The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 May 1906

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p.1 Three Men Drowned - Owen Sound, May 3rd - The tug Clipper, belonging to the Spanish Boom company, sprung a leak, yesterday, off the Bustards Islands and sank within a hundred yards of the shore. Capt. McIntosh, of French River, Edward Flesher of Cutler, and a man named Johnston, Midland, were drowned. The fourth hand on the tug got ashore on a door. The body of Flesher was recovered and brought here by his brother. The other two bodies had not been found when the steamer Manitou left there last night.



She Will Go Into Drydock.

The steamship Turbinia arrived in port, Tuesday afternoon, at 4:30 o'clock, from Montreal, after her winter in Cuban waters. There was quite a crowd at the government dry-dock to see this fine boat, as she entered. She will have her hull scraped and repainted.

Immediately on the steamer docking Dr. Garrett hastened on board to attend to Capt. Bongard, who was suffering from his finger, which was pricked Tuesday, by a steel cable. It was found that blood poisoning had set in and the captain was removed to the general hospital.

The Turbinia left Montreal, Tuesday morning early, and was delayed on her trip to Kingston by a cable being caught in one of her wheels as she was coming through the Cornwall canal. Her crew, made up principally of men picked up in Montreal to bring her as far as the Limestone City, were paid off.

The Turbinia Cuban route this winter, between Cuba and Jamaica, it is rumored, was not a paying one, owing to the fact of the trip being a night one and the steamer's lack of state-rooms. She will not likely leave Ontario next winter. The Turbinia attracted much attention in southern waters, as no steamships plying in the water could compare with her in point of speed, the fastest with which she came in contact was the Port Kingston, of the Elder-Dempster, which was beat out by forty minutes on a fifty mile run.

The trip from Cuba to Montreal is best told by one of the crew: "We expected to find some ice, but certainly not such a closely jammed body of it. It is somewhat late to find it remaining in such quantities. We ran into it first after we were several hours out, on Friday evening, April 20th, and were kept working around and through it until Monday morning, then we became clear of it in the Baie de Chaleurs. We were also delayed for about twelve hours by a heavy snow storm in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and were compelled during that time to lay off Cape Chatte. The heavy, close-packed Gulf ice, however, caused most of our difficulty. It reaches for seventy-five or eighty miles, some of the cakes being 100 feet in length by eight in thickness. North of Gaspe there is no ice."

Marine Notes.

Steamer Goldspie cleared last night for Montreal.

Steambarge Arctic from Ogdensburg to Deseronto, light.

Craig's wharf: propeller Cuba, due up from Montreal, tonight.

Swift's wharf: steamer Picton, down from Hamilton last night on her first trip to Montreal.

The schooner Queen of the Lakes arrived back from Charlotte to load feldspar at Richardsons' wharf.

A new frame building to be used as a store house is to be erected this summer on the new portion of Craig's wharf.

The old fashioned lamp at Gull lighthouse has been removed and a modern revolving lamp put up. It is said that the lamp cost over $600.

Captain Samuel H. Dixon, of the barge Argosy, of Ogdensburg, loading coal at Oswego for Brockville broke one of his ribs while going up the river.

M.T. company elevator: steamers Keefe, Turret Court and Strathcona cleared for upper lake ports; tug Emerson up with three light barges and cleared down with three grain-laden.

At Waddington, Monday, the steamer Algona was sold at mortgage foreclosure. Captain James Fox, the former owner of the boat and the mortgagee, bid her in. When Captain Fox sold the boat to Rochester parties, he took a mortgage on her.

p.5 Incidents of the Day - Joseph Tilton, the capable and popular chief steward of the Lake Ontario and Bay of Quinte Steamboat company is in town fitting out the steamers North King and Caspian. These steamers go into commission on May 23rd.

p.8 An Assistant Appointed - The board of directors of the Upper Canada Tract Society have appointed George Pound assistant sailor's missionary, with Mr. Potter, for the port of Kingston. The latter proceeded to Toronto, this morning, on missionary work, and Mr. Judson, appointed a month ago, and who has been assisting at Snug Harbor, goes to Toronto on Friday, en route to his field in the Welland Canal.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 May 1906