The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Apr 1906

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p.2 Fire On Ferry - About eight o'clock Tuesday night, a brisk blaze, resulting from the explosion of a lamp while the men were working with oakum, did material damage to the steamer Wolfe Islander, lying at Garden Island, after her initial and fruitless attempt to cross to the city. The blaze was entirely confined to the passageway on the main deck and along the port side, where fire scorched the newly painted boards. The flames, however, were extinguished very shortly and $200 will fully cover the damage done.


At the last lecture at the Marine School, the following address of appreciation was read to Capt. Thomas Donnelly, who has been in charge of the school:

"The Kingston Association of Masters and Mates desire to express their earnest appreciation of, and the benefit your marine lectures have been to them during the season about closing. We are aware that much thought and labor was necessary in the preparation of these lectures, and we fully believe that you have not spared any and every effort to make them both interesting and profitable to those who were fortunate enough to attend. These lectures have been alike useful to old as well as young mariners, and the knowledge we have acquired has certainly increased our usefulness to our employers, and has made us feel a much greater degree of admiration for our profession.

The steady attendance of our sailors and yachtsmen is a proof of the very great interest which the marine men of this vicinity have taken in the marine school, and we feel that the marine men of this city and vicinity have much to be thankful for in being privileged to attend it.

Already steps have been taken to bring your merits and work to the notice of the department of marine and we sincerely hope that department will continue the good work which has been so ably carried forward this winter under your supervision."

Signed on behalf of the association, CAPT. MARTIN, Master; O.J. DIX, Purser.

p.3 Divert Grain Trade - Montreal, April 4th - The combine of the Canadian steamship companies to try to maintain grain rates from Fort William and Port Arthur to bay ports at 2 1/4 cents a bushel has been met by the steamship companies running to Buffalo, cutting the rate to 1 3/4 cents. A very large amount of business has already been diverted from the St. Lawrence route by the cut, and Canadian grain exporters want the combine of Canadian lines broken.


Steamer In Port.

The steamer Wolfe Islander, in command of Capt. C. Cummings, was the first boat to enter Kingston this year, she making the locomotive works wharf, from Garden Island, at noon today. At nine thirty o'clock the little ferry started making her channel across the river, and though at places the ice was fully twelve inches in thickness, she sturdily fought her way, crushing the ice into huge cakes. Capt. Cummings should get the hat for opening navigation. Hundreds watched along the wharves, while the steamer made her passage to the city. The old reliable Pierrepont was also doing business this morning, breaking the ice in the vicinity of the Folger dock. By this afternoon she had cut a passage to the one made by the Wolfe Islander and went to the island. The ferry made a second trip to the city this afternoon at two o'clock.

Told Of The Fire.

Capt. Cummings, telling of the fire on board the steamer Wolfe Islander, on Tuesday night, said: "With the rest of the crew I was sitting forward, on the port side, while three men were spinning oakum for filling in the deck seams. Three lanterns were providing the light. All of a sudden I heard a slight 'swish,' and the oakum had caught on fire as quick as a flash. The lantern had exploded. The flames caught on the freshly painted wood work, and ceiling, and were blazing up the chimney flue in a few seconds. Immediately I rushed for the hose and Engineer Leslie for the pumps, and with the united efforts of the other men, we soon had the fire extinguished." Had the fire reached the starboard side directly opposite where it started, the boat would have burned to the water's edge, as here were the paints, turpentines and oils. All the wires and bell cords are burned, so that in making the trip today, the captain's signalling was by the whistle. The damage done is more than at first thought, and will be $500 covered by insurance. Besides this, several of the crew lost their coats and rubber boots. The fire, however, will in no way hinder the ferry making her trips.

The Late Henry A. Hawgood - Cleveland, April 4th - Henry A. Hawgood, president of the Hawgood Transit company, and one of the best known vessel owners on the lakes, died suddenly of heart failure at his home near this city yesterday. Mr. Hawgood was sixty years of age.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Apr 1906