The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Jul 1905

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Kingstonians Indignant Over Flag Outrage.

Kingstonians have been considerably stirred up by the flag outrage reported by Capt. Simmons, as having been committed at Charlotte, N.Y., on July 4th, where custom officers ordered him to pull down the Union Jack, on his Canadian vessel, and which he had raised as a compliment to the United States and her national holiday. People here, if the facts are as stated, think an investigation should be held, and if the officers did as alleged then summary dismissal should occur, for men of that stamp should not hold office. Their ignorance might prove disastrous in weightier issues. Capt. Simmons has not yet put his formal protest into words for submission to the federal government. "I intend to do so," he continued, "but I am waiting for Mr. Harty's return from Ottawa before taking the necessary steps to have the government ask for reparation for the action of the officer at Charlotte, N.Y." Capt. Simmons says he is sorry that he lowered the flag, but as he had to do business with the authorities at U.S. ports he did not wish to antagonize them and besides several loyal American friends interceded to prevent any overt act. Capt. Simmons is an Irish loyalist and with all the fire and courage of a patriot.

A Bump of Combativeness - poking fun at customs officer Bump of Charlotte. [Toronto Globe]

Caused by Sudden Listing - On the return of the steamer Pierrepont from Brophy's Point, last evening, with a Sunday school picnic on board, the crowd rushed to one side causing the boat to list. Capt. Dix swung her out to counteract this and the guard rail ran along the dock, pushing the fender forward. The fender being thus out of position, the paddle wheel struck the corner of the wharf. The passengers were landed at once amid a little excitement, and the boat soon released. The wheel was twisted and the end of the wharf wrecked.



Crawford's wharf: schooner Annandale cleared for Oswego.

The schooner Maggie L. cleared from Richardsons' wharf for Picton with stone.

Craig's: steamer Alexandria up last night; steamer Waterlily up last night; steamer Lake Michigan up tonight.

M.T. company elevator: S.S. Rosemount from Chicago with 75,000 bushels of corn and cleared with the barge Melrose for Fort William.

Swift's: steamer North King from Charlotte; steamer Kingston down; steamer Rideau Queen from Ottawa; schooner Youell for Oswego; steamer Hamilton, down last night.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Jul 1905