The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Apr 1905

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April 22, 1905



Concerning The Cause of Buoy Explosion.

It will likely be some days before the government investigation into the steamer Scout catastrophe is concluded. The board of enquiry consists of Edward Adams, chairman of the board of steamboat inspectors, Ottawa; John Dobbs, boiler inspector, Toronto, and T.P. Thompson, boiler inspector, Kingston. These experts are proceeding with every possible caution. Their enquiry will be most careful and extensive as it is the desire of the marine department to get at all the facts. It is unfortunate that the man who could possibly have given much information upon the disaster, was so soon called away by death, viz. Capt. Allison. The board of enquiry realizes this, and its task is all the harder.

The chief witness examined yesterday was George T. Merwin, agent for the manufacturers of the buoys. In his evidence he stated that a pressure of fifteen atmospheres had been put upon the buoys. No guarantee of pressure was ever given by the manufacturers as to what the buoys would stand. In his opinion they were safe with a pressure of fifteen atmospheres. Mr. Merwin stated that if the company had been required to give a guarantee that the buoys would stand a certain pressure with safety, it would have taken steps to inspect the buoys, and give them a certificate for a limited time, the same as is done in the case of steam boilers. Then at the expiration of that time, it would examine them again and give a renewal. However, the company was never asked for a guarantee at any pressure. The purchasers were simply told that the buoys had been tested to 300 pounds before leaving the works.

William Stewart, of the C.P.R., Montreal, gave some evidence as to the working of acetylene. Today the board will make a careful examination of the remaining buoy, which remains intact near the burned steamer. There will not likely be any more witnesses examined until Monday.


The steamer Marshall is at Oswego loading coal for Brockville.

The first trip of the steamer North King to Summerville will take place on April 28th.

The steamer Aletha started her regular trips from Picton yesterday, and was due to leave on her first trip to Belleville this afternoon.

The steamer (sic) Acacia was towed out of the harbor this morning by the steamer Nile, and cleared for Charlotte to load coal for the Locomotive works.

The steamer Thomas Fawcett went into the government dry dock this morning for repairs to her rudder post. The island passengers were carried today by the tug Frontenac of the Calvin fleet.

The following officers have been engaged to man the steamer Brockville: Capt. Scott; mate, Barry Trussel, and engineer, W.J. Jento. Just as soon as the boat can be released from the ice which surrounds her, she will be fitted out for service.

Incidents of the Day - A party of men under the supervision of P.C. Craig, this morning, continued grappling in the harbor near the dry dock, for remains of the men missing from the crew of the Scout.

p.5 The schooners Clara Youell, Topeka, Acacia, Queen of the Lakes and Metzner are at Oswego loading coal for Kingston. They are expected back Monday or Tuesday at the latest.

Personal Mention - The remains of the late Capt. Allison will be buried at Waddington, N.Y., his birthplace.

George Thompson and George Henderson have returned from Prescott, where they were employed during the past winter in placing a new cabin on the steamer King Ben.

p.6 Will Supply Steamers - R.H. Toye has again received the contract to supply the R. & O. steamers, touching at this port, with fruit, cakes, pastry and bread. He secured the contract against strong competition.

Incidents of the Day - The Donnelly wrecking crew had divers at work this afternoon patching up the sides of the tug Scout, so that she may be pumped out and raised.

p.12 Preparing For Summer - Collins Bay, April 19th - The sloop Granger is fitting out at A. Rankin's wharf for the coming season. William Tulloch left Sunday for Goderich, where he will ship as mate on the steamer Turret Crown.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Apr 1905