The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Jan 1906

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p.1 Burned To Water's Edge - Courtright, Jan. 15th - The steamer Hattie, owned in Detroit, was burned to the water's edge, at Courtright, last night. The Hattie was temporarily on the ferry route between Courtright and the St. Clair, Mich. route. The cause of the fire is not known. During the summer for the past four or five years the Hattie's route was between Detroit and Wolfes, on the Canadian shore, above Walkerville.

p.2 The Harbor Still Open - The middle of January has arrived, and still the harbor is open. Of course, this is not unusual. Four years ago, the harbor did not freeze over till January 22nd, and it has been as late as February 2nd, and yet the icemen have laid in as large a stock as required.....


Capt. Donnelly's Remarks Are Of Great Interest.

The marine lecture, on Friday evening, was as usual, well attended, many amateur yachtsmen taking a great interest in the lectures.

Capt. Donnelly commenced by stating that he had received requests from two marine men for fuller explanations regarding two points, which had been gone over on previous evenings, and which were not quite understood by some present. The lecturer stated that it gave him much pleasure to accede to these requests. Part of Friday evening was taken up by practical seamanship, and the balance devoted to hull insurance on the great lakes.

In connection with the former Capt. Donnelly explained fully how necessary it was that every master should know how to rig a temporary rudder to steer his ship into port, and cited many cases on the lakes where large amounts had been paid out by masters of disabled vessels to tow their ships into port, which could have been saved, had the masters known how to rig a simple, practical and efficient rudder.

By the aid of diagrams and illustrations on the blackboard, he showed how easy a rudder could be rigged and worked by hand, or from deck winches, and he gave credit to a Kingston captain, who rigged one on Lake Superior last season, and brought his ship safely to port, without delay or expense.

Then taking up the question of hull insurance, Captain Donnelly explained the different clauses in the application form, and the policy of insurance. The ship must be seaworthy, said he, when the insurance is placed, and it is no excuse for unseaworthiness for the owner to put up the claim that an inspector had classed or certificated the ship. Underwriters insure against the negligence or fault of the master or crew, but the owner or manager must be blameless in this respect, and culpable mismanagement, or neglect on the part of the owner or manager will vitiate a policy of insurance. The lecturer gave half a dozen instances where this had occurred. Once case he cited was that of a Montreal owned steamer. The captain wired his owner that the ship was not in a condition to carry perishable cargo. The owner ordered the cargo to be put on board. The cargo was damaged, and the owner of the ship paid for the damage. The day was gone by, said the lecturer, when worthless members of a crew can lay complaints against master, mate or other members of the crew, trying by this action to get even for fancied grievances. The policy on the hull covers this, and rightly so, or owners would be at the mercy of irresponsible men. After speaking for one hour and thirty minutes the lecturer stopped, and asked his audience if they were tired listening, but by unanimous vote he was requested to go on, which he did for fully thirty minutes longer.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Jan 1906