The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 May 1907

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p.2 Everything Satisfactory - William Penji, of Chicago, president of the International Seaman's Union, is a visitor in the city. He is here to inquire into the matters relating to the local union, and reports everything to be satisfactory. All the members of the union here have secured employment and it is stated that there are still a few vacancies with some of the crews. It is usual for the president of the International union to visit Kingston once a year.


The barge Toledo entered the government dry dock today for repairs.

The steambarge Cardinal and consort cleared last night for Charlotte.

The steambarge City of Belleville is undergoing repairs at Davis dry dock.

The yacht Nokomis goes on the Davis' dry dock tomorrow for general repairs.

The steamer Panther is expected from Chicago tomorrow, with a cargo for Richardsons'.

The steamer City of Ottawa passed down on her way to Montreal, this morning, from Picton.

The steamer (sic) Ford River, loaded with corn for Richardsons', is due to arrive today or tomorrow.

It is expected in marine circles that the tug Schoenck will arrived Thursday to tow the dredge Enterprise to Duluth.

The steamer Belleville is expected down today on her first trip. The steamer is in charge of Captain Charles Redfern.

The steambarge Randall has arrived at Richardsons' from Washburn, with a cargo of oats. She will clear for Oswego, for coal for Smith's Falls.

The Davis company expect to launch the new sail yacht built this spring for J. Patterson, Montreal, on Monday. The new yacht is a forty-footer and was built for speed and comfort. She will be used on the St. Lawrence this summer.

M.T. company wharf: tug Mary P. Hall has arrived from Charlotte with two coal barges; tug Glide from Montreal with two light barges, will clear for Montreal with three grain-laden barges; steamer Brittanic, of Chicago, is expected today with cargo of corn.

Regret His Departure.

Wolfe Island, April 30th - D.J. Leslie, who is retiring from the steamer Wolfe Islander as engineer, to accept a higher position, was presented by the officers and crew of the steamer and friends with a gift and an address expressing regret at his retirement, and wishing him continued success. Mr. Leslie, in replying, said he had endeavored to do his duty. His connection with the steamer and with the people of the island had been pleasant, and he would retain happy recollections of his sojourn there.

p.3 The Thousand Islands - prospects good for coming season; yacht Idler, owned by the late Capt. Visger, will be refitted with furnishings and supplies by its new owner, Col. O.G. Staples, and placed out as a charter boat; many St. Lawrence river guides are adopting the motor skiff, a boat only slightly larger and heavier than the regulation fishing skiff, but equipped with a gasoline engine to perform the labor the oarsmen formerly had to do.



Succeeded In Dredging A Channel.

[Buffalo Courier]

After two months of hard work during which several almost insurmountable obstacles were encountered, Capt. John Donnelly, the well-known Canadian wrecking master, has at last succeeded in dredging a channel to the stranded steamers Hurlbert W. Smith and the William Nottingham, ashore at the foot of Michigan street.

Capt. Donnelly has had two sand suckers on the job continually and had expected to use the wrecker Saginaw, which he recently purchased from the Great Lakes Towing company. The Saginaw has powerful machinery, but just at the time when she was most needed, she filled with water, and sank at her dock. She was raised and is again in commission, but will not be used in the work.

He encountered another obstruction in his wrecking operations yesterday. During the big gale of January the heavy seas swept away a large portion of the concrete foundation of the breakwall. This concrete washed ashore and is now packed solid in the path of the wrecked steamers. It is said it will have to be blasted or dug out before the boats can be released.

Capt. Donnelly is well pleased with the progress made in the operations and it is the opinion of vesselmen that he has done extremely well under the circumstances. He expects to have tugs at work on the boats within the next few days.

Marine News.

The schooner Laura D. is loading coal at Richardsons' for bay ports.

The schooner Oliver Mowat has cleared for Oswego, for coal for Bowmanville.

The schooner Suffel is loaded with feldspar, at Richardsons', and will clear for Charlotte tonight.

The steamer New Island Wanderer went on the Cape Vincent-Kingston route, this morning, replacing the steamer Pierrepont.

p.7 No More Sunday Ferry - The Lord's day act, which went into effect in Ontario recently, will, the Ontario authorities contend, prevent the operation of a Sunday ferry between Prescott and Ogdensburg. The Oddfellows of the Fort Town, yesterday, could not come over to join their local brethren in divine service. The ferry company takes an opposite view and will contest the matter in the courts; at any rate the ferry should be permitted to connect with Sunday trains. The law will not affect the operation of the Richelieu & Ontario company's Sunday boats, as they come within the "in transit" class, which is exempt. [Ogdensburg Journal]

p.8 A gas buoy exploded at Owen Sound yesterday afternoon, and Superintendent John Fitzpatrick, of the marine service, may lose his sight.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 May 1907