The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Jun 1908

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p.1 Backed Out - And Struck A Steamer Going Westward - steamer Caspian, Capt. D. Mills, was backed into by yacht Magedona, owned by Fulford of Brockville; Caspian was immediately put in government drydock and repairs were made all night and the next day.



The Davis Dock Out of Commission.

On Saturday night the Davis company dry dock was put out of commission for a month by the high water pressure. A large break occurred under the gates and the pumps of the company were found inadequate to keep the water out, so it will be necessary to build a dam across its entrance.

On Saturday the big schooner Grantham, owned by the Donnelly Wrecking company, entered the dock for repairs. Her owners had the vessel's plug removed in order to let out the water in her. The plug was not replaced, and when the dock filled with water, the Grantham, lying on the blocks, also filled.

The break under the gates came suddenly. Nothing wrong had been previously noticed. R. Davis, Sr., head of the company, stated that the break was no doubt due to the extraordinary pressure from the high water this season. Twelve years ago the company had a similar accident, and had to build a dam.

When the dock filled, the pumps were soon got to work in an endeavor to get the dock clear, but the break under the gate was a large one, as the pumps couldn't begin to cope with the inflow. The Grantham will be pumped out and floated from the dock.

Mr. Davis says it will take probably a month to get things in order for the re-opening of the dock. A number of vessels were scheduled for docking during the next couple of weeks. After that, the dull season comes.

Marine Notes.

The steamer Kenirving cleared with coal for Smith's Falls.

The schooner Jamieson cleared from Richardsons', with feldspar for Sodus.

The steambarge May Louise arrived from Rideau canal points, to load freight.

The schooner Mary Ann Lydon arrived from Oswego, with coal for R. Crawford.

The steambarge Robert McDonald arrived from Oswego, and is unloading coal at the cotton mill.

The steamer Canadian passed at nine o'clock Sunday night on her way from Prescott to Fort William.

The schooner Bertha Kalkins arrived from Oswego, with coal for Sowards.

The schooner Maxwell arrived from Erie with coal for the penitentiary.

M.T. Co.: steamer Rosemount and barges Quebec and Hamilton called, on the way to Prescott, with grain cargo of 200,000 bushels; steamer Acadian will arrive from Fort William, on Tuesday, with grain.

p.4 Gananoque, June 23rd - The Rockport Navigation company's steamer Missisquoi took out a goodly number to Brockville on Saturday. The government supply boat Reserve with the Prescott in tow, arrived here on Saturday afternoon. The coal schooner Briton arrived Sunday afternoon, with a cargo for the Scranton Coal company.

p.5 Lake Carrying Trade - Detroit, June 29th - facts and figures about stagnation.

p.8 Incidents of the Day - The schooner Ford River has arrived at Bath with coal from Oswego.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Jun 1908