The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Jan 1908

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p.2 Incidents of the Day - All the water was pumped out of the steamer George C. Howe late on Saturday afternoon. It was found that the leak was caused by the bursting of a seacock.

p.5 Day's Episodes - The steamer Island Wanderer came around the head of the island from Cape Vincent today. The Batteau channel is frozen over, the ice being about an inch and a half thick. The steamer had to come around Nine Mile Point.



Two steel and twelve wooden vessels are numbered among the total losses on the great lakes for the 1907 season. These boats are valued at $743,000.

Leaving the modern steel freighter Cyprus and the steel freighter Spokane out of the reckoning, the loss to the underwriters on the wooden fleet is estimated at less than $343,000. The wooden ships were valued at this figure, and some of them were not insured. The Cyprus was valued at $275,000 and was just out of the shipyards.

Where the underwriters were made to wince are the partial losses, mostly through collision. These will exceed the amount represented by the total losses. There have been a number of costly collisions, including the sinking of the steamers Bethlehem, Maryland, Moore and Reis. Both the Tuscarora and the Maryland were given new bows.

Tonnage figures show that the carrying capacity of the 13 steamers and one shooner in the list is 29,900 tons at a trip. Giving each boat 20 trips for the season, the carrying capacity of the vessels lost this year would reach 598,000 tons in a season.

In 1906 44 vessels, with a carrying capacity of 60,750 tons a trip, and valued at $1,529,500, passed out of existence. More tonnage was lost in 1905 than any other season in the history of the trade. In that year 48 ships valued at $2,341,500 with a carrying capacity of 107,088 tons a trip were lost.



Of late there has been quite a lot of talk in local marine circles regarding the predicament a number of captains of this city and elsewhere in this district are in. Though they tried their examinations and paid their fees at various times during the past two years they never received their certificates. They have been sailing under permits. It is understood that the customs recently refused to allow certain captains to take charge of vessels any longer under these permits, and demanded that they get proper certificates. The marine department was communicated with several times by the captains and the local Masters' and Mates' Association took the matter up. The department has taken action and tomorrow a government marine representative will be here to hold an examination for the captains involved. At present there is no examiner for masters and mates in Kingston.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Jan 1908