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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Apr 1905

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Are Awaiting The Opening of Navigation.

Picton, April 11th - About the wharves all is activity with the approach of the navigation season. The ice is nearly all gone out of the harbor, and it is thought a boat will be in or out by the first of next week.

The steamer Alexandria is undergoing her usual general repairs. Her officers for the coming season will include: Captain, E.B. Smith; mate, Edmund Grouls; pilot, Joseph Renfret (St. Zotique); purser, Charles Wilson; assistant, Douglas Kirby; stewart, H. Shereff; engineer, T.J. Milne, (Kingston); second engineer, S. Thurston.

Captain Collier has improved the cabin of the Reindeer and she will be one of the first of the bay-port boats to commence running on her route between Napanee-Pryner's Cove.

The steambarge Waterlily will come out this season, practically a new boat. A gang of men have been employed on her all winter at the ways. Her boiler has been thoroughly rehauled (sic). She has a new hull and will have a two-decked cabin. Her officers will be Captain William Dulmage; engineer, Peter Davis; second engineer, R. Jewell.

The tow barge Rob Roy is also on dry dock having considerable new planking done to her.

The steambarge Aberdeen will again be captained by M. Hicks, engineer, George Gerow; second engineer, J. Walker. Her first trip will be made for coal to Cornwall.

Capt. Heleranan will be on steamer Lloyd S. Porter the coming season; engineer, L. Smith; second engineer, E. Scott. She is but awaiting the opening of navigation to make a trip for coal.

C.J. Clapp, who purchased a gasoline launch last fall, to be named Idler, is having a large boat house built, near Hepburn's wharf.

Charles McWilliams, of Kingston, will be engineer on the steamer Niagara, and Richard Skillen on Hepburn's yacht Madge.

Captain Savage has sold the schooner Rutherford to a Kingston party.

Other vessels in the harbor are F.H. Burton (Capt. Hart); A. Falconer (sic), Highland Beauty (Captain Lobb), Annie Minnes and Isabel Reid.

Wanderer For the Cape

At seven o'clock this morning the steamer New Island Wanderer left for down the river to cut a passage as far as the foot of the island. She returned at 10:30 o'clock and left for Cape Vincent. It was expected that she would make the trip without much difficulty, and return this evening.

General Marine Notes

The steamer Turbinia will come from Hamilton to Kingston in a few days to go into dry dock.

Navigation has opened at Oswego. The steamer Samuel Marshall cleared on Monday with coal for Hamilton.

The steamer Algona has been sold to James Fox, Massena, to the Rochester, Ontario Lake and Bay Steamboat company for $8,000.

The Ogdensburg Coal and Towing company has bought the steamer Denver, of Milwaukee, and will use her in the coal trade, probably between Oswego, N.Y., and Montreal.

Captain Frank Lawrence has been engaged as first mate of the Calvin company's steamer Simla for the coming season. Captain Lawrence is one of the best navigators traversing the chain of lakes. His brother John will occupy the position of second mate. The Simla's first trip will be to Toronto for timber.

p.5 Death At Deseronto - James Jarrell, 63; for many years a captain on lake steamers but for several years past overseer at the Rathbun company's yards at Deseronto.



The Biggest Steamer Launched at Chicago.

Chicago, April 12th - The steamer Albert H. Gary, the largest boat on the great lakes, just launched here, is nine feet bigger than the steamer Augustin B. Wolvin, which now holds all the lake cargo records, and she will have a carrying capacity of upwards of 10,000 tons. She will cost $430,000. The general dimensions of the Gary are: 569 feet over all, 549 feet keel, 56 feet beam, and 31 feet deep. She was built on what is know as the twelve foot centre hatch arch semi-straight incline hopper construction, with 34 hatches and no bulkheads in the hold. She will have a capacity of 8,500 tons water ballast which will enable her to run in any kind of weather in water ballast trim. The new boat will be equipped with all steam appliances, such as capstans, steering and mooring engines. The cabins will be located forward and aft of the hatches, so as to leave an entirely clear deck. The Gary is the first of four steamers building for the Pittsburg Steamship company, which is the lake end of the United States Steel Corporation, to be launched. The other three boats will be in commission by July 1st. The four steamers, which will cost $1,720,000, will move 860,000 tons of ore in a full season.

Wolfe Island Council - April 3rd - Moved that these steamboat accounts be paid:

Malcolm McDonald, work on boat, $32.50.

James Kenney, 22 days per engineer, $27.50.

Richard Henderson, 24 days per engineer, $30.00.

William Hawkins, 27 days per engine, $33.75.

D.J. Leslie, one month (March) $66.67.

D.J. Leslie, sixteen days in January, $35.52.

John Corbett, note and interest, $256.21.

Capt. James Crawford, one month's salary, $50.00.

William Raneous, bushing, $1.00.

Moved, Armstrong-T. Flynn, and resolved, that the reeve be empowered to make the necessary arrangements to change the name of the Wolfe Island ferry from the Thomas Fawcett to the Wolfe Islander.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Apr 1905