The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 May 1909

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Break Away From Consort On St. Lawrence.

Two barges of the Ogdensburg Towing company, while being towed down the St. Lawrence river from Oswego to Montreal, broke away from the tug Seymour. One of them is wrecked on the Ogden Island shoal and the other was beached at Morrisburg. Both barges were laden with anthracite coal, carrying 1,000 tons. Tugs and scows went to Ogden Island and efforts will be made to save the cargo.

Sailor Seeks the Law.

Around about eight o'clock Thursday evening the quiet conversation of the policemen as they stood around the station door waiting for Big Ben to toll out eight bells and put them on their beats, was broken by the heavy tramp of feet coming through the hall, and a sailor, breathless, but with the breadth he had left quite strong, asked for a justice of the peace. The sailor claimed that he had been on the steamer Prince Rupert since April at $25 a month, and to date was entitled to $23.50, but the captain would only give him $14. The man was quite angry and the language used was not at all times of the best, but then the poor fellow was in a strange place and imagined he was being done out of something.

He explained his case fully two or three times to the police and left to look up a well-known marine lawyer and tell the story to him. The last seen of him he was running a pretty good clip across the market as he was afraid his ship would go out again before he could get back to it.

Rebuilding the Melbourne.

The steamer Melbourne, which at one time ran between Montreal and the Canadian lake ports, and was later burned to the water's edge, is being rebuilt here. The boat is to be put into ferry service between Hamilton and Burlington Beach. Together with the Ivan R., which was brought up this year from Three Rivers, Woodman Bros., of Hamilton, intend to use the craft in maintaining a service between the city and several of the neighboring landings. The Ivan R. was built some four years ago.


The steambarge Kenirving cleared for Oswego today.

The schooner Acacia is unloading coal at Crawford's.

The steambarge John Randall cleared for Oswego today.

The steamer Alexandria is due up today from Montreal.

The steamer Sequin passed up to Fort William Thursday night.

Steamer Rosedale passed up from Montreal to Fort William Thursday night.

The steamer Ida E. cleared for Oswego, today, to load coal for Anglin's.

The steamer John Sowards arrived today from Oswego, with coal for Sowards'.

Steamer Cardinal and barge Flora Carveth are at the dry dock, on their way to Oswego.

The steamer Frontenac was at the Kingston and Pembroke wharf today loading withs. Modjeska in dry dock for new wheel, Frontenac at K. & P. wharf to load withs.

The steamer Modjeska clears from the dry dock tonight for Hamilton, after having a new wheel shipped.

The steamer St. Lawrence made her trial trip on Thursday, and is running fine. She will go down the river in about a week.

M.T. Co.: tug Emerson, from Montreal, with four light barges; steamer Rosemount, from Fort William, with 80,000 bushels of wheat, and consort Quebec, with 65,000 bushels of wheat; tug Bronson for Montreal with three grain barges; steamer Prince Rupert cleared for Fort William; steamer Westmount and consort Hamilton cleared for Fort William; steamer Melrose cleared for Erie to load coal for Montreal.

Swift's: steamer City of Montreal up Thursday from Montreal to Detroit, with passengers and freight; steamer Aletha from Picton and intermediate ports; steamer North King clears for Charlotte at midnight on first trip of the season; steambarge City of New York, from Oswego, with coal; steamer Toronto, due down, on Tuesday, on her first trip; steamer Brockville went to Brockville on Thursday night, after taking the steamer Aletha's run for two days.

p.5 News of the World - The United States gunboat Nashville, an obsolete type of cruiser, passed up the St. Lawrence river on Thursday. She kept to the United States channel. She is now in the Welland canal. (plus photo of U.S. Gunboat Nashville going to Chicago to be training ship.)

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 28 May 1909