The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Oct 1908

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p.6 Gananoque, Oct. 29th - ...The coal schooner Briton cleared light for Sodus on Tuesday, where she will load with soft coal.

Picton, Oct. 29th - ....Not in his fifty-two seasons on the St. Lawrence river has Captain E.B. Smith experienced anything like the last trip of the steamer Alexandria. The Alexandria arrived in port from Montreal, on Wednesday, four days overdue. This was because of the great bush fires of the Ottawa and northern Quebec, the smoke from which hung like a great cloud over the river. Hundreds of vessels were stalled at Lachine and Soulanges canals, where the Alexandria had to wait from Wednesday of last week, until Sunday, when she was able to "feel" her way in the smoke and fog down to Montreal. Then the rain came and put a damper on the smoke, and the up trip was not so delayed. Captain Smith, who has been on the river over half a century, says he never saw anything like the great clouds of smoke that hindered navigation.

A noteworthy incident in connection with the stalling of the many boats at the Soulanges canal, was with the propeller Glengarry. Her pilot, Captain Collins, who is aged eighty years was the first to venture from his moorings at the canal down the river to Montreal. When he cleared, several boats followed in his wake.



The government dredge Sir Richard Cartwright is still at work in the harbor.

The new steamer Kinmount, of the M.T. company, made her first trip down from Fort William with grain, carrying 95,000 bushels of wheat.

Swift's: steamer Tagonna, west, Wedesday evening, with package freight; steamer Aletha did not leave Wednesday night, until ten o'clock, on account of the fog; steamer Belleville west this morning.

The new steamer Tacoma, of the McKay line, passed through on her way to Montreal with package freight. Captain Moore is in command.

M.T. company's elevator: The tug Thomson, with dredge and scows, arrived from Montreal, and cleared for Cobourg; the tug Emerson arrived from Montreal with three light barges, and cleared for Montreal with three grain-laden barges; the steamer Advance passed on her way west, with package freight; the steamer Rosemount arrived from Fort William with 80,000 bushels of wheat; the steamer Stormount cleared for Fort William with railroad iron.



The schooner Kitchen arrived from Charlotte with coal for the K. & P. railway.

The steamer Rosedale, grain-laden, from Fort William, is due to reach here tonight.

The steamer Rosemount arrived at the M.T. Co.'s elevator this afternoon, from Fort William, with grain.

The steamer Tagona, of the Canadian Lakes Navigation company, suffered a broken wheel, while in the Cornwall canal, yesterday, and was delayed, arriving here late last evening, and clearing for Fort William, after taking on coal.

The light at Pigeon Island light station, near Wolfe Island, Lake Ontario, is obstructed to the south-westward by a new lighthouse tower which is being constructed 80 feet to the south-westward of the present tower. The light will be shown from the new tower in the spring of 1909.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 29 Oct 1908