The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Mar 1909

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p.1 Pursued By Hard Luck - Sailors Think Steamer is "Hoodooed" - since leaving Great Lakes 8 years ago tanker Paraguay has problems. (impossible to read)

Picton, March 26th - ....The board of trade is entering into negotiations with the Hepburn Bros., whom they want to put a small steamer on the bay route running from Amherst Island daily. This the merchants think would materially benefit Picton by bringing traders here.

Belleville Board of Trade wants the Murray canal to be deepened to allow boats of deeper draught to come into the Bay of Quinte. It is, of course, primarily to accommodate freighters who load cement at Point Anne. The deepening of the Murray canal, however, would be a detriment to Picton in that the Hepburn Bros. would suffer by keen competition, and the board decided to take no action in the matter...


Sold Its Last Tug.

The George Hall Coal company has disposed of the last of its fleet of tugs, the William L. Proctor, to the Ogdensburg Coal & Towing company, which will use her in the lake and river business. The Hall company has been gradually withdrawing from the towing business and will eventually confine its coal forwarding traffic to its fleet of steambarges. The O.C. & T. company has a big hard coal trade between Oswego and various river points, and tow barges are especially adapted to this branch of the forwarding business. The Hall company still has several barges left.



Macassa Expected To Open Toronto Season.

Toronto, March 25th - During the past couple of weeks the warm weather has had a great effect upon the ice in the many harbors on the lower lakes, and the great freighters and passenger steamers are being thoroughly overhauled, so as to be ready for operations as soon as the ice moves out. But it is hardly likely that boats will be able to get through the Soo canal for some weeks yet. Navigation will be possible on Lake Ontario and Lake Erie at an early date, but it seems to be the consensus of opinion that the grain boats will not get into Port Arthur till about the first of May.

It looks as though the steamer Macassa, of the Hamilton Steamboat Company, will have the honor of capturing the harbor master's silk hat by being the first passenger boat entering Toronto harbor this season. The Macassa will make her first trip on March 29th, the Turbinia will go on the route on May 15th, and Modjeska on June 1st., when the summer season really begins. The Lakeside has been in the drydock for a fitting up during the past three months, and she is not scheduled to start until April ?, when she will leave her dock at Port Dalhousie for Toronto and return. The Macassa will come from Hamilton, where she has wintered.

The Toronto and Kingston will not begin the season until June 1st. A new steamer for the Toronto-Prescott run is being laid down in Detroit for the Richelieu and Ontario Navigation company, and she will likely be ready by the opening of the season of 1910. This new boat will carry 650 passengers. The Toronto's capacity has been increased by nearly twenty staterooms.

But against this, local shipowners are of the opinion that the freighters will not commence operations until well on to the beginning of May. A. Wright, of the St. Lawrence and Chicago line, a recognized authority on Canadian marine matters, told the Globe yesterday, that because of the prevailing conditions, he did not think there would be an early opening. "Last year," he said, "the first boat entered Fort William harbor on April 28th, having to enter through the ice on Mud Lake, on the Soo river, to do so." But he did not think there would be anything like that this year.

According to the information he has received, the ice conditions at the Soo were similar to last year, and he did not expect a breaking up until almost the first of May. Then again, last year, there was a great quantity of wheat ready for shipment at the elevators in Port Arthur and Fort William, and there were many boats very anxious to get in. This year wheat has been held at a point too high for export, and there are 1,500,000 bushels less than last year. So that he was of the opinion that the vessel owners would be in no hurry to risk their boats during the month of April. Under the prevailing policies, marine insurance, while covering the boats from April 1st to December 5th, stipulates that three per cent of the value of the boat will not be covered by them if there is any damage claims from ice during the month of April. In the past shipowners only risked their property because, owing to the pressure, shippers were willing to pay high rates to have their freight moved. This year that inducement is lacking. There has been but little pressure by wheat holders, and he thought that very few of the freighters would be moving before the first of May.

p.8 Day's Episodes - Last year the steamer Riverside started her trips between Alexandria Bay and Ogdensburg on March 17th. From present indications she will probably be three weeks later in starting this year.

March 27, 1909

p.3 Day's Episodes - Capt. Foster Donnelly will sail on the schooner Grantham this year.

p.5 A Rate War Likely - In Regard To Carrying Of Grain - Canadian vessel owners will have to match U.S. rate cut to keep grain moving to Montreal.

p.8 Fell Into Cold Drink - Capt. Charles Chambers had load of chain blocks for steamer Donnelly, lying at drydock; fell in open water men had opened around steamer.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Mar 1909