The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Aug 1905

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p.1 Record Again Broken - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Aug. 4th - over a million tons more through Soo canal this July over last.



She Was Released Late Last Evening.

The big iron freight propeller Pellat, which ran aground yesterday morning at an early hour on the shoal opposite the harbor tower, was released about nine o'clock last evening. The efforts of the tug Emerson, of the M.T. company fleet, being unable to release the vessel, two barges were brought alongside and part of the cargo lightered. When this operation was concluded, the Pellatt floated off without difficulty but a hole had been broken in her bottom and one of the forward compartments filled with water. The vessel was taken to the M.T. company's wharf and the grain in her hold transferred to barges for shipment on to Montreal, while the government dry dock will in all probability provide accommodation for the Pellatt while repairs to her are made. The Pellatt is a sister ship of the Plummer, whose name was incorrectly mentioned yesterday, and belongs to the same company, the Lake & Ocean Navigation company.

It is likely the Pellatt will have to go to Buffalo for repairs. The government dry dock here is engaged for the Argyle, due today, and the latter steamer will be a week undergoing repairs.


The steamer Cuba passed down this morning.

The schooner Marshall cleared from the penitentiary for Erie.

The propeller Plummer coaled at Swift's wharf last night on her way up the lake.

Tonight the tug Parthia starts out with a raft of timber from Garden Island for Quebec.

The steambarge Simla arrived at Garden Island from Deseronto this morning, light. She clears for Toronto tomorrow.

Craig's wharf: schooner Ariadne from Gananoque with brick; steamer Alexandria up tonight; steamer Waterlily up tonight.

M.T. company wharf: tug Emerson cleared down with two grain and two coal laden barges; schooner Annandale from Fairhaven with coal.

Swift's wharf: steamer Toronto down; steamer North King from Charlotte; steamer Rideau King from Ottawa; steamer Hamilton down; schooner Theodore Voges for Oswego.



The accident to the steamer Argyle is the occasion of much comment, some of it wise and some of it unwise. The lives of the people who travel are said to be in danger, and it is so to some extent. The necessity for skill in management and for provision against accident is unquestionable. The point is was the Argyle, before she ran on the rocks off Oshawa, not provided with these.

It is charged that the lead was not used in the fog, which closed out the sight of land and made the steersman dependent upon the compass for the direction in which she was headed. The lead was not cast, in sounding, before the steamer struck, because it was not suspected she was so near the shoal.

It is also charged that the lifeboats could not be readily launched and that when one did strike the water it leaked. This the managing director emphatically denies. He says the boat was well and competently manned, and that the life-boats were being launched when it was discovered they were not wanted, and that the men were ordered to other work.

Then there is a lot of talk about what might have happened had there been five or six hundred people on board, trusting to rafts they could not handle or belts they could not put on. And a government enquiry is demanded.

Investigation would bring out the facts. It would establish whether the government's inspector passed the lifeboats and declared that they were in a seaworthy and safe condition. It would make clear the completeness of the steamer in the manner of equipment and management. It would dispose of a great deal of gossip.

Indeed upon the government's regulations the people must wholly rely. The government is expected to be exacting in its requirements. It should see that every safety is assured to those who travel upon the boats before its certificate is given.

The Slocum disaster is referred to. It revealed a sad state of things for which the government was responsible. It shook up some very dry bones in official life. It did some good for a while. Very soon, however, there was a lapse from grace or from the strictness of supervision which the accident produced. The people will forget.

The Argyle On Way Here - Local Manager Baker of the Lake Ontario Navigation company thinks the repairs to the steamer Argyle, beached off Oshawa last Saturday, will be completed in less than a week's time. The Argyle is being towed to Kingston to be placed on government dry dock. The hull will be personally inspected by Commander Spain, wreck commissioner of the Dominion government. On the way down the leakage is taken care of by one of the big rotary pumps. The results of the diver's investigations is that her four inch planking will have to be renewed over a portion of the hull corresponding to a surface 8 x 24 feet.

The steamer Argyle had not reached here at three o'clock this afternoon. More trouble than was expected was evidently experienced in patching her in order that she might come to Kingston.

Badly Injured - Port Burwell, Aug. 4th - Night watchman John McGaw, employed on the government dredge at work here, was caught in the machinery this morning, and was so badly injured that he may not recover.

p.6 Pith of the News - Capt. James W. Millen died at Detroit on Wednesday evening as the result of a stroke of paralysis received a few days since. He was born in Millen's Bay, and was nearly seventy-four years old. Prior to retirement in 1882, to manage vessel interests, he was one of the best known mariners on the lakes. In 1897 he was president of the Lake Carrier's Association. He leaves a widow, two daughters and a son.

It Caused Alarm - the paper found at Wellington has upset a Kingston family; one of their sons is a sailor and can't be located.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Aug 1905