The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Sep 1905

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Detroit, Sept. 25th - The little Canadian schooner Vienna, loaded with cedar, coming down under her own canvas, collided with the steamer Aliona, in the south-east end of the St. Clair River, yesterday, but the extent of damages is unknown. The Aliona was struck amidships. After the collision the Vienna went along-side the schooner, which was in tow of the Aliona.

The big Canadian barge Agawa, the largest barge ever built in Canada, was aground all day Saturday, at the mouth of the river Rouge, with a load of ore for the Detroit Iron and Steel company. The water went down, and left the barge stranded hard, partially blocking the channel.

p.2 Injured On A Steamboat - Sylvester Staley, son of Capt. Staley, Barrie street, arrived here today, having been forced to give up work for the season on account of a slightly paralyzed arm and leg. He was engineer on one of the big steamers of the upper lakes, and got a bad toss from a sudden lurch made by the vessel. He was picked up in an unconscious condition, and has since been disabled, though able to be around. It will be some months before he recovers the full use of his two injured limbs.


Craig's wharf: steamer Alexandria down tonight; propeller Persia up last night.

The steamer Argyle arrived down from Toronto yesterday, and will go into quarters at Portsmouth.

The tug Col. By, with a lumber laden barge from Ottawa, en route to Cape Vincent, called here today.

The steamyacht Seaborn, owned by the manager of the Bank of Montreal, in Montreal, is coming to Davis' dry dock this week to have its hull rebuilt.

Swift's wharf: steamer Rideau Queen for Ottawa; steamer North King from Charlotte; steamer Kingston down; steamer Picton down this morning.

M.T. company wharf: S.S. Rosemount cleared for Fort William; tug Bronson down with one light and two grain-laden barges; tug Hall cleared for Cape Vincent for a barge.

The steamer Wolfe Islander was delayed about an hour this morning, on her early trip to the city. She had a load of hay on board and the wind was blowing quite fresh. The result was that on leaving the wharf and before headway was got on, she drifted on a shoal. After much hard work the steamer was able to release herself.

While Abraham Shaw, customs inspector, was sitting in the customs house at Fort William, a captain unknown to him entered and during a conversation on the subject of elevators, the captain was heard to say that there was no elevator in Canada better equipped than that owned at Kingston by the Montreal Transportation company.

The fine steamyacht Margaret, owned by the late William Gokey, of Brooklyn, and which has been lying at the Kingston Foundry wharf for the past year, is to be launched this week and taken to New York. The yacht was offered for sale, but the reserved price of $3,000 was not secured, though there were many offers. The Margaret was built in Kingston by Davis & Sons, and cost over $6,000 two years ago.

Ripped Her Bow - When the steamer Picton arrived in port this morning, it was noticeable that there was a hole about a foot long in her bow, on the starboard side. The opening in the steel plates was above the waterline, however, and did not interfere with the steamer completing her trip. It appears that when approaching the wharf at Bowmanville, the engines did not work as promptly as they should have when the captain gave the signal to reverse. The result was a collision with the wharf and the consequent damage above noted.

p.4 Captain Donnelly's contention, in connection with the Turbinia-Primrose collision, that the captain should be free to direct his ship, not handle the wheel, is endorsed by Commander Spain.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Sep 1905