The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Oct 1907

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The fire in the after hold of the steamer Bickerdike, of the Merchants, Montreal & Lake Superior freight line, was got under control about four o'clock Monday afternoon. The blaze originated in the port side of the after hold, from some unknown cause among some cotton goods. This freight was right in the bottom, and on top was some acid and a large quantity of glass, mostly photographer's supplies. It was the fumes from these last two articles that prostrated the fire fighters.

It was only the work of a few moments for the local brigade to extinguish the blaze after some of the cargo had been unloaded, and they could see what they were doing. Capt. Moore thanked the brigade heartily for their work in the fire, saying that only for their timely arrival and quick action his boat might have become the prey of the flames. The cargo was reloaded and the steamer left at midnight for Toronto, where the freight will be discharged and an estimate of the loss prepared.

Fireman Andrew McKee is greatly improved this morning, and is nearly fully recovered from the effects of the acid fumes encountered in the hold of the steamer. "Andy" received the worst dose of the lot and had to be removed to his home. The firemen greatly appreciate the kindness of Mrs. Robert Long for the assistance rendered at yesterday's fire. She aided Dr. Bogart in many ways in bringing around the half suffocated men.

The captain offered work to a lot of men standing around the boat, but, as usual, they would rather stand around with their hands in their pockets than earn a few dollars by honest labor.

Are Rather Scarce.

A lake captain, who was in the city yesterday spent a very busy time looking for a cook for his vessel, and it was not before he had done some good hustling, that he was able to fill the bill. It is reported that cooks are very scarce, both in the male and female sex, and the captains on some of the boats have had their hands full, in endeavoring to keep the positions filled. Some become tired of the job after they make a few trips, and there are also some who quit after making their first trip. Others become afraid, especially so when it becomes this late in the season. Good cooks need never be idle during the navigation season. There is good pay, too, but this does not appear to be a good inducement for some.

In Winter Quarters.

A large number of the local gasoline launches are being laid up for the season. The season has been a most successful one in every way, and the owners of the boats are well pleased. There has been a great sale of gasoline launches the past few months.

Marine Intelligence.

Steamer Alexandria was at Folger's, Monday night, on her way down, and took on quite a cargo of general merchandise.

Several schooners on their way to Oswego, cleared last night, after being tied up for a couple of days by the storm.

The tug Emerson arrived from Montreal, with four light barges for the M.T. company, and cleared for Montreal, with four grain laden barges today.

Swift's: steamer Hamilton down tonight; steamer Dundurn up Monday, twenty four hours late; steamer Belleville up tomorrow; steamer Aletha from bay ports today.

The steamer Ottawa arrived from Detroit, Monday afternoon, and entered the drydock, where she will be examined. The steamer was ashore near Trenton, but no serious damage was done to her hull.

Richardsons' elevator: schooner Ford River loaded with feldspar, cleared for Charlotte; steamer Morley, loaded with corn from Chicago, expected on Wednesday; steamer Algonquin on her way from Fort William with grain.

Mica Mine Worked By Americans - largest mica mine in world, one mile from upper end of Sydenham; shipped in bulk by barge to railroad at Sydenham, then to Ottawa for trimming for the market, then exported to United States.

p.3 Picton, Oct. 1st - Capt. Hicks, the well known owner of the steamer Varuna, has returned after several months stay at St. Mary's, Ohio, undergoing treatment for cancer. He feels somewhat improved.

p.5 Difficult To Get Into Port - Oswego, Sept. 30th - High wind on the lake this afternoon nearly caused disaster to two vessels entering the port. Expert seamanship saved the schooner Oliver Mitchell from accident in spite of the fact that the jib and staysail were carried away in the gale. The steamer Fairmount, loaded with coal, and the tow barge Ben Henderson, loaded with pulpwood, had extreme difficulty in making the dock.

p.8 Incidents of the Day - The steamer City of New York touched at the dry dock, today, on her way to Montreal, with freight from Hamilton.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 1 Oct 1907