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

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p.1 Rosedale Is Safe - Detroit, Mich., Oct. 25th - Some apprehension was felt here, yesterday, about the safety of the steamer Rosedale, owned by the St. Lawrence & Chicago Steam Navigation company, Toronto, but a telegram, last night, stated that the steamer passed the Soo down bound yesterday afternoon and was due with her grain cargo at Meaford tonight. The Rosedale passed the Soo, upbound, the day before the great storm and weathered it on Lake Superior, reaching Fort William in good shape.


Ottawa, Oct. 2th - The surprising fact is revealed that the department of marine has no supervision over inland grain vessels. In answer to an enquiry, a leading official of the department said; "We have no control over vessels loading grain for inland ports. Our jurisdiction extends only to ships taking grain cargoes to ocean ports. Of course, if the attention of the department were drawn to vessels that were deemed to be unseaworthy, action would be taken to prevent such vessels from leaving port. I cannot tell you how it is that the lake carriers are not on the same footing as the ocean vessels. A number of seagoing vessels foundered owing to shifting of their grain cargoes and this led to an agitation which resulted in the adoption of the present law against overloading. But that law does not apply to inland ports."

Another officical stated: "Shipping is very lax on the upper lakes. There is little or no observance of 'the rules of the road,' and there seems to be equal laxity in regard to every other safeguard. The department of marine will give attention to the matter."



The schooners Winnie Wing and Metzner will load feldspar at Richardsons' wharf.

The S.S. Westmount and consort Melrose will not reach here till tomorrow morning.

Craig's wharf: Propeller Michigan up this morning; steamer Niagara up this morning; tug Reserve down today.

The schooner Clara Youell is in Davis' dry dock receiving new frame work. The barge Alberta is next to enter.

The steamer Advance, Fort William to Montreal with wheat, called at the M.T. company wharf this morning for coal.

Marine department officials say if some interested party will prefer a complaint that the Minnedosa was overloaded, a searching investigation will be ordered.

A number of small vessels are lying at Richardsons' wharf awaiting to be discharged. The elevator is full and there has been a delay in the arrival of barges to carry the grain to Montreal.

Swift's wharf: Steamer Hamilton, up, today; steamer Rideau King, from Ottawa, tonight; steamer Picton, down, yesterday; steamer Belleville, due down today; steamer Aletha, bay ports.

The captain of the government Reserve says the departmental regulations prevent the vessel having her name on the bow as required on other vessels. The steamer also flies flags that commercial vessels are not permitted to run up.

Schooner Was Helpless

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence company's steamer John Crerar, Capt. A. Craigie, on her arrival at Port Dalhousie, reports picking up the schooner Annie Minnes, coal laden, about ten miles off the False Ducks, Monday night. The schooner was in a helpless condition, with rudder and sails gone. After two or three attempts the Crerar picked her up and towed her to shelter behind the Duck Islands. Shortly after taking her in tow the schooner's mainmast went by the board and carried a man over board with it. The Crerar stopped and rounded to, and those on the Crerar understood the man succeeded in getting aboard the schooner. She started again and towed the dismantled vessel behind the Ducks, where she left her in safety. Capt. Craigie then learned that the man who went over with the mast was drowned. The night was intensely dark and a high wind blowing, so the poor fellow could neither be seen nor heard.

It is believed that the man drowned was named Preston, and that he belonged to Picton.

p.7 Collins Bay - Oct. 24th - The schooner Ariadne discharged a load of corn for A. Rankin here on Monday.

p.8 Cargo Sold To Prescott Firm - Detroit, Oct. 25th - The steamer Phoenix, which unloaded here, had 17,000 bushels of wet corn out of her cargo of 78,000, the result of a leak caused by storms on Lake Michigan. The damaged grain has been sold to a starch factory at Prescott.

Oct. 26, 1905

not published - Thanksgiving

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Oct 1905