The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Sep 1905

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Port Huron, Mich., Sept. 19th - The Canadian steamer Strathcona, which went aground on the middle ground, on Sunday night, is still on with tugs of the Reid Wrecking company and the tug Brockway working on her. The latter, while trying to place a lighter alongside of her, yesterday afternoon, took a shear and ran into the Strathcona, damaging the lighter so badly that she will probably have to be docked. The swift current and eddies make it a difficult job in getting alongside the Strathcona. The Strathcona is bound for Point Edward with ore.



There is beginning to be some great hustling around the Montreal Transportation company's plant these days. The most prosperous year's business in some time is reported, and apparently Kingston is regaining some of her lost prestige in marine circles. Besides the handling of grain, the company has found plenty of work for its fleet in carrying pulp wood from Pentecost to Cape Vincent, Erie and Oswego.

Relative to the loading and unloading of the large cargoes of wheat which arrive from the west, the elevator gang are making an enviable record for themselves these days. From seven o'clock last evening, till six this morning, till six this morning, 27,500 bushels per hour were unloaded. The fastest time made on the best elevator in existence only reaches 32,000 bushels per hour. Some 130,000 bushels of oats were hoisted in four hours and twenty minutes. There couldn't have been much time wasted in completing that job either. As regards the fall trade, the outlook is very bright for plenty of grain passing this way. The first consignment of new wheat for the M.T. company will arrive on Wednesday next, by the Rosemount.

Marine Notes.

Craig's wharf: steamers Waterlily and Alexandria down; yacht Sophia and houseboat Wauegan, from the Rideau.

Swift's wharf: steamer Kingston down and up; steamer Aletha from bay ports; steamer Picton up last night.

There is a possibility that the steamer Kingston will be put into winter quarters at Portsmouth this fall instead of in the Queen city.

M.T. wharf: prop. Westmount and consorts Minnedosa and Melrose cleared for Fort William; tugs Glide and Jessie Hall cleared for Montreal, light, last evening.

p.5 Picton, Sept. 18th - The steamer Niagara came up to the wharves on Saturday. She had been on the dry dock, lightering her ballast, to carry freight to Montreal. The steambarge Aberdeen is in port, unloading coal for Hepburn at the Seed House dock. The schooner Annie Minnes has cleared port. The steamer Alexandria, passengers and freight and Waterlily, freight, left today for Montreal.

p.6 Stella, Sept. 18th - E. Instant and S. McDonald returned home last week from the steamer Caspian.

p.8 Fog Delayed Kingston - Fog delayed the steamer Kingston six hours this morning. It being impossible to go on through the dense bank of fog, and smelling land, her captain anchored, and when the mist lifted, he found the big vessel's nose was close on a shoal, with Snake Island not far off. A lucky decision for all.

The horn on Nine Mile Point deceived the captain, who received much credit for his handling of the steamer by those on board. Marine men, this morning, insisted that a fog horn should guard the Snake Island shoal.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Sep 1905