The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Jun 1904

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p.1 The Bertram company, of Toronto, is supplying the present ferry service to Wolfe Islanders. It has chartered the steamer Pierrepont, and a purser it sent down here collects the fares of passengers from Wolfe Island.



The schooner Voges cleared from Booth's wharf for Oswego.

The schooner Acacia will clear for Charlotte tonight for coal.

The steamer Rosedale cleared from Richardsons' elevator, for upper lake ports.

The schooner Marianette, from Oswego, is at Rockwood wharf unloading coal.

M.T. company wharf: tug Glide up with three light barges, and cleared down with two, grain-laden.

The government tug Trudeau and dredge Challenge, are at Crawford's wharf, en route up the Rideau.

Craig's wharf: steamer Ocean up; steamer Lake Michigan down this morning; steamer Melbourne up tonight.

Swift's wharf: steamer Toronto down and up; steamer Rideau King left for Ottawa; steamer Corsican up this afternoon.



[Toronto World]

The Spartan, when she left for Montreal, carried a big load of freight with her, also a newly crowned hero. Such is the opinion of those on board, from Capt. Batten down to the youngster who helps between decks. To "old Bob" Simmons has the honor fallen. His official position is watchman on the Spartan, and he is sixty-five years of age. He is one of the familiar figures along Canada's chain of inland waters, and has always been one of the most popular. His home is in Kingston.

The story properly begins with the scene, Hamilton, or to be exact, the slip between McIlraith's and Brown's docks, time 2 a.m.

It was at this hour, or thereabouts, that Capt. Batten, asleep in his berth on the Spartan, awoke with a start. He had a dim sense of having been roused by a cry, and now his awakened consciousness became aware of lusty shouts for help. He jumped out of his berth and encountered "old Bob" with a lantern in his hand.

"Somebody's in the water," vociferated the captain, as he climbed out onto the deck. "Old Bob" followed then lantern and all plunged into the slip. He gripped a struggling man, and, after a swim of about twenty yards, in deep water, landed him in the shallows at the end of the slip.

The rescued proved to be one of the paid off English crew of the Turbinia, who had imbibed not wisely but well and had mistaken the water of the slip for good terra firma.

"It would 'ave been bloomin 'ard luck," said he when he had got back the power of speech, "h'if h'I 'ad crossed the big pond to get drowned hin this little one."

"Dash your skin!" said the rescuer amiably. "I've lost a lantern over you."

All of which explains why "Old Bob" has been lifted into another plain.

p.5 Picton Pointers - June 22nd - The schooner F.H. Burton cleared port this morning. The sloop Gull brought in lumber for Lake & Killip. The schooner Lone Star came into port Wednesday afternoon.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Jun 1904