The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Oct 1906

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p.1 Schooner Medora Sinks - Buffalo, Oct. 10th - The old schooner Medora, which struck on the breakwater several days ago, sank having been unable to withstand the gale which prevailed. She carried a cargo of maple lumber.



The R. & O. Company Had Heavy Receipts.

The directors of the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation company will report at their next annual meeting the most successful season in the history of the company. It is stated that the gross earnings for 1906 will amount to at least $125,000 over last year. The management have under consideration the question of a dividend, and it is expected by those who are in close touch with the directorate that a five per cent dividend is likely to be declared at the close of the present fiscal year.

An official of the company, in speaking of the season's unparalleled business, said: "Several reasons may be advanced to account for this, but without doubt the paramount reason is the general prosperity which prevails at present. Money seems to be plentiful and people from all walks of life have been infected by the travelling germ, and with Canada occupying such a prominent position in the present day affairs of the world, it is only natural that travel should drift this way; but in addition to this very excellent condition of affairs, there are other reasons which are to a considerable extent contributory to such a successful season. The policy of advertising which the company has pursued is having its results, and it was a great source of gratification to find requests for detailed information about Canada pouring in from the British Isles, Germany, France, Italy and other European countries, as well as from Australia, New Zealand, the Isthmus of Panama, the Philippine Islands, and the Fuji Islands, not to mention from our own country and from our cousins to the south.

The fleet is to be further improved by the addition of a magnficent rapids steamer, by long odds the finest observation boat on fresh water. A new steamer Quebec is being built by the company's works in Sorel on the model of the present steamer Toronto as a sister ship to the Montreal.

Marine Notes.

The tug Frontenac is now loading lumber at Folgers' for Garden Island.

The schooner Mary Ann Lydon is at Richardsons' loading feldspar for Charlotte.

The steamer Navajo will leave for Montreal today with ten thousand bushels of wheat.

The steamer Rideau Queen has gone into winter quarters at Swift's wharf. A prosperous season is reported.

Craig's: The steamer Stranger from Smith's Falls last night; the steamer Alexandria from Brighton last night; steamer Persia down today.

Swift's: The steamer Belleville down today; steamer Aletha down and up today; steamer Hamilton from Montreal last night; Rideau King up tonight from Ottawa.

The steamer Midland Queen arrived at Richardsons' from Fort William, Tuesday afternoon, with eighty thousand bushels of wheat. The work of unloading was continued all night, and at five o'clock this morning she left for the west. The tug Nellie Reid and three barges have cleared for Montreal.

p.3 Buoys In Lake Erie - Erie, Pa., Oct. 10th - The United States cruiser Morrow and the Canadian cruiser Vigilant have begun the work of setting buoys to mark the boundary between the American and Canadian waters in Lake Erie. The placing of the buoys at intervals of five miles will, it is hoped, eliminate all further cause of annoyance between the fishermen of the two countries.

p.8 Had A Rough Passage - The few passengers on board the R. & O. steamer Hamilton had a rough passage. She left Hamilton for Toronto when the storm was blowing its fiercest, and before port was reached even the crew wished themselves on land. The seas washed over the decks, but no damage was done. Last week the Hamilton was caught in a fog off Iroquois, where the current is very strong, and but for Capt. James Stephenson's knowledge of the river a serious accident might have been reported.

Two Barges Cut Loose - Detroit, Oct. 9th - A special to the News from Hancock, Michigan, says that the barges Wayne and Foster were cut adrift during last night's gale by the steamer Bart, and today are on the shore of Lake Superior, fourteen miles above the Portage Lake ship canal. Nothing is known yet of the fate of the fourteen men who were on the two boats. The life-saving crew has gone to the wrecks. The Bart made the ship canal in safety after cutting loose the barges.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Oct 1906