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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 May 1907

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Has Been Accomplished By Captain Baker.

Amherstburg, May 23rd - Wrecking Master Baker has pumped out the sunken steamer Whittaker, which has lain on the bottom of the river near Boise Blanc Island, since Sunday night, May 12th, when the steamer Gault and the Whittaker collided. Unexpected difficulties were met, and Capt. Baker has accomplished a good job. The Whittaker will be taken to the old Michigan Central dock, just above the town, to allow of its corn cargo being placed on freight cars for Brantford, Ont. Two steam pumps keep the boat afloat. Owing to the clearing of the channel by the removal of the wreck both upbound and downbound vessels are moving without delay for the first time in ten days.



The Oliver Mowat's Second Adventure.

The schooner Oliver Mowat, in charge of Capt. Robinson, has again been in trouble, says the Port Hope Times. In consequence, Capt. Robinson has sold his quarter share in the vessel to his partner, J. McLennan, of Bowmanville, and the entire crew has been dismissed.

Last year this schooner was wrecked near Newcastle. The captain afterwards broke his leg. On its first voyage this year it was caught in a squall and nearly foundered, the vessel finally being towed into Kingston and from there it was sent to the drydock at Oswego.

The schooner left Oswego on Wednesday of last week, after being repaired, with a cargo of 545 tons of coal for Mr. McLennan, of Bowmanville. The weather was fine and nothing eventful happened until Thursday evening, when a squall struck the schooner while off Cobourg. The waves dashed over the boat. The crew had not time to procure their oil-skins and were wet to the skin. Thomas Harvey, one of the crew, was carried on a wave for several feet. A coal box containing two tons of coal was washed on to the rail. During the storm the schooner lost its foresail, rathy, jib top-sail, and standing jib. At two o'clock on Friday morning the schooner was abreast of Port Hope. An endeavor to make this harbor was fruitless and the schooner was obliged to put back to Presque Isle. She set sail from this port, on Saturday morning, and arrived in Bowmanville at 4:30 o'clock on Sunday afternoon.

The loss is estimated at $400. The total loss of this and the previous mishap is $700.

Marine Notes.

The steamer Rosedale cleared from Richardson's for Hamilton.

The repair work on the steamer Caspian is being rushed along.

The schooner Clara Youell arrived, Thursday, from Oswego, with coal for Crawford's.

The schooner Lizzie Metzner arrived from Sodus, Thursday morning, with coal for the cotton mill.

The tug Emerson arrived from Charlotte with one coal barge for the M.T. Co. and cleared for Montreal with two grain laden barges.

Swift's: steamer Belleville from western points; steamer Picton from Montreal tonight; steamer Rideau King for Ottawa; steamer Aletha for bay ports.

The steamer Corona, direct from the old country, called at Swift's wharf today, en route up the lakes. This was the steamer's first stop since the commencement of her voyage.

The pleasure yacht Skylark is at present on the ways at Portsmouth. Her boiler will be taken out and put in the schooner Robert McDonald. The Skylark will be made into a houseboat.

The steamer Picton, of the R. & O. Navigation company, struck the canal bank at Cornwall on Tuesday and damaged her rudder. Capt. Johnston said the damage was not great and the Picton proceeded on her way after some repairs had been made.

p.3 Picton, May 23rd - The steamer Niagara left port, Tuesday, for Toronto, in command of Capt. Timothy Sullivan and mate H. Brooks. She has been chartered by the Hamilton Steamship company to run between Toronto and Hamilton, taking the Turbinia's place. She will be on the route until the end of October. The schooner Two Brothers unloaded lumber from Hepburn and cleared last night for Deseronto. The schooner Gull unloaded lumber yesterday for Lake.



The steamer Missisquoi cleared today for Rockport.

James Collier, of Picton, intends to build a boat for Napanee-Adolphustown-Picton route. He is the owner of the steamer Reindeer.

The steamer Saleberry, which arrived here yesterday, en route to Belleville, has been purchased by the Cement company of the latter place for a ferry boat to carry their employees. She is 100 feet long.

The steamer Varuna, of Belleville, has had to re-install her triple engine, owing to a new compound one ordered not being completed in time. The former was considered too strong for a boat of the Varuna's size. She can speed sixteen miles an hour.

The steamer General B. Franklin, of Alexandria Bay, has been purchased by Peter Cavanagh of Perth. She has been on the St. Lawrence river since 1872. The Franklin is now at the Kingston foundry marine railway, and will be thoroughly overhauled.

May 24, 1907

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 May 1907