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

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p.1 A Steamer Grounded - Sault Ste. Marie, Aug. 23rd - The steamer Brock, down bound, grounded on Vital shoals, at the head of the Canadian locks, and is still hard on. It is reported she is leaking slightly.


The government boat Bayfield is in port.

The steamer India is at Garden Island with timber from Toledo.

The Montreal Transportation company's barge Winnipeg is in the government dry dock.

The steamer Dundurn passed down, Sunday morning, and had quite a large passenger list.

The steamer America had an excursion to Iroquois, out of Clayton, this morning. On Sunday she had an excursion out of Clayton to the islands.

The steamer Prince Rupert cleared from Deseronto with the Ceylon for the Soo. The former will take on ore at Lake Superior ports and the latter will load timber at the Soo.

Swift's: steamer Caspian down and up Sunday; steamer Dundurn, down Sunday; steamer Brockville, from Belleville, on Aletha's run; steamer City of Ottawa up Sunday.

The tug Frank W., while towing a barge from Ogdensburg on Saturday, ran on the shoal below Thousand Island Park. She was away off the proper course, as are all vessels which run on shoals in these waters nowadays.

M.T. Co.: tug Emerson arrived from Cape Vincent, light; steamer Advance on dry dock for a few days, cleared for Fort William, with cargo of rails; tug Bartlett cleared for Montreal with two coal barges and one grain barge.

The Buffalo, N.Y., steam yacht Butterfly, which ran on the Featherbed Shoal off Cape Vincent, was released on Friday afternoon by the Calvin tug Frontenac, which left her at the Cape. Her wheel was not damaged as much as anticipated and it was not necessary to bring her to dry dock at Kingston.

The Calvin company's Chieftain went to the Thousand Island Park on Saturday evening, and succeeded in releasing the tug Frank W. from a shoal, on which it had run, while towing a light oil barge from Montreal to Cleveland. The tug was not damaged. She was brought to Kingston and after getting her boiler cleaned, cleared up last night. She is owned by the Great Lakes Navigation company, of Cleveland.

p.5 Charters For Grain - being made for fall delivery at Buffalo.



Captains of Kingston steamers are very careful about carrying out the provisions of the United States coasting law, which provides that no Canadian vessel can carry passengers from one United States port to another. Passengers may board a Canadian vessel at a United States port, but must land at a Canadian port or return to the port at which they boarded the vessel. A case in point occurred on Saturday afternoon at Clayton.

The steamer America brought an excursion from Thousand Island points to Kingston. When the steamer reached Clayton on the return, a lady who went to land was unable to produce her ticket to show where she got on, and the steamboat ticket takers refused to let her off the boat. They feared to take any risk, and were of the impression any way that she got on at Point Vivian. The lady protested that she had boarded the steamer in the morning at Clayton and make all kinds of threats if she was carried further down the river. The steamer was detained five minutes while the ticket takers, the female passenger and the Clayton customs officials wrangled. Finally one of the latter said she would vouch for the lady, who was overjoyed when she saw help coming her way. She was rushed up the gang plank, and after her huge hat got a few bumps against the top of the forward gangway, she reached the wharf, and Capt. Carnegie, who was disgusted at having his steamer held up because of one woman, blew the whistle vigorously, and the America started on her way again.

To violate the coasting law means a fine of $500 to $1,000, and captains take no chances. The steamer people were right in what they did, as it was the duty of the lady to produce her ticket which was the necessary evidence.

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