The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Aug 1906

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"This has been the steadiest year, in bringing grain through in the memory of many local steamboat men," declared a well-known mariner, this morning. "I mean there have been so many arrivals from the upper lakes."

Steamer Alexandria's Accident.

The steamer Alexandria, which met with an accident down the river, opposite Landsdowne in the early hours of Tuesday morning, left Prescott at noon, yesterday, under her own steam for Montreal. A shaft of her engine broke, but she managed to reach Prescott and make repairs to enable her to proceed eastward. A shaft could not be obtained until Montreal was reached. Yesterday's report from Ogdensburg, that in ten minutes more the steamer would have been in the rapids is untrue; she was several hours run from the rapids. It is thought the Alexandria will be delayed a week in getting a new shaft.

Schooners' Slack Time.

A few schooners are now lying idle in the harbor, and a captain of one of these stated, this morning, that the season would probably be slack for the rest of the month. Nearly all dealers have their coal supply in, and as this forms the principal cargoes for the vessels, there is, of a consequence, little business. Towards the middle of September, work for the boats will increase and keep brisk throughout the fall. "But we can hardly complain," commented the mariner, "it has been a busy season since the opening of navigation."

Marine Notes.

The steamer Dundurn, Montreal to Hamilton, passed up this morning.

The steamer Missisquoi brought an excursion from Rockport today.

The steamers Caspian and Kingston made the trip down the river today.

The schooner Pilot went on the marine railway today for repairs.

The schooner Winnie Wing, from Oswego, is at the Grove Inn, with coal.

The tug W. Johnston loaded withes today for Garden Island for rafting purposes.

The steamer Kenirving arrived this morning from Oswego, with coal for Smith's Falls.

The steamer Midland Queen, from Port Arthur, unloaded 35,000 bushels of wheat for the Hedley-Shaw Mill company, yesterday.

The tug Flower, of the Quebec Trading and Forwarding company, is in port, to go on the Kingston foundry marine railway for general repairs.

M.T. company: steamer Hamilton from Fort William, with 65,000 ? bushels of wheat; steamer Davidson, from Duluth, with 80,000 bushels of flax; tug Bronson from Montreal, with four light barges, returning with three grain-laden; steamer Bermuda from Duluth, with 64,500 bushels, returned last evening.

p.3 drawing of lake freighter J. Pierrepont Morgan.



Will Be Built In Kingston Next Winter.

Capt. Roys, of the steamer Aletha, while his boat lay at Napanee, came down to the city today, on business connected with the new $40,000 steamer which he, backed by United States capital, intends to build this winter, to go into the river excursion business next season.

"Yes," said the captain in talking to the Whig today, "It is so well settled that its going through is an assured thing."

"Will she be built in Kingston?" queried the reporter.

"I think that I can state that the Kingston foundry will be the builders," he replied.

The captain was not ready to make public the names of his backers, but stated that perhaps he would have more to say, a month hence.

It is planned to run this new steamer in connection with the Aletha for next summer, but for 1908 she will likely be put on a regular route.

Plans for this new boat have been made by a local man. A description of the new steamer was first given exclusively to the Whig several weeks ago.

Capt. Roys returned to Napanee at noon to join his boat and go to Belleville, out of which city he takes a moonlight this evening.

p.7 A Yarn In Papers - Oswego, N.Y., Aug. 4th - the steamer Iroquois doesn't stop at Kingston because the common council has an ordinance that prevents excursions landing there on Sunday; ordinance was passed about twenty years ago as result of a wild party of excursionists from Oswego who caused a stir. (obviously not true)

p.8 A Steamer Burned - Bowmanville, Ont., Aug. 9th - The steamer Erindale, of Toronto, was burned early this morning at Newcastle, five miles from here. No details are yet obtained.

Some of the Details - Bowmanville, Aug. 9th - Considerable mystery surrounds the fire. Cook Constine was aroused by the smell of smoke and gave the alarm to Thomas G. Jackson, manager. He jumped out of bed and told her to hurry off the boat while he aroused the crew. The woman has not been seen since, and it is supposed she was suffocated in the smoke or lost her bearings on the boat and fell into the lake. The boat was valued at $15,000, and was insured for about half that amount.

The manager believes that the Erindale was set on fire by some persons from the outside, as spots of oil are noticed on the pier as though cans had been dropped there. The crew of fifteen all escaped in their night clothes, except the cook. The crew were all in bed before twelve o'clock, and it was 1:30 a.m. when the cook aroused Jackson.

Born In Port - New York woman had baby on board steamer Castanet, Capt. Eli Charlebois, as it was entering Kingston harbor.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Aug 1906