Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Mar 1909
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p.2 Returned To Kingston - Arthur Sparham, the well-known chief steward for the Thousand Island Steamboat company, arrived from his home in Brockville yesterday, and will at once start to put the vessels in shape for the summer's work. Arthur is well liked by his host of friends and is receiving a warm welcome. Before coming down, Mr. Sparham fitted out the handsome yacht owned by Mrs. Fulford at Brockville.

p.8 Day's Episodes - The schooner Tradewind, Capt. Oliver's vessel, was yesterday chartered to carry the coal required this season by the Thousand Island Steamboat company.

March 18, 1909



To Weigh Grain Received at Elevators.

Ottawa, March 18th - Francis King, general counsel for the Dominion Marine Association; L.L. Henderson, acting for Montreal interests; Messrs. C.N. Bell and J. Fleming, representing the Winnipeg Grain Exchange, and a deputation from Toronto, acting for the Toronto Grain Exchange, this morning, waited on Sir Richard Cartwright, minister of trade and commerce, in reference to the handling of grain at Fort William, Port Arthur, Kingston, Toronto, Collingwood, Montreal and other points in Canada.

Lately, the shippers of grain, through the Dominion Marine Association, decided to refuse to longer make good shortages on grain cargoes beyond the rate of 50 bushels to a cargo of 10,000. Now Winnipeg interests, while not objecting to this, are asking for government inspection. In reference to this they waited on Sir Richard today.

The marine association is quite in sympathy with this and is something that it has advocated for years. What is asked is that there should be one or more government inspectors at every point in Canada where there are grain elevators, and they should be paid by the dominion government to inspect and see the grain weighed. It was to ask for these inspectors that the delegation, today, waited on the minister. The question is one of great importance to the interests of Canadian and American grain shippers, transportation companies and agents and vessel owners.



Thought To Have Occurred to S.S. Bannockburn.

The opinion is expressed that the S.S. Bannockburn, of the M.T. company which was mysteriously lost in Lake Superior about seven years ago, met with the same kind of accident that happened to the C.P.R. train which ran unguided from Westmount to Montreal, and crashed into the Windsor station. The report is that three rivets in the boiler under the cab of the locomotive gave way. It is surmised that this is just what happened to the S.S. Bannockburn and that the boiler blew up, and she immediately sank, leaving no one to tell the tale.

Captains and Engineers - The officers of the St. Lawrence & Chicago steamers this year will be as follows: Steamer Algonquin, captain Frederick R. Johnson, chief engineer, Robert Tart; Steamer Iroquois, captain C.E. Robinson, chief engineer, W. Harwood; steamer E.B. Osler, captain, W.H. Wright, chief engineer, E.J. O'Dell; Steamer W.D. Matthews, captain John Williams, chief engineer, Wallace Robertson; steamer G.R. Crowe, captain Peter Shaw, chief engineer, Wallace Robertson.

p.8 Building A Pleasure Scow - Davis & Sons of this city are building for Woodman Bros., of Hamilton, a pleasure scow, 175 feet long, at a cost of about $6,000. The scow will be fitted with household conveniences and lighted by electricity. It is for social functions, and will have a fine large dancing floor on the upper deck. The people of Hamilton can go on excursions up the bay and dance aboard the craft, towed by a tug or steamer.

March 19, 1909

p.1 Gananoque, March 19th - ......Capt. Frank Barnhart, of Deseronto, owner of the coal schooner Horace Taber, was in town yesterday, looking up business for the season's opening. Capt. D.J. Kenny, Garden Street, is at Jones' Falls, fitting up the Mary Louise.

p.5 The work of loading the steamer Bothnia with ice, was commenced today. All the vessels available have been secured for the ice harvest.

p.8 Day's Episodes - This morning work was commenced on the steamer Stranger by Capt. Hammond. The latter has been engaged the past few weeks in building a new wharf at Wolfe Island.

Getting In Readiness - A staff of men have been taken on by the Thousand Island Steamboat company to put the vessels of the "White Squadron" into shape for the season's work. All the boats are receiving a thorough overhauling, and will be looking spic and span when the season opens. All the boats have to receive a coat of paint, and require a great deal of attention.

Personal Mention - John Brennan, engineer of the tug Trudeau, arrived in the city today, from his home in Kingsville, to put the tug in readiness for the season's work.

March 20, 1909

p.11 Change on Ferry Rates - March 18th - Ferry rates at the opening of navigation will be increased five cents all around, which means twenty cents from the village and 15 cents from Garden Island. Freight rates will remain the same. The crew at present is busily engaged painting the Wolfe Islander, and the trim little steamer will look spick and span when she again makes her appearance.

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Daily British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Mar 1909