The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Apr 1905

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p.2 Today the board of enquiry into the steamer Scout buoy explosion expected to complete its report to the minister of marine. The fragments of the burst buoy are to be sent to Ottawa along with the report.


Steamer Navajo Blew Out Cylinder Head.

When the steamer Turbinia arrived here, she reported having found the steambarge Navajo disabled, about sixty miles up the lake. She hailed the Navajo and found that she had blown out her cylinder head. The lake was calm and she was in no danger, so the Turbinia came on to Kingston. This morning at seven o'clock the tug Frontenac and steamer Donnelly went up to the Navajo's aid to tow her to Kingston. The disabled vessel was laden with grain from Colborne and other lake ports for Richardson's elevator. She was formerly the steambarge King Ben, and is owned here.

Marine Intelligence.

The tug Cardinal is expected to go into dry dock here on Monday.

Booth's wharf: schooner Voges, from Fairhaven with coal.

The steamyacht Kate was up from Gananoque today for a boiler test.

The schooner Annandale has left Davis' dry dock where she received a few repairs.

The M.T. company's barge Kildonan is unloading coal from Oswego at Swift's wharf.

Crawford's wharf: barge Valencia from Oswego (in tow of steamer Bothnia) with coal.

The R. & O. steamer Canada which was sunk at Sorel and repaired during the winter, has left Sorel for Montreal.

The tug Jessie Hall went down the river yesterday and pulled the tug Mary off a shoal at Cool's Light, above Brockville.

The schooner Oliver Mowat cleared from the goverment dry-dock for Oswego this morning and the tug Resolute returned to Deseronto.

The season will open at Craig's wharf on Sunday when the steamers Cuba and Lake Michigan are expected down. The Alexandria is due on Monday night.

M.T. company wharf: steamer Jessie Spalding cleared for Oswego; steamers Bothnia and Advance, from Oswego with coal, en route to Montreal; tug Emerson from Oswego with one coal-laden barge and cleared for Charlotte with two light barges.

The steamer Turbinia, of Hamilton, arrived in the city last evening and entered the government dry-dock this morning. She is having one of her propellers replaced and her hull scraped and painted. The steamer is much more attractive than when here last spring after crossing the ocean. She has been freshly painted and improved in appearance. She will probably leave on her return to Toronto some time tomorrow as she is due to make her first trip out of there on Monday.

The steamer John Randall, formerly the John Milne, was launched at the Kingston Foundry wharf yesterday afternoon and was christened with her new name. The old steamer has been completely overhauled, and her capacity greatly increased by deepening the hold. New compound engines with double cylinders are being installed and considerable painting and carpentering is still necessary. It is expected the work will be completed early in May and she will immediately go on her Rideau ports and Oswego route.

p.6 Incidents of the Day - The reason that the steamer Turbinia did not tow the steambarge Navajo down when she found her disabled on the lake was on account of having no tow lines. The Turbinia's captain and also Capt. Corkey, of the Navajo, considered the latter quite safe, as there was no sea.

Marine Items - The steamer India cleared today from Garden Island for Toronto to load timber.

The steamers Simla and Burmah reached Garden Island today, timber laden from Toronto.

Richardson Bros., upon learning of the disabled condition of the steamer Navajo, despatched the tug Frontenac to the rescue.

James Swift & Co., having made satisfactory arrangements with the Rideau Lakes Navigation company, will act as agents for this line this season.

The Calvin company, Garden Island, last evening sent forward its first raft of the season. It is destined for Quebec and is in tow of the tug Parthia.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Apr 1905