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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Apr 1909

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Government Steamer Changes.

Owen Sound, April 24th - Capt. Alexander McNab, who commanded the government survey steamer Bayfield last season, has left, under instructions from the deputy minister of marine, to proceed to Halifax and take charge of the lighthouse supply steamer Simcoe. The Simcoe will supply lighthouses between Kingston and Lake Superior and has a large field of navigation. Capt. Lunnon will command the Bayfield.

Latest News - Four sailors on the sailing vessel St. Louis went on strike before the vessel, loaded with coal, left Oswego. A reduction of wages from $1.50 to $1.25 caused the trouble.



Tenders addressed to the undersigned at Ottawa, and endorsed "Tender For Southeast Shoal Lightship," will be received up to

Noon of the 5th May Next,

for a vessel to be used as a lightship at Southeast Shoal,

Off Point Pelee, Lake Erie, Ontario.

The vessel required must be about 100 feet long, 25 feet beam, and 9 feet draft, with two masts, schooner rigged, thoroughly seaworthy in every respect, capable of riding out at anchor, the severest storms on Lake Erie, built of wood or steel within the last 8 years, with all necessary accommodation for quartering a crew of 6 (officers and men), but without any heavy top hamper. She must be fitted with a boiler in first class condition, capable of supplying sufficient steam for a ten inch whistle giving a strong blast of 4 or 5 seconds duration every 30 seconds, operating at a pressure of 75 pounds per square inch, with a drop in pressure during blast not exceeding two pounds. She will be subject to rigid inspection for accommodation, seaworthiness, space for storing provisions, cooking, etc., and appliances for holding in position during stormy weather.

Tenders to be for a specific bulk sum to cover delivery at Amherstburg, Ontario, on or before the 25th day of May, 1909, and must be accompanied with a complete specification of the boat and her fittings, with a schedule of all furniture included in the price and photograph of the boat.


Acting Deputy Minister of Marine and Fisheries,

Dept. of Marine and Fisheries

Ottawa, Canada, 8th April, 1909.

p.5 Whig Jumble - The Kaministigina, a new steel vessel for the Canadian lake trade, has sailed from Middlesboro, England.



The steamer Aletha was at Swift's today on her regular bay run.

The steamer Donnelly is in the government dry dock for repairs.

The schooner Keewatin cleared today for Oswego after unloading coal at Swift's.

The schooner Bertha Kalkins cleared last night for Fairhaven to load coal for R. Crawford.

The steambarge Navajo is expected at Folger's wharf today with coal from Charlotte.

The steamer Davidson, from Chicago, is unloading 80,000 bushels of corn at Richardsons' elevator.

The schooner Ford River has cleared from Erie with coal for Richardsons' and the hosiery mill.

The steamer Stranger made a trip to Gananoque, Friday afternoon, and back Saturday morning.

The tug Florence Yates stayed over in Kingston a day, on her way to Ogdensburg. She cleared last night.

The steambarge Rand, purchased by John Sowards, for the coal trade, was expected to arrive here today from Sarnia.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 24 Apr 1909