The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Nov 1907

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p.1 Pith of the News - The steamer Resolute is lying in eighteen feet of water at Toronto, and it is now said that a single lift will raise her, so that she may be pumped out. It will then be possible to bring her inside the pier.



The schooner Lizzie Metzner cleared light for South Bay.

Richardsons' elevator: steambarge Navajo from Montreal with way freight; steamer Glengarry from Montreal, light, will load grain for Montreal.

Swift's: steamer City of Ottawa, east today; schooner J.B. Kitchen for Sodus Point; steamer Aletha from bay points today. The Aletha did not venture down yesterday on account of the very heavy weather.

To Sell The Picton.

The steamer Picton, partially destroyed by fire at Toronto some time ago, will be sold by tender. Although the fire destroyed the upper works of the vessel the hull is still good, and the boat may be rebuilt either as a passenger steamer or a freighter. Men are at work clearing away the wreckage, to make the boat ready for inspection.

p.3 Will Hold Investigation - Toronto, Nov. 22nd - Commander Spain, wreck commissioner, for the dominion government, will open an enquiry into the wreck of the fishery protection cruiser Lurline. This vessel was purchased a short time ago, at a cost of $10,000, and was on her first trip when she was wrecked and totally lost outside of Goderich harbor a month ago. The enquiry will be opened in the public accounts committee room, here, on Tuesday.

p.5 The Vessel Taken Off - Colchester, Ont., Nov. 22nd - The steamer W.L. Brown, ashore on the South East shoal, has been raised by the tug Gladiator with the lighter Reliance, of the Great Lakes Towing company, and passed here, bound up and reloading her cargo.

Marine Notes.

The steamer Business passed up this afternoon, on her way to Erie, with a load of pulpwood. This will be her last trip of the season.

The sloop Pilot arrived at Richardsons' this afternoon, with a cargo of grain from Amherst Island. The sloop had some trouble, having run aground near Emerald, but succeeded in freeing itself after the sloop Maggie L. had been used as a lighter.

p.6 Picton, Nov. 22rd - Mariners and boat owners of Picton are greatly pleased that the government has established a fog signal, consisting of a diaphone operated by compressed air, in a white rectangular wooden building, with a red roof, located about fifty feet westward of Presque Isle lighthouse, near Brighton. The diaphone will sound during foggy weather, one blast of six seconds duration, every minute. This entrance to Brighton harbor, for boats taking the Bay of Quinte route, down the lake, has always been a serious menace to navigation and boat owners have for years past been asking for what has been established. The last local boat to go aground at Presque Isle was when the Niagara went on the shoal about a year ago.



One of the oldest river pilots on the St. Lawrence passed away, last week, when death claimed William McGannon, who lived on historic Windmill Point, just east of Prescott, the scene of the battle of the Windmill. Capt. McGannon was born in Ireland in 1819, and came to Canada in 1832. In 1835 he began his career as river pilot on the steamer Dolphin, which in 1838 was sold to the Dominion government to carry troops and ammunition during the battle of the Windmill. After that he ran the steamer Jenny Lind between Ogdensburg and Montreal for a few years. Next he was pilot of the St. Helen and the Banshee. When the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation company was formed, he entered its employ as chief pilot and for a quarter of a century stood at the wheels of the Champion, Passport and Algerian. In all Capt. McGannon spent fifty-six years on the St. Lawrence, fifty of which he piloted steamers through the famous rapids between Ogdensburg and Montreal.

In 1847 he married Caroline O'Connor, and they celebrated their golden wedding in 1897. Seven children survive him: John J., Edmond S., of Prescott; W.H. and Walter, of Morrisburg; Frederick S. of Ogdensburg; Mrs. D. Costello and Miss Mary McGannon, who live at the homestead.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 22 Nov 1907