The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Sep 1906

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City of Montreal Got Into Trouble.

About seven o'clock this morning the steamer City of Montreal, of the Merchants' line, en route from Montreal to Toronto, with passengers and freight, ran on the shoal opposite Swift's wharf. She was backing out from the wharf as the steamer Picton was coming in, and her captain was evidently trying to keep clear of the latter. In doing so he backed out much too far, and the City of Montreal bumped up on the shoal. The Calvin company's tugs came over from Garden Island to the assistance of the stranded vessel. It was thought that the City of Montreal's cargo would have to be lightened before she could be released.

It is fully time that the shoal in the centre of Kingston harbor was blasted out. Year after year it is proving a menace to deep-draught vessels which come down to the elevators. Why the marine department allows such a shoal to exist in an important harbor like Kingston is a mystery. Improvements are being made to harbors and waterways of other places of scarcely any importance, while Kingston harbor, the most important at this end, is allowed to exist with a bad shoal in its centre. In the opinion of marine men, there shouldn't be a buoy in this harbor. The shoals that have long caused trouble to deep-draught vessels should be removed at once. This is another task that the Board of Trade might take upon its shoulders.

Collision Leads To Triple Action.

As a result of the collision of the R. & O. steamer Hamilton with the grain barge Huron in the Soulanges canal, on May 19th, 1905, three actions for damages have been set down for trial in the admiralty court, Montreal. The plaintiffs are the Ogilvie Flour Mills Co., the Canada Atlantic Railway Co. and the Northern Elevator Co. The Ogilvie company and the Elevator company claim respectively $13,000 and $22,000 for the loss of the grain carried by the barge, and the railway company claims $8,000 for damages caused to their barge.

Marine Items.

The steamer Dundurn passed up to Hamilton this morning.

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

The schooner Acacia cleared, light, last night, for Sodus, for coal.

The steambarge Waterlily passed up from Montreal to Picton today.

The schooner Lydon cleared with feldspar for Charlotte from Richardson's.

The steamer Picton passed up from Montreal to Toronto today. This is her first trip since her accident.

The steamer White Star called at Swift's wharf, last night, en route from Buffalo to Montreal. She has not been in port for six years.

The steamer Alexandria is due from Quebec tonight. This week's trip is her last one to the fortress city, and during the fall she will only run as far as Montreal.

M.T. Co.: the tug Hall and two barges from Montreal; the tug Bronson and three barges from Montreal; the tug Bronson and two barges cleared for Montreal.

An Old Guard Dead - at Portmouth, worked as guard at penitientiary for almost thirty years; formerly ship carpenter and brewer for James Fisher.

p.3 New Freight and Passenger Boat - The steamer Stranger will leave Kingston every Wednesday and Saturday morning at six o'clock for Smith's Falls and all points on the Rideau lakes. The freight and passenger rates will be lower than usual and any freight consigned to the Stranger will receive prompt and careful attention. Following is the timetable:

Kingston, leave 6:00 a.m.

Kingston Mills, 7:00 a.m.

Washburn 8:00 a.m.

Brewer's Mills 8:30 a.m.

Seeley's Bay 9:30 a.m.

Jones' Falls 11:00 a.m.

Davis' Locks 12:15 p.m.

Chaffey's Locks 1:00 p.m.

Newboro 2:00 p.m.

Westport 3:15 p.m.

Narrows Locks 4:00 p.m.

Portland 5:00 p.m.

Garrett's Rest 5:15 p.m.

Rideau Ferry 6:30 p.m.

Smith's Falls, arrive 8:30 p.m.

The Fare

Kingston to Washburn 25 cents

Kingston to Jones' Falls 50 cents

Kingston to Westport 75 cents

Kingston to Portland 75 cents

Kingston to Smith's Falls $1.00

A. DUPONT, Owner.

Gananoque, Sept. 7th - The schooner Collier having unloaded her cargo at the Scranton coal company's sheds, cleared for Oswego today.

p.4 Steamers Collide - Detroit, Sept. 7th - The Western liner, Milwaukee, collided with the steamer Nelson Mills in the St. Clair river a short distance below St. Clair yesterday. The Mills sank at once. James Barber, Port Sanilac, wheelsman on the Mills, and Mrs. T.J. Moore, wife of the engineer on the Mills, were drowned. A second wheelsman on the Mills is reported missing. The Milwaukee was down bound and the Mills was proceeding up the river. Immediately after the collision two boats put out from shore, and the work of rescue of the survivors proceeded. Capt. Frank Osborne, of the Milwaukee, said the Mills tried to cross his bow without due warning, and that the collision was inevitable.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Sep 1906