The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 May 1909

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p.2 Latest News - The lake seamen's strike has not affected any of the boats at Fort William. The foreign vessels there are the Mullen, Butler, Hutchison and Carter. They may be allowed to make an American port before the strike goes on. The strike, however, will not affect the Canadian boats.


The tug Frontenac came over from Garden Island to load withs.

The barge Jesca (sic - Jeska), built on the Kingston foundry ways, is completed.

The schooner Cornelia cleared for Oswego, today, to load coal for Swift's.

The work of loading the schooner Britton with feldspar was commenced this morning.

George Beattie has left to join the schooner yacht Wave Crest, which is at Collins Bay.

The steamer Samuel Marshall, a freighter, will be here from Brockville, this week, to enter the government dry dock for repairs.

Capt. Esford writes from Windsor that he will not be able to leave with the steam yacht before Wednesday or Thursday.

Boiler Inspector Thompson and Hull Inspector Davis, Kingston, made an examination of the steamer Samuel Marshall at Brockville, finding everything in ship-shape. The Marshall has sailed for Sodus, N.Y.

There was another severe storm at Oswego yesterday. The steambarge Rand put out, but was forced to go back. The steamer Windsor and barge Kingston, tied up for four days, cleared, late yesterday afternoon, for Kingston.

The steamer Alexandria arrived at Folger's wharf at 10:30 o'clock last night, on her first trip of the season down the river. She had considerable freight, but only a few passengers, as it was rather early for travelling.

Passenger steamer service was inaugurated by the Thousand Island Steamboat company, between Clayton and Gananoque, on Monday. A boat will run between the two points twice daily, except Sunday, until June 20th, when the regular summer schedule of the Folger fleet will become operative in connection with the summer timetable of the St. Lawrence division.

The schooner St. Louis, which went aground off Gibralter Point, at Toronto Island, was well known to Kingston marine men, and during last summer, carried coal to this port. The St. Louis had a fierce time of it after leaving Oswego for Bronte, with 500 tons of coal. She experienced the worst storm on Lake Ontario in many years. Charles Chambers, the veteran Kingston sailor, was present at the launching of the schooner St. Louis, at St. Catharines, twenty-seven years ago. She was a three-masted schooner, and was built by Louis Shickluna, of St. Catharines, but latterly was owned by Sylvester Bros., Toronto.

p.5 News of the World - The steamer Edwin F. Holmes collided with the dredge used in laying the Detroit river tunnel, and knocked a hole in the dredge's side.


Oswego, May 4th - Last Saturday night the schooner Theodore Voges, of Deseronto, was towed in here by the Tonawanda, with nothing showing but her spars and the top of a deckload of lumber. She had been on her way here from Deseronto, Ont., since Tuesday, and since Wednesday night her crew had been forced to camp out on top of the lumber, without any food, and with only the clothes on their backs, wondering just when the waterlogged craft would roll over and finish them.

According to the story of R. Bedford, mate of the Voges, she left Deseronto on Tuesday, and made a good run down the bay. It was on Wednesday night when Mate Bedford sighted the lights of Oswego, just as the watches changed. The well was sounded, and one of the crew reported that the hold seemed full of water. Everybody except the captain went to the pumps, but the leak was a bad one, and after twenty minutes of hard pumping it was discovered that the water had gained four feet. The captain was called, and just then the schooner gave a lurch and everybody climbed for the top of the deck load, and it was thought that she was about to roll over. The cook, Mrs. A. Townsend, was asleep in the cabin, but she managed to climb out just as the water rushed in. The schooner was completely waterlogged in a moment, and there was nothing to do except to hang on and wait for the end. If her cargo had been anything except lumber she would have gone to the bottom. The Voges was loaded with 153,000 feet of lumber for the match factory from the E.W. Rathbun company.

p.8 Steamer Was Raised - The steamer La Prairie, which sank near Victoria Bridge on Saturday last, was raised and brought into the Lachine canal, at Montreal, yesterday. This most difficult work was done by the Calvin company's wrecker steamer Chieftain, with steam pumps and divers, which left here on Saturday night.

Late Marine Notes.

The schooner Acacia arrived with coal from Erie.

The schooner Keewatin arrived from Oswego with coal for Swift's.

The steambarge Rand arrived, this afternoon, from Oswego, with coal for Sowards'.

The steambarge John Randall arrived from Washburn, after discharging a cargo of grain.

Rideau Canal Regulations - speed limit of 6 m.p.h. for motor boats passing through artificial cuts.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 May 1909