The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Mar 1909

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Over seventy members of the Lake Seamen's Union turned out to Union Hall, last night, to hear an address delivered by V.A. Olander, of Chicago, general secretary of the International Lake Seamen's Union. The chair was occupied by Thomas H. Fleming. Mr. Olander is a fluent speaker, and his address was brimful of matters of interest to all present, and was much appreciated.

In the first part of his address, the speaker gave a very interesting sketch of the history of the Seamen's Union, tracing its movement from the earliest stages up to the present time. He then dealt with the conditions of last season, in which the seamen were concerned, and afterwards spoke of the prospects for this season. He said that while the prospects for the start off of the season were not very bright, he felt sure that by the latter part of May, things would be moving along nicely, and that there would be plenty of work for all the vessels.

Mr. Olander left at midnight for Buffalo, where he will deliver an address, and he will speak in Cleveland on Friday night. Mr. Olander has only occupied his present position for about two months, but during that time, he has been kept very busy, addressing as many as three meetings in a day. He was formerly assistant secretary, but when William Penje was forced to give up the office, owing to ill health, he was given the promotion which he well deserved. Mr. Penje will leave shortly on a trip to the old country for the benefit of his health.

The Late Captain J.B. Estes - Capt. J.B. Estes died, Sunday, at his home in River street, Charlotte, N.Y., aged ninety years and nine months. He leaves his wife, Sarah B. Estes, and two sons, James W. of Charlotte, and Capt. Milo D. Estes of Newark, N.J. Capt. Estes was for many years a captain on lake steamers. He served on the Norseman for many years and then on the excursion steamers Island Chief and J.D. Scott. He was active in politics in Charlotte, N.Y.

Schooner Clara Sold.

Report today states that Capt. Grant Horne has sold the schooner Clara, to the Gordon Lumber company of Goderich. The Clara is now loaded with ice, 450 tons, for Fairport. Capt. Horne will sail this summer on the steambarge Ida E., which he recently purchased.

Are Loading Ice - The schooner New Dominion is loading ice here, for Erie. The schooners D. Freeman and Keewatin are loading ice in Belleville for Erie.

p.7 Given Up The Idea - It is understood that the Collingwood Shipbuilding company has given up the idea of leasing the government dry-dock here, and establishing a repair shop in conjunction therewith. There is a possibility that the Locomotive Works company may secure the dock and establish the necessary shop.

March 12, 1909

p.2 Expect Busy Season - for Thousand Island Steamship company.

March 13, 1909

p.1 Purchased A Tug - The tug Jessie Hall, of the Montreal Transportation company, has been sold to Thomas Ganley, a member of a firm of contractors at the Michigan Soo, and will be taken there for work in that district.

p.2 A Steamship Collision - Admiralty Judge Hodgins will come to Kingston on April 5th to try the action brought by the Lake Ontario and Bay of Quinte Steamboat company against Mary Wilder Fulford in connection with the collision between thesteamer Caspian and the late Senator Fulford's yacht, in Kingston harbor last year. The Lake Ontario and Bay of Quinte company asks for damages.

Could Not Secure Vessels - If it had been possible to secure vessels, a good deal more ice would have been harvested around Kingston the past few weeks for outside places. Several gentlemen who wished to get a supply had to give up the task because they could not get the vessels to carry the ice.


The Leading Owners of Vessels Carrying Timber and Lumber

Detroit, Mich., March 13th - Fifty of the leading owners of lumber-carrying vessels are planning a merger by which they expect to control the movement of lumber and timber products of the great lakes and to effect a great saving in insurance and in the management and operation of the boats and also to have better control of the rates. Fifty boats valued at $850,000 are said to have been placed on the merger. Each owner will sell his boat to the new operation and receive their stock in exchange, representing its value. The merger will probably be capitalized at one million dollars. It will include owners from Duluth, Chicago and Milwaukee, to Cleveland.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Mar 1909