The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Apr 1907

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p.1 Emmerson Resigns His Cabinet Position - as Minister of Railways and Canals to vindicate his character; has held position since 1900.



The steamer New Island Wanderer is in dry dock being recaulked.

The steamer St. Lawrence is being fitted out for the season at Craig's wharf.

A new spar for the schooner Theodore Voges is being shaped and will be placed in position next week.

The steamer Aletha is being fitted out at Swift's wharf and will leave on her first trip to bay ports the first of next week.

The steamer Pierrepont is on the Kingston-Cape Vincent route until May 1st, when the Island Wanderer will go on the route.

The steamer Missisquoi is on the ways at the Kingston Foundry, having new boilers installed and receiving a complete overhauling.

The harbour at Wolfe Island is still covered with heavy ice and the Wolfe Islander has a difficult task before her in forcing a way to the dock.

The steamer Montreal is undergoing repairs at Swift's wharf. It is expected that the City of Montreal will clear for Detroit on her first trip about April 15th.

The scarcity of laboring men is being felt in marine circles this spring. Along the harbor there are jobs for a large number of men, but they are not available. Thus navigation is receiving a serious check.

The M.T. company tug Emerson is in dry dock, having the steel plate in her port quarter replaced. The plate was damaged last fall on the rocks of Round Island, and was temporarily fixed to enable the tug to finish the season.


The longshoremen in Kingston will this season receive the same rate of pay as last season. There are about 150 longshoremen here and the men are kept in steady employment from the time navigation opens until the ice forms. For unloading and loading freight at the wharves the men receive twenty-five cents an hour, and for unloading heavy freight like coal they receive from twenty to twenty-five cents a ton. Thus a man working nine hours a day would make on an average of from $2.50 to $4 a day. The local union of longshoremen is in a florishing condition and though the season for them has not started, most of the men are at work on the wharves preparing for a busy season.

p.4 Marine Tidings - Walkerville, April 3rd - The dominion government steamer Vigilant is again here, after having undergone repairs at Wyandotte, Mich. dry dock. The boat will go into commission within about a week.

p.6 Rockport, April 2nd - The steam yacht Wilbur, owned by Mr. Wilbur, of Sport Island, caught fire at Alexandria Bay. The fire was extinguished by the firemen, but not before the yacht was much damaged.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Apr 1907