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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Apr 1904

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For A Collision On Lake Huron.

Detroit, Mich., April 11th - In the United States court, Judge Swan, on Saturday, decided that the Canadian steamer Turret Court, owned by the Canadian Lakes & Ocean Navigation company, of Montreal, was wholly at fault in the collision with the steamer Waverly and the barge W.S. Crosthwaite, which occurred on July 29th, 1903, eight miles below Harbor Beach, on Lake Huron, and which resulted in the sinking of the Waverly. The Gilchrist Transportation company, of Cleveland, owners of the Waverly, brought a suit against the owners of the Crosthwaite to recover damage amounting to $37,212. The amount of the libel was not settled by Saturday's decision, but will be determined later by the commissioner.

p.2 New Captains at Deseronto - Capt. James W. Dougherty has resigned the command of the steamer Reliance, and will hereafter tread the quarterdeck of his new purchase, the schooner Katie Eccles. Capt. Nelson Palmateer who has been mate on the Reliance takes command. Capt. Marcellus Palmateer is to take charge of the steamer Deseronto, Capt. William Skillen having resigned, owing to ill-health. The tug Rescue this year will be in charge of Capt. Lynch.

Day's Episodes - The schooner Queen of the Lakes was unloaded of its cargo of oats at Richardson's elevator this morning. The cargo was stored in her all winter.



Of The Season By The Old Pierrepont.

The harbor was quite inviting this morning for the steamer Pierrepont, the hero of dozens of successful attacks, to go out to battle against the ice which has kept navigation closed since the latter part of December, an unusually long period. Last week the river between here and the foot of Wolfe Island became pretty well cleared; and on Saturday night the wind and rain did telling damage to the harbor ice, making channels all through it. Between Wolfe and Garden Islands the waterway is clear enough for navigation.

This morning it was decided to send the steamer Pierrepont out. This was not to have been done until Tuesday, but as many people were anxious to get across, the steamboat company convenienced them. Inspector Davis looked over the "gunboat" and found her to be in the best of condition, stauncher than for years.

The Pierrepont started out at ten o'clock with a number of passengers and some freight. Captain William Scott, formerly of the Rideau Lakes Navigation company, was at the wheel, and George McKenzie, the grandpa of the Canadian ticket takers, was at the gangway calling out "Tickets please! Tickets please." The aged purser was as happy as a school boy, and announced that his whiskers would do the disappearance act as soon as the chill went off the atmosphere. Then there was John Stansbury, the active and popular wharf and storesman, in his new suit of blue, bowing like a man from gay Paree, and extending his large hearted hand for friendly grasps. An actor girl became enamored of John last Thursday night, claiming that he saved her life when the ice boats got into trouble. She was hurrying here to join the "Silver Slipper" company.

J.A. Goodearle was also on the old ferry wharf with his pleasant smile and gave the order for the old gunboat to get out and do business

The Pierrepont started out amid cheers, her old whistle replying to the wharf acclamations. Capt. James Allen, who has piloted her through the ice to open navigation for many years, was among those present, his silvery locks waving gently in the breeze. A far away look was on his sea faring face, for he was thinking of the bygone days when his hands, still as strong as they were ten years ago, held the Pierrepont's wheel, and guided her over the ice bound harbor.

The steamer came inside the Martello tower, and then steered a straight course for Garden Island. The passage was quite easy, the ice yielding nicely. It took the Pierrepont but a short time to run across. Then she proceeded to Wolfe Island, and returned to the city to make another trip across by noon. This afternoon she was to go down the river, and try and get around to Cape Vincent.

Navigation this year at Kingston thus opens on April 11th. Last year it was March 11th, in 1902 March 24th, 1901 April 8th, 1900 April 9th, 1899 April 10th, 1898 March 13th, 1897 April 1st, 1896 April 11th.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Apr 1904