The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Sep 1905

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Trenton, Sept. 20th - The propellor Melbourne, bound from Hamilton to Montreal, with a general cargo, was burned to the water's edge last night, about twelve o'clock, while lying at the canal dock about three miles from here, waiting for daylight before proceeding down the north channel. The fire started forward, but the origin is unknown. Several of the crew had narrow escapes. Cargo and boat are said to be covered by insurance. The loss is unknown.

A Barge Burned - Amherstburg, Sept. 20th - The barge Roby, which had been aground on the east bank of the Limekiln Crossing since Saturday night, was burned to the water's edge, last night, by a fire which started in some unknown way. Her cargo of soft coal was also destroyed. The Roby was owned by Brecker, Cleveland. The loss is about $40,000.



Marine men interested in Ogdensburg, N.Y., part of the St. Lawrence river will enter emphatic protest against the International Waterways commission to erect a breakwater at Kingston for the protection of Lake Ontario.

Lake Ontario, it is asserted, would be lowered should a dam be built at the Niagara river for increasing the depth of Lake Erie, and ports along Lake Ontario are agreeable to the Niagara dam if guaranteed a breakwater at Kingston in case the level of the water in the harbors is reduced.

Last spring the water in the river was higher than it had been for thirteen years, accounted for mainly in the fact that there was much dull weather and therefore little evaporation. Any scheme adopted by the commission which would result in lowering the water in the Ogdensburg harbor would be an incalculable disaster to that city, so say Ogdensburg parties.

Marine Notes.

Craig's wharf: propellor Persia from St. Catharines.

The schooner Annandale, from Sodus with coal, is at Crawford's.

The schooner Queen of the Lakes is loading feldspar for Charlotte.

M.T. Co.'s wharf: tug Emerson and two barges from Oswego.

The schooner Lizzie Metzner is trading between Glenora and Oswego, her principal cargoes being sand.

Swift's wharf: steamer Hamilton up; steamer Rideau King for Ottawa; steamer Aletha from bay ports.

p.5 Soon Settle Claims - It is said that early in October an announcement will be made regarding the settlement of claims of relatives of the victims of the Scout catastrophe at the drydock wharf in Kingston last spring, when four lives were lost. Owing to the claims being of various characters and vital consideration being made necessary, the department of justice, it is understood, decided to put the matter in the hands of the judges of the exchequer court for adjustment. This body will give the claims full consideration and render a decision accordingly. [Freeman, Kingston]

p.8 Incidents of the Day - Capt. Thomas Donnelly went up today to look after the underwriter's interests in the burned steamer Melbourne.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Sep 1905