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

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p.5 The Steamer Hard Aground - Ogdensburg, April 26th - The steamer Ogdensburg, of the Rutland Transit company's fleet, is reported to be hard aground with a heavy load of package freight on Grey's Reef, in the Straits of Mackinaw. The boat is said to be leaking badly. The steamer Ogdensburg met with a similar accident last season and was repaired here at a cost of $15,000.

The steamer Rutland was also stranded, but as the bottom was sandy the steamer Prince, following a few hours behind, succeeded in releasing her.

The Ontario government has purchased the yacht Navarch from Mr. Barge, of Windsor, to do fishery patrol in the Bay of Quinte.


Watertown, N.Y., April 23rd - Residents of Thousand Island Park who were in the city today, tell some interesting stories of the recent wind storm. On that night, the Islander, running between Clayton and Alexandria Bay, experienced the toughest trip in its whole existence, being obliged to tie up at the Frontenac docks. In all his years of steamboating, Capt. Bertrand says that he never experienced such a blow as on that night. The boat stood high in the water from its light load. Once in the stream the wind tossed it about almost at will. When the door of the pilot house was opened, a sudden gust took the windows out. In spite of the fact that he carried passengers for the Park and the bay, the captain deemed it unwise to attempt crossing the wide waters to the Park.

The landing at the Frontenac docks was most exciting. Finally the boat was made fast. The women passengers managed to wade through the watery docks to the shore, and found refuge in the home of the Frontenac caretaker. The five men, some of whom were commercial travellers, passed the night on the boat as best they could.



The schooner Cornelia cleared for Oswego.

The steamer Aletha made her regular trip from bay points today.

The schooner Maize is unloading coal from Oswego at Swift's.

The schooner Britton, which has been undergoing repairs at the government dry-dock, cleared for Oswego.

The steambarge Navajo arrived from Sodus Point with coal for the Thousand Island Steamboat company.

The steamers Belleville and Dundurn will leave Hamilton on May 3rd, for their first trip down the river.

The steamer Rolph and barge Recruit, arrived from Conneaut with coal for the dry dock and cereal works.

It has been decided to bring the S.S. Turbinia to Kingston on May 15th for the purpose of fixing her bottom. This is five days earlier than expected.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 26 Apr 1909