The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Aug 1903

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p.1 The port of Midland has been constituted a port of registry for ships, and the collector of customs has been appointed registrar of shipping there.



Craig's wharf: steamer Varuna from bay ports to the Thousand Island Park.

Richardsons' elevator: schooners Pilot and Granger from bay ports with grain.

M.T. company wharf: tug Bronson up with three light barges; tug Thomson cleared light for Oswego.

The steam barges John Milne and Kenirving, Smith's Falls to Fairhaven, are stormbound at Crawford's wharf.

Swift's wharf: steamer Toronto and Caspian down; Rideau Queen from and Rideau King to Smith's Falls; Spartan due up tonight.

The steambarge John Rugee, at present unloading a cargo of soft coal for the Grand Trunk railway at Brockville, has just completed forty-one trips, representing the handling of about 65,000 tons of coal. The greater part of this was consigned to the Grand Trunk.


The Thousand Island Steamboat company can boast that in the past twenty years it has carried on its steamers five million people and in that space of years never lost a life. This remarkable record is due in no small degree to the careful and expert captains who have commanded the boats of the White Squadron. The company's chief captains have been with them for years, and only of late was there a break. The late Captain Andrew Miller, for a quarter of a century with the Folgers, sleeps in the little cemetery at Cape Vincent, just over the border, while Capt. Hinckley, another of long service, was translated (sic) to the R. & O. Navigation steamer Columbian.

The oldest servant of the company is Capt. James Allen, of the steamer America, who entered the employment of the former generation of the Folgers in 1866, and has been in harness here ever since, with the exception of four years, certainly a long continued service. Capt. Allen first sailed the schooners Gazelle, Cursage, Prince Alfred, Orkney Lass, Watertown, and Brooklyn. Then he took command of the steamer Pierrepont, and has guided the wheel of nearly every White Squadron steamer since. His papers cover all the great lakes as well as the river.

Though his service dates back only to the eighties, Capt. Estes, of the steamer St. Lawrence, is dubbed the admiral of the White Squadron, on account of his navy bearing. He cuts a most imposing figure as he stands on the bridge of the busy steamer in long gold-braided coat, the only one worn on the line. He is a fine looking officer and a strict disciplinarian. His father, just aged eighty-three, is his second officer, and this old mariner is as active and can do as much work as a man half his age.

Capt. Hudson now ranks third in point of time with the White Squadron. He came into its service when the New Island Wanderer was purchased. That boat he then commanded on the river, and has since continued on it. Capt. Hudson is another strict in discipline. When he gets an order from the company, he carries it out and so do all under him, and without asking questions. He is the quiet captain of the squadron.

Cause of Lurching - It was nearly twelve o'clock last night when the steamer America arrived back from Ogdensburg. There was a delay of half an hour at Brockville to put a bucket on the wheel back in position. A strong head wind was encountered all the way up the river, retarding progress. Coming around Point Frederick, the passengers were somewhat scared when the steamer gave a couple of lurches. She had to get into the trough of the waves for a few moments, and when one wave struck against the boat, her guard came heavily down upon it. Many people thought the America had touched a shoal, but this was out of the question, as Capt. Allen had brought her around the outside of Cedar Island and away from the shoal-covered point.

p.8 A Harbor Scene - A nice sight was witnessed off Point Frederick at half-past four o'clock yesterday afternoon. As the Algerian was leaving the harbor, the steamer North King came into view around Cedar Island, and three hundred yards behind was the steamer Kingston. Both were ploughing the water at good speed and volumes of smoke issued from their stacks. The North King was racing to reach Swift's wharf first and managed to keep the Kingston from making up all of the space between them. All three boats passed close to each other, the North King on the Point side, and the Kingston between her and the Algerian.

Marine Items

The steamer Westmount while leaving the harbor Friday afternoon, got into difficulties by the disarrangement of her steering gear. She drifted on Point Frederick shoal and was released by a tug, which towed her to the government dry dock, where the steering gear was repaired.

The steamer Erin, while coming up the river yesterday, with a load of general merchandise, struck a hidden rock near Farran's Point, smashed a hole in her bow and sank. The Donnelly company today went to her assistance.

Pleasant Sail - down river on Rideau King, Capt. Jarrell, Steward Joseph Tilton. (1/2 column)

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Aug 1903