The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 Aug 1906

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This the R. & O. Company May Do.

The Montreal Witness said it was rumored that the R. & O. Navigation company had under consideration the establishment of a large and modern shipbuilding plant, as it was not altogether satisfied with the manner in which its orders for new boats are being attended to by Ontario builders. Inquiry at the offices of the company as to the establishment of such a plant in this city elicited the reply that such a move was being considered but that nothing definite had been decided yet. During the past few years the company has spent nearly two million dollars in the construction and improvements of vessels.

The large increase in the tourist traffic this season has taxed the carrying capacity of the company's boats, and as a result it has been decided that several large and handsome steamers are to be added to the fleet. By next year the company will be in a position to handle the St. Lawrence tourist business more conveniently. In fact the improvements contemplated are said to be in advance of the actual requirements of the service, but the experience of the past few seasons has made the directors ambitious to meet all requirements, and they are now determined to make the R. & O. service second to none.

Broken Lock Delays Boats.

The lock in the Lachine canal, at Cote St. Paul, carried away by the steamer Dundurn, has been repaired and the boat doing the damage passed up to Hamilton this morning, thirty hours late. All navigation has been delayed by the accident. The steamer Belleville has been reported twenty-four hours behind time, but the steamer Picton got through to Montreal all right. The steamer Alexandria is expected up tonight on time.

Steamer Aletha Repaired.

The steamer Aletha arrived in port last night from Cornwall. Today she laid in the harbor and put on a new wheel, in place of the one broken in the Rideau canal, a couple of weeks ago. Saturday the Aletha will go on the bay route and continue daily until the close of navigation. Captain Roys said this morning that this had been the busiest summer in his experience, the Aletha being under charter every day.

Marine Notes.

The steambarge Waterlily, from Montreal to Picton, passed up this morning.

The steamer Marianette arrived this morning from Erie with coal for the locomotive works.

Steamer Rideau Queen had the necessary repairs made to the break in her machinery and proceeded late yesterday to Ottawa.

The steamyacht Skylark, owned by Hon. Clifford Sifton, sprang a leak down the river yesterday, and had to come to the government dry dock for repairs.

Swift's wharf: steamers North King and Toronto passed down and up today; the tug Thomson and two barges cleared for Montreal; the steamer Westmount and consorts Ungava and Hamilton cleared for Buffalo to load coal for Fort William.

It is likely that next winter the steamer Wolfe Islander will have sponsons added, so that her passenger capacity may be increased from 175 to 300. The addition of sponsons would make the steamer much steadier in seas. The cost of the additions would be about $1,000, and a better investment could not be made by the Wolfe Island council.

Purchased Steam Yacht - George Hammond, the baritone singer at Lake Ontario Park, has purchased the fast pleasure yacht Vri from William Dunnigan, and will have her running up the harbor in connection with the park next season. Mr. Hammond is also owner of the gasoline yacht Mac (Mae ?). The Vri is now in drydock getting a thorough overhauling. Mr. Hammond takes great interest in aquatic sports.

p.8 Fire At the Docks - An alarm sent in to the stations a few minutes to twelve, this morning, gave the fire brigade a nasty couple of hours' work. The scene of the conflagration was a large barge and an old tug which were lying close to the shore, behind Knapp's boat house, near the entrance to Cataraqui Bridge. Either some careless youths, or the sparks from a steamyacht caused the trouble, and the fire spread beneath the decks, enveloping the two boats completely, and giving the firemen little chance to get at the source of the trouble.

The crew from both stations made a quick run to the scene, and it was worth going some distance to witness the rapidity and precision with which they laid the hose from the corner of Queen and Ontario streets to the bridge, a decidedly long run. The steamer from the lower station was also called into requisition, and soon was pumping water upon the boats. The barge and tug were both old and consigned to the graveyard, though used by the owners, the M.T. company, as a dock. Neither was insured.

Steamer North King Delayed - The steamer North King met with an accident which delayed her in her passage from Rochester and she did not arrive in port until this afternoon late. She made her trip down the river however. The Aletha was to take the King's place on the bay trip and the King, on her return tonight, will go direct across the lake to Rochester.

The lake steamers have been hard up against a number of blusters recently, and have been unable to keep to their schedule. Even the big steamer Kingston has sometimes to bow to the weather.

Steamer Picton On Rocks - Montreal, Aug. 31st - The R. & O. steamer Picton is fast on the rocks in Lake St. Louis, one quarter of a mile above the Lachine wharf. The Picton was trying to keep clear of a long tow of barges, when she got too close to shore and struck a rock. No passengers were on board at the time, as they had all got off previously at Coteau and came to Montreal by train. The accident happened last night. The Picton is reported to be resting easily and will be floated soon.

Cruising Race To Stella - Kingston Yacht Club gives times for race to Preston's Cove, Amherst Island.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 31 Aug 1906