The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Nov 1905

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The steamer India went to Oswego last evening to load coal for Craig & Co.

G.T.R. wharf: sloop Ariadne, with eighteen tons of hay from Wolfe Island.

The insurance on the barge Melrose's damaged cargo was to be settled today.

The steamer Bothnia will go into winter quarters after discharging her coal cargo at Crawford's wharf.

Capt. Pritchard has returned to the city after putting his tug, the Edward and barge Columbia, in dock at Newboro.

The S.S. H.M. Pellatt, having unloaded grain at the Frontenac Milling company's elevator, cleared yesterday afternoon for Owen Sound.

Richardsons' wharf; steambarge Navajo and schooner Pilot, from bay ports, with grain; schooner Granger, from the islands, with hay.

The schooner Kalkins left here yesterday morning and made a fast run to Oswego, reaching there in five hours. She left this morning for Kingston, with coal for Sowards & Co.

The steamer Donnelly sustained no damage by running on a shoal oppositie Alexandria Bay. Her release was easy. After a portion of her coal had been removed, the tug Emerson pulled her off with one jerk.

The steamer Turbinia, of the Toronto-to-Hamilton line, is at Halifax preparing for the winter season in West India waters. She will make three daily trips per week from Kingston, Jamaica, 210 miles south. The owners receive $10,000 for the seasons' charter.


The marine department has received word that the lighthouse at False Ducks in Lake Ontario, twenty-two miles above Kingston, was burned, Sunday night, presumably by lightning. It is not known whether the keeper has perished or been disabled.

No one here knows anything about the report, as no boat has come down past there for several days. E.R. Beckwith, assistant engineer of the marine department, happened to be here, and received orders to investigate. He left this afternoon for Picton.

Picton advices are to the effect that the lighthouse was struck by lightning on Sunday night and burned down. The steamer Aletha says the light was not burning last night.

p.5 The Largest Cargo - Detroit, Nov. 28th - On Sunday the big steamer Augustus Wolvin finished loading the largest cargo of wheat ever floated on the great lakes at Superior. It consisted of a trifle more than 350,000 bushels. It is the final trip for the vessel this season, and she will get 4 cents for transporting it, and holding it in storage at Buffalo for a while, making $14,000 she will receive for the cargo.

p.8 Vessel Ashore - Superior, Wis., Nov. 28th - Steamer Crescent City is ashore near Duluth. It is reported that several other steamers are ashore and are being pounded by the heavy sea. This city and Lake Superior have been lashed by a furious wind since last night. A blinding snow accompanied the hurricane.


This afternoon, the Whig telephoned to Milford, in South Bay, which is opposite the False Ducks, and obtained the information that the light house at that place was struck by lightning on Sunday night and burned. The keeper's residence and contents were also destroyed. The keeper is Durham Dulmage. It was thought at first that he and his family had lost their lives, but residents of South Bay went to the scene of the fire Monday morning and found the family all safe, and took them away.

Mr. Beckwith, the assistant engineer of the marine department, who went up this afternoon, will make arrangements for the immediate rebuilding of the lighthouse. Fortunately, navigation is just at an end, for the place is dangerous for vessels without a light.

A Schooner Ashore - The schooner Oliver Mowat went ashore near Farewell's marsh, about two miles from Oshawa, Ont. harbor, this morning. The crew is supposed to be safe.

Vessel In the Storm - Though the schooner Kalkins, coal laden for Kingston, was on the lake in the snowstorm today, mariners did not express much fear for her safety. When she started out at seven o'clock this morning, the wind was fair and from the east. Later it shifted to the south, and would be right behind the vessel, which was expected to reach here this afternoon.

To Have Another Channel - Amherstburg, Nov. 28th - Preliminary surveys on two of the proposed routes for a second ship channel in lower Detroit River have been completed by the United States government, and work is about to be started on the third. Soundings will be taken. The surveys are made for the purpose of estimating the approximate cost of a second deep channel.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Nov 1905