The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Aug 1906

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p.1 Picked Up a Skiff - on Lake Ontario off Frenchman's Bay, by steamer Picton of R. & O. Navigation company; had man's clothes inside.

p.2 Paying Claims - Hon. William Harty has been advised by the Minister of Marine and Fisheries, that all the cheques have been issued in payment of the claims for damages caused by the explosion of acetylene buoys at the government dry dock in April, 1905. They are now being distributed to the parties interested. It is said that the damages, including payments to several widows, will reach $40,000.


Police Constable Arniel, met the North King on her arrival at Swift's wharf, this morning, and served summonses on the captain and bartender to appear before justices of the peace in Portsmouth on Friday. The charge laid is selling liquor in the county of Frontenac without a license.

It is altogether likely that these men will only be represented by a lawyer.

While this is something new for the port of Kingston, it is an annual occurrence in Toronto. There the large steamers are fined once in a season, and the tax is understood to stand more as a license fee, like a hotel keeper would have to pay for.

Both the steamers Kingston and Toronto have come under the law, and had to put up the coin. The fine paid for that season, there is no further trouble. This is likely what is meant in the local case.

But why single out one boat, when it is a well known fact that nearly all the large steamers running in and out of Kingston have bars. If the license inspector is to become energetic, his efforts should not cease in the single case.


At Detroit, Mich., a system prevails that the crews of all steamers, vessels, in fact, craft of all description plying the river, will receive mail addressed to them at that port. The marine post office does a splendid work most satisfactorily. All hours of the day or night one may see the little mail launch steam out to the boats as they pass up or down the channel, and hundreds make the trip daily. A receiver is let down the side of the boat, and letters, etc., to be sent off are collected and mail delivered. The boat's passage is not stopped, yet the men get the contents of the post.

It seems perhaps a trifle apart from the Whig's jurisdiction to handle the matter, but local marine men have suggested that a system of distributing the mails be inaugurated at the Canadian Soo. It would indeed be a grand idea for the sailors. As it is, at present, letters posted to boat men there are at the mercy of the lock men. They may neglect, partially through forgetfulness and a sense of not "having to" post or deliver letters, etc., and the mail at this port is in no wise satisfactorily handled. In fact no where in Canada does the Detroit system prevail.

To show to what a valuable extent this work is carried, it might be mentioned that during the month of July the Detroit marine post office delivered 64,181 pieces of mail to passing boats and received 23,507 from them. The number of passages reported is 3,159.

'Twas A Wild Storm.

The schooner Pilot, Capt. James Mahoney, has returned to port after delivering a cargo of coal at Stella. The vessel safely weathered a blow of a few days ago, which the skipper says was the worst he ever encountered during all his sailing career. It tore across the bay in squalls, and carried away the Pilot's topsails and pulled out many of her stays. The staunch little craft was on her side so much that the water was over the cover boards. The captain himself had a close shave from being washed overboard, and mate William Woods had his work cut out to cling to the wheel. Neither care to go through a similar experience again.

Fog On The Waters.

A dense fog settled on the lake and river during the early hours of this morning, though by eight o'clock, the sun's rays became so very hot that the mist was dispelled.

The propellor Persia, bound from St. Catharines, with eighty passengers and freight for Montreal, was an hour late in leaving port, because of the fog, she having to proceed slowly till the vapor lifted. The steamer Toronto, however, on her down trip, was not delayed.

Marine Notes.

The steamer Picton, from Montreal, is due today.

The steamer North King made the Thousand Island trip today.

The schooner Clara Youell cleared for Sodus from Crawford's.

The schooner Clara is expected today from Oswego, with coal for J. Swift & Co.

The schooner W.J. Suffel arrived last night from Oswego with coal for Booth & Co.

The steamer Rideau King left for Ottawa this morning and the steamer Rideau Queen is due tonight.

Captain John Dana and Captain James Fox, Ogdensburg, both well-known river pilots, and owners of small passenger boats, have bought at Duluth a handsome new lake passenger boat with a carrying capacity of over 800 people, and a speed of eighteen miles an hour.

Captain's Last Voyage - Capt. Harvey Solmes, a native of Prince Edward, and as popular a man as ever sailed the waters of our seas or rivers, died in Toronto on Friday last, after a week's illness. He was a skilful sailor, and a trusted employee of the Niagara Navigation company. Capt. Solmes was mate on the Empress of India, and has commanded in succession the W.H. Merritt, Chicora, Cibola, and Corona, and this season, was on the Chippewa. A widow and two daughters residing at Waupoos, and one son survive. He was a Conservative and a Methodist. The floral offerings from vesselmen and other friends were beautiful.

p.5 Incidents of the Day - The steamer America arrived at Folger's wharf, about half-past one o'clock, this afternoon, with 450 excursionists on board. They were from Utica, N.Y., and the trip was under the auspices of the Arion Male chorus of that city. The America brought the pleasure-seekers from Clayton to this city returning by way of the Canadian channel. The visitors were allowed till three o'clock to see the local points of interest.

About a dozen of the Utica excursionists were left behind this afternoon. General Manager H.S. Folger, who happened to be on the wharf when the tardy ones arrived endeavored to signal the steamer to return to port, but Capt. Allan was already beyond range and unable to hear the calls.

p.8 Tied Up a Scow - Benjamin Smith was at the police station, late Tuesday afternoon, with a complaint against his brother William, and as a result, Police Constables Mullinger and Hughes tied up a small scow that plies on the Rideau river. William Smith was in possesion of the boat and claimed the city police had no right to prevent a man from clearing from port. He said they were not marine police.

Benjamin's complaint was that he owned the entire boat and chattels. William claimed he had a half share. It turned out William owned a few planks used as a siding. Chief Bailey ordered that Benjamin be given over the boat and allowed to clear.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Aug 1906