The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Aug 1905

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The big iron propeller Plummer, owned by the Canadian Lake and Ocean company, Toronto, arrived at Swift's wharf about 7:30 o'clock last evening from Fort William. After unloading a portion of her cargo, consisting of flour, the vessel left this morning for Montreal at seven o'clock. She only got a few yards from the wharf, however, when she ran upon the shoal opposite the harbor tower. The accident was due to the propeller getting out of her course. All morning the powerful engines were kept going and the huge propeller lashed the water to a whirl of foam in an effort to release the vessel.

The M.T. company's tug Emerson tried to pull the Plummer off about eleven o'clock, and worked in the neighborhood of an hour without success. The vessel lies on the edge of the shoal, which is formed of rock. Capt. John Boyd was the pilot in charge at the time of the accident, which was due to the attempt of the big iron boat to keep out of the way of the steamer Kingston.

Movements of Vessels.

Crawford's wharf: schooner Tradewind, from Charlotte with coal.

The steamer Calvin, Quebec to Buffalo, with pulpwood, passed up this morning.

During the month of July the steamers Kingston and Toronto carried 2,000 passengers more than for the same month in 1904.

Craig's wharf: steamers C.W. Cole from Rideau points; Persia down last night; Castanet from Alexandria Bay; Wherenow from T.I. Park.

The government lighthouse steamer Cseola, Capt. McMaster, left the drydock yesterday afternoon, and proceeded up the lakes on a two months' cruise.

Swift's wharf: steamers Kingston down; Caspian from Charlotte; Belleville down last night; Rideau Queen for Ottawa; schooner Mary Ann Lydon from Charlotte.

The steamer Scout was to have been floated out of Davis' dry-dock today. The work of rebuilding is proceeding rapidly. She will leave here about the end of the month for Prescott, where she will be finished.

The steamer Rideau Queen had the biggest passenger list of the season for her Rideau trip yesterday. On account of changes in boiler and engine, the Queen's coal bill this year will just be one-half that of last season.

M.T. company wharf: tug Thomson from Cape Vincent, having left a pulp-laden barge there; tug Glide up with two light barges and cleared down with one, grain-laden; tug Emerson from Oswego and Charlotte with three coal-laden barges.

At Whitby temporary repairs to the steamer Argyle are being made, so as to bring her to Kingston. Some 200 planks, four feet long, will be required to cover the bad places. When the planking is finished an immense sail is in readiness to be pulled underneath the steamer, so she will be, as it were, swaddled in sail cloth, and this battened on thoroughly. That will almost perfectly prevent water getting into the hold on the voyage.

Built at Buffalo in1862 and considered one of the finest passenger steamers on the lake in her day, the steamer Badger State is now to be converted into a lumber hooker. H.R. Harvey, her present owner, already has men cutting her down to put her in the lumber trade. The Badger State has had probably as tempestuous a career on the lakes as any steamer could have. She has belonged to more than her share of owners and has plied on every one of the great lakes.

Dug Up Old Leeboard - Yesterday, while working at the slip at the foot of Queen Street, the dredge Nipissing dug up the leeboard of a ship, which must be about a hundred years old. Leeboards are not in use now, having long ago been displaced by centreboards. Two leeboards were used on ships, one on each side, and would be let down according to the tack the vessel was on. The centre board then came as a vast improvement. The leeboard dug up is of three inch plank, and is in pretty good condition.



Lake Fleet of Schooners Sails Into Oblivion.

Chicago, Aug. 3rd - The passing of the bark Winslow and schooners Mary Edykes and Graham Brothers and the dismantling of the old H.A. Richmond and Ralph Campbell this week has shown vesselmen that the end of the once magnificent fleet of sailing ships at Chicago is not far distant.

In 1890 Chicago owned 183 sailing vessels with a total tonnage of 43,337. They were all in service, and when the wind went around to the north it was a signal for a dash of the tug fleet for tows. Long strings of five or six schooners came up the lake behind every tug and when the vessels were landed at the lumber market, the stream was well-nigh blockaded.

The decline from 1890 has been rapid, for as the old timers passed away they were not replaced. In five years the Chicago fleet dropped to 167 vessels with a tonnage of 38,657, and from that time to this the decline has been steady from year to year. Figures compiled at the customs house, today, show that there were now sailing from Chicago but forty-seven vessels, with a tonnage of 15,013. Some of the largest schooners have been converted into barges and are now towed behind steamers.

During the month of July but twenty schooners will have reached Chicago, while a single shift to the north used to bring more than that number in half a day. A number of the surviving vessels are on their last season and will never be fitted out again. Vesselmen say that five years more will see the entire schooner fleet of Chicago a thing of the past. The same is true of the entire chain of lakes.

p.8 The steamer Argyle is to leave Whitby this evening, and will reach the government dry-dock here tomorrow morning.

Suit After A War - Clayton, Aug. 3rd - criminal libel alleged by Howard S. Folger, general manager of the Thousand Island Steamboat company, against Walter L. Visgar, manager of the Capt. Visgar Steamboat line and George W. Cooper, alleged printer of libellous literature.

Found At Wellington - a message on a piece of paper supposedly signed by one of the victims of a boat sinking.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Aug 1905