The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 May 1909

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p.1 Latest News - The steamer Gargantua carried away three gates in the Welland canal on Sunday, but repairs are being rushed.

The boilers of the steamer James H. Hoyt exploded while the steamer was between Cleveland and Ashtabula and four men were fatally scalded.



A barge is being loaded with grain at Richardsons' for Montreal.

The steambarge Ida E. arrived at Anglin's, Saturday night, with coal from Oswego.

The steamer Turbinia arrived at the government dry dock at noon Saturday, to have a new wheel put on. The work was rushed through, and the steamer was able to clear for Toronto this morning.

The steamer America, which has been undergoing extensive repairs, was given a trial trip out in the harbor, on Saturday afternoon with Capt. Robert Carnegie at the wheel. The captain says the America never ran better in her life.

M.T. Co.'s elevator: tug Mary P. Hall up, three light barges, cleared for Montreal with two grain barges; tug Thomson up, light, cleared for Montreal with two grain barges; tug Bartlett from Charlotte, with one coal barge, cleared for Montreal with one grain barge and a coal barge.

Swift's: steamer Rideau King from Ottawa, Saturday night, and cleared for the same port this morning; steamer City of Ottawa from Detroit and western ports to Montreal Sunday; steamer Dundurn down Sunday; steamer Dundee due up today; steamer Aletha from bay points today; schooner Cornelia due from Oswego today.


Will run every Tuesday and Thursday from


Calling at intermediate points. Leaves Kingston (Crawford's Wharf, foot of Princess St.) at 3 p.m., for Gananoque and Rockport. Service begins May 20th. Time subject to change without notice.


p.4 Gananoque, May 17th - ....The coal schooner Briton finished unloading at the Scranton Coal Company's sheds on Saturday evening and cleared for Oswego. The big steam-barge Arabian, which collided with the Westmount last week, called here the latter part of the week and took on a large consignment of shovels from the D.F. Jones company, billed for Fort William.



For The Work Of Removing Her From Bay.

Sarnia, May 17th - The steamer Rube Richards, which has been sunk and abandoned for about three years, in Sarnia Bay, has been given to the Bay City Wrecking company, of Bay City, Mich., by the Canadian government, for removing her. The government served notice on her owners to remove her within thirty days, but they failed to do so. The Richards has been pumped out by the Thomson tug line, and will be taken to Port Huron dry dock iron works, to have her machinery overhauled and then taken to Bay City.

p.6 The Fifth Anniversary - Of the Opening of Snug Harbor - special services held - sermon by Rev. H.R. Horne, B.A., L.L.D., general secretary of the Upper Canada Religious Tract and Book Society. (full column)

p.8 Incidents of the Day - Capt. W. Lasha, of Gananoque, and D.H. Philip, of Ottawa, are in the city today taking the soundings in the harbor for the government.


The steamer Gargantua, which met with the accident at the Welland canal, was formerly the D.C. Whitney.

The steamer Ames passed on her way up and the steamer Plummer cleared for Belleville to load cement for Fort William.

The steamer Georgetown, loaded with pulpwood, went aground Sunday, near Dixon's Landing, but was released with very little trouble.

The steamer Simla cleared from Garden Island Saturday for Marquette to load ore, and the barge Ceylon cleared for Toledo to load lumber.

A new vessel, named the Kaministiquai, passed here on Sunday, loaded with pig iron, on her way to Fort William, for its owner, W.R. Whelan. The new steamer was built in the old country, and was brought out by Capt. Stephens. Owing to the rough weather twenty-six days were required to make the trip. One day the weather was so rough that one of the life boats was knocked out of its position.

The steamer Turbinia arrived from Hamilton on Saturday at noon and went on the ways at the government dry dock. A large gang of men were out at work scraping and painting the hull. A new wheel was also put on. All repairs were made by noon and at one o'clock the steamer left on her return trip to Hamilton. She will start her regular trips from Toronto to Hamilton on Wednesday. Manager A.G. Goodearle came down with the steamer.

Canal Is Again Open - Port Dalhousie, May 17th - The Welland canal opened up again for traffic at seven o'clock this morning. The City of Montreal was the first boat to lock up with a large fleet following her. There are also a number of down boats coming through. The steamer Gargantua is still here, in a very bad condition.

Died At Barriefield - Charles Bowman, born at Barriefield 61 years ago, a boat builder by trade, and for some years conducted a boat livery at Cataraqui bridge, and was also in charge of the bridge house.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 May 1909