickly after passing the light. She went clearly off the proper course. Early this morning the Donnelly Wrecking company's steamer left the steamer Monteagle, and proceeded to give assistance to the Turret Cape, which Capt. Stephen telephoned, was very lightly on, and would sustain no damage. The Turret Cape draws seventeen feet, 3 inches.

At half past nine o'clock this morning, the big steamer was released, and half an hour later arrived at the M.T. company elevator.

Can't Blame The Harbor.

The two big steamers which got into trouble here were entirely to blame for their mishaps, for the channel course is plainly indicated by the ranges. In any case, the marine guide gives the most minute directions to vessels about all harbors, that of Kingston being clearly defined, and captains and pilots should be acquainted with it. The captain of the steamer Britannic came down safely last night, as did all the big vessels that have come here this spring, fully a dozen in all. However, the Britannic's captain points out that the Canadian buoy system is confusing to United States captains. On the other side there are two colors of buoys - red and black, the former indicating deep water and the latter danger. The buoys in Kingston harbor are all black, and he says that United States captains naturally keep away from them, when there is no necessity.

Although there is a deep channel down Kingston harbor, still the Canadian marine department must realize that it will be in the interests of the St. Lawrence route to remove some of the shoals.

Marine Intelligence.

Crawford's wharf: schooner Tradewind cleared for Oswego.

Booth's wharf: schooner Collier from Charlotte with coal.

The schooner Acacia will be unloaded tonight, and ready for the dry-dock.

The schooner Jamieson, from Pickering with barley, is unloading at the Malt House.

Swift's wharf: steamers Corsican from Hamilton; Spartan from Montreal tonight.

Richardsons' wharf: schooner Plunkett, Oswego, coal; schooner Echo, bay ports, grain.

The largest cargo of grain to enter Kingston harbor, prior to this morning's arrival of the steamer Turret Cape, was about 90,000 bushels.

The captain of the steamer Erin, at Richardsons' elevator, is Patrick Sullivan, who is a brother of the celebrated "Cap" Sullivan, of Toronto.

M.T. company elevator: steamer Britannic, Chicago, 56,000 bushels of wheat; steamer Turret Cape, Fort William, 101,000 bushels of wheat; steamer Monteagle, Chicago, 45,800 bushels of wheat.

The week past has been a busy one for the Donnelly Wrecking company's crew, which has been on duty continuously and at five different vessels - the Ballou, Ralph, Acacia, Monteagle and the Turret Cape.

The steamer Ralph and consorts, which brought a big grain cargo here last week, came down as a result of the canal tolls and fees being thrown off. They were able to take a return cargo of 4,500 tons of coal from Oswego to Chicago.

Capt. Gaskin claims that there is nothing wrong with Kingston harbor, so far as the channel is concerned, and any steamer that gets ashore or on a shoal is alone to blame. There is plenty of water for deep draught vessels, as the big steamers Rosemount and Bannockburn continually come down drawing from sixteen feet to sixteen feet six inches.

Day's Episodes - The Donnelly Wrecking company found it difficult to obtain men this morning to assist in its wrecking operations. The company offered thirty cents an hour, but the men demanded forty cents, and were quite independent about accepting that figure.

p.5 Incidents of the Day - The schooner Acacia will enter Davis & Sons' dry-dock for repairs. She is not as badly injured as at first thought.

The new steam barge building on Garden Island for the Calvin company will be launched Saturday afternoon at three o'clock.

p.6 Race For Elevator - The steamers Monteagle and Turret Cape had a race to the M.T. company elevator this morning for first place in unloading. The latter worked herself off the shoal at Four Mile Point and started down. She was nearing the Monteagle, which was on the shoal off Mooers' elevator. Another pull by the steamer Donnelly, however, released her, and off she went for the elevator, and secured her berth first.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 May 1903