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

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p.2 Fight On Steamer - at Swift's wharf a fight started between a French and an Italian crewman on steamer Kingston; fight spread until a dozen were going at it in the hold; Capt. Esford attempted to break it up.


The initial trip of the steamer Kingston did not prove any too satisfactory in some respects and she was unable to reach Prescott. Instead the fine big liner lay at Swift's wharf all day Sunday. Coming past Mooer's elevator the steamer circled, and coming bow on toward the end of Swift's wharf, she ran upon it, tearing away a portion of the dock with her bow. Under the backward propelling of the engines and an unfavorable wind, the stern of the steamer then swung in against the timbers. The result was a breaking of three buckets on the steamer's paddle wheel. It took all day and all night to repair the damage, the return trip being resumed about seven o'clock this morning. It is said there was a party of 200 passengers waiting at Charlotte to be taken over to Toronto.

New Steamer Rapids' King.

The steamer Rapids King, the new R. & O. N. company's boat for passenger travel between Prescott and Montreal, arrived yesterday afternoon at Swift's wharf. This steamer is a marked advance on her predecessors in construction, and will be the largest steamer that has ever run the rapids of the St. Lawrence regularly. She is 240 feet in length and forty three feet wide, which is the limit of size permitted by the St. Lawrence canals. Her hull is sheathed with rock elm. She is of the day boat excursion type, having very large observation decks, and fifty-four staterooms. Her arrangements is as follows: The forward portion of the main deck is devoted to baggage, engine room, etc. Then comes the entrance hall for passengers, and the after portion is taken up with a large buffet, in which meals are to be served "a la carte" at all hours. The first promenade deck contains the state rooms and a comfortable cabin with large observation space at bow and stern. The second promenade deck is devoid of staterooms, having a large promenade space all round the steamer, and a saloon in the centre with windows all around, so that passengers will be able to view the scenery whether from inside the cabin or from the deck outside. The wheel house and officers' quarters are above the second promenade deck, so that this deck is entirely devoted to the comfort of the passengers, and affords them an unrivalled opportunity to see the beauties of the trip through the rapids. With this new arrangement the steamer will be able to carry one thousand passengers in comfort. The Rapids King left this morning about seven o'clock on her way east.

A Tug Sunk.

The tug Kate, owned by Lomer & Co., Montreal, on her way from Montreal to Richardsons', to load grain, was sunk near Farran's Point, on Saturday.

It was at first reported that two of the crew had been drowned, but the report, however, proved to be untrue, a message to this effect being received at Richardsons'.

The tug Kate loaded grain at Richardsons' several days ago for Montreal, and was on her way back with the two light barges, when the accident happened. The tug is now lying on her side, and Calvin's wrecker was sent to the scene.

Arrangements were made by Richardsons', today, to have the barges brought on to Kingston, as they are needed at once for the grain shipments.

The tug Kate has been in use many years. She had only been running to Kingston for about three or four years, prior to that time being in service in Lower Canada.

Marine Notes.

The steamer Island Belle started, today, on the Clayton-Ogdensburg route.

The schooner Metzner has arrived from Sodus, with coal for the cotton mill.

The schooner Clara Youell has arrived at Booth's, from Fairhaven, with coal.

The tug Edmond and barge arrived at Richardsons', to load grain for Bedford Mills.

The steamer Cuba cleared from Richardsons', on Saturday, loaded with wheat and oats.

The schooner Charley Marshall has arrived, from Charlotte, with coal for the K. & P. wharf.

Swift's: steamer Nevada down yesterday; steamer North King from Charlotte yesterday; steamer Rideau King for Ottawa this morning; steamer Hamilton down yesterday; steamer Kingston, from Toronto; steamer Rapids King for Prescott; steamer Belleville up today; steamer Picton down yesterday.

M.T. Co.: The steamer Rosemount arrived from Fort William with 80,000 bushels of wheat, with barge Hamilton, with 65,000 bushels of wheat, and barge Ungava, with 115,000 bushels of oats; steamer Rosemount cleared with her cargo for Prescott; the tug Mary P. Hall arrived from Montreal with three light barges, and cleared for Montreal with three grain-laden barges; the tug Bronson arrived from Montreal with four light barges, and cleared with three grain barges; the steamer Omaha cleared for Fort William; the steamer Bothnia arrived from Oswego with coal.

p.5 Incidents of the Day - The annual meeting of the Thousand Island Steamboat company was held this afternoon at Cape Vincent. That of the St. Lawrence River Steamboat company convened in the city this morning.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Jun 1907