The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Dec 1908

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p.2 Leaving For Home - About fifty bargemen who have been employed by the M.T. Co., this summer, left last evening for Montreal. The men were in a most pleasant mood, before going away. One had a "fiddle," and supplied the music for the others to dance to. They all seemed pleased to be home again.



Sault Ste. Marie, Dec. 4th - Warrants charging Capt. Frank D. Root, local manager, and Henry C. Busse, cashier at the Michigan Soo, for the Great Lakes Towing company, with smuggling, have been served and the men were arraigned before John A. Colwell, U.S. commissioner, and were bound over to the U.B. district court at Marquette, under bonds of $500. Two more warrants, supposed to be for members of the crew of the lighter Reliance will be served soon, while the ligher, which is the largest in the world, will be seized. The case grows out of the stranding of the steamer Canadian at Drummond Island, recently, while bound for Port Arthur with a cargo of general merchandise.

The Reliance went to the Canadian's assistance. A large quantity of canned goods, tea and sugar was thrown overboard, which, it is alleged, was afterwards picked up by the Reliance crew, was brought to the American Soo without paying duty, and was being divided among the crew when the government officials discovered and seized the goods.



All the vessels of the Folger fleet have been laid up, with the exception of the steamer Wanderer, on the Cape Vincent route.

The steamer Rosemount has loaded grain at Fort William for Richardsons' elevator. A vessel has already loaded corn at Cornwall for this elevator.

The steamer Carleton (Carlton ?), which cleared for Hamilton, on her way to Fort William, is reported to be at Timber Island, where she had to take shelter from the storm.

The steamer Prince Rupert arrived Friday morning, from Fort William, with grain for Richardsons' elevator. Her cargo consisted of 60,000 bushels of oats, 20,000 bushels of barley, and 12,000 bushels of wheat.

With ice two inches thick on her hatches, and with an ice-covered deck, the steamer Prince Rupert, which arrived at Richardsons' elevator this morning, looked more as if she had made a trip from the North Pole. The vessel had a very stormy passage, but had a most successful trip. Capt. Malone is in charge of the Prince Rupert.

To Build New Steamer.

A rumor is current that the Richelieu & Ontario Navigation company will shortly place an order with an English shipbuilding company for the construction of a new passenger steamer of the propeller type and full canal size. The boat, it is said, will be ready to go into commission next season. It is proposed to use the new vessel on the north shore route, in conjunction with the steamer Belleville, which was the only boat used by the company on that route during the past season, the others having been withdrawn when a large proportion of the freight business was taken over by the Inland Navigation company in a merger of several steamers consummated by that company last fall. The new vessel will also be used in cases of emergency on the route traversed by the steamers Toronto and Kingston.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Dec 1908