The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Sep 1905

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p.1 A PROTEST - Will those who have good ground to protest against the whistling nuisance of the steamer Kingston and other boats entering port, kindly communicate with W.B. Skinner, with a view to action.



The schooner Queen of the Lakes is loading feldspar at Richardsons' wharf

The steamer Stranger, of Smith's Falls, in Davis' dry dock, is receiving a new stern and other repairs.

M.T. company wharf: tug Emerson up with three pulp laden barges, and cleared for Oswego; tug Hall up with three light barges.

Swift's wharf: steamers Kingston down and up yesterday; North King from Charlotte; Rideau King for Ottawa; Aletha from bay ports; Belleville up today.

Craig's wharf: props Lake Michigan down; Persia up; Cuba down; steamers Alexandria and Waterlily down tonight; yacht Castanet from Alexandria Bay.

The fast steamyacht Now Then, owned by Mr. Lackenbauch, of Jersey City, is at Davis' shipyard, where it will be hauled out and remain till next summer. The machinery will be overhauled and other repairs made. Its owner is a prominent ship builder.

The steamer Toronto arrived from its namesake city yesterday afternoon, about six o'clock, having made the run in ten hours. She will go at once into the government dry dock to have her hull overlooked and fixed up, preparatory to entering winter quarters at the Queen City. During the winter extensive alterations will be made in the steamer. More staterooms will be added and the dining room moved to the main deck.

Protest and Action.

The excessive whistling by steamboat captains has been borne patiently all summer, and now concerted action is to be taken for exemplary punishment under lead of Major Skinner. In another column he invites cooperation. He has protested by letter in vain. For instance, he wrote to General Manager Smith, of the R. & O. line, protesting against the noise made by the steamer Kingston, and was answered with a promise of abatement. The promise was kept for one day. Yesterday the steamer awoke the echoes of the whole district by extraordinary shrieks, as if in defiance of the citizens and the local by-law. The engineer of the G.T.R. suburban train has been pleaded with for peace. It is time for a change and for peace both day and night.

p.5 Wolfe Islande, Sept. 14th - The earnings of the Wolfe Islander for the last month was $1,200. Her manager has books containing twenty tickets for sale at two dollars. Many are taking advantage of the chief rate offered. The dredge which has been working in our harbor for the past five or six weeks, left today, for Belleville.


Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Sept. 18th - The schooner V.H. Ketchum, bound from Duluth to Cleveland, burned Saturday night off Parisian Island, Lake Superior, and two members of the crew were drowned while attempting to leave the burning vessel in a life boat.

When it was seen that the fire was beyond control the nine members of the crew, including Mrs. D. Ames, cook, launched the life boat and prepared to row to the steamer Nottingham, which had taken the Ketchum in tow.

In attempting to lower the woman into the life boat the craft was capsized and the nine persons were thrown into the water. In the struggle to save themselves the eight men forgot the presence of the woman, and she was carried some distance away.

Mate Andrew Anderson went to her rescue as she was sinking for the third time. Seizing her clothing, Anderson attempted to return to the ship, but the high waves carried him away.

Tired out by his exertions and borne down by the weight of the helpless woman, he was unable to make any headway, and the two sank before the eyes of the other members of the crew who could offer no assistance.

The Ketchum was owned by the Seither Transportation company, Cleveland, and was valued at $12,000.



Struck Fishing Tug - Vessel Flees From Cruiser.


For Eight Miles - Escaped To Yankee Waters.

Erie, Pa., Sept. 18th - The fourth of the fishing adventures in less than a week took place in midlake, Sunday, when the Canadian cruiser Vigilant riddled the big steam tug Harry G. Barnhurst with small shells from a rifle on the patrol boat.

Capt. Nick Fasel, of the tug, admitted after he had escaped that the Vigilant could have sent his craft to the bottom if Capt. Dunn of the cruiser had so desired.

The fugitive ran more than eight miles under full head of steam before she crossed the boundary line and escaped from the Canadians.

More than thirty shots struck the vessel. Fifteen of the small shells landed with telling effect on the upper parts, so that the boat was careened to one side by the weight of wreckage when she came into port, having been used formerly as a pleasure steamer, the Barnhurst is of large size with good steam equipment.

The fireman, Magnus Joynson, fainted in the hold of over-exertion in keeping the steamer going ahead. He was reported killed, but revived after reaching shore.

Two fishermen were cut in the face by splinters shot away by the projectiles. The Barnhurst, according to Capt. Fasel, was about five miles over the line drawing nets when the Vigilant appeared. The other Erie tugs, the Alma, Valiant and the Boyd, were also over the line and ran away when the chase started.

Capt. Dunn ordered the Barnhurst to stop, but instead of doing so Capt. Fasel put on full steam and started for the boundary line. He took a southwesterly direction and could not be headed by the Vigilant.

It has become quite the custom for Erie fishermen to cross the line regardless of strict orders from the companies employing them and have exciting brushes with the Vigilant. The Barnhurst lost a large number of nets.

Pith of the News - The monster vessel J. Stanton has been launched at the yards of the American Shipbuilding company in Lorraine, Ohio. The boat is a 90,000 ton vessel 524 feet in length.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Sep 1905