The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Aug 1909

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p.1 Subject To A Tax - Are Many Of The St. Lawrence River Yachts - Alexandria Bay, Aug. 18th - many of the large yachts were made in England or Canada; new American tariff law includes new tax aimed at foreign-made boats.



The tug Mary P. Hall is still on the ways at the government dry dock.

The schooner Ford River cleared this afternoon for Charlotte with a cargo of feldspar.

Swift's: steamer Caspian down and up today; steamer Dundurn down today.

The steambarge Westport arrived from canal ports, with a cargo of wood for R. Crawford.

M.T. Co.: The steamer Westmount arrived from Montreal, with a cargo of rails from Sydney, for Fort William, and will take in tow the barge Quebec, also loaded with rails.

The steamer Kingston has every appearance of having had a battle royal at Charlotte, on Sunday night last. Twelve feet of the heavy planking aft, and close to her steering gear, was carried away and the steel sheeting badly bent. Twelve staunchions were torn away, and four windows and sheeting between the gangway and wheel of the steamer on the port side.

The steamer Advance arrived this afternoon from Montreal on her way to Fort William with package freight, but will stay over to go on the dry dock. A few days ago, while being towed by a tug near Montreal, she ran against a stone pier, and suffered damage. On the way up, she also went aground, but was released by one of the M.T. Co.'s tugs.

Speaking of a steamboat engine getting away from its engineer, a prominent marine official said that all such accidents were not to be blamed on the engineer. For instance, he knew of a case of a steamer in making a landing at Swift's wharf once, crashed into the wharf when the right signal was given by the captain and when the engineer responded to it. The trouble was that the engine stuck halfway, and the engineer couldn't meet the situation in time to prevent the crash.



description of Fort Henry and R.M.C. base (2 columns)


Abandonment of Dock Yard.

At the time the dock yard was abandoned there were five small men of war on the stocks. These were sold for whatever they would bring. At the wharf lay the St. Lawrence, carrying 120 guns. She cost $500,000, and was sold to T. Drummond for $25. Mr. Drummond owned the distillery property, (afterwards Mortons's) and calculated upon converting the old craft into a wharf. Before he had carried his plans into effect, however, a gale blew the boat high and dry on the shore, where she was chopped into pieces by those who wanted the metal used in her construction. Out of some of the copper, sold to Caldwell, of the Kingston foundry, the first bell for St. Andrew's church was cast. The Lady Charwell, Royal George and Princess Charlotte lay in ordinary, though manned by the full complement of sailors and marines. It is related that the timber for one of these was cut in Canada, sent to England, trimmed and fitted, and returned to Canada, the cost of its transportation around the world being equal to the value of it in the first place. Old hulks were sunk, and odd timbers of them have been seen by those who boated in the bay. The cannons went down with them, but years afterwards the Ives family, divers, fished up some of them and got a full reward for their labor. The dock yard was partially broken up in 1829, on the retirement of Sir Robert Barry. Its complete abandonment occurred during the regime of Captain Sandom, R.N. The naval ship Niagara , (now the cadet barracks) was well built, a fact to which the present solidity of it amply attests. It was not only a storehouse but a shelter for militia during the rebellion.brought up cannon.....

p.8 To Be Repaired - Detroit, Aug. 18th - The steamer Mapleton, owned by the Matthews Steamship Co., Toronto, is in the dry dock at the Ecorse plant of the Great Lakes Engineering Works. She was ashore, near DeTour, recently, and her forward compartment was full of water when she arrived here. Eight plates will be removed and the boat likely will be in the dock about a week.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 18 Aug 1909