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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Apr 1907

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The steamer Aletha left on the first trip up the Bay of Quinte this morning.

The tug Emerson undergoing repairs at the dry dock went into commission yesterday.

The government steamer Scout cleared yesterday, with several gas buoys for river points.

The steamer Islander will leave Kingston Monday morning, to go on the Alexandria Bay and Clayton route.

The schooner Clara Youell cleared Friday night for Oswego to take on a cargo of hard coal for Kingston, and the schooner W.J. Suffel cleared for Charlotte, for coal.

It is expected that the steamer Island Wanderer will be ready to go on the Kingston and Cape Vincent route the latter part of next week. The vessel is now being painted, and given its finishing touches.

The tug Hercules, owned by the Polson Iron Works, Toronto, will make a thorough search for the dredge Sir Wilfred, which sank near Newcastle. The tug anchored near Newcastle but the buoys have all been lost and only the shore marks remain.

Morena, Nevada and Corunna are the names of three steel steamers to be brought from England by the new Canadian Lake line. They are due about May 1st and will go into commission at once. The boats have a carrying capacity of about 2,000 tons each and with the other four steamers of the line will ply between the head of Lake Superior and Montreal, calling at Windsor, Sarnia and other Canadian ports.

In December, 1904, the schooner Dobbie was cut by the ice while entering Deseronto harbor, and sank to the bottom, with about seven feet of water over the deck. This season when the ice went out the spars were cut off at the water's edge, and the hull lying on the bottom would rip open any boat unfortunate enough to pass over it. The wreck should be removed, and that cannot happen too soon for the safety of those who travel by the bay route.

Having Difficulty.

The Donnelly contracting company, Kingston, is having some difficulty in releasing the steamers Nottingham and H.W. Smith, at Buffalo, N.Y., owing to the channel filling up. Sandsuckers have been used to remove a sand bar.

p.7 Picton, April 13th - Navigation was formally opened on Thursday afternoon by the steambarge Aberdeen, which broke the channel through the ice-blocked portion of the channel to below the ways, where the bay is open. Hepburn's yacht Madge today made the trip to Deseronto, to get the crews that had arrived from Montreal for the tow barges Rob Roy and Isabel Reid.

The steamer Alexandria was launched this morning, and the S.S. Lloyd S. Porter went on the ways for repairs. A diver was here, from Kingston, this week, and discovered a plate off the Porter's keel. The steambarge Waterlily will also go on the ways before commencing the season. The ferry between Glenora and Adolphustown went into commission today....

Michael Harrington, of town, and Andrew Goodwin, Waupoos, left today for Buffalo. They will sail, this year, on the great lakes, between Buffalo and Duluth. Capt. Heffernan will be the master on the S.S. Lloyd S. Porter this season. Capt. D.B. Christie, master of the steamer Ella Ross, is in Deseronto, superintending the fitting out of that steamer for her season's work. Capt. Hicks is in Trenton getting the steamer Varuna ready.

p.8 Incidents of the Day - C.W. Cole says that the report in circulation last fall that he had sold the Duck Islands is untrue. There was an offer of $10,000 but he refused. There are about 1,000 acres on the two islands.

The Steamer A Complete Wreck - C.W. Cole, owner of Duck Island, came to the city today, on the fishing tug Cole. He says that the steamer Hickox, of Belleville, which went ashore there last December, is a complete wreck; nothing left but her boiler and engine, and that has been shoved up by the ice into about three and a half feet of water. The coal in the vessel has gone to the bottom, about a ton alone being strewn along the shore.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Apr 1907