The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Aug 1905

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Muskegon, Mich., Aug. 22nd - Capt. A.M. MacGregor, who resides here with a married daughter, is believed to be the oldest fresh water captain living in Michigan.

He was born at Goderich, Ont. eighty-two years ago. He commenced sailing when twelve years of age. His total service on water was sixty-eight years, the only interruption to which was his service in the Canadian militia during the Fenian Raid in 1866. He was master of different steamers for forty years, and at the time of his retirement, two years ago, commanded the survey steamer Bayfield.

He took the steamer Chicora into the French River, the first vessel to enter the river. He has received several presents for bravery. His wife, whom he married in Goderich, died two years ago. Captain W.F. MacGregor, superintendent of Grand Trunk car ferries at Windsor, is a son. Another son, Edwin, is commander of the big freighter Italia.



Craig's wharf: yacht Wherenow from Thousand Island Park; yacht Castanet from Alexandria Bay.

In local marine circles, things are extremely dull at present, except with the passenger boats. Other vessels are mostly lying idle.

Swift's wharf: steamer Kingston down; steamer Caspian from Charlotte; steamer Rideau King for Ottawa tonight; steamer Hamilton up tonight.

This morning the steamer Chieftain of the Calvin Company went up to Macdonald's Cove, with wrecking outfit, to release the schooner Collier, which is ashore there. The stranded schooner is owned by M. Britton, of Gananoque.

George Plunkett, Capt. Daniel Rooney, Jr., and George Plunkett, Jr., Cobourg, have left for Chicago, where Mr. Plunkett has purchased the steambarge Gordon Campbell, 1,500 tons. They will likely bring her down loaded, after they get her fixed up. She will be used for G. Plunkett's carrying trade on the lake.

The fault of small United States craft not being enabled to be inspected lies entirely with the marine laws of the States, which require to be altered since the reciprocity steamboat inspection arrangement has gone into force. Application has been made for inspection at Kingston by several United States owners of gasoline yachts, who complain that they cannot get inspection. The reason for this is that they must first present to the Canadian inspectors their United States certificate. This they cannot do because the marine law of the States does not require boats under a certain tonnage to be inspected. The Canadian law requires all boats carrying passengers to undergo inspection, no matter how small. It is likely the United States law will be changed. This question was one of the last things to be considered by the late Col. Twitchell, United States' consul, to whom several boat owners in the St. Lawrence had referred their grievances.

p.4 Claim Injustice - Certificates Refused To American Boats - difference in inspection laws at base of trouble (1/2 column)

p.5 Fire In A Yacht - A.B. Peacock's motor boat the Radium burned near Alexandria Bay.

p.8 The schooner Acacia has cleared for Charlotte.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Aug 1905