The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Nov 1907

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p.1 Capt. Dunn Vigilant - Put-In-Bay, Ohio, Nov. 21st - cruiser captures American fishing boats.



Heavy Gale On Wednesday Night.

One of the worst storms in years raged on the lake, during Wednesday night and this morning. The wind set in early in the night, and continued to blow for the rest of the night. Between two and three o'clock there was a very heavy shower of rain, and everything went to make it hard for the sailors who happened to be out on the lake. Daybreak saw no change in the situation, and all through the morning the storm continued. The waves rose mountain high, and the sight was a very pretty one for those who were around to see. At Folgers' the waves came against the wharf with great force, and at times almost went over the shed, at the entrance. The water went clear over the wharf itself, and the work of removing the goods from the storehouse had to be suspended.

The schooner Kitchen was to have cleared last night for Oswego, but owing to the storm, was unable to get away.

The schooner Mary Ann Lydon was very lucky, arriving at Crawford's with its cargo of coal at 6:30 p.m., long before the storm set in. This will be her last trip of the season.

The sloop Pilot, reported aground between Stella and Emerald, was taken off, and was now in shelter at Stella, so it was reported.

The sloop Granger arrived during Wednesday afternoon, from bay ports, with grain for Richardsons'.

The steamer City of Montreal, on its way down the river remained at Garden Island over night, owing to the storm.

M.T. company's elevator: The steamer Bothnia arrived light from Montreal, and will be laid up for the winter; tug Glide up with two barges, will clear for Montreal with three grain barges; steamer Westmount from Fort William, reported in Welland canal, will arrive tomorrow.

No steamers arrived at Swift's during the night or today, although two were due down.

The steamer A.E Ames, of the Canadian freight line, is lying at anchor in the lower gap. She is bound for Fort William with a load of package freight from Montreal. From the dry-dock she appeared to be getting a very hard tussle with the waves, and seemed to be dragging her anchor a little.

The steamer Ben. J. Davidson is at the dry-dock on her way from Quebec to Niagara, N.Y. with a load of pulpwood. She put in here for shelter during the night.

The steamer Wolfe Islander had a hard trip over and a harder trip to make the dock when she arrived.

The two lake boats, Assiniboia and Keewatin, are nearly ready for their trip to Owen Sound. These two fine boats were cut in half at Quebec, to allow of their being towed up the channel to Buffalo. The two parts of the Assiniboia have been joined and work is progressing rapidly on the Keewatin. It is expected that within a week, the latter will be in shipshape again. Both boats will be ready to take their place in the C.P.R. lake fleet at the opening of navigation, and will increase the C.P.R.'s lake carrying capacity between Owen Sound and Fort William from four hundred to one thousand passengers per week, as well as proportionately swelling the freight carrying capacity. The towing of these two big steamers from Quebec to Buffalo, with the necessity of cutting them in half and putting them together, at the latter place, has been a slow and expensive business, and it is estimated that by the time the boats get to Owen Sound the expense will not come to less than $30,000. This cost, however, does not fall on the C.P.R., but on the builders of the boats, the C.P.R. having contracted to pay 180,000 Pds. for the two boats delivered at Owen Sound.

Reports to the department of railways and canals show that traffic on Canadian canals during the past season has been by far the heaviest on record. Definite figures will not be available until after the close of navigation, but general reports so far received tell of a great expansion of business this year on all canals. The Soo, Welland and St. Lawrence canal systems have handled a record tonnage and the rapid development of canal traffic under existing circumstances indicates the immense possibilities of a deepened waterway through to Montreal from the head of the lakes.


All Reached Port.

The steamer Dundurn made the harbor this morning, on her down trip, but did not try to make Swift's wharf, on account of the high sea. She dropped anchor at Four Mile Point, but could not hold on. The anchor could not hold her for any length of time, so she made for Garden Island, where she tied up.

The steamer New Island Wanderer received quite a toss on her trip from Cape Vincent, today, but made the dock in fine style. Capt. Allan is to be complimented on the landing he made.

The steamer Turret Chief came to the M.T. Co.'s elevator, at noon today. Quite a large number of interested citizens watched the progress of the huge propellor as she slowly, but surely, forged her way through the heavy seas, with her large cargo of grain.

The tug Frontenac made two trips to the island, today, with loads of withs.

p.7 Pith of the News - The overdue steamer Ionic arrived safely at Port Arthur.

p.8 G.T.R. Car Ferry at Cobourg - Nov. 21st - The G.T.R. car ferry arrived here, yesterday, carrying a full cargo of twenty-six loaded cars. This is the first cargo of its kind to cross the lake, and the citizens turned out in full force to see the unloading.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Nov 1907