The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Dec 1907

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Port Dalhousie, Dec. 9th - The three tugs and lifting scow, after being in the lake all day Sunday, trying to raise the sunken tug Escort, returned this morning. They did not accomplish much.

In the first place, while the diver was at work on the sunken tug, some of the fastenings of his helmet became loose, and he had to make a hurried trip from below, and one of the tugs had to bring the helmut into port, to get it fixed up again. Later in the afternoon, when the tugs, having got lines from the lifter to the sunken tug, both forward and aft, were ordered to take a pull, they broke both winches of the lifting scow. The scow is now being fitted with new winches, and will leave at noon, again to try once more to attempt to raise the sunken boat.



The last of the M.T. Co.'s barges have arrived here and have been laid up for the winter.

The steamer Howe arrived at Richardsons' elevator from Chicago, with 80,000 bushels of corn.

The steambarge Glengarry will clear for Sodus Point, after unloading coal at Swift's. This will be her last trip of the season.

The steamer Advance arrived at the M.T. Co.'s slip from Prescott, where she discharged her cargo of wheat. The vessel will be laid up here for the winter.

From the beginning of navigation until December 5th, there were 135 lives lost on the lakes, and the principal monetary losses being (unreadable) Eight small steamers have been burned since October 7th. The City of Cleveland and Naomi were destroyed earlier in the season. The loss of the Cyprus caused the greatest loss of life, only one of a crew of twenty-three escaping when she went down in a Lake Superior gale on October 12th. The Arcadia, with fourteen lives lost, is the second largest disaster.

Two Court Sittings - The non-jury assizes of the high court will open on Thursday before Justice Britton, when the following cases will come up:

Alphus Turcotte, city, against John Evans and John Bell, city, for work done and material supplied in building schooner Robert Macdonald (sic - McDonald ?), for $1,297. Referred to arbitration.

The one non-jury case is brought by John Birkett, city, against Capt. T.J. Craig, formerly of Portsmouth, for an account due for work done on a steamer when the defendant ran the ferry line from Kingston.

p.5 Incidents of the Day - Many of the local sailors have returned for the season. Most of the schooners and large freight boats are tied up where they will be near the elevators to load for their first trip down next spring. More steamers and schooners are laid up along the waterfront here than there has been in years.

p.8 Kingston May Challenge - for George cup, using yacht Kathleen. [Watertown, N.Y., Standard]

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Dec 1907