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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 May 1904

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Steamer Mary Helpless On St. Lawrence River.

Ogdensburg, N.Y. - May 25th - Five hundred and fifty passengers aboard the steamer Mary, of the river line, were thrown into a panic yesterday afternoon by an accident to the vessel which rendered her helpless in the St. Lawrence river a short distance from Cardinal, Ont.

The steamer was conveying a Victoria Day excursion from Morrisburg, Ont. to this city and had reached a point two miles from Cardinal when a coupling broke. The ship was at once out of commission and drifted at will in the swift current of the river. The hundreds of pleasure seekers were much frightened by the accident, but were assured by the captain and crew of the steamer that there was no danger.

Distress signals were displayed by the drifting vessel and in a short time the steamer Cresco, of the river line, in command of Captain Bryant went to the assistance of her sister ship. A line was attached to the Mary and she was towed safely away.

The Mary was towed to Waddington by the Cresco, the excursionists returning to their homes by another steamer of the line.

The Mary is a wooden steamer, sixty two tons burden, and was built at Port Huron, Mich., in (18?7). She was rebuilt in 1901. She is owned by Captain Hatch of Waddington, who purchased her of Larkin & company, Sarnia, Ont., two years ago.

The Mary has been in winter quarters here for the past two winters. She was fitted out for the season's service a few days ago, making her first trip Monday, when she went to Morrisburg, to be used for the excursion. Frank Boyle, of this city, is chief engineer of the Mary.

p.5 First Yacht Race - of season was held by Kingston Yacht Club; first of a series for the Bruce Carruthers trophy; four yachts entered: Verona, Chiriya, Geisha and Winona; Verona won.


Booth's wharf: schooner Voges from Oswego with coal.

Craig's wharf: steamers Persia and Lake Michigan down.

Swift's wharf: steamer Rideau King from Ottawa this evening.

Crawford's wharf: schooner Tradewind cleared, light, for Oswego.

Richardsons' wharf: tug Reid cleared with grain laden barge for Montreal.

A new gasoline launch built at Hamilton for Herbert Williams, Ottawa, reached here today, and left for the capital via the Rideau.

M.T. company's elevator: steamer Westmount and consorts Quebec and Hamilton due tonight from Fort William, with 225,000 bushels of wheat; tug Emerson clears tonight with two light barges for Oswego; tug Thomson up, with three light barges.

General Manager Cuttle and F. Robertson, of the M.T. company, were here from Montreal yesterday to look over the new steel tug Emerson and the damaged steamer Advance. They were well pleased with the tug. It is likely the Advance will be rebuilt and placed on the lake as a coal carrier.

William Gokey returned to Brooklyn, this afternoon, after making an inspection of his fine new steamyacht, built at Davis' shipyard. He is well satisfied with the beautifully constructed craft. Mr. Gokey is a marine man himself, being owner of three large dry docks in Brooklyn. He and his family spend the summers on Wolfe Island, and have hosts of friends here.

Start Boats On The Lakes - Cleveland, Ohio, May 25th - The executive committee of the Lake Carriers' Association wired the members of that association to "start your boats as soon as you are ready." It is understood that enough men have been secured to start some of the boats. The members of the committee will not make known their plans.

p.7 Picton Pointers - The schooner F.H. Burton (Capt. Hart) is in with coal; sloop Ripple with lumber. The A. Minnes is unloading coal for Hughes. It is altogether probable the steamer Argyle will leave port next week to go on her run on the north shore of Lake Ontario. The steamer Niagara is being fitted out for the day excursion route on the bay.

p.8 Will Soon Be Out - Buffalo, N.Y., May 25th - One of the biggest vessel owners to Buffalo said today: "We got word from Cleveland, yesterday, to start our boats. It came from the executive committee of the Lake Carriers' Association. Preparations are now going on and, to be conservative, it won't be forty-eight hours before a good sized fleet goes out of Buffalo harbor. This is the first move to break the strike and it is severe. There is no difficulty about getting licensed men to run the boats."

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 May 1904