The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Oct 1903

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Swift's wharf: steamer Spartan due up tonight; Rideau King from Ottawa.

M.T. company elevator: steamer George P. Howe from Duluth with 75,000 bushels of wheat; tug Thomson from Charlotte with two coal laden barges; tug Bronson up with three light barges; S.S. Fairmount cleared for West Superior.



Detroit, Oct. 10th - A steamer blockade that will mean the loss of many thousands of dollars is on at the St. Clair Flats canal, one of the three crucial points in the line of the great lakes traffic. All traffic between the upper and lower lakes of vessels loaded to draw more than ten and a half feet must be suspended, except for those which squeeze through a seventy-five foot passageway. The huge bulk of the steamer John N. Glidden reposes on the narrow ship canal, prohibiting practically all passages. The Glidden, bound down, was rammed in the bow by the fleet trust barge Magna, in tow of the steamer Empire City, and sank immediately in such a position as to leave but 75 feet of the 292 feet width of the channel clear. Captain Smith of the Glidden immediately communicated with the manager of the line in Cleveland, who ordered the Great Lakes Towing company's lighter Newman sent from Detroit. When the Newman reaches the scene of the accident an attempt will be made to lighter the 1,900 tons of iron ore, the cargo of the Glidden, but it is doubted whether this can be accomplished, as the decks of the Glidden are flush with the water in the canal. The Magna was apparently not seriously injured, and at noon had passed the seventy-five foot opening with the assistance of a tug. The government officer has issued these instructions: "Until something can be done to secure a large open way between the Glidden and the east pier, all boats of light draught must use the old channel, all heavy-draught upbound boats must anchor in Lake St. Clair, and down-bound boats must anchor in St. Clair river, well above the canal, until notice of their turn to pass through the canal, and all up-bound boats passing through the seventy-five foot opening must be provided with at least one tug, and all down-bound boats must have two tugs."

Incidents of the Day - Reeve Fawcett and James Crawford, mariner, Wolfe Island, have just returned from Toronto, whence they went in connection with the Wolfe Island ferry question.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Oct 1903