The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Jun 1909

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p.1 A Woman Ship Keeper - Sacket's Harbor, June 23rd - property at smallest navy yard in world being put in order; Mrs. Albert H. Metcalf holds position of ship-keeper.


Freighter Went On.

Alpena, Mich., June 23rd - The big steel freighter Willam Livingstone, belonging to the Tomlinson fleet of Duluth, collided with and sank the steamer W.P. Thew, three miles off Thunder Bay Island yesterday in a heavy fog. It is said that the big steel freighter did not stop after hitting the smaller boat. The crew of the Thew escaped in life boats, saving their effects, and were picked up by the steamer Mary Elphicke, southbound.

E.W. Duncan was captain of the Thew, which was owned by Hugh Havey, Detroit. The Thew was light. She lies in eighteen fathoms of water. Fog and smoke are hanging heavy over the lake, making navigation dangerous. The Thew was built in 1881 and was 132 feet long and fourteen feet beam, with a capacity of 207 gross tons. During the early spring she plied between Detroit and Rogers City.

The steamer William Livingstone is named after William Livingstone, Detroit president of the Lake Carriers' Association. She was the first boat to pass through the Canadian canal at the Soo after the locks were repaired on Monday.



The schooners Mary Ann Lydon and Bertha Kalkins cleared for Oswego.

The steambarge Navajo arrived at Napanee from Oswego with coal. Capt. Corkey is in Kingston today.

There were no arrivals or departures reported by the Montreal Transportation company today. There is very little grain moving.

As a result of the heavy fog last night, nearly all the vessels due to clear, had to tie up for the night. They were able to get away this morning.

In Memory of a Mariner - a headstone to be erected in Cataraqui cemetery for late Capt. George Murray, who died a year ago at 86.

Carries Seeley's Bay Brick - The Seeley's Bay Supply and Construction company desires to contradict the statement that appeared in the Whig on June 14th, to the effect that the steambarge Westport was unloading brick for the piano factory from Washburn. They state that the steamer has never carried any brick from Washburn to Kingston; that the boat is owned by their company, and that she carries brick made by the Seeley's Bay Supply and Construction company only. The Whig gladly makes the correction.



Will start regular trips to Kingston Mills June 12th. Leave Swift's Wharf, foot of Clarence Street, 10 a.m., return 12 a.m. Leave 2 p.m., return at five. Leave at 7 p.m., return at 9 p.m. Return fare, 25 cents.


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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Jun 1909