The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Sep 1908

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Fog And Smoke Cause Of Much Trouble.

The fog and smoke on the lakes is causing no end of trouble to marine men. Old mariners state that it is the worst weather of the kind that they have ever experienced. Some of the vessels have been able to come across from Oswego and Charlotte, but there has been great loss of time. A large number of boats have tied up, waiting for the weather to change, feeling that it would be far better to lose time than to risk accidents.

"This is the worst I have ever experienced in my time," said an old marine man today, "the smoke, for it is practically all smoke that is causing the trouble, is something awful. You cannot see the length of a vessel, and it is very difficult to keep your course. With sailing vessels, the work is made all the more serious."

The big grain steamers, Turret Cape, carrying 70,000 bushels of wheat and Turret Court, with 71,000 bushels of wheat, arrived at the M.T. company's elevator from Duluth, and the captains on each of these vessels report the smoke on Lake Superior to be far worse than any other place along the line. They state that every morning, the decks of the vessels were literally covered with ashes. Big bush fires are raging in that district.

For the second time this week, the boat on the Cape Vincent run was unable to make the trip over from Cape Vincent last night, and as a result the trip from here this morning was cancelled.

The steamer Stranger started out for Gananoque, yesterday, but was compelled to turn back, owing to the smoke. None of the M.T. company's tugs are being sent out from this port. A number are on their way here from Montreal, but are making very slow time.

The steamers Meaford and Algonquin, loaded with grain, from the west, on their way to the M.T. company's elevator, were, this morning, anchored at Nine Mile Point, awaiting the removal of the fog and smoke.

The schooner Mary Ann Lydon, coal laden from Charlotte, succeeded in reaching Booth's, the Tradewind arrived at Soward's, and the Bertha Kalkins reported at the asylum. All the schooners had a most trying experience, but made the trip without a mishap.

The schooner Keewatin is on her way from Sodus for the water works, and is being delayed by the bad weather.

The government tug Trudeau came over from the foot of Wolfe Island yesterday, but was compelled to stay in the harbor all night. The Trudeau is doing some dredging at the foot of the island.

The steambarge John Randall is tied up here, on her way to Sodus, to load coal for the Tay canal.

The steamer Caspian has gone into winter quarters at Crawford's slip.

p.7 Wolfe Island Council, Sept. 7th - Steamboat accounts ordered to be paid: Calvin Co., Ltd., $36.17; Mrs. Keegan, $2.95; St. Lawrence Ice Co., $9.30; James Crawford, one month, captain, $50; R. Mullin, one month, engineer, $66.66; James Davis, 31 days, mate, $44.34 ?; John Crawford, 31 days, deck hand, $25.83; R. Keil, 31 days, deck hand, $25.83; E. Walker, 31 days, fireman, $36.16; Mrs. Davis, 31 days, cook, $20.66; G. Keegan, 31 days, purser, $34; Mrs. Rawley, washing, $3.40; G. Keegan, 744 meals, $89.28; W.L. Allinson, account, $3.02; James Swift & Co., coal for July, $146.51; James Swift & Co., rent of wharf, $50; McKelvey & Birch, accound, $8.35; A. Chown & Co., $8.80.

p.8 In Dangerous Condition - wharf along waterfront from Clarence to Brock streets.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Sep 1908