The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Sep 1906

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Local mariners, generally, disagree entirely with Capt. J.H. Scott in regard to the value of the Gunn shoal in the harbor. Capt. Scott holds that the shoal acts as a natural breakwater to the lower part of the harbor. This opinion is opposed by nearly all captains. Three old-time mariners informed the Whig today that the shoal forms no protection to the wharves, for the reason that at the upper end there is nineteen feet of water over it and at the lower end fourteen feet, thus giving full play to any heavy sea that may be rolling. If the shoal was a foot or two from the water level, then it would form a breakwater, but as it now exists it is useless in that regard, and furthermore a menace to deep-draught vessels. There should be no buoys in Kingstn harbor, mariners say, and hence there should be no shoals.

Marine Paragraphs.

The schooner Pilot is loading oats at Bath.

The schooner Marionette is unloading coal at Craig's.

The steamer Orion is loading at Richardsons' for Montreal.

The steamer Simla is unloading at Richardsons' from Chicago.

The schooner Acacia cleared today for Oswego to load coal for Crawford.

The steamer Glengarry and tow are loading corn at Richardsons' for Quebec.

The steambarge Navajo is at Richardsons' unloading freight from Montreal.

The steamer Dundurn touched at Swift's wharf this morning on her way east.

The yacht Castanet was in at Swift's wharf today, with a large excursion party.

Swift's: The steamer Picton passed up this afternoon; the steamer Kingston passed down this morning.

The steamer Sharpe arrived today at the M.T. company's wharf with 79,800 bushels of flax-seed from Chicago.

The Alabama, just ordered for the Goodrich Transit company, will be brought out next July and will cost $250,000. The new ship will be for use the year around and will have a double thickness of plating at the bow and at the water line for crushing and resisting ice. The Alabama will be 250 feet over all, 230 feet keel, forty feet beam, 10 1/2 feet molded depth; 2,000 horse power engines will give a sixteen mile an hour speed.

Was Released - Wolfe Island, Sept. 18th - letter to editor explaining that he had nothing to do with stolen goods hidden in a yacht; signed by Grant Pyke.

p.8 The Steamer Libelled - In connection with the accident of August 28th, when several premises on the banks of the Lachine canal were flooded, owing to the gates of the Cote St. Paul lock having been carried away by the steamer Dundurn, that vessel was again libelled on Wednesday on a warrant issued by the admiralty court for a claim of $4,900 damages by Shearer, Brown & Wills. Security was at once given.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Sep 1906