The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Feb 1907

Full Text


Marine Intelligence.

Capt. Hugh Hagen, who, last year, sailed the steamer A.D. Davidson, of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Transportation company, will command the steamer Majestic next season.

Capt. Collier, of Napanee, who recently purchased the yacht Dorothy, is having a new oak hull built for her. When completed the captain will have a very handsome yacht, much more roomy than the old Dorothy.

Forty United States vessels and forty-eight Canadian craft were engaged in carrying grain from Port Arthur and Fort William last season. The American boats transported 9,336,000 as against 4,575,000 bushels by Canadians, a striking comparison in the carrying capacity of the vessels of the two countries.

Incidents of the Day - Kingston marine men who have seen the yacht being built at Deseronto for Dr. Oronhyatekha, of the Foresters, say it will cost at least $40,000. It is a clumsy looking model and could be used for freight as well as passenger trade.

Feb. 19, 1907



The harbor is a busy place these days. At all the wharves where boats are laid up, men are employed in making repairs and alterations ready for the opening of navigation. The M.T. company's fleet is nearly through fitting up. In some cases the boats have been recaulked, painted and repaired, and in others new machinery has been placed in position. The passenger steamers are not so far advanced yet, as they are not called upon to go into commission until the middle of May.

Navigation opened last year on April 4th and it is prophesied by local marine experts that the season will be a little later this year owing to the thickness of the ice.

About 400 men are employed on the boats at present and engineers and owners are arriving every day to put the engines in their charge in working order.

The summer of 1907 promises to be a busy one on the St. Lawrence and advices from Montreal state that already arrangements are being made by large United States parties for accommodation on proposed trips down the lakes and the St. Lawrence as far ahead as next August.

Feb. 20, 1907

p.1 Released From Ice Blockade - Sarnia, Feb. 20th - The tug Lutz, caught in the ice blockade and driven ashore below Sarnia, has been released by the car ferry International and placed in the Wolverine dry dock at Port Huron. She has eleven frames and a number of plankings broken. The Lutz was used by the Pere Marquette railroad to assist the car ferry International during the winter months and the ice at this port has been very heavy.

p.2 Kingston Harbor - A Scheme Suggested For Its Improvement - letter to editor with ideas on how to fit more docks in; martello tower should be removed as well as shoal it sits on; bridge should be removed and placed between Bell's Island and Pittsburg shore; signed "Another Advocate For Kingston's Prosperity."

Incidents of the Day - Richardson Bros. will build a new wharf, this spring, between the elevator and Folger's wharf, for the handling of feldspar. Work will be commenced next Monday.



There is a likelihood of a new shipbuilding company being formed in Kingston, with headquarters on the west side of the government dry dock. The need of an adequate repair plant for dry-dock work has been pointed out on various occasions of late. If large vessels are to continue coming to the big Kingston dock for repairs, especially after the Ogdensburg dock is built, will depend upon the facilities that are offered them for immediate repairs. In the past, delays have been complained of by vessel owners. Recently mention was made of this matter at a board of trade meeting.

It is reported that a company, with a capital of $100,000, will be formed, and operations shortly begun. A lease of part of the dry-dock property will be acquired. Quite a lot of general boat building could be secured. The Davis company and the Kingston Foundry are kept busy in marine building, and there is easily a field for increased and larger operations.

Was Efficient - Detroit, Feb. 20th - lodges of the Shipmasters' Association are in favor of retaining Superintendent John Boyd, in charge of the Canadian ships canal and lock; he is currently under suspension.

Feb. 21, 1907


Feb. 22, 1907

p.4 Appointment Made - James Stewart came to Kingston in 1869; ....."entered the employment of the late James H. Henderson, in the forwarding business. His brother, the late William Stewart, was manager of the business after the death of Mr. Henderson, in 1872. Then Holcomb and Stewart formed a company. In 1889, Mr. Stewart was appointed agent of the Kingston and Montreal Forwarding company. From 1895 to 1898, he represented Sydenham ward in the city council, but had to retire on account of his company sending its barges to Coteau Landing in connection with the Canada Atlantic railway. He continued as representative of the Kingston and Montreal Forwarding company until a year ago, when it sold its barges and went out of businesss......



For The Navigation Of The Detroit River.

Detroit, Feb. 22nd - A Washington special says the war department has acceded to the request made by the Lake Carrier's Association to make a set of rules for the navigation of the Detroit River, at the narrow channel known as the Lime Kiln Crossing, at Amherstburg, which will compel vessels to move up and down the channel in single file and not to attempt to overtake or pass each other within certain boundaries. The government will station a patrol boat there, under command of an army officer, to patrol and police the channel. Passenger vessels will have privileges not given to freighters.

Feb. 23, 1907

p.2 Discussed Harbor Matters - On invitation of the marine committee of the board of trade, Governor Engineer Fuller, who has been taking soundings in the harbor, had an informal conference with members of the board, Mayor Mowat and several of the aldermen yesterday afternoon with reference to the needs of the harbor. Mr. Fuller said that he had not quite completed the taking of soundings. He discussed various matters regarding the harbor and gave some very interesting information.

Media Type:
Item Type:
Date of Publication:
18 Feb 1907
Local identifier:
Language of Item:
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
Creative Commons licence:
pd [more details]
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
Maritime History of the Great Lakes
WWW address
Powered by / Alimenté par VITA Toolkit

My favourites lets you save items you like, tag them and group them into collections for your own personal use. Viewing "My favourites" will open in a new tab. Login here or start a My favourites account.

British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Feb 1907