The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Sep 1906

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Montreal, Sept. 27th - One of the worst accidents in the history of navigation on the Ottawa river occurred in pitch darkness opposite Hudson, Que. this morning. The steamer Ottawan, up bound, collided with the steamer Maude, of the Ottawa River Navigation company, on her way down to Montreal, smashing in the latter right up to the wheelhouse. The Maude sank almost immediately, her top deck only remaining above the water.

Capt. Gauthier sounded the alarm to get all hands on board, but three of them lost their lives. Miss Benson, Oka, the stewardess of the boat, fell into the wreckage and among the cattle, and was never seen again. The engineer, a man named B. Parie, about sixty years of age, and belonging to Notre Dame de Levi, failed to appear, and was drowned. A man named Barrett, of Montebello, who was a passenger on the boat, was also drowned.

To Oppose A Change - Detroit, Sept. 28th - President Livingstone, of the Lake Carriers' Association, has received a dispatch from Superintending Engineer Weller, of the Welland Canal, saying that the main light at Colborne will be discontinued on Saturday. The three arc lights on the elevator, eighty feet above the water, will be substituted, and will range with the breakwater light as before. Mr. Livingstone has wired to ask the meaning of the change. The lake carriers will oppose the plan indicated as the arc lights are not strong enough to be of use to boats.



Craig's wharf: steamers Alexandria up; Stranger from Smith's Falls.

Swift's wharf: steamers Hamilton down; Rideau Queen from Smith's Falls.

Richardsons': the schooners Pilot from bay ports, and Maggie L. from Howe Island, with oats, have finished unloading and cleared for river points.

M.T. Co.: the steamer Westmount and escorts Hamilton and Ungava, from Fort William, with 225,000 bushels of wheat; the tug Emerson cleared for Montreal with four grain barges.

Construction has begun on the largest freight boat ever designed for the great lakes. The new boat will be named W.M. Mills, and will be three feet longer than the E.Y. Townsend, at present the longest boat on the lakes. The general dimensions of the new steamer are: length over all 605 feet; keel 585 feet; beam sixty feet; depth thirty-two feet. The dimensions of her cylinders will be 22 1/4, 37 1/2 and 65 inches, with a 42 inch stroke. She will have two Scotch boilers, each fifteen feet and four inches in diameter and eleven feet six inches long. They will be allowed a working pressure of 200 pounds.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 Sep 1906