The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Aug 1904

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p.1 Yacht On The Rocks - Where Now high and dry near Thousand Island Park; later pulled off by yacht Imogene



Who Censored Oswego Inspectors Called Down.

Kingston, Aug. 2nd - To the Editor;

An item in the marine column of your valuable journal, Saturday's issue, calls for attention. "Marine Observer," in speaking of Inspectors Mounther and Chestnut, of Oswego, N.Y., states "these are the inspectors that rate many vessels around here far higher than they should." Now sir, many such items of the same tenor as the above have appeared from time to time in your paper, and it is thought by many that they all come from the same source. I have not any financial interest in any steamboat carrying passengers in or out of Kingston, but I think it is almost criminal for "Marine Observer" and others like him, to put such statements anonymously in the paper to try and hurt the character of the Oswego or any other inspectors. I have known these two men for many years, and I know that they are capable and efficient officers, and the semblance of a man who wrote you such a letter would not dare to say anything against these men above his own signature.

I hear all sorts of rumors about the condition of vessels trading in and out of Kingston in the passenger service, but I would like to ask "Marine Observer" where he can point to the loss of one life out of the millions that have travelled on Canadian passenger steamers that has been traced to the unseaworthiness of the steamer, or the insufficiency of the steamer's equipment, since the establishment of the inspection act in 1882.

Then I would like to say a word also to the people of Kingston along this line. Last Friday there were 700 excursionists brought into Kingston on a steamer, every one of whom spent a little money in the city. It seemed like old times to see them on our streets. I would like to ask "Marine Observer" if the work of himself and others like him is not keeping visitors out of our city. I am in favor of good inspection laws, and I think we have them in Canada and the United States but I am not in favor of anonymous correspondents for certain personal interests injuring the character of men like Messrs. Moulther and Chestnut, who have proved themselves capable and honest inspectors. - THOMAS DONNELLY.


The schooner Queen of the Lakes has cleared with feldspar for Sodus Point.

The schooner Rutherford, from Oswego, and the steamer Westport, from Smith's Falls, are at Crawford's.

The steamer Westmount and consort Hamilton, from Fort William, with grain, have reached the M.T. Co.'s wharf.

Repairs to the steamer Vance are well underway at the M.T. company's yard. The boat will be ready for service again about the first of September.

Swift's wharf: steamers Kingston down and up; North King down and up; Rideau King up last night from Ottawa, down this morning; Spartan down this afternoon; Rideau Queen up tonight.

Craig's wharf: yachts Sport and Where Now up from river ports yesterday; yacht Cruiser II, belonging to the Polson Iron Works, Toronto; Persia down this morning; Ocean up tonight.

It is circulated at river ports that the tug Dunbar, owned by the Ogdensburg Dredging company, sank last week at some point on the Atlantic coast. This powerful tug started to tow several large dredges to Boston, Mass., where the Ogdensburg dredging company had a contract. The boats had laid at anchor for several days last week and started out Friday to continue the journey when they were caught in a heavy squall with disastrous effect.

p.6 Clayton Notes - The steamer Islander had a very big excursion party from New York state points to the Thousand Islands on Sunday last. The steamer St. Lawrence also had a big excursion party from New York state points. The steamer New York overhauled the steamer Castanet of the Visger line last Saturday, beating her into Alexandria Bay by half an hour, giving her a handicap of four miles. Mr. Vandergrift's palace steam yacht Commache is expected on the river in the course of a week. She had her trial spin at Seabury, Conn. last week; she is rated a thirty mile an hour boat. The St. Lawrence brought in a large excursion party of I.O.O.F. from New York state at noon. The steamer Arundell passed down the river on her initial Sunday excursion from Oswego and Syracuse. She had a large excursion on board, accompanied by the New York State Oswego band.

Many Small Boats - launches propelled by naptha, gas, etc. arrive from down river with pleasure parties aboard to stop in Kingston harbor.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Aug 1904