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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 May 1905

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Walkerville, Ont., May 26th - When the Detroit tug Gorman stopped here, yesterday afternoon, to get clearance papers, so that she might tow the Badger State back to Detroit, she was seized by the customs officials as security for the portion of the telegraph or telephone which was brought into and laid in Canadian waters by the Gorman. After a deposit of $400 had been made the Gorman was released. The matter will be adjusted at Ottawa.

The Badger State is the old boat that was fitted up for a floating pool-room by Detroit sports, and towed to a point above Detroit. After making every preparation for business, the proprietors abandoned the project, owing to the threatened action of both the Canadian and United States governments.

p.2 The Yacht Club Project - arrangements for new building continue.


Action Of The Wolfe Island Reeve.

There was trouble aboard the steamer Wolfe Islander on Thursday, and as a result there is a new captain. It seems that Reeve Briceland, who, in virtue of his office, was appointed manager of the ferry, asked Capt. Crawford to assist in trucking freight from the boat. The captain replied that he was tired, having been at the wheel from early morning, and that he needed to rest while the boat was at the wharf. Besides unloading freight was not one of his duties. The reeve insisted that he give a hand in order that the boat might not be so late in leaving the island. Capt. Crawford again refused, and some words ensued between the reeve and himself. The latter ordered him off the boat, and summarily dismissed him. Capt. Crawford immediately left. When he came to the city, he engaged a lawyer to take action for the recovery of his salary. The Wolfe Island Council engaged him at $600 for the season, and it will have to rescind the by-law in order to dismiss him; the reeve not having power to do so. In the meantime, Capt. William Winbourne, who years ago commanded the steamer Pierrepont, is in charge of the Wolfe Islander.

On A Trial Trip

The steamer North King made a trial trip out of Kingston yesterday afternoon, to test the renewals which have been made to her machinery and hull in Davis' dry-dock during the past winter. The two local steamboat inspectors, Messrs. William Thompson and Matthew Davis were on board, also Capt. Thomas Donnelly, inspector for Bureau Veritas, and Capt. Fraser, of the Montreal Transportation Company. After an examination of the vessel from stem to stern, including her truss system of strengthening, which in her case has been carried out to an unusual extent, they pronounced her the strongest and best maintained wooden steamer on Lake Ontario. The many friends of the North King will be glad to hear that she is still keeping up her unrivalled reputation for safety and comfort. She makes her first trip from Kingston to Rochester today.

Boat Launched At Orillia

Orillia, May 25th - Today at eleven o'clock, hundreds of people had gathered at Tait's wharf at the foot of Colborne street, to witness the launching of the new passenger steamer, which has been built during the past winter by the Davis dry dock company, Kingston, for William Thomson, of the Longford Lumber Company. William Holder, foreman for the Davis company, who has been superintending the building of the boat, was in charge and at five minutes to twelve, noon, the boat was slid off and in a few minutes was floating freely in the waters of Lake Couchiching. Mr. Thomson, the owner, was on board and gave her the name Geneva. When Mr. Thomson saw his boat floating he said he was well pleased with it. Mr. Holder returned to Kingston today after completing the contract of building the new steamer.

Marine Notes.

The steamer Alexandria is due up at Craig's tonight.

Crawford's wharf: schooner Annandale cleared for Fairhaven.

M.T. Company wharf: Tug Hall cleared down with four laden barges.

The schooner Cornelia passed down to Clayton, yesterday, with coal from Oswego.

The M.T. company barge Bella arrived at Swift's yesterday with coal from Oswego.

The schooner Queen of the Lakes is being loaded with feldspar at Richardsons' wharf.

The steam barge John Randall, Smith's Falls to Oswego, light, is at Richardsons' wharf.

The steamer North King cleared this afternoon on her first trip to Summerville, N.Y.

The steamer Pierrepont, engaged by the marine department in laying buoys down the river, arrived here last evening, having completed the work for the present.

The marine department has definitely decided to rebuild the steamer Scout, and plans will soon be ready. The hull and up to the deck will be rebuilt here, and the remainder of the vessel by the government marine gang at Prescott.

Hon. Clifford Sifton was here today to look over his steam yacht Skylark, which wintered here. Capt. R. Carnegie will again be in charge of it this season. The Skylark will leave for Mr. Sifton's island down the river in a few days.

p.5 Incidents of the Day - The steamer Simla and consort reached Garden Island today with timber from Lake Michigan.



To Steamer Cuba and Settlement of Damages.

Capt. Thomas Donnelly returned yesterday from a week's trip to the Welland canal, where he had charge of the repairs of the steamer Cuba and the settlement of the damages to the lock broken by that boat and the damages to the farms, etc., in the vicinity. All has been settled, with the exception of the damage to about half a mile of G.T.R. track which will be surveyed later.

Capt. Donnelly says that in twenty-five years' experience with the staffs of the Canadian canals, he has never seen such capable management as is to be found on the Welland canal at present. The steamer Cuba broke three gates of lock 21 at 4 p.m. of Wednesday, and at 4 p.m. of Thursday, locking had been resumed. The superintendent, J.L. Weller, and his deputy, Mr. Henry, were on the ground during the whole twenty-four hours, and the work of repairing went along like a well balanced machine. Capt. Donnelly states that he has seen breaks of a similar kind take five days to repair.

A Schooner Ashore - The schooner Cornelia, coal laden, from Oswego to Clayton, went aground on Thursday night on Oak Point, Wolfe Island. This morning the steamer Frontenac, of the Calvin company, went down and pulled the vessel off.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 May 1905