The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Apr 1909

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Buffalo, April 15th - Insurance on shipping went into effect at midnight last night, marking the opening of navigation on the great lakes. The labor troubles are still a long way from a settlement. Four package freight lines are ready to start with union men as soon as ice conditions permit, and one line claims to have enough non-union men ready to man its fleet. The Lake Seamen's Union, the Marine Firemen and Water Tenders' Association, and the Marine Cooks' and Stewards' Union have refused to work on boats with non-union engineers. These men, numbering about 15,000, are idle today.

p.2 To Meet In Toronto - yachtsmen to straighten out regatta dates.



The government tug Reserve cleared for Prescott.

The schooner Clara cleared for Oswego this morning.

The steamer Bickerdike will clear on Friday for upper lake ports.

The barge Dunmore went into the government dry dock for repairs.

The sloop Maggie L. cleared this morning for Picton with a cargo of grain.

The steamer Stranger was given a royal send-off yesterday on her first trip to Gananoque.

The steamer Aletha was late in arriving here on Wednesday afternoon. It was seven o'clock before she got away.

An appraiser is here to make his report regarding the loss to the schooner Tradewind, but as yet no official report has been given.

The steamer Sharples, in Richardson's slip all winter, will clear in a couple of days for Alexandria Bay to load stone for Fort William.

The schooner Clara is no more. Capt. McKinnon, who recently purchased the vessel from Capt. Grant Horne, has changed the name of the vessel to John Tolmie, naming the schooner after the well-known member of the Dunsmuir parliament, from western Ontario, where Capt. Mackinnon hails from. The schooner cleared this morning for Fairport with her cargo of ice.

Navigation with the M.T. Co. opened today in earnest, ten vessels clearing from that port, with one arrival. The tug Mary P. Hall arrived from Belleville, with barge Hamilton, loaded with cement, steamer Rosemount cleared for Fort William with the barge Hamilton; steamer Advance, with barge Ungava cleared for Fort William; steamer Kinmount cleared for Fort William with barge Quebec; tug Bartlett cleared for Oswego and Charlotte with three barges.

p.5 A Marine Change - Toronto, April 15th - The Canadian Lake and Ocean Navigation company, controlled by Mackenzie and Mann, has parted company with the Canadian Lake Transportation company, controlled by the Plummer interest, and the three package freight carriers, Pellatt, Plummer and Ames, will henceforth sail under the colors of the Merchants' Mutual Steamship company, which has already eleven big boats. The separation simly means that the railroad has withdrawn its ships from its alliance with the Canadian Lake Transportation company. The new arrangement will not affect the management of either company.

Purchased A Steamer - Brockville, April 15th - The Cornwall Navigation company will, this year, make a bid for some of the freight and passenger business between here and Montreal. The steamer Britannia, side propellers, 157 feet long, that formerly ran between Collingwood and Killarney, on Georgian Bay, was purchased from the Northern Navigation company, last autumn, and is now at Cornwall being fitted out.

A Quiet Opening - Port Dalhousie, April 15th - the Welland Canal opened, first vessel through was schooner Ford River, from Kingston to Fairport with ice.

p.6 Death of Mrs. E.A. Booth - wife of the captain of the steamer Toronto; 46 years old, daughter of wrecker Capt. John Donnelly of Garden Island; survived by two daughters, one sister, 3 brothers.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Apr 1909