The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Nov 1908

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p.1 Latest News - The steambarge Donelin, of Port Arthur, stranded near Belleville and knocked a large hole in her hull.

A number of vessel owners have raised the rate for carrying grain from the head of the lakes to Georgian Bay ports from two to three cents a bushel.

The Canadian marine department has obtained the use of the United States government derrick scow, at Amherstburg, and the work of removing all big boulders in front of the docks is under way.



Capt. John Maitland Meets Untimely End.

Capt. John R. Maitland, aged 44, a resident of Brighton, Ont., met almost instant death, as the result of a fall from a ladder on the steamer Business, about 4:30 o'clock on Thursday afternoon. The steamer Business is at the Locomotive Works' wharf, having arrived there Saturday afternoon, with a cargo of coal from Erie.....

The late Capt. Maitland was born in Brighton, and had been sailing on the lakes all his life. A particularly sad fact, is that he had decided that this should be his last season, and that when the vessel was laid up in the course of a few weeks, he would return to Brighton, where he has a fine farm, and live the remainder of his life. Although he had not been complaining, he had not been in the best of health for some time. He is survived by his mother, wife and one son, all of whom live at Brighton, also three brothers, Capt. Henry Maitland, of the steambarge Edmonton; Capt. Walter Maitland, of Port Huron, Mich.; Capt. George Maitland, of Brighton, and three sisters, Mrs. Shaw, wife of Capt. Max Shaw, of the schooner Bertha Kalkins, Kingston; Mrs. William Matthews, of Lakeport, and Mrs. George Snelgrove, of Colborne.

Deceased was one of the best known captains on the lakes, was well liked by all who were acquainted with him, and the news of his untimely end caused deep regret in marine circles last night. Deceased celebrated his forty-fourth birthday on Sunday last. He was a member of the Masonic order.

Last night the remains were taken to the undertaking parlors of James Reid, and this morning were taken to Brighton for internment.


The steamer Regina passed yesterday on her way west.

The schooner Cornelia is laid up for the season in Swift's slip.

The Kingston Foundry company has $35,000 worth of iron contract work on vessels this winter.

The steamer Dunelin went aground on Thursday at Telegraph Island, near Deseronto, but was released in quick order, with very little damage.

The steamer Bickerdike, of Montreal, in the government dry dock, will be floated out about the first of the year. About $15,000 in repairs is being put on the Bickerdike.

The large steamyacht Isleway, of Montreal, is at Davis' dry dock, where it will be rebuilt during the winter. It was damaged by fire some time ago.

Swift's: steamer Dundurn up on last trip of the season; steamer Aletha down and up today. She did not come down on Thursday on account of the storm. Steamer City of Montreal up today; steambarge Reliance cleared for Sodus for coal.

All day Thursday and Thursday night, there was a very heavy gale on the lake, and many vessels had to keep in port, for shelter. The steamer Dundee, which arrived early in the afternoon, stayed here over night, and cleared for the west this morning.

p.4 Rattling Big Fish - Fisher's Landing, N.Y., Nov. 27th - keeper Eugene W. Butler of the Rock Island Light Station landed a forty pound maskinonge.


Late Marine Notes

The steamer Iroquois arrived from Montreal, and will be laid up for the season.

The steamer Regina ran out of coal near Timber Island, returned for a supply, and again cleared for the west.

Capt. Vandusen arrived back from Cobourg, where he laid up the schooner Kitchen, and will take charge of the steamer Business for the balance of the season.

The steamer New Island Wanderer came around the foot of the island, today, on account of the rough weather. She had a number of passengers.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Nov 1908