The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Jan 1908

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p.1 Open Navigation - Port Arthur, Jan. 23rd - The Booth line of steamers which plied between here and Duluth until Christmas may resume service within the next few days for the accommodation of local merchants, who desire supplies of fruit and produce which come from the south. Thunder Bay contains only a small amount of ice and navigation is possible with very little difficulty.

p.8 Incidents of the Day - The steamer Saginaw left port early this morning, en route to Cobourg, but she had to return to repair her steering gear. She hoped to get away again tonight.

Jan. 24, 1908

p.1 Net Earnings $361,000 - R. & O. Navigation company had good year financially.

p.8 Left For Cobourg - The ice-breaker Saginaw left the dry dock at nine o'clock on Friday morning for Cobourg. The steamer was purchased by the Donnelly Wrecking company, last summer, and for the past six weeks has been in the dry dock, where she received a complete overhauling. She will be used this winter to keep a passage clear for the car ferry between Cobourg and Charlotte. She should arrive at Cobourg about nine o'clock tonight.


The steamer Saginaw, which returned, yesterday, after leaving port, did not come back on account of an injured rudder, but because of the snow storm. She made fine time to Nine Mile Point this morning. After circling about, and breaking through the ice, she was beyond Nine Mile Point in an hour. A steamer does not run as fast in cold weather as in warm, on account of the cold getting away with much of the heat generated for the steam. However, it is expected that the Saginaw will reach Cobourg before nine o'clock this evening. She will remain at Cobourg till the spring, and then return to Kingston, where she will be a fine addition to the Donnelly Wrecking company's floating plant. She carries a complete wrecking outfit, so that if anything happens to the car ferry at Cobourg, she will be on the spot to act.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Jan 1908