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

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p.1 Reached Detroit - Canadian cutter Vigilant, Capt. Dunn, with Canadian minister of marine & fisheries on board.



The canals close on Monday.

Work on the steamer North King in Davis' dry dock begins on Monday.

Extensive repairs have already been made to the steamer New Island Wanderer.

The steamer Aletha made her last daily trip of the season to bay ports today.

Yesterday Davis & Sons shipped to Lindsay the frame and material for an eighty-foot passenger boat.

The steamer Alexandria is in the dry dock at Picton. Her bottom is being stiffened to lessen the vibration.

The steamer Varuna, of Trenton, is to receive a new triple expansion engine, and will be the fastest little vessel in the district.

The steamer Avon, damaged by striking in the Rapids Du Plat, is in drydock at Kingston. It is not thought the damage is serious.

The Kingston Foundry will likely build this winter a small tug for its own use. It requires such a boat for work it does at the lighthouses and in the harbor.

Owing to the cold and unfavorable weather the Buffalo Dredging company has been obliged to suspend operations on the Cape Vincent breakwater extension for this season. Work will be resumed in the spring.

The schooner Dobbie, while being towed into the harbor of Deseronto, by the steambarge W.J. Carter, sunk when within about a half mile off that port. The crew of the Dobbie was rescued by the Carter. Both boats were loaded with coal for the Rathbun company.

None of the three big steamers of the M.T. company will winter here. Owing to their being busily engaged at this late season on the upper lakes, they will winter above. The company prefers to have them at Kingston, but the canals will be closed before they are finished carrying.

p.5 Picton Matters, Dec. 2nd - The steambarge Lake Michigan ran aground last Friday at the entrance to the harbor. Her cargo of 140 tons of tin, from Hamilton, for Wright's canning factory, had to be shifted to the steamer Niagara to lift her. The tin, after so much re-handling, was landed in bad shape and the canning factory threatens suit for damages. The steamer Ella Ross made her last trip, Monday, and is now lying up at Deseronto. She ran two days later this season than last year. The steamer Deseronto laid up at Deseronto, having made her final trip Monday afternoon. The tug from Deseronto came in on Tuesday with the schooner Highland Beauty. The Lloyd S. Porter arrived Tuesday from Sodus with coal for the electric light company and Hepburn. The Isabel Reid and Rob Roy are on the ways for the winter.

p.6 Steamer Safe - Ogdensburg, Dec. 3rd - The str. Langdon reports the most boisterous passage across Lake Ontario in the experience of her master. Captain Brown, who has sailed the Langdon for many years, says that it was a question at times whether the boat would stand up under the load of ice which encrusted her from stem to stern. When she entered the harbor yesterday the masts and stack were coated with ice thirty feet above the decks. The sea was tremendous and the safe arrival of the steamer which had a cargo valued at $400,000, caused a feeling of relief in the offices of the company here.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Dec 1904