The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Jun 1905

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p.1 Floating Machine Shop - set up on raft anchored at Clayton, to repair motorboats.


Washington, June 28th - Secretary Metcalf of the department of commerce and labor has presented to the president the report of the investigation into the condition of the steamboat inspection service recently made by high officers of the navy.

The secretary says that that the evidence before him indicates that there has been a great increase in the past year in the efficiency of the service.

The secretary adds, however, that the conditions in the ninth district, embracing Buffalo, Burlington, Oswego, Toledo and Cleveland, were "hardly satisfactory" and in Oswego "exceedingly bad."



Rciprocity Inspection Arrangement.

The reciprocity steamboat inspection arrangement between Canada and the United States is not wholly to the liking of marine men on either side. Some of them find it very costly. For instance, the Canadian inspector cannot inspect a United States vessel until he gets her certificate. Owing, perhaps, to some repairs having still to be done, this certificate is not issued, and the Canadian inspector, though at the port where the vessel is, and engaged in inspecting other boats, has to make a special trip back to examine her. This makes it awkward for the inspector, and expensive to the boat owner. The same thing occurs on both sides of the line.

Canadian boat owners down the river are dissatisfied with the reciprocity agreement, because they gain nothing by it, while the United States boats get all the advantage. This advantage lies in the passenger capacity allowed each vessel. Canadian steamers are allowed to carry from one-sixth to one-quarter less passengers than United States boats under the latter country's marine laws, though both vessels are of the same size. By the reciprocity arrangement, Canada accepts the carrying capacity of the U.S. boats. Wherein does the fairness lie? The latter have a decided advantage.

Complaint is made that Canadian officials are not careful in seeing that the law regarding inspection is carried out so far as United States boats are concerned. Sometimes a U.S. steamer will run to a Canadian port on the river a good part of the summer season without being inspected on this side. The United States officials are very strict with Canadian boats, and when one touches a port across the border, the captain is informed that he must have his vessel inspected by the U.S. inspectors, when he lands a second time.


The schooner Annandale cleared from Crawford's wharf for Oswego.

M.T. company elevator: tug Emerson cleared for Oswego with four light barges.

The steamer Aileen is here to tow the old vessel purchased by P. Cavanagh to Perth.

The schooner Queen of the Lakes arrived from Bath today to load feldspar at Richardsons' wharf.

Craig's: propeller Persia down this morning; steamer Westport, from Smith's Falls, with a cargo of bricks.

Swift's: steamers Kingston down; Rideau King for Ottawa this morning; North King from Charlotte; Belleville down this afternoon.

Richardsons' wharf: S.S. Rosemount finished unloading at Richardsons' elevator and cleared today for Chicago; steambarge Nile, light from Ottawa; schooner Maggie L. from bay ports with grain.

The steamer Wolfe Islander ran aground on her trip to the foot of the island last evening, and had not been released in time to make her regular trips this morning. The Calvin company's wrecking tug went to the assistance of the ferry steamer.

It was Cassiday's point on which the steamer Wolfe Islander ran aground last evening. No cause is put down for the accident beyond the chance that is liable to overtake any boat. The steamer Johnston, of the Calvin company fleet, Garden Island, had no trouble in pulling off the ferry plyer, which sustained no material damage and was able to make her accustomed trips about the middle of the morning.

p.5 The Old Man Missing - Capt. J.B. Estes, the oldest pilot of the river, who has been a conspicuous figure in past years on the steamer St. Lawrence, is missing this year. His place is filled by Capt. George Brown, formerly of New York.

"Capt. Jim," as the elder Estes is sometimes called, who is eighty-seven years old, retired from the service last fall. He was known by everyone familiar with the river and formed a striking figure in official dress with long white hair waving in the breeze. He is at present at his home in Charlotte, N.Y.

Milo D. Estes, son of Capt. J.B. Estes, is again first captain of the St. Lawrence, acting in company with Capt. Brown. The younger Estes is one of the best pilots of the river.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Jun 1905