The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 May 1904

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Annie Minnes Strikes Off Wenonah Lodge.

The schooner Annie Minnes (Capt. Charles Cook), bound from Picton to Oswego, light, went ashore near Beach Oswego during a dense fog, about three o'clock Saturday morning. Fortunately the wind was not blowing and the vessel did not pound on the bottom as would otherwise have been the case. In a few hours time she was released and towed into port by the tug Ferris, and is now loading coal at the Ontario & Western trestle for Picton. The vessel was uninjured.

The Minnes carries a crew of six, including Capt. Cook. Vesselmen say that the experience of the schooner Minnes again demonstrates the need of a steam whistle at the outer light. The fog bell, it is claimed, cannot be heard any great distance in the lake when the wind is from the north-east or north-west. [Oswego Times]

p.2 Died at Cornwall - Ludger Montpetit, the well known raft captain of Calvin Bros., died at Cornwall on Wednesday night; born at St. Zotique 47 years ago....

Personal Mention - Capt. Fraser of the M.T. company and family have moved up from Montreal, and are residing on Union street.


The tug Thomson cleared light for Fairhaven.

Navigation opened today on the St. Lawrence and Rideau.

The schooner Echo arrived at Richardsons' elevator from Belleville with grain.

The schooner Fleetwing, from Oswego with coal, arrived at Soward's wharf.

The steamer Rideau King left Swift's wharf this morning on her first trip of the season to Ottawa.

Capt. James Acton has purchased the schooner Collier and will engage in the coal carrying trade this season.

The steamer Ocean went down the river on Sunday morning after calling at Craig's wharf. It was her first trip.

The tug Glide cleared from the M.T. company wharf with four light barges for Montreal, the St. Lawrence canals having opened today.

The Welland canal at Port Dalhousie was opened for traffic at 8:30 o'clock this morning. The Canadian steamer Sequin was the first boat to pass up.

The steamer Alexandria has resumed her trips from Charlotte to Quebec. Tonight Craig & Co. expect her to call at their wharf on her first trip.

There is a scarcity of seamen in Kingston at present. One schooner has been lying here for the past week waiting to secure a crew, but has been unable to collect sufficient men, although its captain offers the highest wages.

Navigation through the Welland canal, Port Colborne, Ont., opened this morning. The schooner John Magee passed down the canal for the Lake Ontario coal trade, also the canal tugs for Port Dalhousie to bring up tows. No boats have arrived yet and no boats are expected for several days. The weather is fine and mild and no ice in sight.

p.3 Asked For Copies - John Grenville of Thorold had plans for enlargement of Welland canal; he loaded plans to Kingston Board of Trade; helping Kingston men in their effort to secure a deep waterway through this district. [St. Catharines Star]

p.6 The steamer Pierrepont goes down to Howe Island, this evening, to pull the sloop Pilot off the shore, where it has been stranded since last October.

The schooner Collier cleared today for Oswego to load coal for Gananoque. She is commanded by Capt. J. Hurley.

Capt. John Lawrence will be command of the lake barge Ceylon of the Calvin fleet, this summer.

Are Closed Down - Buffalo, N.Y., May 2nd - All of the grain elevators in the city are closed down this morning and they will be idle until the conditions on the great lakes are settled.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 2 May 1904