The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Jul 1907

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Steambarge Ionia Ties Up Navigation.

Cornwall, July 6th - The steambarge Ionia, of Picton, owned by Capt. Hall, of Ottawa, tore two gates out of lock 17 of the Cornwall canal, last evening, and thereby tied up navigation. As far as can be learned the Ionia's lines were not tight enough, and after the lower gates were closed behind her and the lock was being filled, she surged ahead and crashed into one of the upper gates, displacing it. The weight of the water in the level tore off the other gate, and although the steamer was given full steam she was carried back by the water and damaged two lower gates, which, however, fortunately held. Canal Overseer Francis Lally at once started the repair gang and the gate lifter was set at work to replace the gates. Divers are being sent to the bottom to clear away the wreckage and gravel.

The Ionia was loaded with pulpwood from Three Rivers to Fort Erie. Lock 17 seems to be hoodooed, and the past dozen years or so its gates have been carried away three times by the steamer Ocean, barge Kildonan and steamer Hepburn. About twenty boys were swimming in the by-wash, and had the lower gates gone they would have been swept away and drowned.



The Bay Of Quinte And Lake Route.

In the midst of a whirling wind storm, the good ship Caspian slipped from her moorings at Swift's wharf, on Saturday afternoon last, into the angry waters of the lake, and with steadiness and propriety, as is her wont in carrying her valuable cargoes, started on her trip for Charlotte.

The steamer, this year, appears almost a new craft. During the winter, repairs were made and improvements installed, which make her one of the tastiest of passenger steamers afloat on this end of Lake Ontario. Her upper works have been renewed, and whereas last year, her accommodation was for from ninety to one hundred over-nighters, she now has cabin quarters for almost two hundred. The berths are divided into two sets - inners and outers - and are complete in every way. The rooms are of fair size and the equipment of the best. The wheel-house and officers' quarters are also new and fitted up with everything that can add comfort to the chief officers. Altogether the steamer is fitted to handle large parties, as many as five hundred being cared for during the height of the season.

The steamer with her companion ship, the North King, do the bay trade during the months of July and August, and prove a source of delight to all along the pretty bay shores who desire to travel up and down. The Caspian, perhaps, is the faster boat of the two, and can reel off from fourteen to sixteen miles an hour without much trouble. Her officers are men of capacity and standing, who do their utmost to make travel both a pleasure and a delight. From the cabin boy to the first officer they were found to be polite and obliging, and all questions asked, that could be answered, were replied to in a gentlemanly and cordial manner. The officers of the boat are: William Bloomfield, captain; George Smith, first mate; Thomas McEwen, second mate; F.C. Maund, purser; J.M. Laing, assistant purser; A.G. Curphey, steward; W.O. Dwyer, second steward; Walter Mills, chef; N.K. Scouse, second chef; D.J. Leslie, chief engineer; George A. Sauve, second engineer.

A night and a day on the water for any person cooped up in close quarters, in office or store, cannot but be a source of pleasure. The fresh ozone, the sparkling waters, the beautiful scenery and the excellent cuisine served on the steamers all tend to make the time pass pleasantly, and to invigorate and strengthen those who travel. The trip is further heightened by the runs that are daily made across the lake from Charlotte to Cobourg and Port Hope, and here, good sailors find a wonderful exhilaration as they sit on deck, far from land, and enjoy the gentle rockings that the wind-tossed waters of Lake Ontario afford. The writer has coursed the great lakes, but has never enjoyed sailing upon any steamer as that in which he participated, last week, on Lake Ontario, on the steamer Caspian.

The Bay of Quinte and Lake Ontario Navigation company has had control of the routes it traverses for more than three-quarters of a century. The Gildersleeves, the originators, and whose names were as good as their bonds, in every port, have as successors, a company as equally highminded and as anxious to serve its patrons to the full extent of its powers. What it promises it fulfils; and this guarantee of faithfulness has led to the success it has attained as a caterer to those who love "to go down to the sea in ships." Its genial manager, E.E. Horsey, watches every detail with a carefulness that merits approval; he is as thoughtful of every patron as if he were of his own household, and the people along the bay know and appreciate his worth and the worth of the crafts he controls.


The schooner Acacia is expected from Sodus, with coal, tomorrow.

The schooner J.B. Kitchen will load feldspar, after unloading her cargo of coal.

The steamer M.J. Hurley is still at the M.T. company's wharf.

Swift's: steamer Kingston down and up; steamer Hamilton west last night; steamer Picton west today; steamer Dundurn west tomorrow; steamer North King from Charlotte; steamer Caspian down tomorrow; steamer Rideau King for Ottawa this morning; steamer Rideau Queen up tonight.

p.5 Violated Marine Regulations - Fort William, July 6th - Capt. Perry, of the steamer Wissahickon, was, yesterday, fined $80 and costs for a violation of the new marine regulations in not having his first and second engineers sign articles. The men, who refused to sign, have been reported to the department, and will likely lose their papers.

p.6 A Sudden Death - Capt. Theopias Leduc, of steamer Selkirk, died on board at lock at Galops Rapids; 48 years old, lived in Kingston.

His Arm Torn Off - Edward Maloney, captain of the barge Mary Lyon, owned by the George Hall Coal company, of Ogdensburg, and lying at the Lackawanna trestle in Oswego, had his right arm crushed in a winch and torn from the socket on the barge late Monday afternoon. He was hurried to the hospital in an ambulance, where the arm was amputated. The operation was a success, and Captain Maloney is reported to be doing nicely. [Brockville Recorder]

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Jul 1907