The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Apr 1907

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p.1 Filled To Roofs - Fort William, April 17th - all elevators filled; tug Whalen attempting to break passage out to lake.

Capt. Dunn Under Suspicion - Windsor, April 17th - Capt. Dunn of government cruiser Vigilant has been suspended pending investigation.



The dredge Sir Wilfred, which sank in the lake near Newcastle, in about seventy-five feet of water, about three years ago, has been located by the tug Hercules, after a three days' search. Pontoons will be brought from Toronto and the dredge will be raised into shallow water and all the machinery removed.

Steamers In Port.

The steamer A.D. Davidson, Capt. Sloan, of Chicago, and the steamer J.S. Keefe, Capt. Daniel Barry, also of Chicago, have arrived with corn for the M.T. company, each vessel having a cargo of 80,000 bushels. The captains state that they had a fine trip, but that it was rather rough on the lake last night. These are the first steamers to unload at the elevator this season. It will be remembered that the A.D. Davidson is the vessel that Capt. Hugh Hague was in charge of last year.

Hard On Vessels.

An old captain told the Whig, today, that last night's gale blew at the rate of forty miles an hour down the lake. It would go hard with any small schooners caught off the land, continued the mariner. As far as known no Kingston schooners were out. About four inches of snow fell last night, which tended to make navigation dangerous.

Marine Notes.

The schooner Charley Marshall has arrived from Charlotte, with coal.

The schooner Metzner arrived from Sodus, last night, with coal for Folger's.

The steamer Calvin and consort Ceylon will clear tonight for Toronto.

The steamer Simla and consort Burmah will clear tonight for Fort William.

The work of fitting out the steamer Rideau King is being pushed at Anglin's bay.

The schooner Clara Youell has arrived with a cargo of coal for Crawford's from Oswego.

The steamer Islander left Tuesday for her summer route between Clayton and Alexandria Bay.

The steamer Whitney left Chicago on Saturday night with 60,000 bushels of corn for Richardsons'.

The schooner Bertie Kalkins has reached Kingston with a cargo of coal from Oswego for Sowards'.

The government steamer Scout has finished her task of placing the gas buoys down the Canadian channel.

p.6 Wolfe Island, April 16th - Manager Briceland has engaged Thomas O'Riley as engineer for the ferry steamer. He will take charge on the 27th. D.J. Lesslie, who has had three successful years, has resigned to be chief engineer of the steamer Caspian for this year. Capt. James Kenny, who was employed with the Whalen company, of Port Arthur, has left, to take charge of the tug Bowman this season.....The traffic has been so great, on Saturdays, that the ferry steamer will make a direct trip to the village, at 2 p.m., and return at three and leave Kingston at 3:30 for Simcoe Island and Spoor's wharf. D.H. Hinckley has carpenters at work building a sand scow, which he will tow with his naptha launch to and from Cape Vincent.



All the members of the local sailors' union have booked for the season, and the union's rooms in the labor hall are now deserted. A member of the union stated today that all the sailors had shipped, and that there was yet work for more, there still being vacancies to be filled up on some of the vessels.

Marine News.

The Bay of Quinte was all clear of ice yesterday.

The steamer Reindeer has started her regular trips between Prinyer's Cove and Napanee.

The steamer Ella Ross, of Deseronto, will go on her Trenton and Picton route on the 22nd.

The steamer Reliance, of Deseronto, cleared on her first trip of the season for Oswego, with a load of shingles.

Hepburn Bros., of Picton, have not decided whether they will put the steamer Niagara in commission this season or not.

The steamer Lloyd S. Porter, of Picton, will proceed to Oswego for coal, as soon as repairs have been completed. She is now on the ways at Picton.

There will be no boat between Deseronto and Picton this season, so far as known at present, and a good opening now offers for a smart steamyacht which could handle thirty or forty people on a trip, to take care of this trade.

The steamer Alexandria, of Picton, will go on her route between Charlotte and Montreal, on the 27th inst. She has received a thorough overhauling, and comes out in fine trim this spring. She will be in charge of her former crew of officers.

The sunken schooner Dobie, which has been lying, for some time past, in the main steamboat channel out from Deseronto, is at present a menace to navigation, and unless some steps are taken to have it removed, or good light placed on her, the results may be serious to passing steamers, as at present there is nothing to mark her position, and only a few feet of water are over her. Mariners are asking who is responsible if an accident should happen.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Apr 1907