The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 May 1909

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p.1 Largest On Fresh Water - Detroit, May 3rd - The steamer Shenango, launched Saturday afternoon at the Ecorse plant, is the largest freight boat on fresh water. She is 607 feet long, 58 feet beam and 32 feet deep. The Shenango's capacity is 488,000 bushels of wheat which at the average yield per acre, would represent the product of 19,500 acres and which, in the average freight car, would require a train three miles in length to carry. The vessel cost (unreadable). She will be ready to sail June 1st.

Many Vessels Arrived - Winnipeg, May 3rd - During the twenty-four hours, ending Sunday night, eighteen boats reached Fort William and Port Arthur from the lower lakes, having left the Soo Thursday night. They encountered severe weather on Friday. The boats will take out wheat cargoes, there being seven million bushels in store to be taken out this month.


A despatch from Toronto, Saturday, stated that much anxiety was felt for the safety of Capt. Esford, of the steamer Kingston, who went to Windsor some time ago to bring down a yacht to be used by the fishery inspector in the Bay of Quinte. Many thought the captain was caught in the fierce gale on Lake Erie, on Thursday, and the vessel foundered. On investigation the Whig learned that letters had been received in the city from Capt. Robert Gaskin, who accompanied Capt. Esford. The letters said that they started out with the boat but something happened to the engine and they had to put back into Windsor. On Saturday, a telegram from Capt. Gaskin said to forward his mail to Windsor, as they did not expect to get away from there until Thursday.

Latest News - The Ann Arbor car ferry No. 1 picked up the steel barge Batavia, floating nineteen miles south of Fox Island, Lake Huron, without a crew. The table was all set for dinner.

The barge George Nestor struck a reef off the Huron Islands, northwest of Marquette, Mich., and was lost with all hands. There were seven men on board. The boat was owned in Detroit.

The captain of the package freight and passenger steamer Russia, owned by G.O. Duncan, of Port Huron, telegraphed to the owners from Detour, that his vessel sank in Lake Superior, and that all of the crew were saved.


Launched Small Boats And Got Ashore.

Detroit, May 3rd - On the bleak and rocky shores of Huron Island, last Saturday night, the schooner George Nestor, of Detroit, Capt. George Dubeau, was torn to pieces by the furious gale that swept over Lake Superior, and all of her crew of seven were lost. The Nestor was bound up the lake for cargo, behind the steamer Schoolcraft, when the gale struck her. Off Huron Island the tow line was broken and the schooner went on the rocks. The furious waves made it impossible to launch small boats from either the Schoolcraft, or the light house tender Marigold, which was close behind, to go to the rescue of the seven men aboard the schooner. The Nector went to pieces rapidly, and every member of the crew was lost. The Marigold made efforts to take the imperilled men off the wreck with life lines, but unsuccessfully.

The steamer Russia was sent to the bottom in Lake Huron by the same storm. She was bound for Duluth on her first trip of the season, with a full cargo of freight. When she was twelve miles off Detroit her cargo shifted and the steamer began to fill. Capt. John McLean, Port Huron, and his crew of twenty-two, launched their small boats into the raging sea and succeeded in saving their lives. They arrived at Detour yesterday. The Russia was built in 1872, and was owned by C.O. Duncan, Port Huron. She sailed for many years in the Anchor line fleet of the passenger boats.



The schooner Cornelia is unloading coal from Oswego at Swifts'.

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

The steamer Dundurn was at Swift's Sunday, on her first trip, from Hamilton to Montreal.

The steamer Belleville leaves Hamilton today on her first trip of the season to Montreal.

The steamer Windsor and barge Kingston have been wind-bound at Oswego for three days.

The steam barge John Randall arrived at Richardsons' elevator to load wheat and flour for Washburn.

The steamer Alexandria is due at Folger's wharf, tonight, on her first trip of the season down the river.

The schooner Kitchen has arrived at Toronto, from Oswego, with coal. While there she will ship a new spar.

The schooner Ford River arrived Sunday morning from Erie, with coal for Richardsons' and the hosiery mill.

The yacht Where Now passed down on her way from Deseronto to the Thousand Islands, to prepare for the summer trips.

The government boat Speedy cleared for Montreal last night. She was delayed here, awaiting the opening of the Cornwall canal today.

Richard Cunningham, the well-known Kingston sailor, has returned from Chicago. He reports shipping to be quite slack at present in the west.

The schooner Britton will load feldspar at Richardsons' for Charlotte. This will be the first cargo of feldspar to go across the lake this season.

The steamer Glenmount is reported as having arrived at Fort William, and the Stormount at Duluth. Both vessels will load grain for the M.T. Co.'s elevator in Kingston.

Capt. E.B. Smith, Picton, after fifty-six seasons on lake and river, has retired. He commanded the steamer Alexandria since she first entered Picton harbor. This year Joseph Renfret ?, St. Zotique, Que., on the Alexandria for a number of years, a pilot, will take command.

M.T. Co.'s elevator: The tug Bartlett arrived from Erie with one coal barge, and cleared for Cornwall canal; the tugs Thomson, Glide, Mary P. Hall and Emerson cleared for Montreal, with ten grain-laden barges; the steamer Carleton cleared for Belleville, to load cement for Fort William.

p.3 Simcoe Island Notes - Apriil 30th - ...S. Barry and R. Sudds have gone to Port Hope, where they will go aboard the schooner Kitchen.

p.5 Canadian Captains In Charge - Detroit, May 3rd - It is claimed that Canadian captains and engineers are in charge of American boats. The inspector of customs at Cleveland has been instructed to inspect the papers of all licensed officers as soon as they arrive there.

News of World - The steamer Moore which left Port Arthur, Ont., last Thursday, and which it was feared had foundered with all on board, during the gale of Thursday night, is reported safe at Duluth. She escaped by taking shelter at Isle Royale.

The three-masted schooner St. Louis, of St. Catharines, owned by Sylvester Brothers, Toronto, and bound from Oswego to Bronte with a load of coal, foundered on a sandbar at Gibraltar Point at the southwest of Toronto Island, on Sunday morning, in a heavy storm.

New Forwarding Company - Fort William, May 3rd - A new company has been formed of local men, including G.H. Duncan, E.R. Wayland, S.C. Young and J.E. Swinburne, to be known as the Fort William Forwarding and Warehousing company. The company has acquired 1,000 feet of river frontage, and will be practically the clearing house for package freight.

p.8 The Busy Navajo - The steambarge Navajo, Capt. Corkey in command, is one of the busiest vessels of the Kingston fleet. She has just arrived at Collins Bay, from Sodus, with a cargo of coal, and has been on the go ever since the opening of navigation. The Navajo will clear for Fairhaven.

The Sylvian Eddy, a large steel freighter, bound from Bay City, Mich., to Tonawanda, went aground on Horse Shoe Reef, Niagara River, on Monday. The boat is in a dangerous position.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 May 1909