The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Apr 1904

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p.1 The Great Lakes - Chicago, April 21st - The opening of navigation this year will be the latest in the records of the great lakes, according to Professor Cox, of the United States weather bureau, who said today that with continued warm weather from now on it would take at least until May 1st to clear the ice from the Straits of Mackinaw.



The steamer Rideau King is in Davis' dry-dock for repairs.

Repairs to the steamer Valeria in Davis' dry-dock have been completed.

The schooner Queen of the Lakes is loading feldspar at Richardson's wharf for Sodus.

The steamer India left Garden Island this morning for Charlotte to load coal.

The steamer Calvin is at the government drydock to have a bucket put on her wheel.

It was expected that the tug Thomson would clear today with two barges for Oswego.

The schooner Tradewind (Capt. James Oliver) cleared this morning for Oswego to load coal.

The steamer Aletha was to have made her first trip of the season up the Bay of Quinte today, but had to remain in port as an ice jam has formed at the Brothers. She may get away tomorrow.

The steamers Kingston and Toronto are each to run three months and a half this season. In previous years the Toronto ran four months and the Kingston three. The Kingston comes out on June 1st and in connection with the steamer Columbian runs till September 15th. The Toronto and the Bohemian run from June 15th till October 1st.

The steamer New Island Wanderer made her initial spring trip this morning, leaving at nine o'clock for Cape Vincent. It was expected that she would have to be met by ice boats in the United States channel and her passengers transferred to them, as the ice is pretty thickly gathered over there. The Wanderer is better than the Pierrepont for the present condition of the ice.


Capt. Arch. McMaugh vs the Hamilton and Fort William Navigation company, in an action for wrongful dismissal. In July 1902, it appears Capt. McMaugh was engaged by the company to bring a large vessel from Montreal, for use on the upper lakes, and to command it during the season of 1902. During the trip up, on several occasions while going through the various canals, Captain McMaugh's vessel came in collision with the rocks, damaging it so severely that upon his arrival at Port Colborne, he was summarily discharged by the company.

Capt. McMaugh claims that the vessel was properly managed by him during the trip, and that the last collision, which resulted in the damage of the vessel, was due to the fact that the lights at the entrance to Port Dalhousie had been changed. [St. Catharines Star]

p.5 Day's Episodes - M. Donaldson, general superintendent of the Canada Atlantic R.R., was in the city yesterday and with James Stewart looked over the barges of the company in quarters at Portsmouth.

p.6 Will Be Navigation - No Delay From Break at Smith's Falls - dam broke at Smith's Falls on Rideau canal; description of repairs. [Ottawa Journal]

Knew The Steamer Mayflower When A Youth

Yarker, April 20th - When writing to you of the loss of the Mayflower, I did not call her the Cornet, as you printed it, but the Comet. I can well remember the excitement of the residents of Ontario street, when news of the disaster reached us. It was on a Friday that she started from the other side of now Swift's wharf. She was a fine looking steamer. I am very glad that Capt. Beaupre confirmed my report of the steamer, as what I wrote you, I did not think would be printed or I could have written quite an account of that steamer, for when we were boys in Kingston, we were very familiar with all the steamers, and I was aboard the Mayflower many times, while she was being fitted out. The propeller Merritt was another unfortunate steamer. S. WINTER.



An old Kingstonian writes from Toronto as follows:

During the fire here on the 19th the steamers Corsican and Spartan of the R. & O. line, took fire several times from sparks and embers, blown from the burning buildings. Mates Cherry and Ross, of the Corsican, and Medley and Hart, of the Spartan, with the wheelsmen, stood by, ready to fight the blaze. As they were in a very dangerous place, Capt. A. Malone, agent for the company, gave orders to cut loose, and let them go adrift. The Spartan was taken in tow by a tug, and pulled alongside of the Toronto, and she lay there until this morning. The Corsican drifted out across the bay where the anchor was cast.

The wind was blowing a gale from the north-west and she dragged anchor about three quarters of a mile before it took hold and was nearly blown out of the eastern gap, where she would have been at the mercy of the waves, as there was no steamer up to handle her. The tugs National and Clark Bros. came out about eleven o'clock the next morning and towed her ashore. Great credit is due the mates of the boats for their coolness, and the able manner in which they handled the boats, as there was no steam on them.

Adrift In Lake Erie - while working at Dromgole fishery south-east of Tyrconnel, a man in small boat with only one oar was blown out into lake.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Apr 1904