The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Oct 1903

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The steambarge Simla cleared from Garden Island for upper lake ports.

Swift's wharf: steamers Corsican down; Rideau King cleared for Ottawa.

Richardsons' elevator: schooner Metzner from Wellington with barley; tug Nellie Reid and grain laden barge cleared down.

Craig's wharf: steamers Ocean and Melbourne down; Persia up; Westport from Westport with general cargo; Alexandria down tonight.

The steamer Marquette sprang a leak in Lake Michigan and in three hours sank in 200 feet of water. She was laden with iron ore. The crew escaped.

The Barry boats Badger State and Empire State were sold at Detroit Saturday, the former going to R.H. Havey for $2,700, and the latter being knocked down to F.J. Riebenack for $1,550. They will probably be turned into lumber barges.

The St. Lawrence River company's new steamer Matthews will go into commission next week and will be the largest Canadian freighter on the lakes. She will make weekly trips from the head of Lake Superior to Toronto and Kingston with grain.

M.T. company elevator: tugs Bronson, Thomson and Glide up with eight light barges; S.S. Westmount and consorts due from Duluth and Fort William with 185,000 bushels of wheat; schooner Jamieson from Port Hope with 11,000 bushels of barley.

The Captain Visger Steamboat company of Thousand Islands has been incorporated. The company is to own and operate steam and sail boats on the Great Lakes and their tributaries, the waters, bays and inlets of St. Lawrence river and its tributaries, and the waters and bays of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The capital stock is $500,000, consisting of shares of $10 each. Directors are: Walter L. Visger, Carrie M. Visger and William E. Miller, Alexandria Bay; Frederick W. Thompson, Syracuse; and Sigmond Stern, New York.

p.5 Bertrams Tender To Build Island Ferry Boat - On Wednesday evening a special meeting of the township council for the purpose of discussing a communication received from the Bertram works, Toronto, as a result of Reeve Fawcett and James Crawford's recent trip thereto. The Bertrams' offer was for a boat the same length as the Pierrepont, 4 feet wider, steel hull furnished all complete, $26,900. The council are placed in rather an awkward position as the recent by-law only allows of $20,000 being expended. The council are in a quandry how to raise the balance, but they seem to be of the opinion that a boat must be had.

p.6 Made In Canada - A lightship for use on the Lurcher shoal, near the Nova Scotia coast, the first built in Canada, was quietly launched at the yards of the Polson Iron Works on Saturday. The boat, 112 feet long and 28 feet broad, is of extra strong build, in excess of Lloyd's requirements, and will be equipped with a powerful fog signal, which can be heard for twenty-five miles, electric lights, for lighthouse purposes, and a large bell of 1,000 pounds weight. Another boat of the same design is now under construction at the yards for use at the eastern end of Anticosti Island. The two vessels will cost nearly $200,000.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Oct 1903