The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Sep 1908

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not published - Labor Day

Sept. 8, 1908



Reckless And Unskillful Navigation The Cause.

Capt. Frederick L.R. Pope and Joseph G. Shumacher, of the United States steamboat inspection servive in Buffalo district, have completed their investigation into the collision of the steamers Titania and Kingston in Charlotte harbor, finding that the pilots of both boats were at fault. The license of Capt. Patrick Thorpe, of the Titania, which is owned by Fix Bros., Buffalo, has been suspended for six months. The master of the steamer Kingston, being a British subject, does not come under the jurisdiction of the inspectors.

In their decision the inspectors say that on the night of August 11th the Titania and Kingston were entering the Charlotte harbor, the Titania bearing from the Kingston about four points on the port bow and the Kingston bearing from the Titania about three points on the starboard bow. Although the vessels were visible to each other when about three or four miles apart the pilot of neither gave the signals coveringa situation of this kind. The decision says in part:

"The preservation of life and property depends largely upon a strict observance of the rules for the government of pilots, and those entrusted with the care of ships should understand that they must be enforced with uniform and absolute certainty.

"it also appears from the testimony that both these steamers entered the harbor at a rate of speed estimated at from twelve to fifteen miles an hour, which was reckless and unskilled navigation in the circumstances and conditions surrounding this particular situation."


The schooner Tradewind cleared for Sodus.

The sloop Pilot is at the Princess street slip being caulked.

The steambarge Hinckley cleared for Oswego with two blue barges.

The steamer St. Joseph of Oswego is at the government dry dock.

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

The schooner Bertha Kalkins has arrived at Toronto from Oswego with coal.

The steamer St. Lawrence will arrive from Clayton on Thursday. She has had a most successful season.

The steamer Alexandria and steambarge Waterlily were at Folger's wharf last night, on the way to Montreal.

M.T. company's wharf: the tug Mary from Montreal with three barges; steamer Davidson from Chicago with 75,000 bushels cleared for Chicago; tug Emerson up with three barges; and tug Bronson, up with the schooner Jamieson, arrived from Oswego with coal.

Many people visited Swift's wharf on Sunday evening to see the large steel freighter Tacoma, of the Canadian Lakes and Ocean company. This steamer has been in commission about a year, but this is the first trip up this way. She is very large, just large enough to pass the canals, and will carry a large cargo of freight. Pilot "Gus" McDonald brought the big steamer successfully up from Montreal, on her maiden trip through the upper St. Lawrence river. Frank Welch, city, is purser on the new boat.

p.6 Pith of the News - The Ontario Gazette announces the incorporation of the Great Lakes Steamship company, of Toronto, with a capital of $250,000, and with power to build and operate ships, to construct wharves, etc.

p.8 Yacht Cruising Race - by Kingston Yacht Club to foot of Wolfe Island.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 7 Sep 1908