The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Jun 1903

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p.2 Personal Mention - Capt. Thomas Donnelly was today engaged adjusting the loss by fire to the steamer Empire State.


The steambarge John Milne loaded a general cargo today at the railway wharf for Smith's Falls.

Swift's wharf: steamer Rideau King cleared for Ottawa; steamer Corsican down; schooner Suffel from Charlotte with coal.

Craig's wharf: schooners Annie Minnes and Falconer, from Fairhaven with coal; steamers Ocean and Melbourne down; and Persia up.

M.T. company elevator: steamer Colonial cleared for upper lake ports; tugs Bronson and Thomson cleared with nine grain-laden barges for Montreal.

E. Charles and his wrecking crew were successful in releasing the steamer Turret Crown from the shoal above Nine Mile Point on Saturday afternoon. It was fortunate that a heavy wind and sea did not prevail, else the big steamer would have suffered. She was lucky in sustaining no damage.


[Montreal Star]

The Montreal Transportation company have just received on this side of the water a new steamer, which will be utilized in the grain trade between Chicago, Duluth and other lake ports and Kingston. The new vessel, constructed by Messrs. C.S. Swan & Hunter, of Newcastle-on-Tyne, has a beam of 32 feet and a length of 252 feet. On her way out she drew eighteen feet of water, being loaded with railway iron, which was shipped at Antwerp. The trip out occupied thirteen days. The vessel which has been christened the Westmount, so named by James A. Cuttle, manager of the Montreal Transporation company, after that model town to the west of Montreal, is under the command of Capt. Thompson, and Saturday proceeded on her way through the canals.

Since the vessel arrived in port she has been lightered down to the canal draught of fourteen feet.

The Westmount's engines are of the triple expansion type, capable of a great deal of extra power, as the steamer is destined to take two consorts along with her on the trips through the lakes. She will carry about 110,000 bushels of wheat.

p.4 Got In Trouble - steamyacht Capt. Dave Waggoner landed at Swift's wharf from Alexandria Bay with excursion party; last July a custom order made it illegal for an excursion boat to land in a Canadian port on Sunday.

p.5 The Orion Disabled - The steamer Orion arrived at Garden Island today with timber from Toronto. When some miles up the lake something went wrong with her machinery, disabling the vessel. She was towed down by the steamer Tecumseh. The engineer had a narrow escape from serious injuries.

Incidents of the Day - The steamer Orion, from Grimsby, timber laden, is at Garden Island.

Capt. Brown of Clayton has arrived to fit out the steamer New York.

The M.T. company's new steamer Westmount will not reach Kingston until tomorrow afternoon at the earliest. She left Montreal this morning.

The steamer Simla, of the Calvin fleet, was to have cleared Saturday night for upper lake ports to load timber, but at the last moment a defect was discovered in her cylinder, which may have to be replaced.

p.6 The Barge Raised - Capt. Donnelly has received word that the big steel barge Hilda, sunk in St. Mary's rapids, near Montreal, while conveying a cargo of 1,300 gross tons of coal from Oswego to Quebec, had been successfully raised by the wrecking crew of the steamer Donnelly and taken to Quebec, where she was placed in the dry dock.

Capt. Donnelly Appointed - Capt. Thomas Donnelly today received notice of his appointment to the surveyorship for the Bureau Veritas, commonly known as French Lloyds. The appointment was made by the bureau, at Paris, and dates from May 1st. The appointment is a very important one, as it gives Capt. Donnelly control, as inspector, of all steel boats, on the Canadian side, between Montreal and Port Arthur. The president of the Bureau is at present at Montreal, and has congratulated Capt. Donnelly upon his appointment.

Capt. Angus Macdougall, of Buffalo, and Thomas Donnelly, are engaged in a survey of the burned steamer Empire State.

The tug Petrel was to clear tonight for a point 250 miles east of Quebec, where the steamship Stord is ashore.

The sailing yacht Pittawawa, from Toronto, with a party aboard, is anchored near Craig's wharf.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Jun 1903