The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Apr 1906

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The Rathbun people are negotiating for the purchase of a much larger steamer, probably of full Welland Canal size.

The Recruit is a wooden vessel of 297 gross tons. She was built in 1881 and rebuilt in 1901. She is valued at $2,500 and rated A2 1/2 in Lloyds.

The Resolute is a wooden craft of 372 gross tons and was built at Deseronto for the Rathbuns in 1883. She was rebuilt in 1893. The Resolute is valued at $12,000 and is rated A2 in Lloyds.

The steamer Resolute and consort Recruit, owned by the Deseronto Navigation company, controlled by the Rathbuns, have been sold to western parties who will use them in the upper lake trade. Possession will be given this spring.


Speaking of the explosion of a lantern on the steamer Wolfe Islander, and the consequent damage by the blaze that ensued, a prominent citizen drew the Whig's attention to the fact that there must have been a violation of the marine law regarding the oil used or in the placing of the lantern near combustibles. He desired the law on the point be quoted.

In section 27 of chapter 46 of the steamboat act, the following appears:

"Suitable and safe provision shall be made throughout every steamboat to guard against danger from fire, and no combustible material, liable to take fire from heated iron or any other heat generated on board any steamboat, in and about the boilers, pipes or machinery, shall be placed at less than six inches distance from such heated metal or other substance likely to cause ignition; and when wood is so exposed to ignition, it shall, as an additional, be shielded by tin being nailed on it in such manner as approved by the inspector; and the funnel shall have a casing of metal or other incombustible material extending up through the decks from the boiler with a space of at least four inches between it and the funnel; metallic vessels, or safes shall be provided and kept in some convenient place to receive cotton waste, hemp and other inflammable substances, which are in use on board; and no coal oil lamp shall be used below decks on any passenger steamboat in which any inflammable is carried; nor shall any coal oil which will not bear a test of three hundred degrees Fahrenheit without taking fire be used on any passenger steamboat.

If the structure of the steamboat is such, or the arrangement of the boiler or machinery is such, that the requirements aforesaid cannot, without serious inconvenience or sacrifice, be complied with, the inspector may allow deviations from the said requirements, if in his judgement it can be done with safety.

Inflammable matter, when carried on any steamboat, shall invariably be stowed away as far as possible from the boiler, and from places where its ignition is possible.

No fire or lighted lamp, candle or other artificial light by which fire may be communicated shall be allowed in any stateroom of any passenger steamboat, or in the steerage thereof, unless in a locked and glazed lantern, and no lamps other than with metal bowls shall be used in freight holds or cargo decks.

For each and every contravention of the provisions of this section the owner or master shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding one hundred dollars and not less than fifty dollars."



The lake fronting the city is pretty well broken up today, and many open spaces of the blue waters are seen. The ferry Wolfe Islander had no difficulty in plying between the island and the city, and many passengers took advantage of the two trips today.

At 9:30 this morning, the steamer Pierrepont started down the river to feel her way and if possible make the initial trip of the season, by water, to Cape Vincent. At.three o'clock this afternoon, she had not reported at the port on the other side, and was expected to return to the city at five o'clock.

Kingston seems to be the only river port blockaded. Capt. Sughrue when in town the other day, from Cornwall, said he was all ready to start out with the supply boat Scout to place the buoys. He declared the river was open up to Gananoque. With the continuance of these bright days, however, the entire opening of navigation is but a short time away.


The lake steamer Neepewah, of the Montreal and Lake Superior Transportation line, may fairly be said to have opened navigation into Kingston, by arriving in port from Toronto, at three o'clock this afternoon. From the time she left the Queen City, to her arrival at the dry dock pier, just fifteen hours had elapsed. Capt. Oliver Pateneaude, stepping on the wharf, received many warm greetings. He said the lake is entirely free from ice, none being encountered until Nine Mile Point was reached. From there to the wharf the ice is pretty tough.

The Neepewah will enter the government dry dock as soon as the steamer Caspian is able to be let out. She will undergo general repairs.


Toronto, April 5th - A big steel freighter, the Scottish King, now plying in the Cape Breton and Nova Scotia coal and ore trade, is to be brought up the St. Lawrence and put on the upper lake trade. The Canadian Lake and Ocean Navigation company is bringing the steamer here. The Scottish King is too big to get through the St. Lawrence and Welland canals, so will be cut in two at Quebec and brought through in that way.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 5 Apr 1906