The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Jul 1906

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The new steamer Dundurn, recently purchased by the R.W.F. & A.B. McKay Co., for the Hamilton-Montreal line, is expected to reach Kingston tomorrow morning, being scheduled to leave Hamilton at ten o'clock, this morning, on her first trip.

The Dundurn is a new steamer, 200 feet in length and 31 foot beam, with three decks - main, promenade and awning - and is capable of accommodating 125 passengers, and carrying about 800 tons of freight. She is fitted with fore and aft compound engines and a Scotch boiler, carrying 125 pounds of steam pressure, making twelve knots per hour. The Dundurn enjoys the distinction of being one of the finest passenger boats on the great lakes.

The cabins are fitted up with red plush and mahogany furniture, while the walls are of oil finish in the natural wood. The floor is of a fine cement composition with fancy border.

At the top of the stairs is the ladies' cabin, decorated in ivory with trimmings of gold, fitted with new velvet carpets and furnished with mahogany furniture done in silk. The equipment of the mid-ship saloon is much the same as the ladies' cabin.

The splendid dining room contains accommodation for sixty passengers, and is supplied with furniture, trimmed in green leather. The dining table equipment is particularly fine.

On the starboard bow is the smoking room, fitted in green leather with fancy cement floor, while on the port bow is the officers' mess room, which is also splendidly furnished.

The staterooms are inviting and are supplied with hot and cold water, electric lights and electric bells. The floor is carpeted in rich velvet.

The awning deck is provided with large easy chairs for the gentlemen and rocking chairs for the ladies, and in fact everything that could be thought of is provided for the comfort and pleasure of the passengers. The boat is equipped with a powerful searchlight, and is lighted by a 350 light Westinghouse dynamo.

Capt. John Malcomson, of St. Catharines, is in charge, with T. Toupin, of Montreal, as first officer; Samuel A. Junkin, St. Catharines, purser, and James Adams, of Toronto, as chief engineer.

Marine Paragraphs.

Steamers Caspian and Toronto went down the river today.

Sloop Granger arrived this morning with hay from Wolfe Island.

Steamer Alexandria, from Quebec to Olcott, N.Y., passed up last night.

Richardsons': schooner Robert Macdonald, from Wellington, with grain.

Steamer Rideau King made a trip to Clayton last night, and left for Ottawa this morning.

M.T. Co.: tug Thomson, from Montreal, with three light barges, returning with three of grain; steamer Fairmount and consorts Melrose and Quebec cleared for Fort William; steamer Rosemount will arrive from Fort William on Monday; tug Mary P. Hall, from Montreal, cleared on the return trip with two grain barges.

p.3 Died In California - Sarnia, July 14th - A.T. Moffatt, at one time one of the best known vessel owners on the great lakes, is dead at Oakland, Cal. Mr. Moffatt was formerly president and manager of the Moffatt tug line, and the Star Line passenger steamers at Port Huron, Mich., but of late years had been in the vessel business in San Francisco.



Should She Attempt To Run An Excursion.

The new steamer Iroquois, of the Niagara and St. Lawrence Navigation company, will not, as advertised for Sunday, leave at 12:15 noon, for Alexandria Bay and Clayton, returning at 5:45 p.m. Fare 50 cents." This was the information given the Whig reporter at Swift's wharf today.

It is understood the custom officials warned the captain of the boat on her arrival in port, yesterday, that it would be a violation of a Canadian law to run an excursion out of a Canadian port on Sunday.

What permits the steamers North King and Kingston is the fact that they clear from an American and only make this a port of call, en route. It was the intention of the Iroquois to make Kingston her starting point. The board of trade were to have been given a complimentary trip among the islands.

"I am only acting on the law," said Clarke Hamilton, collector of customs, confirming the warning given to the Iroquois re the trip. "And if she attempts to go out I will tie her up." Joseph Nash, general passenger agent for the steamer Iroquois at Clayton, in discussing the refusal of the local customs officials to grant the steamer clearance out of Kingston on Sunday, claimed that he had recently taken up the matter with the commissioner and had been informed that the matter rested entirely in the hands of the collector of customs, who could use his own discretion in regard to the matter. Mr. Nash thought it rather strange that the R. & O. N. Co. and the Bay of Quinte Steamboat companies should be allowed clearance and the Iroquois refused the same. "What do you deem the cause of the trouble?" was asked. "Well it seems to be like a discrimination against an American company," replied Mr. Nash, "for the Canadian boats get clearance when making their usual runs on Sunday."

"Is your Sunday route the same as week days?" "Yes, the time table is a little different, but the route is the same."

"Then you will have to cancel the proposed trip for which invitations have been extended the members of the board of trade?"

"Yes, we will either tender it some week day or postpone it till the matter is settled and we see if we can arrange the trouble with the customs."

Mr. Nash stated that he would communicate the decision of the collector to headquarters at Buffalo, and then carry the question direct to Ottawa for an immediate decision.

p.8 Incidents of the Day - The officials of the board of trade deny the report that they were invited to an excursion on the steamer Iroquois on Sunday, or that they ever contemplated a trip. The report was given circulation without their knowledge.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Jul 1906