The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Apr 1906

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p.1 A Marine Dispute - Ogdensburg, April 6th - The engineers of the Rutland Transit Fleet's Ogdensburg-Chicago line, refused orders to fit out the steamers pending an adjustment of differences between the lake carriers and the marine engineers, the latter demanding a third engineer on the vessels of this fleet, and on other Ogdensburg vessels an oiler.


Detroit, Mich., April 6th - A Buffalo despatch says that the Canada Atlantic Transportation company has yielded to the demand of the marine engineers for a third engineer on freight boats of 3,000 tons or more. Four lines affected by the third engineer proposition are still holding out. They are the Union Line, the Western Transit company, the Lehigh Valley and dthe Erie railroad line. The Mutual and the Rutland lines are controlled by the above lines. Work of fitting out the package freight boats has been at a standstill for the past three weeks, as engineers of these boats stopped work at that time, pending settlement of the question at issue.



Kingston, April 5th - To the Editor:

In your very bright and readable sketch of what was to be seen along our wharves, which appeared in Saturday's issue, you referred to the repairs and improvements that Capt. Noonan had made in the steamer Rideau King. I understand that Capt. Noonan has expended about $5,000 on his boats during the past winter, all of which has gone into the pockets of the workingmen and merchants of Kingston. It would surely, in view of this, be worth while making an effort to help Capt. Noonan along in his enterprise. Yet, what has been done? Some time ago, Capt. Noonan asked the committee on industries to vote $100 towards paying the cost of a folder advertising his line of steamboats, which, at the same time gave a writeup of Kingston. He was having 50,000 of these struck off and was to have them distributed along the leading railroad lines of the country, thus giving to Kingston one of the best advertisements it is possible to get. He offered to let the committee prepare their own sketch and their own views of Kingston, which he was prepared to insert in his folder. His offer was refused.

On the other hand, look at the way Ottawa has treated Capt. Noonan. He submitted a similar proposition to the Ottawa city council and it was instantly accepted, and, moreover, some of the leading capitalists there offered to take any stock he had for sale in his company, if he would locate in Ottawa and lay his boats up there. This proposition Capt. Noonan has now under consideration, but it is to be hoped, he will refuse it. It serves to show, however, how very much alive to their interests other cities are.

No blame can, I believe, be attached to the committee on industries, as they had not the funds which would enable them to vote the captain what he asked. It is, nevertheless, very unfortunate that the finances of the city are in such a condition that the committee were not able to help Capt. Noonan along in his advertising scheme, which, while of advantage to him, would also have been of very great benefit to the city. OBSERVER.

Are Worthy of Praise.

Kingston, April 5th - To the Editor:

I thought you might like to give a word of praise to the captain and crew of the steamer Wolfe Islander for their work in connection with the fire on board that steamer. The fire took place between decks where the workmen were using oakum and other light material for repairing the steamer, and in a moment, as far as I can learn, the wood work, life preservers, and steamer's outfit, which was stored between decks, was all a blaze. The captain immediately got the hose ready, the engineer ran to his post at the pumps, and the crew assisted, and I want to say I never saw better evidence of a well-fought fire. Nothing but promptness, cool-headed work, and judgement saved this steamer from being a total loss. In many places the planking of the upper deck and the boiler house is burned half way through. The captain and crew deserve every credit for their work. MARINER.

Reached Cape Vincent - The steamer Pierrepont, which started for Cape Vincent at nine o'clock yesterday morning, reached the Cape at 11:45 o'clock, and returned here at five o'clock in the afternoon. Captain Allen said that no ice was encountered after the Pierrepont passed Snake Island.

The Loss Adjusted - The loss by fire on the steamer Wolfe Islander was adjusted yesterday, by Capt. Thomas Donnelly. The figure fixed was $425. The Wolfe Islander was insured in the Guardian company of Montreal.

p.3 Wolfe Island, April 6th - On Tuesday the steamer Wolfe Islander, under the command of Capt. E. Cummings, opened up navigation. This staunch little ferry boat had the honor of being the first to touch the docks on both sides. The old reliable Pierrepont turned her wheels the first this year a day later. The Islander started out from Garden Island, on Tuesday, the pride of her crew. She never looked as well since she first came here, being all newly painted by Jack Briceland and his men. The captain and his men have taken the best of care of their steamer, and Engineer Leslie was the proudest man that sails the fresh water, of having one of the prettiest engine rooms.

p.4 To Put Her In Shape - Walkerville, April 6th - In order to put her in first class shape for any contest with American fish poachers, the cruiser Vigilant, which wintered here, has been taken to the plant of the Detroit Shipbuilding company for an overhauling. Particular attention will be paid to her machinery in order to give her the greatest speed her engine is capable of producing.

p.5 The Ice Still Clings - Jack Frost yet retains his grip on Kingston's harbor, though it needs but a stiff east or north-east wind to drive the ice up into the lake. The middle of the channel is quite open today. The steamer Pierrepont made her trip to Cape Vincent yesterday, being the first boat from here to do the trick. The ferry Wolfe Islander met with some difficulty in crossing, this morning, the ice having shifted. She returned to the island this afternoon. The ice was reported to be shoving up on Garden Island this afternoon. The steamer Jessie Bain is expected to go on her Picton-Deseronto route, Monday, April 16th, leaving here for Deseronto next Saturday.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Apr 1906