The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Dec 1905

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p.1 Death of a Lake Captain - Windsor, Dec. 20th - Captain Alexander McGregor, eighty-one years of age, is dead at the residence of his son, Capt. McGregor, superintendent of the G.T.R. transfer boats. In his younger days he was a lake sailor. Interment will take place at Goderich.


Marine Intelligence.

The steambarge Navajo, which went to Prescott from Richardsons' elevator with corn, had four captains as crew, no chances being taken of the vessel getting into trouble. The Navajo will return tomorrow and go into winter quarters.

The tug Frontenac is loading poles at the railway wharf, for rafting work, for the Calvin company, Garden Island.

The steamer Aletha made a trip up the bay as far as Emerald today. This will be her last trip of the season.

Five days till Christmas and navigation still open.



Chicago, Dec. 20th - Death took a heavier toll from the men navigating the great lakes during the season just closed than in any previous year since the coming of big boats. A total of 215 lives were lost. Of these, 116 were drowned off ships during the three great storms of the fall.

The remaining ninety-nine were lost by falling overboard and like causes. In 1904 the number of dead was 49, which went to the other extreme of being the smallest loss on record.

It was then generally believed by marine men that the big steel steamers, to which the traffic of the lakes was going, were so safe that a serious loss of life on board them was out of the question. In fact, vessel men claimed that lake navigation was freer from loss of life than any other great occupation. All this was upset by the season now closing.

Compared with previous years the list of dead in 1896 was 66, in 1897 it was 88, 95 in 1898, an even hundred in 1899, 110 in 1900, 122 in 1901, 140 in 1902, 94 in 1903, and 49 in 1904.


Marine News.

The steamer New Island Wanderer goes to Cape Vincent, via Nine Mile Point.

The steamer Donnelly, aground near Brighton, is frozen in and will have to remain till next spring.

Capt. Joseph Dix is looking for a steamer to take the place of the Valeria on the Gananoque-Clayton route.

David Donnelly, ship-carpenter, of this city, has been engaged by J.P. Watson, M.P., to superintend the construction of a ninety-foot passenger steamer at Burke's Falls.

p.7 Collins Bay, Dec. 16th - The bay is now frozen...... The schooner Lizzie Metzner discharged 10,000 bushels of grain here, for A. Rankin, last week.

p.8 The steamer Caspian entered the government dry dock this afternoon, and will remain for the winter, undergoing extensive repairs.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Dec 1905