The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Jun 1907

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The Tecumseh To Cover Five Lakes.

The steamer Tecumseh, in command of Capt. Charles Beaupre, left Cleveland, Ohio, says a western exchange, on what is to be the longest trip ever made on the chain of lakes. She will stop at ten differenct ports, will sail through all of the five lakes and Georgian Bay and will cover a total distance of 3,184 miles, a greater distance than from New York to Liverpool.

The Tecumseh is in the lumber trade carrying quartered timbers from the head of the lakes to Montreal and Quebec for export to England and other European countries. She was built over a few years ago, especially for this purpose and has ports in her bow and stern, through which the long timbers may be loaded. The schooner D.P. Rhodes, which she will tow part of the trip, is sailed by Capt. Thomas McGowan, who also owns her, has been built over by him and is now as good as new. She has a rating of A-2 and Capt. Thomas says now he is happy.

The Tecumseh and Rhodes arrived here from Bar Point. The Tecumseh went from Kingston to Bar Point to pick the Rhodes up.

They left, bound for Owen Sound, Ont., where they will unload their coal cargoes. From there the Tecumseh will go along to Fort William, on Lake Superior, for a part of a cargo, then to West Superior, for another few hundred feet of timber. From West Superior the Tecumseh will run down into Lake Superior, stopping at Manitowoc, for another addition to the cargo. Leaving that port she will run through the straights to Bay City, in Lake Huron, and after a short stay there will touch at some port in Georgian Bay, to finish her loading. She will then make the run back to Kingston, her port of call and her original starting place. Arriving there she will lay over a few days and continue on up through Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence river to Montreal or Quebec, where her cargo will be unloaded and transferred to ocean freight steamers for shipment abroad.

The reason for this remarkably long trip is that the Tecumseh will have as her cargo only a special grade of timber, and will be able to get only small quantities of it at each port. The Tecumseh is a fine boat of about 1,000 tons and is conceded to be the best lumber carrier on the lakes today.

Capt. "Charlie," who sails her, is probably as well known as any captain on the chain of lakes. In the old days he used to sail the big tug Andrew J. Smith, which was the largest in her class. It is said of him that he was the only captain on the lakes who could tow nine schooners, loaded with coal. He has been known to have done this without any mishaps, which is as good a record as the one he is about to make.

Collision In Harbor.

A yacht owned by George Hammond was damaged, about eight o'clock, this morning, near Richardson's slip, in a collision with the steambarge John Randall. The Randall was on her way from Smith's Falls to Oswego, for coal, and was coming out of Richardson's slip when the accident occurred. George Hammond was in charge of his yacht, and he was taking the boat from Folger's wharf to Crawford's slip. The Randall was pulling out, and ran into the yacht, just as she was coming around Richardson's elevator, making her way towards Crawford's. The steambarge struck the yacht on her nose, and her portside was smashed in.

Mr. Hammond claims that the Randall did not blow her whistle when pulling out, and that when he saw the vessel, as he came around the elevator, he had no time to turn out. He will claim damages from the owner of the Randall.

Marine Paragraphs.

The steamer Algonquin arrived at Richardson's with 122,000 bushels of oats, from Fort William.

Marine men report that there was a very heavy fog on the lake, Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Swift's: steamers Picton west; Toronto down and up; City of Ottawa west; Aletha from bay ports; Rideau King from Ottawa tonight.

The dredge Sir Richard has completed its work at Folger's wharf, and has commenced work in the much talked about slip at the foot of Queen street. The slip was dredged two years ago, and it is remarkable the amount of dirt that has accumulated since that time.

M.T. Co.: The schooner Ford River arrived from Charlotte with coal; the tug Mary arrived with three light barges, and cleared for Montreal with two grain-laden barges; the steamer Rosemount, with barge Hamilton, cleared for Fort William; the tug Thomson cleared for Montreal with three grain barges.



Were Awarded In Ottawa Yesterday.

Ottawa, June 21st - Weddell, Phin and other dredging contractors were in the city, yesterday, in connection with the re-adjustment of the dredging contracts based on the second call for tenders necessitated by the numerous low bids of the Dominion Dredging company, of Ottawa. Mr. Phin, whose headquarters are at Welland, secured the contract for Hamilton, Cobourg and Bronte. Mr. Weddell, whose home is at Trenton, is awarded the work at Thornbury and Meaford. The Canadian Dredge and Construction company, of Midland, is awarded the Midland Harbor work and the Owen Sound Construction Co. gets the Midland (Tiffin), Trenton harbor and Dark channel go to the St. Lawrence & Great Lakes Dredging Co., of Montreal. Wiarton, Penetanguishene and Waubaushence and Owen Sound contracts are awarded to A.F. Bowman, of Southampton.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Jun 1907