The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Sep 1905

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p.1 Lost Her Topmasts - Port Huron, Mich., Sept. 7th - The Canadian schooner Wawanosh has arrived here with her fore and main topmasts gone, having been caught in the gale on Thunder Bay on Saturday night. She will be changed into a tow barge.

Violated Fishery License - Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Sept. 7th - Fisheries Inspector Webster placed a fine of $300 and costs on the tug Gordon Gauthier, owned by the Dominion Fish company, which was seized for violating the terms of a license to fish at the Lizard Island grounds, Lake Superior.


Boat Leaked - Officers Guilty of Carelessness.

Sarnia, Sept. 7th - Capt. W.S. Major and Engineer William Waugh, of the steamer Conger, have been suspended for thirty days by the Michigan vessel inspectors at Port Huron, in punishment for carelessness on an excursion from Sarnia to Wallaceburg, on August 24th, when over 500 passengers were endangered by the boat leaking. An investigation proved that the boat was absolutely safe, but that there was a small leak at the rudder stock, another through a defective steam pipe running to the rudder to keep it from freezing in winter. These leaks would have been of minor consideration had water been permitted to reach the pumps. When the boat struck the north wind the weight of the passengers moving aft and the water in the compartment caused the stern to settle, allowing water, which came on the main deck, to run into the hold, because a twenty-two inch scuttle cover was left.

p.2 Capt. James Allen - of str. America, has been sailing half a century; began life as a mariner in 1855 at the age of 16; born in Cape Vincent in 1840;

"His first marine experience was scowing on the river. In 1857 he became master of the scow Hannah Francis. His father moved to Cleveland, Ohio in 1860 and he accompanied him. He worked for a while in the shipyard of Peck & Masters." - then worked for Uncle Sam during civil war

"In the spring of 1865, Capt. Allen entered the service of the Erie Steamboat company. In the winter he worked in the shipyard, thus gaining a good knowledge of vessel construction."

"In the fall of 1867, he returned to Cape Vincent and entered the service of the Folgers. The spring following he sailed the schooner Gazelle belonging to them, carrying lumber from the Rideau to Oswego. In fall it ran to Toledo, carring ore up and grain back. The year following he was with his brother in the steamer Tom Martin. The Folgers bought the steamer Kearsage, and he took charge of her, sailing her for two years. The following year he fitted out the schooner Prince Albert for the Folgers, and it went into the timber trade at Bay City, Mich."

"In 1871, Capt. Allen came to Kingston, and bought a half interest in the tugs Franklin and Mixer from the Chaffey brothers. Later the Folgers bought the other half interest. Capt. Allen also represented as local inspector thirteen insurance companies, his duty being to see that transhipped grain went into standard river barges. Capt. Allen converted the tug Franklin into the Fred. Folger. The tugs were then sold to the Dominion Wrecking company. The captain then went back to sailing vessels, having charge of the Prince Albert, Brooklyn, and Watertown, in which the Folgers were interested. In the fall of 1880 or 1881, he was engaged at the Thousand Island Park, laying out that place for resort purposes."

"During 1883 and 1884, Capt. Allen was with the Calvin company, in charge of their wrecking plant. In 1885 he sailed the steamer Annie Laurie between Cape Vincent and Alexandria Bay. From 1887 to the present time, with the exception of 1904, when he was in charge of Senator Fulford's steamyacht, Capt. Allen has been with the Folgers, having commanded all the steamers of the "White Squadron." He began with the steamer Pierrepont, and at present commands the steamer America, which he says, was never before so busy as it has been this season. Capt. Allen has the reputation of being one of the most skilful and careful navigators on fresh water. He holds lake as well as river certificates. The judgement which he used in successfully beaching the steamer Empire State, when that boat was in danger of sinking opposite Brockville five years ago, is an instance of his ability as a mariner, when he got into a tight place, and had the lives of 300 passengers to protect. There were many who said afterwards: "It was lucky Capt. Allen was in command."

"Do you have fire and lifeboat drill on your steamer?" was asked the captain. "Indeed we do," he replied. "We have it at least once a week, and oftener when we can get the chance." He pulled out his log and showed the whistles he had taught the crew to respond to when there was to be fire or boat drill. The crew knew the whistles and would respond with alacrity whenever they were within hearing. On any boat that Capt. Allen commands, it might be known that all law requirements would be met. He doesn't allow his life-boat fastenings to get rusty. His crew are ready for any emergency."


The schooner Falconer, with coal from Sodus, is at Booth's wharf.

The schooner Queen of the Lakes arrives this evening from Charlotte with coal for Garden Island.

M.T. Company wharf: tug Emerson from Charlotte with one coal-laden barge.

Craig's wharf: prop. Persia down last night; yacht Castanet from Alexandria Bay.

Swift's wharf: steamer Belleville down last night; steamer Aletha from bay ports; steamer Toronto down and up; steamer Rideau Queen for Ottawa this morning.

Capt. Thomas Donnelly has written the Toronto World that he is well able to defend himself that the Toronto ferry steamers are undermanned. While a case is subjudice he cannot speak, but later he may show that he, at least, understands the dangers pertaining to navigation on Toronto Bay, and has the courage to express his opinion in public.

p.8 Bodies Coming Ashore - Cleveland, Ohio, Sept. 7th - A special from Marquette, Mich. states that the bodies of four men and one woman have been washed ashore at Pine River, with life preservers attached to them bearing the name Iosco. The Iosco carried a crew of nineteen persons all of whom undoubtedly perished.

Incidents of the Day - The flags on the schooner Metzner are flying today in honor of the marriage of the captain's son.

The steamer St. Lawrence has completed her season among the Thousand Islands, and this afternoon arrived here to enter out-of-season quarters.

Pith of the News - The Booth fishing station on Catt Island was washed into Lake Superior by the great storm of Sunday. The island was completely submerged, and the inhabitants would have been drowned had not a fishing tug been at the station. They were loaded in the tug at the time, and were taken to the shelter of a neighboring island.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Sep 1905