The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Dec 1905

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Sarnia, Ont., Dec. 13th - Powerful tugs and the wrecking outfit of the Reid Wrecking company will go to Lake Superior to work on the wrecked steamers of the Pittsburg Steamship company. If it is possible to commence operations upon arrival, this will be done. The wrecking fleet then will remain until the spring in order that work may be begun at the earliest possible moment. Arrangements have been made to have the Soo locks kept open until the expedition shall have passed up. The Pittsburg company still have five vessels in Lake Superior, not released or docked, since the great gale.



Will Be Conducted by Capt. Thomas Donnelly.

Capt. Thomas Donnelly has been appointed to take charge of the school for mariners to be opened in Kingston by the marine department of Canada. He will be the sole lecturer, and hold classes twice a week, likely in the evenings. There is no marine authority in Canada more fitted to be entrusted with this important work than Capt. Donnelly, and his selection, by the marine department, is a tribute to his ability. The captain is thoroughly posted in all matters relating to marine, having in his younger days passed the English examinations for qualification. As a lecturer, he will be popular on account of his clearness and forcefulness of expression.

The marine school at Kingston will be the only one in Ontario. It will open during the first week of January in the old collegiate building, and it is expected that there will be an attendance of fifty at least. Masters and mates and those intending to qualify as such will find it of great benefit. The course of lectures will continue until the opening of navigation next spring. This move of the marine department is an excellent one. The course of lectures will be of a general nature, on navigation and seamanship.


The barge Melrose is still in the dry dock.

The schooner Queen of the Lakes is unloading grain at the Frontenac Milling company's elevator.

The steamer Aletha made a trip to Amherst Island today. She is scheduled to make one more this season, on the 20th, then she will go into winter quarters.

Capt. Thomas Donnelly has just returned from Owen Sound, where he held surveys on the steamers Rosemount and Fairmount, which met with accidents in the recent storms. The Rosemount will go into dry dock at Collingwood this week, after her barge, the Athabaska, comes out.

Shareholders of the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation company will be interested in the statement that the season just closed was the best on record. During the season of 1903 the steamers of the company carried 850,523 passengers, while this season they carried 963,950, showing an increase for this year of 113,427.

At five o'clock this morning, the steamer Wahcondah from Fort William with wheat and barley, arrived at Richardsons' elevator. There was talk of allowing the steamer to go into winter quarters here, but it is likely she will clear for Hamilton. The Richardsons paid four and a half cents a bushel for freight on the cargo of 65,000 bushels.

p.8 Incidents of the Day - It is proposed to use the hull of the propeller Melbourne in the construction of a small dry dock at Clayton, for the convenience of steamyachts. The hulk of the Melbourne is owned by B.W. Folger.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Dec 1905