The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Aug 1903

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p.8 Toronto In A Gale - The steamer Toronto had a very rough voyage down the lake last night, but Capt. E. Booth, her Kingston commander, brought the big boat safely through. The Toronto was the only vessel that dared to leave Toronto yesterday, so fierce was the gale on the lake. The waves washed over the staunch R. & O. boat all night and most of the passengers had a strange feeling. It was a quarter past seven o'clock this morning when the big steamer reached Swift's wharf. Fifteen minutes later, she cleared for Brockville, being just an hour and a half late.


Will Take Two Weeks To Make Repairs.

It will be two weeks before repairs to the steamer Erin, in the government dry dock, will be completed. By her collision at Farran's Point canal, a hole fifteen feet long and five feet wide was knocked in her. The Donnelly Wrecking company did splendid work in raising her. They began last Sunday and by Monday night at eleven o'clock, the hole was repaired. At 2:30 o'clock Tuesday morning the Erin was afloat. The diving work had been done so well that the pumps were not required to keep the vessel clear after once pumped out. Alfred Turcotte, the Donnelly company's expert diver, was responsible for this good job.

The story of the Erin's later mishap had already been told. The steamer Donnelly was leading, with the Erin in charge of Capt. Sullivan, an experienced river man, following. The Danforth brought up the rear. The Sister Lighthouse buoy, in the United States channel, was not lit, and the boats got near that shoal. Those on the Donnelly when they discovered their whereabouts shouted to Capt. Sullivan to port his wheel and clear the Erin. The latter, however, went slightly on the shoal. It was in the casting off of the tow line that Robert McKay lost his life. After one hundred tons of iron had been taken out of the Erin the Donnelly succeeded in pulling her off. No damage was done the Erin on the shoal.

Cylinder Head Cracked.

The steamer Islander arrived from Clayton at one o'clock this afternoon in tow of the steamer America. She was disabled by her cylinder head cracking. The Islander will be ready to go into service again on Monday night.

Marine Intelligence.

The steamer New York left for Clayton late this morning.

The storm on the lake prevented various boats reaching Kingston today.

The steamer Pierrepont was on the Cape route today, and the steamer Jessie Bain on the ferry.

The steamer Rideau Queen makes her last trip from Clayton, N.Y., on September 5th. The balance of the season the boats will run from Kingston to Ottawa.

The steamer Orion, due at Richardsons' elevator yesterday did not arrive. Word has been received that she struck No. 4 lock at St. Catharines, doing some damage.

The steamer Caspian did not leave Charlotte for Kingston last night. The storm on the lake raged too fiercely. Next week the Caspian will run to Toronto, her trips down being now ended.

The steamer Kingston had great difficulty in getting away from the Brockville wharf yesterday morning, the heavy east wind being responsible. The tug Amy had to pull the steamer out into the river.

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

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

The buoys for the channel at the foot of Wolfe Island are lying on a pier there. Steamboat captains again complain to the Whig of the danger run by the marine department not having these buoys put in place immediately. At present absolutely nothing marks the channel.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Aug 1903