The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Feb 1905

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The steamer J.W. Gates, of the Pittsburg Steamship company, whose master is Captain James A. Walsh, of this city, holds the record for the season of 1904, for the largest cargo carrier and greatest number of miles run of any steamer of that fleet. She ran 30,071 miles and her banner cargo was 7,977 gross tons. She made nineteen round trips, going into commission June 16th. She carried 146,041 gross tons during the season. Captain feels a just pride in this record. [Ogdensburg Journal]



Sailor Alleges Vessel Was Unseaworthy.

According to the statements of able seaman Albert H. Pierson, in the divisional court, this morning, the voyage of the stonehooker Eliza White, from Toronto to the Bay of Quinte last September, was accomplished at the risk of the lives of the crew owing to the dangerous condition of the vessel.

Pierson told Judge Morgan that there was a large hole abaft the cabin which was big enough for rats to pass through, that the foot of the foremast was all "fished up," that the jib topsails were no good, and that Capt. Marks fed him and his companions on mouldy bread, seven to ten days old.

Pierson shipped with Capt. Marks at Toronto for a ten or fifteen days' trip, for which he was to receive $20. When the vessel reached the Bay of Quinte one of the crew deserted and Pierson followed his example, giving as his reason that he was afraid to stay on board, and that Capt. Marks was brutal in his treatment of the men. He sued the captain for $13.50, the balance of his wages after $5 already received and fifty cents for tobacco had been deducted. Judge Morgan dismissed the case, holding that Pierson's contention that the boat was unsafe had not been sustained. [Toronto News]

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Feb 1905