The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Jun 1908

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Want To Get Jobs On Lake Vessels.

That there are plenty of men out of work is shown by the fact that every boat coming in the harbor is visited by unemployed.

"We have men coming on board looking for work at every port," said a marine man this morning.

There are so many men to be had at present, that drunkenness will not be tolerated. One grain vessel arrived in port this morning, discharged several of the crew, because they got drunk while the vessel was at Port Colborne. Another member of the crew was given his walking ticket because he fell asleep while on duty. He had been given six hours sleep, and in less than an hour after he went on duty, he was found taking a quiet little nap in a secluded part of the vessel. He was told that when the boat reached Kingston his services would be no longer required. A new man was taken on here.

Secured A New Boat.

Some time ago the yacht "I'll See" was purchased by the Ontario government for the use of Fishing Inspector Phillips at Smith's Falls. The yacht was placed on the Rideau river, and upon its trial gave a speed of fifteen miles an hour. After a few days of trial it was found to be unsuitable for use on the Rideau, and Fish and Game Warden Alfred Hunter trade it with Webster Bros., for their steamyacht Naaid, also giving them $325 in addition. On Monday, the superintendent of the Fisheries Department will arrive in Kingston, and in company with Mr. Hunter, will make the first trip in the new boat to Smith's Falls.

Highest In A Century.

Capt. R.H. McKay says he never knew the water to be so high as it has been this season. As the captain has been taking note of Kingston affairs for the past seventy years, when he was a lad of fifteen, it may be safely asserted that the water level this year is higher than it has been in perhaps a century.

Elevator In Good Shape.

The Whig is informed that the old Mooers' elevator, now controlled by the Cereal company, is in good order for receiving grain cargoes from vessels, and is prepared to do so at this or any other time. The elevator leg and machinery are in good working form and always have been. Hence there is lots of storage room for grain coming to Kingston.

Marine Paragraphs.

The steamer Missisquoi was up from river points today.

The schooner Mary Ann Lydon cleared for Oswego to load coal for R. Crawford.

The steambarge Robert McDonald is loading feldspar at Richardsons' for Charlotte.

The schooner Acacia cleared for Fairhaven to load coal for R. Crawford. The steambarge John Randall cleared for Oswego.

Swift's: The steamer Kingston, down and up, today; schooner Keewatin from Oswego, coal; steamer Belleville down this morning; steamer Rideau Queen cleared for Ottawa this morning.

The owners of the steamer City of Montreal made no application for the use of the drydock here, to make repairs, and consequently it could not be refused them. The steamer went to Ogdensburg, where she can make repairs and come back to Canada, paying no duty for repairs. United States vessels making repairs in Canada must pay duty when they return from the foreign ports.

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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Jun 1908