The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Jul 1908

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The old steamboat war of years' standing on the St. Lawrence river between the Thousand Island Steamboat company and Walter L. Visger was renewed, Saturday morning, when Harry Purrell for the steamboat company, appeared before County Judge Emerson and procured a temporary injunction restraining Capt. Visger from landing with the Castanet at Fine View or taking on or leaving passengers at that resort.

The claim is made that the Fine View dock is a private dock and is leased by the steamboat company and consequently Visger has no right to land there without permission of the steamboat company. No boats are permitted to land at the Thousand Island Park, on Sunday, and consequently the passengers to or from the park land or take passage on Sunday at Fine View.

A few years ago the right of the Visger boats to land at Fine View was threshed out in the courts and decision was rendered against them. The Thousand Island Steamboat company, in the action just commenced, seeks to obtain another permanent injunction restraining them from landing there for all time. [Watertown Standard]

p.2 Steamer Crews To Play - crews of steamers Brockville and Rapids King to compete at baseball match.



The steamer Simla is at Garden Island from Montreal.

The schooner Clara is unloading coal at the Grove Inn wharf.

The schooner Jamieson cleared for Charlotte, today, after unloading coal.

The schooner Winnie Wing is at Crawford's, unloading coal from Oswego.

The steambarge John Randall arrived at Booth's today, with coal from Oswego.

The tug D.D. Calvin (sic) arrived at Garden Island this morning from Cornwall.

The steambarge Kenirving arrived from the Rideau this morning on her way to Charlotte.

The schooner Charles Marshall cleared, light, for Oswego today to load coal for Cobourg.

The schooner W.J. Suffel cleared for South Bay, on Saturday, with a load of tin cans, for the canning factory.

Swift's: steamer Aletha, from bay points; steamer City of Ottawa, in Sunday; steamer Dundurn, up Sunday.

The Ontario, the car ferry running between Charlotte, N.Y., and Cobourg, was placed in the dry dock on Sunday for repairs. She fills it completely. The boat has been inspected by hundreds. It will take several days to make the needed repairs.

Notice is given that the light shown from Nine Mile Point lighthouse, Simcoe Island, Lake Ontario, is still a fixed white catoptric light, the contemplated change in the characteristic of the light to intermittent white every nine seconds, never having been made.

The heavy fog this morning delayed the large steamers bound down the lake. About seven o'clock the lake and harbor was covered with a thick fog, until about eight o'clock, when it gradually lifted enough for the boats to make a landing. The steamer Kingston, due here at four o'clock, did not leave until about eight o'clock.

M.T. Co.: steamer Westmount cleared for Fort William with barges Hamilton and Ungava; tug Bartlett cleared for Montreal with four grain barges; tug Bronson for Montreal with three grain barges; tug Thomson from Montreal, two light barges; tug Bartlett, from Montreal with three grain barges; tug Emerson for Montreal with two grain barges; steamer Wahcondah touched, on her way to Montreal, from Fort William, for a pilot.

Have Only $1,500 Insurance.

John Eves and James H. Bell, owners of the steambarge Robert McDonald, burned and wrecked near Sacket's Harbor on Thursday last, called at the Whig this morning to give the correct details of the catastrophe. They say that the vessel first caught fire, and in order to try and save her, they ran her ashore. The blaze is thought to have originated from the upsetting of a small cook stove in the cabin portion. This could be caused by the rolling of the vessel as the sea was very high. The McDonald was so badly burned about the stern that she has been abandoned. It would cost too much to float her, and it also wouldn't pay to remove her machinery. The vessel was made into a steambarge only last fall, and was worth $6,500. There is a fire insurance of $1,500 upon her, but no marine insurance. The owners lose heavily by the catastrophe.

p.5 An Old Mariner Dead - Stephen Tyo, 73 years old, 14 Redan street, a well known ship carpenter and mariner, leaves wife, two sons, Alexander and Stephen, and five daughters, funeral to St. Mary's cathedral.


Marine Notes.

The schooner Keewatin is unloading coal from Sodus at Swift's wharf.

It is expected that Davis' dry dock will be ready to receive boats by Wednesday. It has taken just three weeks to make repairs.

The big car boat Ontario, in the government dry dock, is being repaired by the Kingston Foundry company. It will be out on Thursday. The men are working night and day, and were busy all Sunday.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Jul 1908