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

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p.1 Lake Vessel Orders Grow - Pittsburgh, Aug. 6th - Carnegie Steel company has orders for twelve new vessels.



R.A. McLelland will take no further action in connection with his claim on the steamyacht Albani. It would be an expensive thing to bring the yacht here again under seizure. The local creditors of Wagner can thank Mr. McLelland for getting them their money.

Motor Boat Damaged.

The motor boat Eldred, owned by C.W. Lane, this city, met with another serious mishap on Sunday, while en route with a party from Gananoque to Half Moon Bay, to attend a religious service. The yacht ran on a rock, breaking the shaft and knocking both propellor blades off. Temporary repairs were made to enable the owner to return home the following day.

Marine Notes.

The schooner Bertha Kalkins is at Sowards, with coal, from Oswego.

The tug Loretta, which will replace the tug Shanley, in dredge work in the Rideau river, arrived in the city from Toronto, Monday, and will go into commission at once.

The steamer Missisquoi made its regular trip up from river points today.

The schooner Mary Ann Lydon has reached Booth's, from Oswego, with coal.

The steamer J.H. Plummer touched at the dry dock this morning on her way east.

The steamer Tecumseh has arrived at Garden Island, with a cargo of timber from Toledo.

The steamer John Sharples arrived from Chicago, with 82,000 bushels of corn, for the M.T. company.

The tug Kate has arrived at Richardson's with one barge, from Montreal, and will load grain for that port.

The steamer Strathcona cleared for Richardson's for Fort William. The vessel was unloaded at ten o'clock Monday night.

Swift's: steamer Toronto down and up; steamer North King from Charlotte; steamer Hamilton up tonight; steamer Rideau King from Ottawa tonight.

The steamer America was at her moorings, at the foot of Brock street, this morning, and the engineers took advantage of the temporary rest to overhaul their machinery. This afternoon she went down to Alexandria Bay to be in readiness for the excursion from there to Kingston and return tomorrow. On Thursday an excursion is slated from Picton to Cape Vincent and return with an extra out of Cape Vincent. Friday the Ogdensburg trip fills the bill.

p.7 Steamer Released - Wiarton, Ont., Aug. 6th - The steamer City of Grand Rapids, which went ashore on Manitoulin Island, between Providence Bay and Michael's Bay, was released by the steamer Sandfield, of Wiarton, without having suffered any damage.



On The Waterfront Of Toronto.

Toronto, Aug. 6th - A disastrous conflagration broke out, this morning, at ten minutes to two, resulting in the partial destruction of the wharves and offices of the Toronto Ferry company at the foot of Bay street, the partial demolition of the Turbine company's building, which lies next, and the burning of the ferry boat Shamrock.

The steamer Turbinia, which was lying moored at the wharf east of the burning buildings, had a narrow escape also. The crew, by strenuous exertions, were enabled to get steam up and move out into the bay in time to escape the flames.

The fire broke out in the Shamrock, moored in the western "slip." A coal had fallen from the firebox of the furnace to the floor. The outbreak was first discovered by one of the crew of the Turbinia, who was amazed to find the flames shooting over the tops of the buildings.

In a few minutes' time he had aroused the rest of the crew, and the alarm was turned in. Owing to the serious nature of the conflagration the alarm was made general, and inside of ten minutes the engines were on the ground and plying the hose vigorously.

But the fire had gained such headway before it was even discovered that by the time the fire arrived the buildings seemed doomed. Huge pyramids of flame were shooting over the building, and the frame partitions along the dock had been almost totally consumed. The blaze could be seen from all parts of the city.

Only two of the ferries were lying at the docks. Of these, the Blue Bell was saved, but the Shamrock was too far gone. By 2:10 it had been burned almost to the water's edge, and at that stage it broke away from its moorings and drifted towards the centre of the slip.

The docks were the property of the city, and were built last year at a cost of about $75,0000.

The Shamrock was originally the St. Jean Baptiste, but was rebuilt for the ferry service. She was valued at $15,000.

The warehouses and offices of the Turbinia company were situated on the east side of the ferry docks, and nothing could prevent the fire from spreading. The west side and the roof were blazing in a trice. Two lengths of hose were played on the building in the hope of preventing total destruction, and by that means the front offices were saved.

The front of the ferry house and the offices were saved; the wharves, though badly burned were not totally demolished.

Two of the Turbinia officials got into the offices at an early stage and secured the sum of $1,000 which had been left there over night.

The city's loss is $4,000. The building which was destroyed was valued at $16,000 and insured for $12,000. The loss on the steamer Shamrock will be $5,000. She was valued at $15,000, and was insured for $10,000. The vessel is sunk in eighteen feet of water and the hull and machinery will represent only a minimum of salvage value. The company will operate for the balance of the season from the foot of Yonge street.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Aug 1907