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

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A Clayton, N.Y., correspondent writes to the Watertown, N.Y., Standard that it is reported on reliable authority that six new steamers will be built by the Folger line ere another season closes.

The particulars could not be learned, but it is a significant fact that the Folger people have for a long time contemplated the launching of six boats to replace the present fleet, which they find inadequate to accommodate the increasing river travel. The fact that the New York Central would not be averse to larger steamers lends considerable weight to the above report.

Enquiry among boatmen and steamboat officials failed to elicit any information concerning the rumor, but in some circles it is believed that such a move is underway, with Howard S. Folger, the leading spirit.

This, if confirmed, will be good news to all river visitors, as well as residents, it being pointed out that the largely increasing traffic and widely advertised resorts would necessitate much larger boats to accommodate the traffic.

On the other hand, should new steamers materialize, it is possible that a new line will be established to utilize the present boats, as the owners think them too good to lie idle, an elephant on their hands.

Sloops Getting Busy.

The captain of one of the local sloops that ply the nearby waters, remarked this morning that business was picking up. In marine circles, for the past month, it has been very dull for the small boats. Now shipments of coal to small ports and grain shipments have commenced. Too, the island farmers will have more time to press their hay for shipping. All the sloops are fit, having taken advantage of the slack season to make readiness for the fall.

Marine Paragraphs.

The steamer Kingston made the river trip this morning.

The schooner Tradewind cleared from Folger's for Sodus to load soft coal.

The steamer Alexandria was four hours late in arriving from Montreal last night.

The schooner Maize arrived, yesterday, from Erie with coal for the Locomotive Works.

The sloop Laura D. loaded ten tons of soft coal at Swift's and cleared for Bath, today.

There will be no R. & O. boats from Montreal today, owing to the steamer Picton's mishap.

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

The steamer Varuna made her last trip of the season from bay ports to the Thousand Island Park today.

The steamer Missisquoi, of Rockport, will receive an extensive overhauling this fall and will come to Kingston to be docked.

There has been much quietness in shipping circles during the past couple of days. The schooners all are windbound either at their loading places or the ports from which they are to clear light.

The steamer North King arrived from the Thousand Islands about nine o'clock last night. She remained in port an hour for some repairs to her wheel and proceeded to Rochester direct. Her bay port passengers were transferred to the steamer Alexandria.

Caspian's Last Trip - to Islands today.

p.5 Personal Mention - James Gillie has been notified of his appointment as chief engineer of the government dry dock in Kingston.

p.6 To Raise Nipissing - Capt. Thomas Donnelly has left for Hamilton with the steamer Donnelly and a wrecking crew to raise the gov't dredge Nipissing which sank near Hamilton a week ago during the strong north-east gale.

COST $40,000

The Scout Explosion At Kingston.


The explosion of an acetylene buoy on the steamer Scout, at the government drydock in April 1905, has cost the government about $40,000, in the way of settling claims.

The amounts allowed in connection with death claims were:

W.H. Allison, Prescott, $10,000.

N. Couillard, Montebello, Que., $8,000.

F. Mullen, Prescott, $7,000.

N. Guillard, Prescott, $6,500.

Cheques for these amounts have been forwarded to the relatives interested.

These four principal claims aggregate $32,000 and the balance of the $40,000 is made of a great variety and number of smaller ones. The marine department has paid out $5,070.79 for small claims for damages to stores and residences etc., and, of course, nearly all to Kingstonians. There are perhaps 200 of these and they are nearly all on account of loss through glass being broken. Among the principal ones are, perhaps, the Canadian Locomotive and Engine company, $788; the Frontenac Cereal company, $771.35; the Lake Ontario Navigation company, $789.

There are dozens of claimants residing on almost every street in Kingston for small amounts, running from $2 up to $10.

The large amounts in connection with the names of those killed, were in nearly all cases sent to their widows.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Sep 1906