The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Apr 1906

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As the Result of a Collision at the Soo.

Detroit, Mich., April 17th - The most disastrous collision in years in the Soo passage, occurred yesterday morning, when the steel steamers Saxona and Eugene Zimmerman came together at the foot of the dyke. The Zimmerman sank at once in 20 feet of water on the Canadian side of the river. The crew escaped. The Saxona continued on down the river as far as Little Mud Lake, where she filled and sank on the west side of the river.

The channel is not blocked by the accident. The Saxona was bound down from Duluth, with a valuable cargo of flax seed, and the Zimmerman, which was on her first trip was taking a load of coal to Lake Superior. The loss to insurance companies having risks on hulls and cargoes will be heavy.


St. Catharines, April 17th - Friends and relatives of the late Capt. Woods, of Port Dalhousie, who went down with the steamer Bannockburn three years ago, are inclined to believe that the message found in a bottle in the canal at Port Robinson, the other night, was genuine. The bottle had by its appearance evidently been in the water a long time. The note was written in lead pencil, and in a hurried hand. S.B. Perry and Alexander Abbey, of Port Robinson, knew Capt. Woods' writing well, and they are satisfied that the note in the bottle was written by him. The Bannockburn was a Kingston boat, and both her captain and mate, Alexander Graham, were Port Dalhousie men. Joseph Lawson, a St. Catharines man, was a member of the crew.

Gill Nets Seized - Port Stanley, Ont., April 17th - The government cruiser, steamer Vigilant, Capt. E. Dunn, arrived here last night on the first trip this spring, which realized one hundred and seventy-five gill nets and about five hundred pounds of fish, seized near Pelee Island.



The schooner Clara Youell is being overhauled and got in shape for the season's work.

The propeller Lake Michigan cleared yesterday for Sandusky after which she will ply on Georgian Bay for the summer.

Thirty-five years ago navigation was resumed through the Welland canal on April 10th. With all the mildness of the past winter, the present season was six days behind that of '71.

The officers on the steamer Gordon Campbell now in port: Captain, J.D. Vanalstine, Trenton; mate, John Howe, St. Catharines; chief engineer, J.F. McEwen, Kingston; second engineer, F.E. McEwen, Toronto. When the steamer comes out of the dry dock the latter part of the week, after repairs to a broken wheel, she will go to Belleville for a cargo of cement for Fort William.

p. Leacy, Cardinal, is in communication with the Turbinia Steamship company of Hamilton, with the view of securing the steamer Turbinia on her way up from salt water to run the following excursion trips before going on her regular route. One trip, Kingston to Ogdensburg; one trip, Morrisburg to Kingston; one trip, Ogdensburg to Kingston. Should arrangements be made the excursions will be between May 10th and 15th.

p.3 Handling Many Fish - Cape Vincent fish hatchery has deposited over twenty million white fish in lake; also raising brook and lake trout.

p.5 Toronto, April 17th - In the admiralty court this morning, Judge Hodgins gave judgement in the case of the Canadian Lake and Ocean Navigation company against the owners of the steamer Dorothy, arising out of the collision of the latter vessel with the steamer Plummer, owned by the plaintiffs. The collision occurred in the Soulanges canal on August 21st, 1905. The judgement stated that the cost of the repairs to the two vessels be lumped and divided so that each party pay half and each must pay its own costs because both plaintiff and defendant had infringed the rules of the road and were jointly responsible for the collision.

p.7 Wolfe Island, April 16th - The Wolfe Islander made a trip to Amherst Island on Friday last. E. Briceland left for Gananoque to make arrangements for the steamer Wolfe Islander to make one trip a week and to see about wharfage and freight.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Apr 1906