The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Apr 1904

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p.1 Largest On the Lakes - Lorain, Ohio, April 9th - The Augustus B. Wolvin, the largest vessel ever built on the lakes and the largest exclusively freight steamer in the world was launched at the yards of the American Shipbuilding company today, in the presence of an immense crowd of spectators. The new steamer, the cost of which amounts to more than a half million dollars, is owned by the Acme Steamship company.



More About "The Comet."

Kingston, April 7th - In the letter of Capt. Joseph Dix in the Whig of the 6th inst., with reference to the old steamer Comet, afterwards called the May Flower, he is a little astray. The May Flower sank above Nine Mile Point, and was commanded at the time by a Captain Patterson. The Maple Leaf was a new steamer, built in the early 50's at the old shipyard and marine railway here, just where the present government dry dock is now, for Mr. Bethune, who owned other steamers on the lake at that time. The day she was launched she was trimmed with maple branches from stem to stern. After running on Lake Ontario for a number of years, she was one of the many steamers sold to the United States government, taken off the lake, and sent around to the Atlantic coast for use during the rebellion of 1861 to 1865.


p.6 In Our Own Circuit - Reuben Rose Norcross, a well know steamboat engineer on the Bay of Quinte, and who has held an interest in the steamer Varuna since the death of Capt. Porte, is dead at Buffalo, N.Y.....


Capt. Simmons Had A Thrilling Experience.

Capt. William Simmons, of the schooner Acacia, probably holds the record for having had the first dip in the harbor this spring. He didn't take it of his own accord, however. Circumstances forced it upon him. On Friday the captain was painting the side of his vessel, which is lying near Crawford's wharf. The ice around the boat was cut away. Something went wrong, and Capt. Simmons suddenly found himself in the icy water. He shouted for help, but no one was near and it seemed a case of get out without assistance or drown. The captain tried to get a grip of the vessel's seams, but only cut his fingers. After struggling for fifteen minutes and being half frozen, he was seen by a woman on a vessel alongside. She lowered a ladder, securing it by a rope, and up this Capt. Simmons made his way from the cold water to the welcome deck. He is around today, but does not feel as well as he did before the chilly bath.

Incidents Of The Day - The steamer Pierrepont made its way alongside the ferry wharf, breaking clear of the ice. Tuesday is now set as the day for her to open a passage across the harbor.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Apr 1904