The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 May 1905

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The propellor Cuba, which went ashore at six o'clock on Friday evening on Gull Bar, forty seven miles west of Kingston, was released exactly twenty four hours afterwards by the Donnelly Wrecking company, and was towed to Kingston. The Cuba left Kingston at two o'clock on Friday afternoon, and in a thick fog ran on the smooth rocky bar with such force that she was two feet out. At eleven o'clock that night the steamer Donnelly, with lighter Grantham, left here to release her. After 200 tons of cargo had been lightered, the Cuba was pulled off by the Donnelly. She was leaking, but not to any serious extent. On board were ten passengers, who were brought back to Kingston. Some of them were sent west by train, while a few remained. C.A. Jacques, owner, Montreal, is in the city.

The steamer Cardinal was on the government dry dock when the Cuba arrived, but the owner, G.F. Benson, Montreal, at the request of the Cuba's owner, kindly allowed the Cardinal to be removed from the dock, although repairs to that vessel were not finished. The Cuba was thus docked on Sunday. Capt. Donnelly made a survey of her and found that she was very little damaged. Repairs will be completed this evening, and the Cuba, after reloading her lightered cargo, will proceed on her journey westward.

A Progressive Manager.

The Northern Navigation company, Collingwood, of which H.H. Gildersleeve, late manager of the Lake Ontario Navigation company's line of steamers, is manager, has spent much money this winter, on several of their boats, which is in line with the policy of the new management to bring the fleet up to the highest degree of efficiency. The steamer United Empire has been entirely rebuilt and takes her place on the route between Sarnia, Fort William, Duluth, etc., practically a new steamer with a new name. She has been rechristened the Saronic, and is now one of the finest finished and sturdiest steamers plying the upper lakes. Under Mr. Gildersleeve's able management the Northern Navigation company is thriving. In the first year he was in charge he saved one-fifth in expenses, thereby ensuring success, that was very doubtful before.

A Barge Stranded.

The barge Kildonan, of the Montreal Transportation company, in tow of the steamer Emerson, with coal from Charlotte to Montreal, stranded, this morning, in the fog on the shoal at the False Ducks, in Lake Ontario, thirty miles from here. The Donnelly wreckers left at 1:30 o'clock to the relieve of the vessel.

Marine Paragraphs.

The steamer John Randall cleared for Smith's Falls.

The steamer Skylark, of Rockport, is here awaiting entry to Davis' dry dock.

The schooner Queen of the Lakes, from Oswego with coal, is unloading at Folger's wharf.

Richardson's elevator: schooner Maggie L., Granger and Laura D., from bay ports with grain.

The steamer Persia is in the drydock at Montreal, and is not expected up until Thursday morning.

The tug Cardinal left the Kingston dry dock, last night, to make room for the steamer Cuba, which has gone in for repairs.

The government dredge Nipissing is at Crawford's wharf, ready for the season's operations. It will work below Cataraqui bridge.

At Swift's wharf: steamers Picton up; Hamilton down, yesterday; Rideau King up to Ottawa, this morning; Cornwall, down this afternoon.

M.T. company wharf: tug Emerson cleared Saturday night for Charlotte and Oswego with four light barges, and arrived back with one coal laden barge.

Swift's coal handlers claim they have established a new record. They unloaded 502 tons of coal from the schooner Clara Youell in eighteen hours.

Crawford's wharf: schooner Tradewind, from Oswego with coal; steambarge Kenirving called on her way from Smith's Falls to Fairhaven to load coal.

The steamers Idler, of Alexandria Bay, owned by Capt. Visger, and the Nightingale, of Clayton, owned by Capt. Johnston, are in Davis' dry dock for repairs. The former will be here for a week.

The schooner McGee, purchased by a Sorel man, has been pumped out at Portsmouth. She will be used as a barge to carry cement to Montreal. The McGee was formerly owned by Buffalo parties.

The steamer Varuna, of Trenton, which had new machinery installed last week, was given a trial over the harbor on Saturday afternoon. Her speed is 15 m.p.h. She has returned to Trenton.

The dredge Sir Richard and tug Trudeau have arrived from Kingston at Port Hope and the work of dredging will commence at once. The dredge is in charge of Capt. James Pool and the tug is being looked after by Capt. D. McIvar.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 May 1905