The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Jun 1908

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Hard Task To Release The Steamer.

The steamer City of Montreal, which went aground at Farran's Point, has been taken to Ogdensburg to undergo repairs. She was taken there on account of the government dry dock in Kingston being engaged.

It is not yet known as to the extent of the damage, but it is not expected to be very heavy. The most of the damage was done to the stern, and the rudder was also damaged. Her hull is in good condition.

The work of the Donnelly Wrecking company is praised on all sides, as it is stated that the job was a most difficult one to contend with. The vessel could not be turned to the right or to the left, and on this account the work of releasing her was made all the more difficult. The vessel went aground on Friday, June 5th, and was released on Sunday last, June 21st, and this was remarkably good time, considering the difficulty which had to be experienced. The cargo all remained good, with the exception of about fifty tons, and was forwarded to its destination. Capt. C.H. Sinclair was present on behalf of the Dominion underwriters.

The Transhipping Situation.

Not more grain than is actually necessary will be transhipped by rail from Kingston to Montreal, owing to the Cornwall canal break. This was the statement made this morning by L.L. Henderson, local manager of the Montreal Transportation company, which is the largest concern affected by the blockade. Mr. Henderson explained that the cost of carrying grain by rail from Kingston to Montreal was as large as the rate by water from Fort William to Montreal, and hence only the grain that was due in Montreal for July delivery would be sent on from here. He expected that some would be moved by rail today. The elevator is almost full, being incapable this morning of holding an extra cargo, so that some relief will be necessary.

Mr. Henderson stated that he had word from Cornwall that the repairs to the canal would not occupy nearly as long a time as at first anticipated. There was a possibility that vessels would be locking through in a fortnight.

Marine Notes.

The steamer Pierrepont is engaged towing rafts, for the Calvin company.

The schooner Acacia arrived from Fairhaven with coal for R. Crawford.

The government boat Scout came up from Alexandria Bay this morning.

The schooner Lizzie Metzner arrived from Oswego with coal for the Kingston Milling company.

The schooner Bertha Kalkins cleared for Oswego to load coal for Sowards' and the K. & P. railway.

M.T. Co.: tug Thomson arrived from Montreal with three light barges; steamer Howe cleared for Duluth.

Swift's: steamer Dundurn down this morning; steamer Rideau King cleared for Ottawa today; steamer Rideau Queen will arrive from Ottawa tonight.

p.7 Gananoque, June 24th - The steamer New Island Wanderer has started on her regular fifty-mile ramble among the islands, leaving here about eleven a.m. and returning about 3:30 p.m. The coal schooner Britton (Briton ?), with a cargo for the Scranton Coal company, came to anchor at Britton's wharf last evening and is now unloading.

Point Traverse, June 23rd - ....A lot of boats are stationed at the Point; Wesley Whattam with his motor the Ariel, H. Bongard with his motor Skipper, Arthur Bongard with steamer Helena, M. Spafford with sail boat Mattie, H. Thompson with the Gamey, Mr. Vorce with sailboat Cronge and new motor the viixxx, also a few others.

p.8 Late Marine Notes - The steamers Regina, Rosedale and Canadian passed down this afternoon, grain laden, on the way from Fort William to Prescott.

The schooner Clara cleared for Oswego this afternoon.

Too Costly Altogether - It is not likely that Mooers' old elevator will be used for grain storage during the Cornwall canal blockade, as it is not in order for taking in grain off the boats. To remove grain there by cars is costly, as the street railway company charges five dollars for hauling a carload of 1,000 bushels. That means half a cent a bushel additional freight, or one quarter of what it costs to bring grain here from Fort William.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Jun 1908