The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Aug 1903

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p.1 Today's Race - between yachts Irondequoit and Strathcona at Toronto - details.

A New Steamer Afloat - Toronto, Aug. 12th - A new steel steamer, the Tadousac, is to be launched from the Bertram shipyards this afternoon. The Tadousac was built for Waldie & Wright, Toronto, and is intended for the upper lakes grain trade. She is 260 feet over all; forty-three feet beam; 25 feet 6 in. deep, will carry 120,000 bushels of grain and cost approximately $140,000.



It Will Be Used For Patrol Service.

launch Viator sold to Canadian government by its owner, Howard S. Folger, to be used as a patrol boat in connection with the superintending of buoys along the St. Lawrence river on the Canadian side, between Kingston and Montreal. - description.

p.4 Kingston In Trouble - The steamer Kingston came into port this morning at nine o'clock, five hours late. In coming across the lake last night some of the steam pipes connecting with her low pressure cylinder, burst. This caused a delay, and necessitated cutting out one of the engines. The steamer proceeded slowly under her own steam and came in safely at the hour named. Repairs will be made here, the delay extending over about two days.

Matter Under Review - Wolfe Island township council met this week to consider the ferry steamer question. The members were waited upon by M.H. Folger, but though he had a proposition to lay before them, he was not asked to state it. The council told Mr. Folger what was desired in the way of a ferry service, but Mr. Folger was not prepared to accept the scheme, so the ferry question remains unsolved.


Marine Notes.

Craig's wharf: steamer Persia going east; steamer Ocean west tonight.

The steamyacht Castenet, from Alexandria Bay, was in port today with an excursion party.

Swift's wharf: steamer Spartan from Hamilton; steamer Kingston from Toronto; steamer North King from Charlotte; steamer Rideau King from Smith's Falls.

The schooner Abbie L. Andrews that went adrift in Lake Ontario in the storm last December, in which the steam barge Hall and her consort, the John R. Noyes, were lost, is in Goble's dry dock at Oswego, receiving a thorough caulking. The Andrews is one of the old canal schooners that thirty years ago were the pride of the lakes.



Steamer Toronto Runs Into St. Lawrence.

Alexandria Bay, N.Y., Aug. 12th - The steamer St. Lawrence of the Thousand Island Steamboat company, lying at the docks here on Tuesday afternoon, was run into by the big Richelieu & Ontario steamer Toronto, attempting to make a landing. The Toronto came up to the docks at a good rate of speed and struck the St. Lawrence in the stern, just to the starboard of the rudder.

The prow of the Toronto crushed into the St. Lawrence, smashing the two inch timbers which bound the fender streak and breaking the edges of the promenade and hurricane decks. The strong timbers of the hull and frame-work of the St. Lawrence held against the shock, or the accident would have resulted seriously for the boat. The damage was investigated by Captains Milo Estes and J.D. Estes, who found that the boat was not disabled, and after twenty minutes' delay she proceeded on her regular afternoon trip.

This is the second time within a week that the Toronto has run into boats lying at the Alexandria Bay docks. Saturday afternoon she backed into the steamyacht Ramona, tearing the latter's awnings. It was only by hurriedly throwing off the Ramona's lines and backing her away that she escaped further damage.

Irondequoit Took It - won the race at Toronto today - details.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Aug 1903