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

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Three crews for M.T. Co.'s boats arrived in the city from the east today.

The motor boat Kittie was launched April 1st and is now making trips between Clayton and Thousand Island Park.

Some speedy motor boats will make their appearance in the harbor, this summer. Local merchants and military men are the most interested parties.

A free public wharf, centrally located, is one thing the city really needs. The council and the board of trade should lose no time in taking up the subject.

The steamer A.E. Ames left Richardsons', today, and will lie at Swift's until she receives orders to leave for Belleville to load cement for Fort William.

Captain Rochefort will start to work at once to raise the sloop Idlewild, which sank in Anglin's Bay on Thursday. The sloop sprang a leak and went to the bottom. She has been examined and the damage is very slight.

Capt. Edwin S. Keeler, for the past three years master on the steamer Island Belle, has resigned to accept a similar position on the yacht Sport. Capt. Byron J. Estes will fill the vacancy caused by Capt. Keeler's resignation.

The steamer Aletha is on the drydock undergoing repairs. She is having her bottom scraped, her wheel tightened, and is having iron sheeting put on her hull. She will be out of the drydock on Thursday and will start her regular run on Friday.

With its miles of charming waterfront, it is almost impossible to rent or purchase a boathouse or site for one in Kingston. The yacht club showed commendable enterprise in constructing a number of launch houses, but the applicants outnumber the houses four to one.

F.G. Lockett and J.H. Sutherland have each purchased new Sterling motors of fifteen horse power for their pleasure launches. The latter is having a fine new boat of a semi-speed type constructed. The new engines arrived last week, and are on view at Moore & Co.'s machine shop on Wellington street.


An Appeal Before Supreme Court.

In October 1904, the steamer Westmount of the M.T. Co., and the steamer Neepawah, of the New Ontario Steamship company, passed each other between locks 23 and 24 in the Welland canal. The night was dark and stormy and in the passing the Neepawah had a blade broken off her propellor, by coming in contact with the bank. The owners of the Neepawah entered action against the M.T. company for damages and for the lost time, in the steamer going from the canal to Port Arthur and return with a broken wheel. The case was tried before Justice Hodgins, local judge in admiralty, at Toronto, in 1907, and he gave judgement that there had been a collision, and that the Westmount was liable. Francis King represented the M.T. company at both trials.

The M.T. company appealed the case and it came up at the supreme court sittings at Ottawa in March, before Chief Justice Fitzpatrick, Sir Louis Davies and Judges Idlington, Maclennan and Duff. Judgement was given out reversing the former judgement, and settling it with costs against the New Ontario Steamship Co. Francis King represented the M.T. Co. at this trial.



One of the Ogdensburg company's barges will enter Davis drydock for repairs.

The steamer Missisquoi will leave next week for her down-the-river route.

The steamer North King has been undergoing extensive repairs in Davis drydock.

The sailors' headquarters are quite deserted now. Nearly all the sailors have got away.

Capt. Daniel Hourigan, Oswego, N.Y., will command the steamer John Rugee this season.

The steamer Islander will begin running on the Clayton-Alexandria Bay route next Thursday.

The schooners Robert McDonald and Tradewind cleared for Oswego to load coal for Sowards.

The steamer New Island Wanderer brought a large cargo of hemp from Cape Vincent, today, for the penitentiary.

The first steamer of the season made Oswego harbor on Friday afternoon at four o'clock. This first arrival was the Rosedale, of Kingston.

The weather was too rough for the schooner Ford River to clear for Oswego on Saturday. The vessel will probably get away today.

The steamer Island Wanderer made a fine trip to Cape Vincent on Saturday. The steamer left at 2 p.m. and arrived back at 6:50 p.m. The trip was made via the foot of the island.

The government steamer Scout is lying at the government dry-dock. The crew is busy getting the large buoys in shape for the summer season. Three of the large gas tanks are on the dock, being painted and fixed up.

The following captains reported at the M.T. Co. today: Israel Daoust, of barge Dunmore; Nelson Malette, of schooner Winnipeg; Alexander Hubert, of schooner Augustus, and Joseph Ladouc, of schooner Lapwing.

Wharves Under Water.

Much trouble is being caused by the high water this spring. The wharves at Simcoe and Wolfe Islands are all under water. The steamer Wolfe Islander has great difficulty in effecting a landing. On her last trip, Saturday night, the steamer collided with the Wolfe Island wharf and broke one of the buckets off her wheel. She made one trip this morning, and then went to Garden Island for repairs.

At Simcoe Island on Saturday quite a little difficulty was experienced in getting the passengers to shore. Some of the women were carried ashore on the men's backs, the men wading through water up above their knees to reach the landing. The wharves will likely be remedied before long.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 13 Apr 1908