The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 May 1905

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p.1 A Barge In Distress - Cornwall, May 22nd - The barge Frontenac, laden with 600 tons of coal, sprang a leak on her east-bound trip, and sunk in Robertson's Bay in the Cornwall Canal, between locks 19 and 20, on Saturday night. The water was let out of this level, and it is understood that with the aid of steam pumps the barge has been again floated and repaired sufficiently to continue her trip.



To Increase Ferry Steamer's Carrying Capacity.

Reeve Briceland, of Wolfe Island, on Saturday afternoon, had an interview with Hull Inspector Davis, regarding necessary additions to the ferry steamer Wolfe Islander, in order to have her passenger capacity increased. At present, the ferry boat is allowed to carry only 175 passengers. This is a handicap to her in several ways. It renders her unable to fill engagements for picnics or excursions, the numbers attending which are rarely under 200. The reeve sees that to make the boat a better earner, she must be fitted out so as to carry a large number of people. She is roomy enough on the decks for far more passengers than she is allowed. What she needs is to be stiffened. Inspector Davis told the reeve that the best thing to do would be to put sponsons on the vessel. These would stiffen the hull considerably, make the boat steady with a crowd, and enable her to be allowed nearly 150 more passengers, or 325 in all. The cost would be only about $500, which would be well expended. The earning capacity of the ferry boat would be greatly increased. The Wolfe Island council will consider the question and, it is altogether probable that next winter the additions will be made.

Movement of Vessels

The steamer Argyle cleared today for Toronto.

Booth's wharf - schooner Voges cleared for Oswego.

Crawford's wharf - schooner Tradewind from Oswego with coal.

Anglin's wharf - schooner Two Brothers, from Oswego with coal.

At Swift's wharf - steamers Picton down and Rideau King up today.

The schooner Clara Youell arrived at Swift's yesterday from Charlotte.

Sowards' wharf - schooner Acacia and Metzner from Oswego with coal.

The dredge Nipissing commenced work near Craig's wharf this morning.

The steambarge Nile, from bay ports, with lumber, is at Anglin's wharf.

The steamer Sequin, the government lighthouse boat, passed down this morning.

At Craig's wharf - steamer Melbourne up yesterday; Alexandria due down tonight.

The schooner Volunteer was finished unloading at Swift's today and was expected to clear for Oswego.

The steamer Victoria, of Rockport, has been at the Kingston foundry wharf for the past week, receiving repairs to her machinery.

The steamer America went on the Cape Vincent route this afternoon. The New Island Wanderer will shortly begin her Thousand Island route.

The steamers Idler, of Alexandria Bay, and Nightingale, of Clayton, will leave Davis' dry dock this evening. The steamer Skylark, of Rockport, will next enter the dock.

M.T. company's wharf - tug Emerson from Charlotte with two coal-laden barges, and cleared with them and one grain-laden barge for Montreal; S.S. Rosemount and consorts cleared for Chicago.

Hereafter, the local steamboat inspectors will not examine United States boats according to Canadian laws. They have received instructions from the marine department to simply take the certificates of United States boats applying for Canadian privileges, and see that the vessels conform to all that the certificates represent.

Picton Gazette - Inasmuch as the steamer Corsican, of the R. & O. line, has been renamed the Picton, some recognition should be made of the courtesy shown our town. Would it not be a good idea to present the steamer with a new set of colors, either from the town council or the board of trade, as a recognition of the honor paid to Picton?

The steamer Turret Crown, after unloading 41,000 bushels of wheat at the Goderich elevator, last week, had 6,400 bushels of wet grain left. It was sold for the benefit of the underwriters for twenty six cents per bushel. There were several bidders, but all retired when the agent of the owners of the grain reached twenty six cents. The Canada Malting company, Kingston, are owners. The wheat was unloaded by buckets into the cars for shipment. The work began on Friday and was not finished until Sunday evening. While the steamer was coming through the ice on Lake Superior, rivets in the plating were loosened, which caused a leak.

p.5 Wolfe Island Council - Moved H. Horne - John Flynn, and resolved, that the fare from Simcoe Island and Spoor's dock be twenty cents by the municipal ferry steamer....Moved by J.S. Armstrong - John Flynn, and resolved, that the fireman be paid $35 and the mate $40 per month on steamer Wolfe Islander.

Ferry accounts passed: W. Cummins, cook, $23.33; B. Kiel, deck hand, $16.00; Otto Hepner, deck hand, $22.50; Edward Walker, deck hand, $10.83; James Davis, mate, $25.33; G. Keegan, purser, $21; Capt. Crawford, $50; D.J. Lesslie, $65.67; P.J. Ryan, one day, $1.50; Michael Flood, making fenders, $3; Robertson Bros., lamp, $4; R. Henderson, painting, $6.25; Louis LaRush, $6.25; William Hawkins, fireman, $35; Gregory Keegan, 584 meals in April, $58.40, and account, $5.86. Bylaw passed confirming the appointment of officers.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 May 1905