The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Dec 1906

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Marine Intelligence.

The navigation season is closed with the M.T. Co.

The steambarge Navajo arrived from Howe Island yesterday afternoon with a cargo of hay, and cleared this morning for the island for another cargo.

The steamer America, which has been undergoing repairs at Portsmouth, arrived at Folger's dock yesterday afternoon, and will remain there for the winter.



[Toronto Telegram]

Americans share in the glory of floating the Bavarian to the same extent that deck hands on the Santa Maria shared in the glory of discovering America.

The idea of discovering America by sailing west was worked out by Capt. C. Columbus, of Genoa, and the idea of floating the Bavarian by compressed air was worked out by Capt. William Lesslie, of Kingston.

Capt. Lesslie did not do the whole job himself. Neither did Columbus. If the hawse pipe on the Spanish caravel had been of United States origin, the Yankees would have claimed credit for the discovery of the continent to which we belong.

The U.S.A. share in the floating of the Bavarian was subordinate and incidental. Americans could get all the credit they deserve without clouding Capt. Lesslie's title to the glory of a great achievement.

Canadians are too diffident. Outside of Kingston and Quebec there was but one paper in Canada, Toronto included, that gave a Canadian the recognition he deserved. New York Sunday papers attributed the main glory of floating the Bavarian to the Star Spangled sons of the American republic. New York papers were patriotic if they were not fair. Their dupes and echoes in the press of Canada were neither fair nor patriotic.

If the Bavarian were still in the old place on Wye Rock, the whole venture would have been laughed at as the crazy experiment of a fool Canadian. Capt. Lesslie would have been welcome to revel in the entire undivided responsibility for a fizzle. These loud claims that a success was of United States origin would never have been heard so long as there was only failure to explain. The Canadian origin of a failure would have been freely admitted.

Was the floating of the Bavarian a triumph of Canadian or United States origin? The facts quoted in an interview with M.P. Davis, of Quebec, prove that the Canadian, Capt. Lesslie, was the originator of the triumph. If the controversy continues the question may be submitted to arbitration and Lord Alverstone called in. Canada's glory would then go the way of Canada's islands, in his lordship's decision to the effect that the Bavarian was floated by Theodore Roosevelt or Elihu Root.

p.6 Incidents of the Day - Capt. John Wood, of the steamer Rosemount, has returned to his home in Port Dalhousie.

Capt. A. Milligan, of the steamer Westmount, has left for St. Catharines.

Capt. P.C. Teller has gone to his home in Owen Sound.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Dec 1906