The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Aug 1907

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p.2 Clifford Sifton's Yacht - new steam yacht Morning Star built by Polson Iron Works company; took 14 hours from Toronto to Kingston.


Moved Out To The Extreme Length.

"Never before in its history has the government dry dock here been so busy as it has been this year," said Superintendent Rees, last evening. "We have been docking vessels steadily since April 2nd, and there has been no let up. Although one of the bearings of the gate is broken, that does not stop us docking."

Last evening another M.T. company barge entered the dock. The gate has been disconnected from its inside position and floated outside. For the first time the gate is being used at its extreme outer receptacle. When the dock was built, provision was made for placing the gate twenty-three feet further out, so that very large vessels could be docked. Utilizing the space cut in the stone staircase, into which the bow of a boat can be directed, the Kingston dock can receive a vessel 339 feet long. At present, with the gate at the outer position, a vessel of that length can be received. The gate is simply hauled into position by ropes, and when the dock is pumped out, it is sunk into position. Thus, although the gate bearings are out of order, the dock can still be used by disconnecting the gate and moving it to the outer niches.

The gate bearings have recently been giving trouble, and, yesterday, a diver was sent down to find out the trouble, but couldn't locate it. In the meantime one of the bearings broke, and a new casting had to be made. It will be ready today. The passage into which the gate is drawn when the dock is filled is to be cleaned out in order to find out the trouble underneath.

A number of vessels are awaiting to be docked. The largest job to be done is that on the steamer Nevada, which the Donnelly company, yesterday, raised at Farran's Point. The Nevada should be here in a couple of days, and it will occupy the dock for some little time.

The Kingston dock is quite sufficient, so far as length is concerned, at least for the present. Unless the Welland canal is lengthened it is not likely larger boats will seek entrance. What is most needed, and needed badly, is a repair shop at the dry dock, so that large jobs may be quickly handled. Last fall two $5,000 repair jobs on vessels were lost to Kingston because the work could not be done with despatch. It's hard to get large numbers of men, and also to get the materials and tools. This matter was discussed by the board of trade, which may see that a dry dock shop is soon established.

Marine Notes.

The steamer Clara is unloading slack coal, from Sodus, at the water works.

The steambarge City of New York is unloading coal at the locomotive works.

The steamer Pueblo passed here, on her way from Chicago to Prescott, with flaxseed.

The steambarge Navajo arrived from Hamilton, with grain and package freight, and cleared for Montreal.

The schooner Charles Mitchell cleared for Sodus, last night, after unloading coal at the locomotive works.

The steamer Phoenix will arrive in the city on Sunday from Chicago with a cargo of corn for Richardsons'.

Swift's: steamers Picton up last night; City of Montreal, from Montreal, last night; Toronto down and up today; Caspian down and up today; Rideau King up tonight; steamyacht Castanet from river points today; steamer Hamilton down tonight; steamer Belleville west tonight.

p.5 Left For Kingston - The steamer Nevada, raised by the Donnelly Wrecking company at Farran's Point, left for Kingston this morning. The steamer Donnelly left with the ill-fated steamer in case of further accident on the way up. The steamer is expected at the dry dock early tomorrow morning, and will be repaired as soon as possible. The Nevada is the second boat belonging to the Canadian freight line to sink in the St. Lawrence this season.

p.8 Passed Welland Canal - Port Dalhousie, Aug. 9th - The steamer Don Quan De Austria, one of the Spanish vessels captured by Commodore Dewey, in the Spanish-American war, is passing up the Welland canal this morning. She is bound from the Portsmouth navy yards for Detroit, where she will be stationed as a naval reserve ship. She is in command of Capt. Standish, with a crew of over one hundred and seventy-five men.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Aug 1907