The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Oct 1908

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Steamers Collide - One Sinks.

Duluth, Oct. 16th - The steamer Sacramento, of the Davidson fleet of Bay City, collided with the steamer Mataafa, in the harbor. Both ships are seriously damaged. The Sacramento, built in 1895, is one of the largest wooden ships of the Davidson fleet. She is 308 feet long. The Mataafa is a steel steamer, built in 1899, belonging to the Pittsburg Steamship company. She is 430 feet long.

p.2 Eastern Lake Yacht Meeting - to be held at Watertown in early 1909, to select site for next regatta; George Cup currently held by Kingston yacht Kathleen.



The schooner Bertha Kalkins cleared for Oswego to load coal.

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

Richardsons' elevator: The steamer City of New York will load grain for Montreal; the sloop Laura D. and Granger arrived from Simcoe Island with grain.

M.T. company's elevator: The steamer Dundee arrived from Fort William with 75,000 bushels of wheat; the schooner Katie Eccles, from Pickering, with 7,000 bushels of barley; tug Bartlett up, three barges, will clear with four barges; the steamer Glenellah cleared for the upper lakes.


The steambarge John Randall arrived in Kingston, this afternoon, from Washburn, and will leave on Monday morning, at six o'clock, with a general cargo, for Ottawa, taking the place of the steamer Rideau King, which has made her last trip of the season. It was intended to have the Rideau King make another trip, but the water in the river is too low for safe navigation. On this account a smaller boat had to be secured, and thus the John Randall was chartered for the route.

Report from Ottawa says that if the river continues to go down, the local navigation companies will have to go out of business. It is stated that many places along the river, notably at Carillon, navigation is almost impossible.

At present there is only one boat of the Ottawa Forwarding company that can go through the locks, the rest of the boats landing at Queen's wharf.

Diving Classes - Through the courtesy of Capt. John Donnelly, himself a graduate of the School of Mining, the civil engineering class at Queen's are taking their diving classes at the waterworks wharf. The men put on the diving suits, and get practical instruction in under-water work. This is the third year the privilege has been extended, and Queen's is proud to say that she is the only university in Canada whose students are so privileged.

p.6 Had Snake On Board - found in grain cargo of steamer Fairmount, at M.T. company's elevator.

Helped Marine Interests.

Kingstonians can testify to the interest and support they and the Dominion Marine Association have received from the Hon. William Harty, in urging the government to deepen the Welland canal. Much of the success so far accomplished has been due to his persistence. It was only last session Mr. Harty and Hon. Mr. Graham secured a big grant to aid in removing obstructions to navigation between Kingston and Brockville, in the St. Lawrence, and for the first time in its history. The constant dredging in this port has been obtained through Mr. Harty's work. In the matter of keeping Kingston's transportation issues before the department Mr. Harty has made a record. His advocacy has done much to aid the St. Lawrence through navigation. On this score who would be better able to further advance Kingston's interests with a liberal government than Mr. Harty? What would Dr. A.E. Ross do in prevailing upon a department he was, perforce, sent to parliament to oppose and obstruct. Every sailor, be he captain or seaman, understands how zealous Mr. Harty has been for his interests.

Trouble On a Steamer - This morning there was some trouble on board the steamer Glenellah, at the M.T. company's elevator, and a call was sent to the police station, which was responded to by Constables McAdoo and Naylon. It appears that one of the engineers and the captain had been at loggerheads on the trip down from Fort William, and that at Port Colborne, they engaged in a fistic battle. This morning the trouble was renewed, and it was thought that the police should be notified. The engineer went to the police station with the constables, but no charges were laid. The matter was settled by the captain discharging the engineer, and paying his railway fare to Montreal.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 Oct 1908