The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 May 1906

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p.1 Sunk Off Colchester - Amherstburg, May 9th - The schooner M.I. Wilcox was struck by the gale off Colchester last night, and sunk in 24 feet of water. Only her spars are above water. She was loaded with 720 tons of coal from Huron, Ohio for the Pittsburgh Coal company, here.

The Strike Settled - Cleveland, May 10th - Following the conferences between President Keefe, of the Longshoremen's Union, and allied labor interests, and representatives of the dock manager's commission, it is announced, that the strike of the longshoremen on the lakes has been settled. The men will go back to work on the basis of last season's wages, pending another conference.



The new Kingston Board of Trade will have abundance of work on its hands, if it be earnestly inclined to follow up its enthusiastic start, and be of the greatest possible good to the community. This is its desire, and when it relegates its proposals to sub-committees, numerous projects will receive concurrent consideration and action.

One of the prime improvements demanded by changing circumstances is the opening of a wider and more central draw in Cataraqui bridge. The upper harbor should be available for larger boats, because of its clean atmosphere and safe anchorage. Last year one, perhaps both, of the large steamers of the Richelieu line, would have come here to winter and be fitted up in the spring, were berths at Portsmouth inlet available. While application to the government for the privilege was going through its slow course, Toronto offered a free berth, and, time being an object, the boats remained there. But the dirty, smoked-up condition of the steamer Kingston, as seen here last week, has given the company's officials a cold dread of Toronto's free air.

The crews of these steamers, over fifty each in number, go into service in April, and the fitting out, in machinery work and painting, would be a boon to Kingston's tradesmen. The anchorage above the bridge would be very welcome to the vessels' officers - none more so - having, besides the clean atmosphere, a safe-bottom and isolation from fire dangers. The citizens will have to contribute to the change, but it could be an additional draw-bridge, leaving the present one for ordinary uses, and fees could be charged for passage, and would be cheerfully paid by owners of several large boats. The harbor might again be the busy place it once was when the mail line and other boats were wintered here.

The board should also bring pressure to bear on the government to have the entrance gate of the dry dock widened. Its being narrowed was not at the time an apparent mistake, as boats on the lock had not grown to their present broad proportions, but it is clear now that the opening should be as wide as the side walls outside the gate lines. The more ready admission to the dock becomes the more sure will its patronage become and thereby increase.

But the primarly requirement of the board is an energetic secretary, who will have good judgement and weight of influence when he moves. A mere office worker is not needed. The stenographic system can do that part.


The steamer Scout arrived here this morning.

The schooner Fleetwing cleared for Trenton to load iron.

The steamer Turbinia will not leave here till the middle of next week.

The steamer Varuna, Trenton to Picton, went on her season's route Tuesday.

The ferry Wolfe Islander made her weekly trip to Gananoque, last night, returning this morning.

Swift's wharf: steamer Rideau King for Ottawa, early this morning; steamer Picton down last night.

The steamers India and Burmah arrived at Garden Island today from Toronto, with timber for the Calvin company.

Owing to a split between President Keefe, of the Longshoremen's Union, and President Bush of the lake pilots, the strike, which has been running for a week, is likely to collapse at once.

Vessel owners are lamenting the fact of little or no business, so far this season. The coal tie-up has been the principal cause, but now that the strike is declared off, prospects should brighten.

The steamer Kingston was floated and left the government dry dock this morning. She will have her wheel put on (taken off so she could enter the dock), and this will take a couple of days, and then proceed to Toronto. She will go into commission in about a month.

M.T. company elevator: steamer Westmount and consort due this evening from Fort William with wheat; steamer Fairmount and consort will not arrive from Fort William till early tomorrow morning; tug Mary P. Hall cleared down with three grain-laden barges.

The name of the well-known passenger and freight steamer Darius Cole will be changed to Huron. The Huron will run on the Cleveland-Detroit-Georgian Bay route. Capt. Byron Armstrong, Detroit, formerly on the steamer Arundell, will command the Huron this season. W.J. Adams, for about ten years pilot on the Arundell, is to be master of the boat this year.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 May 1906