The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Oct 1908

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The schooner Jamieson arrived from Oswego with coal for P. Walsh.

Swift's: steamer Aletha from bay points; schooner Cornelia from Oswego; steamer Dundurn due up today.

Richardsons': steambarge Navajo arrived from Montreal with freight; barge Diamond was loaded with 26,000 bushels of wheat, and taken to Montreal by tug Florence; sloops Maggie L. and Laura D. arrived from bay ports with grain; sloop Maggie L. cleared with wheat and corn for Glenora.

The schooner Mary Ann Lydon cleared for Charlotte, to load coal for the M.T. company.

M.T. Co.: steamer Strathcona from Fort William, 71,000 bushels of wheat; steamer Glenmount from Fort William, with 97,000 bushels of wheat, and barge Ungava, with 70,000 bushels of wheat; steamer Donnaconna from Fort William with 91,000 bushels of wheat, discharged 10,000 bushels at Richardsons'; tug Emerson from Montreal with four light barges; tug Bronson up with three light barges; tug Bartlett cleared for Montreal with three grain barges.

Latest News - The captain of the steamer Scottish Hero has telegraphed that Malcolm McGregor, first mate of that steamer, was on Thursday evening drowned near Point Iroquois, Lake Superior, while endeavoring to render assistance to the keeper of the light station at that point from bush fires.

Miss Clara Hays, daughter of Charles M. Hays, of the Grand Trunk railway, will have the honor of breaking the bottle which will christen the steamer Hammonic as she slides down the ways to her element. The Hammonic has been constructed for the Northern Navigation company and the final cost will be $600,000.

p.3 Gananoque, Oct. 19th - ...The coal schooner Briton cleared light for Charlotte on Saturday...


The Glenellah Troubles.

Kingston, Oct. 19th: To the Editor:

In regard to the trouble on the steamer Glenellah, referred to in Friday's Whig, I wish to say that there was no question of any fistic battle at Port Colborne, or at any port on the way down from Fort William. The only justification for such a report is that some two months ago the captain laid violent hands on me and in my attempt to get away the captain got more or less hurt. This matter was disposed of by a verbal agreement made with the chief engineer that no communication whatsoever should be had between the captain and myself except through the chief engineer. This malice was brought to a head in Kingston by the captain bringing in the police to remove me from the ship. I refused to be removed from the boat unless there was some charge laid against me. I would not leave the boat until the promise was made that the captain would charge me. Some attempt at charge was made but apparently was broken down on the evidence of a constable. Instead of any charge being laid against me I was asked what I would take to leave the boat. I said that I would leave the boat on my receiving the one day's pay due me, and transportation to Montreal, the same being without any prejudice as to any civil action I might wish to take, and I would beg to point out to the people of Kingston that whosoever should have seen me taken from the M.T. Co.'s elevator under arrest may find by enquiring at the police station that that arrest was absolutely without grounds and that this was plainly shown by the fact that my transportation was paid to Montreal, which transportation is never paid in the case of a police court case being sustained.

(Signed) W. TODD, late second engineer S.S. Glenellah.


Detroit, Oct. 19th - The steamer Scottish Hero arrived at Marquette, Saturday, and reported the death of Mate Malcolm McGregor, of Owen Sound, in a brave but futile attempt to save two lighthouse keepers at Point Iroquois, in the eastern end of Lake Superior, from death by a forest fire. The keepers sounded signals of distress as the Hero was passing Point Iroquois on Thursday. A raging wall of flame was sweeping up the point, and it seemed that the imprisoned keepers either must perish in the flames or meet death in the icy waters of Lake Superior. The sea was rolling high, but McGregor and three sailors put off in an effort to save the men. Although they tried repeatedly they were unable to land on account of the terrible fires. They were finally forced to give up the attempt. In trying to board the steamer again Mate McGregor fell into the water and was lost. The vessel remained off the point all day Friday, trying to find McGregor's body, but the attempt was unsuccessful. Later a lighthouse tender from the Soo saved the light keepers and the station.

Death of Thomas Clancy - A well known resident of the city passed away on Sunday, in the person of Thomas Clancy. He had only been ill a few days before his death, which came as quite a shock to his friends. The deceased was born in Ireland about eighty-two years ago, coming to this country when a young man. He was employed with Gunn & Co. in the shipping business for some years, and later was employed by the Gildersleeves as caretaker of their steamers in the winter. Thomas was always faithful and even in late years, despite his advanced years, he was able to do a good day's work. Two sons, Frank, Toronto, and Thomas, Rochester, and two daughters at home, survive. The funeral services will be held on Tuesday morning to St. Mary's cathedral, where a solemn requiem mass will be sung for the repose of his soul.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 19 Oct 1908