The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Aug 1906

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Passengers on the many steamers making Kingston a port of call have been more favored as far as can be learned, this year than last. Frequent reports were made last season of thefts while the boats lay in port. The thieves "made hay while the sun shone," by making a raid of the staterooms on the side of the vessel farthest from the wharf, where she was tied up. Officers on those steamers which remain in port for any length of time, and whose passengers get off to view the city, warn the travellers to see that the windows of their room are barred. Either the precaution taken by the steamboat officials or the fact that the supposed gang who were doing this stealing have vacated the vicinity, have resulted that so far this season, the local police force have received no complaints.

Settling for Collision.

An important conference between representatives of two steamboat firms is taking place in Toronto settling claims against the owners of the big steamer, John B. Cowie, Cleveland, which sunk the steamer Erin, and drowned five of her crew of sixteen, in the St. Clair river, in a collision, at the beginning of the season. Capt. T. Donnelly represents the owners of the Erin. It is understood claims are being put in by Erin survivors for the loss of their personal effects. It is said the Cowie owners dispute the exact point as to where the collision occurred, but no great advantage can be gained, even if the mishap did occur in American waters. The habit on the lakes has been to settle in matters of this kind without regard to boundary lines or sailing colours.

Marine Paragraphs.

Swift's wharf: steamer Picton due down today.

The propellor Persia passed down this morning.

Steamer Rideau King left for Ottawa this morning.

The M.T. Co.'s barge Cornwall is unloading coal for Swift's.

Crawford's: schooners Metzner and Cornelia cleared for Oswego.

The steamer Hamilton was five hours late on her up trip last night.

Steamer Toronto went down the river on her trip to Prescott this morning.

The government supply boat Scout arrived in port, last night, from down the river. She will have her boiler tested before going on her round of the gas buoys in this vicinity.

M.T. Co.: steamer George C. Howe, Duluth, with 79,800 bushels of flax, clearing again for up the lakes.; tug Hall and five barges from Montreal, returning with two grain-laden barges.

p.3 District Dashes - Captain Robert Clapp, of the steamer Chicora, has been stricken with apoplexy. He is a Picton man.

p.4 Sleep Will Be Lost - over administrators of Sunday law - a letter to editor - customs officers preventing boats from leaving. signed - "Shoal Tower"

p.5 Puzzle To Find Boy - young boy had shipped on schooner Cornelia to go to Oswego, left clothes aboard, and then disappeared.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Aug 1906