The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Sep 1908

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Titania's Owner To Sue For $10,000.

Rochester, Sept. 8th - Regarding the findings of United States inspectors concerning the collision between the steamboats Kingston and the Titania, it has been given out that the owners of the Kingston will fight to the last ditch to exonerate Capt. Henry Esford from even a share in the responsibility for the accident. Capt. Esford has been instructed by his employers to maintain silence regarding the matter, the company not wishing to publish the defence it will make when the matter is sifted out in the courts.

Capt. Esford says that his position is unassailable, and that the decision of Frederick L.R. Pope and Joseph G. Schumacher, the inspectors who investigated the collision, is unjust and unreasonable. The owners of the Titania have brought suit against the company that operates the Kingston for $10,000, and that concern is determined to prove that Capt. Esford was in no way at fault when the accident occurred that sent the Titania to the bottom of Charlotte harbor.

On account of this damage suit, the company is especially desirous to exonerate Capt. Esford, although the decision of the United States officials in no way affects his standing with the owners or the Canadian government, whose papers he holds. Capt. Esford said:

"The inspectors seemed to base their criticism on the fact that I did not blow a whistle before the collision. They state also that the Kingston was going at the rate of fifteen miles an hour at the time, and yet they refused to look at the log record, which plainly shows that I was going at only five miles an hour. It seems to me that the investigation was far from thorough. No diver was sent down to inspect the Titania. I am willing to stake almost anything that when the Titania is raised the throttle will be found wide open and the bow will be stove in. There are plenty of witnesses to prove that the Titania followed me into the river and struck the Kingston aft of the port wheel box. She must have been going faster than the Kingston to overtake her.

"I had it in mind to prepare a statement for the public, setting forth exactly the situation as witnesses I have are willing to swear to it. The manager told me to say nothing, but let the matter be taken care of in the courts when the proper time comes. I feel keenly about the matter, for I have been thirty-seven years on the water and I never had an accident before. If anyone had been drowned I shouldn't have been able to rest until I was released from all blame, because I know that it was not my fault in any way."



The schooner Jamieson cleared this afternoon for Oswego, N.Y.

The steamer Rosedale was in port last night, on her way to Montreal.

The schooner Winnie Wing cleared for Oswego to load coal for Napanee.

Swift's: steamer Dundurn down Wednesday; steamer Aletha from bay points.

The provincial steamer Scout was at the Kingston & Pembroke wharf today.

The schooner Maxwell, unloading a cargo of coal at the penitentiary, cleared for Oswego.

M.T. company: The steamer Turret Crown arrived from Duluth with 71,000 bushels of wheat; the tug Bronson cleared for Montreal with two barges.

Richardsons' elevator: The steambarge Navajo is loading corn for Montreal; the schooner Marshall is loading feldspar for Charlotte. This will probably be the last load this season; the steamer Keefe arrived from Chicago, with 54,000 bushels of corn.

Immigration Inspector - John Geoghegan appointed for Port of Kingston.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Sep 1908