The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 May 1903

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p.1 Man Lost Overboard - William Beck, engineer, lost from tug Snow Storm off Port Maitland



As To The Lake Ontario Vessel Trade.

Frank Owen, general manager of the Rutland Transit company, operating a line of steamers between Chicago and Ogdensburg, N.Y., takes a very hopeful view of Lake Ontario traffic. "The abolition of tolls on the Canadian canals," he said, "will, within a few years, give to the Canadian steamers the bulk of the transportation of Manitoba wheat from Fort William and Port Arthur, on Lake Superior. I expect to see a trade which will be highly profitable built up down the St. Lawrence to Montreal and Quebec. The Canadians are availing themselves of the advantages which the abolition of tolls gives them by having a large fleet built in England for the traffic. With our company we are the distinct gainers by the action of the government. By the abolition of tolls we save $3,000 a year. The coal business from Oswego will also be greatly benefitted. Canal tolls have amounted to twenty cents per ton. With this done away with the coal companies will be able to ship far more coal from Oswego than ever before."

Marine Paragraphs.

Craig's wharf: steamer Alexandria up.

The schooner Straubenzie cleared for Fairhaven.

Swift's wharf: steamer Rideau King from Ottawa.

The steamer Erin and consort cleared this evening for Cleveland.

Anglin's wharf: schooner Two Brothers from Oswego with coal.

Garden Island: steamer Clinton and consort from Toronto with timber.

The steamer Erin is in the government dry-dock receiving slight repairs for leakage.

The steamer Wahcondah, Glasgow to Toronto, for the Jaques' line, called at Craig's wharf today.

The steamer Clinton and consort timber laden, from Toronto, reached Garden Island last night.

Richardsons' elevator: schooner Straubenzie, from Toronto, with 7,500 bushels of wheat; schooner Pilot, from Napanee with rye.

M.T. company elevator: steamers Nicaragua and Whitaker, from Chicago, with 83,000 and 68,000 bushels of wheat respectively; steamers Britannic and Turret Cape cleared for upper lake ports; steamer Monteagle cleared for Oswego to load coal; tug Thomson from Fairhaven with one coal-laden barge, and cleared with it and three grain-laden barges for Montreal.

Marine men claim that the buoys in Kingston harbor are all right, and so is the channel. They say that no captain should attempt to enter the harbor with a deep draught boat who is not conversant with the course. Capt. Gaskin, a well posted man on Canadian and United States marine matters, declares that there is no better harbor on the lakes than that of Kingston and that the ship course is clearly defined by the ranges.

A merchant suggested that it would be a good scheme for the city to maintain a pilot at Nine Mile Point, to guide grain laden craft into the harbor. A mariner was asked his opinion regarding the suggestion, and he replied that a pilot was unnecessary. The harbor chart is very plain, and if directions are followed it is impossible to get into trouble. The difficulty experienced is to get captains of vessels to follow the course laid down on the chart. They take chances and get into trouble. The entrance to Kingston harbor, he said, is perfectly safe for the largest draught vessels coming down the lake.



Steamer Clinton Violated The Law.

The steamer Clinton, owned by J. and J.T. Matthews, Toronto, and sailed by Capt. Joseph Siddell, was placed under government seizure at the customs house late this morning. She arrived at Garden Island last evening with her consort from Toronto, with timber. When her captain made his report at the customs house the seizure was made.

Three weeks ago the Clinton was given a permit by the government hull inspector here, M.R. Davis, to proceed to Oswego for dry-dock repairs. It seems that the vessel was in an unfit condition, and Mr. Davis refused to grant a certificate until extensive repairs were made to the hull. On the strength of the permit the Clinton cleared from this port, presumably to enter a dry-dock. This was not done, and it came to the knowledge of the inspector that the vessel was carrying cargoes contrary to law. He reported the fact to the customs house, and when the captain was unable to produce a certificate, the seizure was made. No other course was open to the authorities, since the owners had failed to comply with the inspector's demands.

Until the Clinton had had her hull overhauled and come back to Kingston to be inspected, it seems she had no right to carry cargoes. She is liable to a fine of $200, and then must undergo the necessary repairs before a certificate as to fitness will be issued.

p.6 To Enter Dry-dock - The steamer Turret Cape will enter the government dry-dock this afternoon for examination. As she ran ashore at Four Mile Point Thursday night, precautions will be taken to see if any damage to the hull was sustained.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 May 1903