The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Apr 1906

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p.1 Steamer Released - Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., April 23rd - The Canadian steamer Donnacona, stranded near the Soo, was released on Sunday, after lightering five thousand bushels of her grain cargo. The steamer was uninjured and proceeded on her voyage. The steamer Zimmerman, sunk by collision with the Saxona, is still on the bottom. It is expected that a contract will be let within a day or two for raising her.

Many Passed Detroit - Detroit, April 23rd - Between ten o'clock on Saturday night, and nine o'clock on Sunday night, nearly 100 vessels passed Detroit, an unusually large number for this time of the season. The upward bound and downward bound were about equally divided. Among the down-bound were the Corey and the Ellwood, both of which were victims of the big storm last November on Lake Superior.


Another Accident by Gas Buoy Blowing Up.

Parry Sound, April 23rd - By an explosion of an acetylene gas buoy, in the ship channel, ten miles from here, Captain Arthur Clarke was killed and blown to pieces last night. The cause of the explosion has not yet been ascertained. The tug Pilot, from which the work of filling the buoy was being done, was so seriously damaged that she sunk before reaching shore. All the rest of the crew escaped uninjured.

p.2 Incidents of the Day - While helping to unload pumps from the lighter Grantham, Capt. Louis Thibadeau had a portion of the large finger of the left hand cut off.


Swift's wharf: steamer Aletha, Picton and bay ports.

The schooner Marshall is loading stone at the penitentiary wharf for Cobourg.

The long wharf at Little Sandy Bay on the Hallowell and Athol divide, has been removed.

The much-talked-of ferry on Hay Bay has become a reality; Woodcock's ferry is running every day of the week.

At Picton difficulties have arisen about the ice shipments, and several boats in the harbor have not yet left with their cargoes.

The steamer Gordon Campbell lef the government dry dock yesterday afternoon. She went up to Belleville to load cement for Fort William.

F.G. Henderson, engineer of the tug Mary, lately purchased by the M.T. Company, has gone to Ogdensburg to fit out that vessel.

M.T. company wharf: steamer Marshall from Duluth, with 90,000 bushels of barley and rye; steamer Advance cleared for Montreal with grain.

Peter Cavanagh, of Perth, is fitting out a barge to ply on the Rideau this season. He intends to embark in the freight business as well as the passenger and excursion traffic. For the latter he will use the yacht Aileen.

The steamer Picton will be the first boat of the R. & O. Navigation company on the Hamilton and Montreal line to leave Toronto, April 30th; Hamilton the next morning for Toronto and Montreal. The time-table has been altered to give passengers a better opportunity to view the scenery along the eastern end of Lake Ontario.

The steamer Argyle will be on hand about the middle of May, prepared for her customary trips on the north shore of the lake. Preparations are being made for the coming season's work, scrubbing, painting, fitting up and general overhauling of machinery. She makes daily runs between Toronto and Colborne. John Hazlett, the genial manager, leaves no stone unturned to have everything on his steamer in perfect order.



To Raise the Sunken Steamer Zimmerman.

The Donnelly Wrecking company, of this city, has received the contract to raise the steamer Zimmerman, which sank last Thursday in a collision with the steamer Saxona, at the head of St. Joseph's Island, in the Soo river. Capt. Thomas Donnelly signed the contract in Buffalo, and returned here this morning. This afternoon, John Donnelly left for Sault Ste. Marie with the company's divers. Pumps and other outfit will go up on one of the M.T. company's boats. The steamer Zimmerman has 10,000 tons of coal. A marine man at the Soo says she has the largest hole stove in her that he has seen in twenty-five years' experience as a wrecker. The Donnelly company will deliver the steamer at the Soo, and when she is unloaded, take her to her port of destination.

p.7 Affects Montreal Shipping - Montreal, April 23rd - A severe blow has been dealt Montreal trade interests by the decision of the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Transportation company to use in future American ports, via Buffalo and the Erie canal, instead of Montreal. The Company generally known as the Wolvin line, has the largest fleet of grain carriers between Montreal and the west, and heretofore has shipped through Montreal. Owing, it is said, to the large charges for handling grain at this port, they will no longer use it, but go to better equipped American ports, such as Poston and Philadelphia.

Cape Vincent, April 21st - ....Last year about 12,000 cords of pulp wood, from the vicinity of Quebec, was boated to this port for the Penecost company. The company has a large plant at this place, and expect its business will be largely increased the coming year.

p.8 News of the World - The body of a woman found on the beach near Stoke's Bay, is believed to be that of Mrs. Laflamme, cook on the steamer Kaliyuga, which foundered last fall.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Apr 1906