The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Jun 1905

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Booth's wharf: schooner Voges from Oswego with coal.

Crawford's wharf: schooner Annandale cleared for Fairhaven.

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

The steamer Caspian was moved this morning from Craig's wharf to the K. & P. wharf to finish outfitting.

At Swift's wharf: steamers Picton up last night; Kingston down and up today; Hamilton down this afternoon.

The steamer Kingston this morning unloaded here, the largest cargo she ever carried to this port.

M.T. company wharf: S.S. Rosemount and consorts from Fort William with 180,000 bushels of corn; S.S. Westmount from Fort William with 80,000 bushels of barley.

Repairs to the dynamite-laden steamer Dorothy were still proceeding slowly this morning, and will probably not be finished for several days. The case in which the stem is to be enclosed was not completed this morning, but divers are at work continually.



Canadian Cruiser Sank An American Tug.

Port Stanley, June 9th - Wednesday morning about 9:15 the government cruiser Vigilant, Capt. Dunn, sighted a fishing tug about six miles east of Middle Island, in Lake Erie, and about five miles north of the boundary line. The captain changed his course and made toward the tug, which proved to be the Grace M., of Lorain, O., Captain W. Galbraith. The tug came towards the Vigilant, and when quite near her Capt. Dunn signalled with his whistle for her crew to check. No attention was paid to the signal. Then Capt. Dunn whistled to stop, but the tug shot past the Vigilant with full steam.

Capt. Dunn turned and soon overhauled her, but the tug continued to dodge the Vigilant, notwithstanding the fact that Capt. Dunn had fired across her bows several times. The Vigilant was again coming up on the tug when she again tried to cross the Vigilant's bows. Captain Dunn seeing that there was likely to be a collision, stopped and backed full speed. He had his boat well stopped when they came together, but the momentum of the Vigilant was sufficient to roll the Grace M. over, and she sank. Capt. Dunn rescued Capt. Galbraith, Engineer William Rulleson and D. Popplewell, a fisherman. Two fishermen named Martin Oleson, of Cleveland, and William Anderson, of Lorain, were drowned.

Captain Galbraith admits that Captain Dunn was in no way to blame, and now to his sorrow realizes he should have obeyed Capt. Dunn's signals and stopped his boat when ordered to do so.

Not A Cruiser.

Ottawa, June 9th - Concerning the trouble on Lake Erie, by which the Canadian steamer Vigilant sank an American tug, reference to the treaty between Great Britain and the United States shows that no man-of-war on the great lakes shall exceed 100 tons burden or be armed with anything in excess of one eighteen-pounder. The Vigilant is of 500 or 600 tons burden, but she is not a man-of-war. She is a preventive vessel, used soley for fishery and customs protection. The Americans have preventive vessels of similar size. The eighteen-pounder is an obsolete smooth-bore gun, about the smallest of the heavy guns of that day. The small, automatic guns of the Vigilant are smaller comparatively than the standard indicated by the treaty.

By the act of parliament governing the fishery cruisers, a preventive vessel, after signalling a vessel to stop, and after firing across her bows, may fire at or into her if she persists in trying to escape. This is a power possessed by preventive vessels of all nations.

The report received by Commander Spain is practically identical with that published here. It brings out the fact that the American tug, being a short boat, was handier, while the Vigilant is a long and very swift boat. The American evidently was easily caught, but tried to dodge the swifter vessel. The Vigilant has a projecting bow, which apparently slid under the tug's bottom and upset her.

Personal Mention - J.A. Cuttle, general manager of the M.T. company, is in the city.

Bath Brevities - June 9th - The Queen of the Lakes is unloading coal for G.A. Wartman.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Jun 1905