The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 May 1903

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Craig's wharf: steamer Ocean up.

Swift's wharf: steamer Rideau King cleared for Ottawa.

The steamer (sic) Falconer cleared for Sodus with feldspar.

The steambarge John Milne, Smith's Falls to Fairhaven, passed here today.

Richardsons' elevator: schooner Maggie L. from bay ports with grain.

Prescott, Ont., harbor is to be deepened to sixteen feet. The present depth is only 14 1/2 feet.

M.T. company elevator: steamer Topeka, from Chicago with 51,000 bushels of wheat and rye.

The work of the dredging the harbor at Ogdensburg has been stopped until a larger dredge has been secured.

The steamer Islander will likely be ready to go down the river on Saturday and take the Clayton-Alexandria Bay route. The steamer New Island Wanderer will then come up and go on the Cape Vincent route.



Since his appointment as government inspector of hulls for this district two years ago, Matthew R. Davis, of this city, has filled that position more than creditably, and has won the complete confidence of marine men and the general public. His impartiality and thoroughness of inspection is attested to by his refusal to grant certificates to the steamers Glengarry and Clinton until thorough repairs have been made to weak spots. While such action may be unfortunate for some owners, yet it is such strict marine inspectors that will receive the approbation of the people. Any vessel Mr. Davis inspects and grants a certificate, the people may rely upon. It was his practical experience as a boat designer and builder that secured him his present position, and which enables him to detect weaknesses in a hull where an ordinary individual could see none.

Marine Notes.

The steamer Clinton cleared today for Trenton to go into a dry dock for repairs.

A raft of timber in tow of the tug Frontenac left Garden Island this afternoon for Quebec.

The steamer Petrel, towing the Calvin company's new barge Simla to Toronto, blew out both cylinders while out on the lake yesterday. She was towed across to Charlotte.


Detroit, May 14th - The new steamer Keefe, of the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence River Transportation company, came into the dock of the Detroit Shipbuilding company late last night, with her stem broken and bow smashed down almost to the water line, on account of a collision on Lake St. Clair with the whaleback barge 130, in tow of the Steel Trust steamer Clarence A. Black. The barge was badly damaged but proceeded to Port Huron. No one was hurt and fortunately both boats were struck above the water line. It will take about ten days to make repairs to the Keefe. She is a new boat, having left the shipyards at Buffalo only last Saturday and was on the way to Duluth on her maiden trip.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 May 1903