The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Apr 1909

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p.1 Napanee, April 10th - ....R.B. Shipman and John McCullough are fitting out their schooners the Winnie Wing and the Jamieson respectively. Mr. Shipman has installed a steam hoist on the Winnie Wing, which will save a great deal of hard labor. It can be used for hoisting the sails, hoisting coal, hoisting the anchor and a syphon worked by steam is used for taking the water out of the hold.

p.4 Whig Jumble - The tug George Floss, of Cleveland, is believed to have been lost on Lake Erie, with its crew of seven men and three passengers.



Schooner Bertha Kalkins In An Accident.

While being towed through the Cataraqui swing bridge, about 8:30 o'clock Saturday morning, by the tug Frontenac, the schooner Bertha Kalkins, owned by Capt. Simmons, ran agains the bridge, knocked it off its pivot, and considerable damage was done both to the bridge and the vessel, and traffic was tied up. The jib boom and bowsprit of the vessel were smashed, and besides, several planks knocked off. The damage to the bridge is far more serious than that to the vessel, and some time will be taken to make repairs.

This being market day, it tied up traffic to a great extent. A float was put into service for foot passengers, but no rigs could be carried across.

It could not be ascertained who was responsible for the accident, but it was stated that the vessel took a sudden swerve and smashed against the bridge, before anything could be done to prevent the accident. The schooner Bertha Kalkins was sailed last year by Capt. Mack Shaw.

A marine man, in speaking to the Whig, stated that it was very difficult for a vessel to get a straight course through the bridge, owing to the fact that there were so many barges laid up close by. He pointed out that on this account it had always been a very hard task to get through.

The schooner Ford River passed through the bridge yesterday, in preparation for her first trip of the season, and the Bertha Kalkins was also about to make her first trip across the lake, and it was indeed rather unfortunate that the vessel should meet with such a mishap.

The sloop Maggie L. will load grain at Richardson's elevator for bay ports.

The steamer Edmonton is expected to arrive at Richardson's elevator on Monday, with a cargo of oats from Toronto. She will then clear for Hamilton.

The schooner Ford River cleared today for Fairport with her cargo of ice.

The steamer Wanderer was placed on the Cape Vincent run this afternoon.

p.6 Tidings From Picton - ....Capt. A.J. Thompson, of Fort William, is in town, getting the steamer Niagara ready to take away with him to Lake Superior, as soon as the harbor is open. She will be greatly missed, as she was a great favorite for excursions. She was built in Clyde, Scotland, and in her early days was a small cruiser of the British navy.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 10 Apr 1909