The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Dec 1906

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p.1 Ten Years To Build - Washington, Dec. 21st - could take ten years to build new lock at Soo; badly needed as last year's traffic was up 6 million tons over year previous.



In a recent conversation with a Whig reporter, Capt. W.B. Lesslie said it was not finally determined what to do with the Bavarian, but likely she will be taken across the Atlantic in June and repaired on the Clyde. The captain says the lifting of the steamship Scottish King was a more treacherous work, as they had to contend with seas and gales, and driven off once they were driven off twenty times. The Bavarian was not so exposed, and if the wreck could not be lifted one time it could another, for its safety as a wreck was not imperilled as the other ship.

"One great fear," said Capt. Lesslie, "was that the Bavarian would turn turtle when she went off, owing to the compressed air in the bottom. I had no such fear. Even Scottish wreckers had the doubt, but the experiment proved the fallacy of their contentions. I had lifted vessels using pontoons of compressed air, and know how they worked; likewise I knew how it would work if I used the vessel as a pontoon to lift herself. The work developed to my fullest expectations."

Marine Notes.

The steamer Howard, recently sold by George Hall, Ogdensburg, to the Dollar Steamship company, of San Francisco, is at New York undergoing repairs. The name of the steamer is to be changed to that of the Melville Dollar. She is to be used in the lumber trade and will carry 1,200,000 feet of timber.

Handled Here - ..... barley, 741,583 bushels; buckwheat, 31,833 bushels; corn, 954,571 bushels; oats, 1,760,058 bushels; peas, 22,700 bushels; rye, 25,178 bushels; flax seed, 2,129,571 bushels; wheat, 6,502,960 bushels; a total of 12,165,160 bushels. In addition the coal handled totalled 41,140 tons; hay 800 tons, flour 224 tons, and steel 678 tons.

p.7 To Probe Golspie Wreck - Ottawa, Dec. 21st - Commander Spain, wreck commissioner, will leave for Sault Ste. Marie immediately after Christmas, to hold an official enquiry into the wreck of the steamer Golspie, the particulars of which were ventilated in the House of Commons by Mr. Boyce. Meanwhile the witnesses are being communicated with.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Dec 1906