The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 May 1905

Full Text



Hulk Of Steamer Scout May Be Sold.

It is the opinion in marine circles that the government steamer Scout will not be rebuilt as a buoy vessel. The survey seems to show that the cost of rebuilding would be almost as much as would be spent in constructing a new boat. Two years ago the Scout was lengthened, and this, taken into consideration with the damage done by the fire, would probably be a drawback in putting in putting the boat into the condition required for the service in which she has been engaged. It is thought that the marine department will eventually decide to offer the hull of the Scout for sale, and build a new boat.

The steamer Argyle is in the government dry dock today for examination. She was in the slip opposite the steamer Scout when the buoy explosion occurred, and it has been deemed advisable to have her hull and bottom carefully examined for the purpose of seeing whether any damage in the way of straining was done by the concussion.

Likely To Be Released.

While the steamer Rosedale passed Gull bar, early this morning, the captain noticed that the lightering of the stranded barge Kildonan had about been accomplished and that the tug Donnelly was making ready to pull the barge off. Then the fog settled down and hid further observation. It is likely the wrecking outfit will reach the city this afternoon.

Movements of Vessels.

The Clara Youell is due from Charlotte tonight.

Crawford's wharf: schooner Tradewind cleared for Oswego.

The steamer Hamilton was due down at Swift's this afternoon.

The schooner Volunteer is at Swift's with soft coal from Charlotte.

The steamer Alexandria touched at Craig's on her down trip last night.

The steamer Victoria, of Rockport, is here to undergo repairs in Davis' dry dock.

Richardsons' elevator: steamer Rosedale from Fort William with 74,000 bushels of wheat and oats.

The steamer Seguin is at Toronto, and it is said she has been bought by the government as a lighthouse supply boat and will be fitted out at once.

A ninety-foot steamer is to be built by a Smith's Falls man, to run between Smith's Falls and Kingston. She will be an excursion boat to carry 200 people. The vessel will likely be built in Kingston.

The revenue cutter Petrel, of Lake Erie fame, anchored in the harbor over night and proceeded down the river this morning. The Petrel is being replaced by a faster boat on Lake Erie. She is going to Pictou, N.S. for service.

The Donnelly Wrecking company has been kept quite busy since navigation opened. Last season there were few accidents to vessels in these waters, but the past three weeks have been profitable for the local wrecking firm. Where one individual or company loses, another gains.

No Claim For Salvage - It is understood that the city solicitor has advised the fire and light committee that the city has no legitimate claim against the government for salvage on the steamer Scout. Perhaps the committee will now drop its demand idea after opposition opinions have now been given by Capt. Donnelly and the city solicitor.

p.4 Mrs. G.M. Kinghorn Dead - Mrs. Elizabeth Sophia Scobell, wife of George Matheson Kinghorn, in 76th year (details). [Montreal Herald]

p.5 Incidents of the Day - The steamer America will handle the Sunday School picnics to Long Island Park this coming summer.

The steamer Argyle was examined in the dry-dock, this morning, and found to be in sound condition.

Joseph Brophy has been appointed lighthouse keeper at Long Island Park, in place of Allan McLaren, who resigned.

To Lay North Bay Pipes - John Donnelly, of the Donnelly Wrecking company, left today for North Bay, to superintend the laying of two sewage and one water pipe for that town. This Kingston company recently received the contract for the work. The sewage pipes are each over 600 feet long and the waterworks pipe over 300 feet. They will be laid into a lake adjoining the town.

Lake Opinicon, May 15th - Navigation has opened, the steamer Aileen taking L.S. Lewis' raft to Garden Island. The steamer Jopl towed a raft to Newboro.

p.8 Nothing To The Rumor - captain of schooner John Magee was not robbed at Portsmouth; a row occurred on the schooner between a sailor and a couple of rowdies.

Media Type:
Item Type:
Date of Publication:
16 May 1905
Local identifier:
Language of Item:
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
Creative Commons licence:
pd [more details]
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
Maritime History of the Great Lakes
WWW address
Powered by / Alimenté par VITA Toolkit

My favourites lets you save items you like, tag them and group them into collections for your own personal use. Viewing "My favourites" will open in a new tab. Login here or start a My favourites account.

British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 May 1905