The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Aug 1906

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p.1 A Steamer Aground - Windsor, Aug. 8th - The Canadian steamer Premier, on the Windsor, Amherstburg, and Pelle Island route, grounded, yesterday, on the bar near Point Pelee. A tug was sent to her assistance from Amherstburg. The Premier had some passengers on board at the time, but they were in no danger. The Premier is the steamer that was fined $50 at Toledo, on Sunday, for landing passengers after the dock customs office had closed.



Launches Run Amuck On The River.

The narrowly averted serious collision between the steamer America and the steamyacht Where Now (Wherenow) at the Thousand Island Park, brings to mind the fact that small yachts on the river almost run amuck. The most careless piloting prevails, and this is one strong reason why the Canadian steamboat rule requiring small launches to conform to the inspection law should not be changed. Passengers lives would be put in jeopardy by careless handling of these launches. Captains of the Thousand Islands Steamboat company have for years been complaining about yachts deliberately cutting across their bows. Many a time Capt. Allen has had to bring the steamer America to a full stop to avoid running down small boats which crossed his course, and one time on leaving Kingston harbor he had to run far out of his course in order to keep from colliding with a small boat.

The steamboat rivalry down the river is liable some time to lead to serious results, if the utmost care is not taken. Episodes of the summer of 1898, when the Thousand Island and Richelieu companies' boats were in fierce competition, are not forgotten. The Folger boats are fortunately commanded by careful captains, who are equal to any emergencies. The alacrity with which they land at and depart from Thousand Island wharves is remarkable, considering the size of the steamers.

Fast Run To Clayton.

Sanford Calvin and J.H. Macnee had a fast water trip to Clayton yesterday afternoon on the gasoline launch Dagabondia, Mr. Baldwin, W. Herbert Robinson, and W.A. Morris, of Baldwinsonville (sic), N.Y. The launch started from the Kingston yacht club wharf and landed at Clayton in exactly fifty-seven and one-half minutes. The distance covered was twenty-two miles, so that the launch ran at the rate of twenty-three miles an hour. The Dagabondia is 38.9 feet long and 4.6 beam. She was built at Baldwinsville by the three gentlemen who are touring the river in her. Mr. Robinson is well known here as a former traveller. Now he is in the manufacturing business at Baldwinsville.

Marine Paragraphs.

The steamer Rideau King left for Ottawa this morning.

Craig's wharf: propellor Persia passed down this morning.

The steamers North King and Toronto made the trip down the river today.

The steamer Midland Queen is at Richardsons' elevator with grain from Fort William.

The steamer Alexandria spent Wednesday at Prescott for repairs after a break in her machinery.

The schooner Clara Youell arrived at Crawford's, today, from Fairhaven with coal.

The barge Cornwall finished unloading coal for Swift and the schooner Acacia is now discharging her cargo.

Capt. John Black and Engineer M. Kirk have returned from the Soo after successfully piloting the yacht Wyanoke through the great lakes to that port.

The steamer New Island Wanderer came up from Clayton, last night, and went in the government drydock to fix a loose wheel. She proceeded down the river this morning.

Another Robbery - thief broke open shutter to enter stateroom on steamer Picton.

p.8 Incidents of the Day - A passenger ferry steamer plying between Ogdensburg, N.Y., and Prescott, was tied up by the United States custom officers for lack of papers, her license having expired.

The police received a call to Mooer's elevator this afternoon. A captain of a nearby vessel having ladies on board, complained to the authorities of boys in swimming without bathing attire on.

The steamer Alexandria bound down the St. Lawrence with passengers and freight, broke an engine shaft on Tuesday, while passing Ogdensburg, N.Y. She was caught and towed into Prescott for repairs. Ten minutes later the steamer would have been in the rapids

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 8 Aug 1906