The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Dec 1906

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Fort William, Dec. 12th - Latest advices are that the steamer Monarch, on the rocks near Isle Royale, has broken in two and will prove a total loss. Manager Gildersleeve, of the Northern Navigation company, says no attempt will be made to salvage the wrecked steamer. Among marine men all around the lakes, the escape of passengers and crew of the Monarch is regarded as approaching the miraculous.

James Jacques, the drowned watchman, was unmarried and thirty-eight years of age. He lived at the south end of Point Edward, Ont., with the family of his brother, Charles. Jacques had been on the boat for some time and formerly had been in the railway service.


Detroit, Dec. 12th - A summary of the situation at the Soo late last night: New ice jam at the foot of the dyke, with Hay Lake channel full to the bottom from the dyke, the turning point into Little Mud Lake. Thirty-nine down-bound vessels detained, and another big fleet waiting to pass up river. Ice-crusher Algoma and whaleback steamer Neilson and tugs working desperately to keep the channel open, so that fifty vessels may pass. Barge Connelly Brothers, bound down with lumber, strikes the bank and cuts loose from steamer Ralph, it must remain in ice all winter. Southerly winds and warmer weather are predicted for today, and Superintendent Sabine of the government canal office, believes that, with favorable weather, all the boats will get through.

Asked For Improvements - Ottawa, Dec. 12th - A Toronto deputation, headed by the city's representatives, saw Sir Wilfred at one o'clock, and urged that the entrance to the harbor be deepened and a life-saving station established. The recent disaster to the Resolute made the request urgent. The premier promised early consideration.


Lives Lost On Great Lakes Total 137.

Detroit, Dec. 12th - The 1906 season of navigation is practically over, and to date has cost 137 lives and over $2,000,000 in money. There have been but two or three big storms, that of November 22nd proving the most dangerous, in which forty-one lives were lost, including the Jones in Georgian Bay and Resolute off Toronto. Two or three days before the Canadian steamers Theano and Strathmore were wrecked on Lake Superior. Canadian boats especially have suffered this year, the steamer Monarch of the Northern Navigation company completing a remarkable run of mishaps to Canadian vessels, which started early in the season, when on May 30th the Erin was run down and cut in two in the St. Clair river by the steamer Cowle, and five of the Erin's crew were drowned.



The steamer Rosemount has arrived from Buffalo, N.Y. with coal for the M.T. Co.

Capt. John Houson, of the steamer Rosemount, has returned to his home in Port Dalhousie.

The steamers Haskell and Averell, of the Rutland line, are to winter at Ogdensburg.

Ogdensburg is to have a dry dock and a shipyard carriage large enough to handle any vessel that can pass through the Welland canal.

The work of unloading the steamer Simla at Richardsons' elevator was completed yesterday, and the vessel left for Garden Island, where she will lay up for the winter.

The George Hall company, Ogdensburg, has appointed Captain Richard Fitzgerald superintendent of repairs, and next season Captain Dan Hourigan will sail Capt. Fitzgerald's present steamer, the John Rugee. The latter will be in charge of all repairs to the company's fleet.

Capt. Coons, of the steamer India, was in the city today, on his way to his home at St. Catharines. Capt. Coons says that the past fall was the worst he had ever experienced during the thirty years he had been sailing. The India had a most successful season, however, and met with no serious mishap. The last trip was ended just a few days ago.

p.4 News of the World - The steamer Ionic has been released from the mud at Whitefish Point.

p.5 Board of Trade - (part) ...The members of the board will be duly informed as to the evening of the presentation to Capt. William Lesslie, so that there may be a large attendance. It is expected that Capt. Lesslie will have some interesting remarks to make about the raising of the steamship Bavarian, in view of the contemptible attempts in New York and Toronto to rob him of the honor.

p.6 Pith of the News - Search for bodies of sailors lost in the wreck of the steamer Resolute, at Toronto, abandoned. The owners will get a diver to search the wreck.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 12 Dec 1906