The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Aug 1905

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p.1 The Late Captain James Dean - Detroit, Mich., Aug. 10th - Capt. James Dean, an old captain and boat builder, is dead here. He was born in England eighty years ago. When a young man he went to Canada, later coming to Detroit, where he had lived about fifty years. He was about the oldest living lake captain, but had not been in active service for twenty years.



In Handling Lifeboats Each Week?

In view of the steamboat enquiry yesterday, the people are beginning to wonder if the captains of vessels put their crews through fire and life boat drill as is required by law. Section five, of the rules and regulations respecting life-saving appliances says: "Masters of steamboats shall detail their crews and excercise them in lowering and handling the life boats, at least once a week." The rules also require the crews to be exercised in fire drills.

The necessity of these drills can readily be seen. Life boats hanging from davits all season would leak badly when finally required, and the crews being required to practice with the boats is intended to keep the life boats tight and also to prevent them from becoming incapable of free operation when needed. The evidence of the steamer Argyle's mate showed that the crew of that steamer had been given fire and life boat drill regularly. How many crews on passenger steamers plying Kingston harbor are so exercised? They all should be. What the marine department requires to do is to have such rules as those printed on special slips for every master of a vessel, and also to require that masters report to the local inspectors once every month as to the condition of their life-saving apparatus and as to the crews being drilled.

Marine Notes.

The schooner Voges is at the waterworks' dock with coal.

M.T. company wharf: tug Bronson up with two light barges.

Craig's wharf: yacht Wherenow, from T.I. Park; yacht Castanet from Alexandria Bay.

Crawford's wharf: schooner Annandale from Sodus with coal; tug Shanly from Ottawa.

Complaint was made today that, last night, the light at the head of Grenadier Island, was not lit, thus helping to add to the dangers of navigation during last night's storm.

Swift's wharf: steamers Belleville down last night; Rideau Queen from Ottawa; Toronto down; Caspian from Charlotte; schooner Mary Ann Lydon for Charlotte light; yacht Idler, from Alexandria Bay.



Local Schooners Nearly All Tied Up.

The local sailing schooners are now practically all tied up for the rest of the summer. The coal supply as far as local dealers are concerned is practically all in. In speaking of the situation an old marine captain stated that all the hard coal which would be brought to the city for the next couple of months was in. According to his view the local merchants started early in the spring to get their stock across to this side of the lake. To that end every available schooner was chartered and even outside vessels brought to rush the supply to Kingston. The result is that the coal is now in the bins of the city merchants and the schooners are forced to tie up till fall, when a few more commissions may possibly be secured. There is still a little soft coal coming across, but that will soon cease. The mariner thought that the local dealers might just as well have taken their time in the manner. The coal was lying to their order at Charlotte and Oswego and if so much haste had not been displayed, the limestone city sailors might have been given work for the entire season. (another long paragraph discusses possibility of another coal strike and resulting famine as occurred a few years ago).



Steamer New York Refused Certificate.

H.S. Folger, manager of the Thousand Island Steamboat company, is in Ottawa interviewing the minister of marine with regard to the steamer New York which has been refused a certificate by the local inspector. The inspector was interviewed this morning about the matter, but refused to discuss it. All he would say was that his report of inspection on the New York was being sent to the department at Ottawa, and that it was private in the meantime.

The New York was recently inspected by United States Inspectors Molther and Chestnut, and also by a New York inspector, who passed her as being in sound condition. Since the reciprocity agreement between Canada and the United States has gone into force this season, the custom is for the inspector of either country to be given by the vessel owner, the certificate of the country to which the vessel belongs (sic). Then that inspector looks over the vessel to see that she is exactly as the certificate says. If so, then he issues his certificate. This mode was followed in the case of the New York, but the local Canadian inspector did not agree with the inspection of the United States men.

The company is in need of the New York, on account of the heavy river business, and is anxious to get her in commission at once. She could run between United States ports on the river, but is wanted for Kingston and Brockville besides. Mr. Folger claims being entitled to a certificate, in view of the reciprocity arrangement by which, it is argued, that one country must accept the certificate of the other. International complications may arise as a result.

p.8 Incidents of the Day - The schooner Luff will load feldspar at Richardsons' for Charlotte.

The Kingston-Cape Vincent route has never been so well patronized as this summer. It is the Thousand Island Steamboat company's best asset, as the travel is steady throughout the whole season of navigation.

The steamer Idler brought 150 river excursionists to the city at noon. The steamers Castanet and Wherenow also had good numbers. The Wherenow goes over the finest route of the river for Kingston, coming by way of Gananoque and inside Howe Island.

The steamer Pierrepont has had to take the Cape Vincent route all this week, as the steamer America has been busy every day with excursions. Tomorrow the America goes to Ogdensburg, and Saturday brings a Thousand Island excursion to the city.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Aug 1905