The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Aug 1904

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p.1 To Arrange Terms - Detroit, Mich., Aug. 16th - A Cleveland special says that the steamer H.A. Tuttle, which was tied up by the Canadian authorities on an old damage claim, and which departed from Amhertsburg, Ontario, without permission, is at Buffalo. She will come to Cleveland as soon as unloaded and will remain here until the difference between her owners and the Canadian officers is settled. The Tuttle was bought at marshall's sale at Goderich on April 15th, 1903, by Alfred Mitchell, Cleveland. Mitchell claims that the terms of sale were that the vessel was free of all claims. Mitchell sold the vessel to M.J. Benham, Cleveland, her present owner.

Sprank A Leak - Port Colborne, Ont., Aug. 16th - The steamer S.N. Parent, of the St. Lawrence Lake and River Terminal line, while coming up the canal this morning, below Humberstone, struck a rock in the centre of the channel and sprang a leak in her forward compartment which quickly filled with water. Her pump was set to work and lowered the water, and after two or three hours' detention the steamer proceeded on her way to Erie with a cargo of pulp wood from Quebec.




Canadian steamboat inspection is much more rigid than that of the United States, a local captain points out. The United States' marine law gives a steamer passenger allowance for her measurements over all, while the Canadian regulations allow only according to the water line. Thus, where a United States inspector would allow a steamer 700 passengers, a Canadian inspector would give her the right to carry probably only 600. It doesn't matter how many decks a steamer may have; her carrying capacity according to Canadian regulations is determined by her length and breadth. The feeling among United States marine men is that the Canadian steamboat law should be adopted over there, as it is far ahead of theirs, and in the best interests of both owners and people.

A vessel owner down the river claims that some persons have a "pull" with the marine department and secure favors which are denied those without the "pull." He instances a vessel at Prescott which was refused a certificate by an inspector until it had received extensive repairs, as it was in bad condition. Yet the inspector was over-ruled, and the boat given permission to run for several months. Such a privilege would be denied to an obscure vessel owner. Who should be the better qualified to pass judgement on the condition of the boat, he asks? The inspector, who made a thorough examination of her, or the department at Ottawa, which knows really nothing about the vessel?

Movement of Vessels

M.T. Co. elevator: tug Thomson up with three light barges.

Craig's wharf: steamers Niagara and Waterlily down last night.

The sloop Granger unloaded baled hay at the G.T. wharf this morning.

The steamer Tom Fawcett has been chartered to carry her first excursion party on the 19th inst., from Fairfield.

"Wolfe Islander" asks how the steamer Tom Fawcett can give a good ferry service, if she is to start in the excursion business necessitating her absence.

It is understood that Wolfe Island could have purchased the steamer Pierrepont for less than half what was paid for the new ferry steamer. The Pierrepont would have been quite as valuable to the Islanders.

Swift's wharf: steamers Toronto down and up; Caspian down and up; Rideau King from Ottawa tonight; Hamilton up tonight.

Capt. Thomas Donnelly is in Sault Ste. Marie, representing Harry Corby, of Belleville, who purposes purchasing the steamyacht Siaster from F.H. Clergue.

The steamer Cardinal is out of the government dry dock, after having received slight repairs to her wheels. She goes to Fairhaven with a barge to load coal for Edwardsburg.

It seems strange to see the whole of the M.T. company lake fleet laid up here at this period of the season. It will likely be three weeks before it moves out again to carry the fall grain.


Wolfe Island, Aug. 15th - To The Editor:

In your paper of August 11th a small item appeared with regard to the speed of the Wolfe Island ferry boat and a remark on the people of Wolfe Island being again given an imitation gold brick. Now, the people of Wolfe Island have never been fooled as the writer in your paper would have you believe nor are the people of the Island so easily deceived by all the idle letters written in the papers since the ferry question came up in our township. The people of Wolfe Island are proud of their boat and feel willing and are able to make her a success. All the cry of false sides, poor construction, etc., etc., only acted as an incentive to unite the people as one to support their new boat and any base, underhand letters will only cement our community. The island will yet show those growlers and writers that they are playing a losing game.

Your issue of August 13th also contained a citizen's complaint detrimental to our ferry. The boat always leaves on scheduled time, never before it, but if an excess of freight comes, it may leave a few minutes after the time. Now, why does the writer rush with his news to the paper and not make his complaints (if he has any) to headquarters on the island? This to my opinion is done with only one motive, to hurt the ferry.

You will find our boat's crew gentlemen, kind and courteous to passengers, and willing to give all information in their power. You will find our manager, George Keyes, also of the same stamp and any letter or complaint laid before him will receive the best consideration.


Keen Rivalry - between Folger and Visgar boats, particularly at Thousand Island Park (over 1/2 column.)

p.3 Picton, Aug. 15th - The tug Prescott came in Friday, clearing Saturday for False Ducks. The steamers Deseronto and Armenia and steambarge Waterlily were in port over Sunday. The schooner Freeman cleared Saturday.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Aug 1904