The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Sep 1909

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The steamer Regina passed up last night, on her way to Fort William.

The steamer Jeska arrived from Oswego, on her way with coal for Smith's Falls.

The steamer America carried a good sized crowd on its excursion to Ogdensburg today.

M.T. Co.: steamer Windsor from Oswego, coal for Montreal; tug Thomson light from Cape Vincent.

The freight movement through the Soo canals for July was 8,706863 tons, an excess of about twenty-two per cent over 1908 and 1907.

Swift's wharf: steamer Caspian down and up today; steamer North King down and up Sunday; steamer Dundurn down today from Hamilton to Montreal.

The steambarge John Randall has been windbound at Cape Vincent for a couple of days, but it was expected, would be able to clear today. The weather has been very roughin that district.

The Great Lakes Towing company has the contract for raising the steamer

Collingwood, at $14,000. The coal cargo will be taken out and sent on to its destination. The wreck lies in thirty five or forty feet of water.

The new ferry steamer Miss Vandenburg, built at Washington, Delaware, for service between Prescott and Ogdensburg, reached the 'Burg yesterday and will be put in commission at once. The boat has been many weeks making the trip to the river.

The Northern Lakes Steamship company, with headquarters at Duluth and a capital of $960,000, was chartered in Charleston, W. Va., on Monday. The incorporators are all Cleveland men. This company will operate the three larger steamers contracted for at the Ecorse yards.

The steam yacht Castanet, of the Visger line, Alexandria Bay, is to be taken to southern waters this winter. Franchises permitting the boat to run out of New York harbor have been applied for. As soon as the season on the river closes the boat will be shortened and taken through the canal to New York, where it will be used in the excursion business during the Fulton celebration. From New York the boat will be taken to Havana, Cuba, with the intention of running out of that port with tourists. Capt. Visger and son, Walter, will accompany the boat.

Grain Discharge at Kingston.

[Montreal Star]

Instead of making Montreal their eastern terminus, a number of Upper Lake boats have taken to unloading grain at Kingston, in order to crowd a greater number of trips into the busy fall season, and the difference is shown in the Lachine canal figures for let passes issued.

The rush season for Canadian grain started last week with the arrival in port of the J.H. Plummer and the Nevada. Other vessels, however, that followed on their heals from the west, discharged their wheat at Kingston elevators, where it was loaded into barges and brought through to Montreal. These barges are beginning to arrive at a rate of five or six a day. They carry only about thirty or forty thousand bushels each, and it takes two or three to remove the entire contents of the big lake steamers.

Lake captains declare that by discharging at Kingston they save three or four days extra journey caused by the delay in the canals.

p.8 Scrap On A Steamer - at 3 a.m. crew members were playing cards on steamer Pierrepont, got into fight; female cook involved.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 3 Sep 1909