The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 May 1905

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p.1 Must Unload - Sarnia, May 11th - All vessels consigned to Goderich, this season, with grain, have had to proceed to Port Huron and there unload part of their cargoes at the Grand Trunk elevator. The water in Goderich harbor is supposed to be eighteen feet deep. During the winter, however, the ice floes formed a sand bar in the harbor which will have to be dredged out before those of great depth can make the docks. The steamer Turret Court is waiting at the G.T.R. elevator unloading 65,000 bushels of grain before going to Goderich, where the remainder of her cargo will be unloaded.



At Craig's wharf: Persia down last night.

Several schooners, bound for Kingston, are becalmed at Nine Mile Point.

Inspector Thompson is making a survey of the steamer Scout's machinery for the marine department.

Several workmen are engaged at scraping, painting and otherwise outfitting the steamer North King at the K. & P. wharf.

At Swift's wharf: steamers Picton down, last night; Rideau King, from Ottawa, and returns this morning; Hamilton due up today.

M.T. company elevator: S.S. Fairmount from Fort William, with 80,000 bushels of wheat; steamer Advance from Montreal, with freight for Fort William; tug Emerson, from Port Dalhousie, with three whalebacks for the gulf; tug Emerson cleared for Charlotte with three light barges.

It is not generally known that rowing boats are required by law to carry a light. In the "Rule of the Road," issued by the marine department the following rule appears: "Rowing boats, whether under oars or sails, shall have ready at hand a lantern, throwing a white light, which shall be temporarily exhibited in sufficient time to prevent collision."

The schooner Mist has been lost off South Bay Point. The Mist left Sodus Point, N.Y. the latter part of last week for a cargo of fish. She was in charge of Harroun and Howard, who secured the finest cargo the Mist ever carried. On returning they struck a big squall and the Mist sprung a leak. They started for shore, but she sank before they could reach the Canadian coast. The two men escaped in a small boat. The schooner and cargo were a total loss.


There Now Is Talk Of Raising The Passenger Fare.

The chief topic among the residents of Wolfe Island is with regard to their ferry boat, with which they seem to be greatly dissatisfied. A prominent islander says that at every meeting of the municipal council there is a wrangle over the steamer. It has been found that the steamer is not meeting expenses, and has added to the debt incurred by its purchase. It has not paid expenses since it was purchased, though freight rates were increased. Now it is proposed to raise the passenger fare from the island to the city and return from fifteen to twenty-five cents. Against this there is a loud protest, but it seems to be the only way out of the trouble. During the winter and spring about $1,000 was spent upon the ferry steamer in repairs.

p.7 Stella, May 9th - W. McMaster has bought a Mackinaw boat, and placed her in commission.

p.8 An Old Navigator - Windsor, May 11th - reputed to be the oldest navigator on the great lakes, Capt. Albert Harry Mann died at Windsor.

Marine Notes.

The steamer Idler, of Alexandria Bay, will enter Davis' dry dock tomorrow.

The steamer America was inspected today. She is in excellent condition and a model of cleanliness.

The steamer Caspian comes out of Davis' dry dock this evening.

The schooner Two Brothers is loading feldspar from K. & P. railway cars.

Incidents of the Day - The tug Jessie Hall, engaged in distributing gas buoys in these waters, was in port today. Frank Wafer has charge of the placing of the buoys. He is a former Kingstonian.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 May 1905