The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Oct 1905

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p.1 Feared She Is Lost - Cleveland, Oct. 24th - The ore steamer Kaliyuga, from Marquette, Mich. on Thursday, due in Cleveland on Saturday night, has not been heard from. The Kaliyuga was on Lake Huron during the height of the storm on Friday. The boat has a crew of eighteen.



The schooner Lydon is loading feldspar at Richardsons' wharf.

Crawford's wharf: schooners Metzner and Freeman, from Oswego, with coal.

M.T. company wharf: tug Bronson up with three light barges and cleared down with three grain laden.

Richardsons' wharf: schooner Highland Beauty from bay ports, with grain; steambarge Navajo cleared with grain for Montreal.

Swift's wharf: steamers Hamilton, due up tonight; Picton down today; schooner M.A. Lydon cleared yesterday for Charlotte; schooner Theodore Voges from Big Sodus with coal.

Craig's wharf: steamer Alexandria down last night; propellors Cuba and Persia up yesterday; Arabian up today; steamer Alexandria was so heavily loaded that she could take no freight from here.

An Inspecting Tour.

M.J. Butler, deputy minister of railways and canals, is on an official inspection of the Rideau canal. He sails in a government steamer from the capital to Kingston, and is accompanied by R.E. Phillips, resident engineer of the canal, and F. McCourt, the deputy's private secretary. The Rideau is the last Ontario canal to be inspected. On all Mr. Butler's other inspection tours of the Ontario canals he was accompanied by the minister, but Mr. Emmerson is now engaged on important work in the west. From Kingston the inspection party will go to Port Colborne, where harbor improvements are in course of erection.

p.3 Receives $20,000 For Service - Ogdensburg, Oct. 24th - The court discharged Percival W. Clement, Rutland, as receiver of the Ogdensburg Transit company, fixing his compensation at $20,000. He was appointed receiver six years ago in an action by the bondholders, auxiliary suits being filed in Illinois, Vermont, New York, and Michigan. Eight steamers were sold under foreclosure to the Rutland Transit company, plying between Ogdensburg and Chicago.




No Distress Signals Came From the Minnedosa.

She Must Have Been Leaking, Unknown to her Crew.

Finest Barge in Canada.

L.L. Henderson, local manager of the M.T. company, was asked today concerning the Detroit story of the barge Minnedosa foundering through overloading. He was inclined to look upon the story simply as a piece of sensationalism. It contradicted itself in a couple of places, he pointed out. Furthermore, it is not the story of Capt. Milligan of the Westmount, who as stated in yesterday's Whig, telephoned Mr. Henderson from Sarnia on Saturday night. According to Capt. Milligan's conversation with Mr. Henderson, the boats had come through rough weather, with very little suffering. No signs of trouble were visible about the Minnedosa on Friday. If there had been the Westmount would have been signalled for help, but no signal was given, either as regards leaking or tow line strain. Captain Milligan was of the opinion that the captain and crew of the Minnedosa never realized that anything was wrong with the vessel. There was likelihood of the barge leaking, because she had been laboring in heavy seas for a couple of days, but no signal was given Capt. Milligan about it. Among marine men the opinion is expressed that the Minnedosa was leaking severely without the crew knowing it. Perhaps the pumps had not been sounded, and when the water had soaked a portion of the wheat, the cargo lost its bouyancy, and then foundered.

As to the cargo, 75,000 bushels, Mr. Henderson said the Minnedosa had carried that amount before. It wasn't an overload. The Minnedosa's captain simply had instructions to take a barge load, and he himself would be the judge as to the amount that could be safely carried. No requirement was placed upon him. A barge load in a vessel drawing over fourteen feet of water, is more than a canal load. The Minnedosa's canal load is 61,000 bushels, anything over that to be lightered at the canal.

Capt. John Gaskin, formerly of the M.T. company office here, was asked about the construction of the Minnedosa, which was built in the company's shipyard here, under his supervision fifteen years ago. He stated that the vessel was good for fifty years. There never was a vessel like it built in Canada. Marine men from the United States declared that there was no finer barge afloat. It was valued by Capt. Taylor, the Inland Lloyd's representative, at $72,000 and classed as A1. For two years, during its building, it was soaked in oil and for years afterwards salted every winter. A finer hull and bottom, Captain Gaskin said could not be imagined. The Minnedosa was of handsome design, too. It was christened at the time of its launching by Miss Norval Macdonald, of this city. The Minnedosa was the largest barge in the country.

One of the Crew.

Belleville, Ontario - A Belleville man was among the drowned. His name was George McDermott, a young and very intelligent Irish lad, who had been a resident of this city for a little over a year, and resided near Holton's mill. He had been employed with B.E. Sills all summer and left for Kingston about a month ago. He joined the schooner Minnedosa there, and this was his first trip on the schooner. The young fellow had no relatives here, having arrived from Ireland a couple of years ago. He was a fine young fellow and well educated, and made friends with all whom he met. [Belleville Ontario]

p.8 Worse Than Ocean Waves - Detroit, Oct. 24th - An English sailor named Brown, one of the crew of the Canadian steamer Stanley, arrived here from Harbor Beach, where he left the vessel. He said that the steamer nearly went down in the gale on Lake Huron.

"I have sailed for a quarter of a century," said he, "but never saw anything like that storm, even on the ocean. On the ocean there would be five minutes or so between the seas, but with this storm the seas kept pounding us every minute, and we had not a second to breathe."

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Oct 1905