The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Nov 1907

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p.1 Until December 10th - Instructions have been issued by the marine department to have all the aids to navigation on the upper lakes kept in operation so that navigation between Port Arthur and Fort William and the Georgian ports may be kept going until December 10th. The United States authorities will cooperate in this work, which means that vessel owners will be able to use Lake Superior and Lake Huron for another month for the transportation of grain from the west.



The Family of the Captain Had To Jump.

[Montreal Gazette]

A narrow escape from death was experienced by Capt. Mallette, of the Regina, and his family, by the breaking of the gates in the Lachine canal. He, with his wife and four children, were on board the barge when she was swept away, and had a hard time holding on as she made her mad descent to the harbor. Fortunately, as the rush of water subsided, the Regina rolled against another barge close to the Corsican, and the Malette family was able to jump aboard this before the Regina sank.

The Regina was a big barge, valued at about $10,000, and was loaded with 28,000 bushels of wheat, much of which will be spoiled by its immersion, so that the loss in her case will probably amount to something like $30,000.

Another barge, belonging to the M.T. company, the Hurona, was moored some distance above the Regina. The Hurona got off more easily. She was carried away by the outgoing mass of water and swept through the lock, but turned across the channel at the lower entrance to the lock and stuck there. The damage to this barge has not yet been figured out, but she has a bad sag in the middle, as though her back was considerably strained, and is a good deal broken about the bows and stern. Late last night a harbor tug was moored alongside her pumping her out, and then she had three feet of water in her hold. The Hurona was loaded with 25,000 bushels of wheat and 4,000 bushels of flaxseed. A few hundred bushels of the wheat are water-soaked, but the total damages to this barge will probably not reach $5,000.

The third barge, the Bella, was moored farther up the basin, and never broke her moorings. She simply stayed where she was at the wharf, and as the water ran out grounded, quite undamaged.

Capt. Emile des Bois and a crew of five men were on board the Hurona when she made her rapid descent, but despite the fact that she bumped against everything in sight and was badly battered none of the crew were injured.

Shipment of Grain.

The shipment of grain to and from Kingston this week has been very heavy. The marine season is fast coming to a close, and for this reason, the forwarding companies are getting the usual rush on. The shipments of grain to Montreal this week have been unusually large.

Marine Notes.

The M.T. Co. had no arrivals or departures to report this morning.

Swift's: steamers Hamilton down; Cornwall down; Belleville up today; Dundurn down today; Aletha from bay points.

Richardsons': The steamer Wasaga cleared for Fort William; sloop Maggie L. cleared for bay ports with grain; sloop Granger will load grain for bay ports; steamer City of New York cleared today, with its cargo of grain for Quebec.

p.3 Incidents of the Day - Seven vessels of different size are tied up at the Cape Vincent breakwater, on account of the weather. Some are bound up the lakes light, and some for Ogdensburg and other places with heavy cargoes.

Contract For Freight Boat - Ogdensburg, Nov. 14th - James Davidson, of Bay City, Mich., is in town and announces that he has given the contract to the Buffalo Dry Dock company for a steel package freighter of Welland Canal size, with a capacity of 2,200 tons, to cost one hundred and fifty thousand dollars. The keel will be laid early in January.

p.8 New Lighthouse Keeper - Port Hope, Nov. 14th - Robert Roddick, for many years caretaker of the Gull lighthouse, has been superannuated by the dominion government, and will receive a superannuation fund of $400 per year. James Roddick, a brother of the former keeper, has received the appointment at $500 per year.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Nov 1907