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

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Mariners Speak of the Past Year's Work.

The marine season, now drawing rapidly to a close, has been a most successful one with the Kingstonians engaged in this line.

"One of the best seasons I have ever experienced," said an old marine man, when asked his opinion by the Whig yesterday. "We have had all the work we could do, and there have been no serious mishaps."

The end of this month will see a large number of the sailors home for good. The majority of the steamboats will be laid up by that time, and also most of the schooners, although if the weather is anyway fair at all, some of them will make trips over the lake later than this.

The members of the Sailors' Union held their first meeting since the summer, on Monday night, and there was a good attendance. The union will, in the near future, elect a delegate to the meeting of the International Union, to be held in Chicago.

Are Hard To Get.

Marine men say that the scarcity of good cooks for the vessels is just as bad as it was some weeks ago. Recently, a well-known captain walked around the city for an hour or so, on the lookout for a good cook, and just a few days ago, another captain did the same thing. A great many like the job for the warm weather, but as soon as the fall sets in, they look towards other fields.

Is Doing Nicely.

Word was received here to the effect that Frank Mahon, Hamilton, second mate on the steamer Midland Queen, who was injured Saturday night, and taken to his home, was doing nicely. Mahon got his right foot caught in one of the winches, and the member was badly crushed.

Marine Paragraphs.

Swift's: steamer Belleville up last night; steamer Cornwall down today; steamer Hamilton down last night; steamer Ames with flour.

M.T. Co.'s elevator: tug Emerson up with three light barges, will clear for Oswego and Charlotte; tug Mary P. Hall up with two light barges, will clear for Montreal with three grain barges.

Richardsons' elevator: steamer Algonquin arrived, 4:30 o'clock, Tuesday afternoon from Fort William, with 80,000 bushels of wheat; steamer Cataract is loading 40,000 bushels of wheat, for Montreal.

The steamer Ames, of the Canadian freight line, was at the dry dock last evening, on her way to Montreal. She was forced to lay here all night on account of a pilot not being on hand. It is very seldom that a boat is held here for that reason.

p.4 Gananoque, Nov. 6th - The steambarge Cuba, laden with coal for Robertson's, arrived yesterday.

p.5 The Late John Paul - Capt. John Paul was for many years captain of a government tug, was engaged at dredging of Kingston harbor at Carruther's shoal.



Word was received here this afternoon, that the barge Onondaga, loaded with coal, and being towed by the steamer Glengarry had gone down on the lake. The Glengarry left Sodus yesterday with two coal barges. It was stated that all the crew had a very narrow escape, but that all were saved. The Glengarry was on her way to Richardsons' to load grain for Montreal. The barge lost is an old one, used on the lakes for years.

The schooners Bertha Kalkins and Dominion have laid up for the season.

The steamer Cataract cleared from Richardsons' this afternoon, with grain for Montreal; the steamer City of New York is being loaded with grain for that port, also the barges Klondyke and Maggie.

Incidents of the Day - The stern portion of the steamer Keewatin arrived from Montreal this morning, in charge of two tugs. The Keewatin is sister ship to the steamer Assiniboia, which passed through here in sections a few weeks ago. The bow half will arrive here in a few days from the east, and will be taken in charge of one of the lake steamers.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 6 Nov 1907