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

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p.1 To Come Up For Repairs - Montreal, Aug. 17th - With 20,000 bushels of wheat on board the steamer Glengarry, bound for Montreal, from Kingston, is sunk at the Atwater bridge, Lachine Canal. She struck the concrete base on which the bridge balances, sustaining a breach in the forepeak, through which the water rushed, filling the holds in half an hour and damaging the cargo. Salvage tug Spray is at work lightering the vessel into barges. The vessel will be taken to Kingston for repairs.



After Letting Turbinia Get Away.

Regarding the running amuck of the steamer Turbinia in Charlotte harbor, on Sunday night, it seems that this boat was about to leave her moorings in a short time on the return journey to Toronto, but her lines were still fast on the snubbing posts, when suddenly the people on deck heard the screw commence to throb, evidently at full speed ahead. The brand new snubbing lines began to creak with the strain, and suddenly, with a loud report, they gave way, and the Turbinia was running loose through the crowded harbor at full speed, with no one at the helm. The steamer Kingston, on her way from Toronto to Prescott, was just crawling into the harbor, and before the wheelsman of the Turbinia could get control, she made a rush at the Kingston, striking her on the port side, nipping ? away the timbers and scraping away the paint for the whole length of that side. The damage will amount to about $1,000. The Kingston, staggering under the force of the collision, was forced over to the east side of the river, where she bumped the Cornelia. The harbor tug Florence Yates then appeared and in response to the Kingston's whistle, towed the vessel to her dock.

J.A. Goodearle, manager of the Turbine Steamship company, when asked the cause of the collision, said:

"The second engineer was on duty. He was testing the engines before time to start, and the machinery got away from him, and with no signal. Of course there was nobody at the helm, and the big boat was running wild under full steam ahead. The captain was at the wheel in as short a time as possible, and with the co-operation of the crew, who did excellent service, was able to prevent a more serious accident. The crew had out new lines almost instantly. Certainly no blame falls upon them; we have nothing but praise for the crew as a whole. The second engineer was discharged on the spot."

The Tugs Collided.

Two tugs going in opposite directions crashed into each other a short distance from Thousand Island Park, on Saturday, owing to a misunderstanding of signals. As a result of the collision the Mary P. Hall, owned by the Montreal Transportation company has a large hole jammed in her side abreast the pilot hole and will have to be drydocked for extensive repairs. Two barges, loaded with pulp wood, towed by the Mary Hall, swung into mud and rock shoals following the collision. The predicament of the boats attracted much attention.

It appears that the Mary P. Hall was bound toward Cape Vincent. The tug Bartlett, light, was going down river.

The gash in the side of the injured boat is a bad one, the cut extending below the water line. Blankets were used in attempting to keep the water out, the pumps being put in operation.

Marine Notes.

The steamer Sowards cleared for Oswego today.

The steamer Pellatt passed westward on Monday.

The steamer John Randall cleared for Oswego, today, to load coal.

The steamer Ames passed up, Monday, from Montreal to Fort William.

The steamer Glengarry, arrived from Lachine at the government dry dock today for repairs.

Swift's: steamer North King down and up today; schooner Keewatin from Fairhaven; steamer Stranger from Gananoque.

p.7 Mysterious Yacht - entered by Chippewa Bay Club.



The steambarge Kenirving is in the Davis' dry dock, receiving a new wheel.

The marine out look for the fall is not promising. There seem to be too many vessels in business. A prominent marine man of Kingston says that there are enough Canadian boats now to carry the North-West grain east in two loads.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Aug 1909