The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Sep 1909

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p.2 City Council - (communications) - Joseph E. Thompson, secretary Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Navigation and Improvement Association, re deepening of the Welland canal and asking that the city send a representative to the meeting in Toronto this week.




The Damaged Steamer


(Rebuilt and Reclassed in 1900)

of the

Richelieu and Ontario Navigation Co.

The Wooden Hull and Machinery of the Steamer as she now lies damaged by fire at the Victoria Pier in the Montreal Harbor will be sold by Public Auction, for account of whom it may concern, on the wharf on Thursday, 16th Sept. at 12 o'clock noon.

WALTER M. KEARNS, Auctioneer.



Vessels Have Not Been Overworked.

Owners of the coal schooners complain of a very slack season. There has been very little doing all season, compared with last year, and the year before, and a great amount of time has been wasted by the vessels being laid up. A few shooners are now laid up, and they will not likely get much to do the rest of the season.

It has been so slack in the coal carrying line, that on several occasions schooners coming over from Oswego and Charlotte were forced to come over light, and this is something unusual.

Altogether it has been an off season for both the coal and grain trade. The grain traffic has been very light. When the new grain commences to move, it is expected that there will be a rush of boats down, but this even is not certain.

Freight and passenger traffic out of Kingston this summer has been the best in years. The amount of freight carried to and from Montreal along the different local points has been enormous to say nothing of what has been handled by the big freighters.

Marine Notes

The steamer Missisquoi was up from Rockport today.

The government tug Rescue cleared for river points yesterday afternoon.

The steamer St. Lawrence came up yesterday and is being laid up for the season by Arthur Sparham and Wm. Aubin.

H.W. Richardson went on to Port Arthur, Fort William and Winnipeg to interest the board of trades in the Welland canal extension.

M.T. Co.: steamer Kinmount arrived from Duluth this morning with 72,000 bushels of wheat; tug Mary cleared for Montreal with two grain barges.

The yacht Ramona, of the Folger line, came up from Clayton, but owing to the steamer New Island Wanderer coming up for repairs, had to return to Clayton.

The steamer North King of the Bay of Quinte line, is laid up for the winter at Swift's wharf after a very successful season. The Caspian will soon follow suit and the Aletha will go back on the bay run.

p.8 Personal Mention - H.H. Hare, of Picton, purser on the steamer Caspian all summer, has been transferred to the steamer Aletha, with the same position. Assistant Purser Karl Spangenberg will officiate in his place on the steamer Caspian for the balance of the season.

Chief Engineer Clarke McWilliams and Hugh McWilliams, second engineer, are engaged getting the steamer North King ready for winter quarters.

Capt. John Jarrell, of the steamer North King, now laid up in Kingston, has returned to his home in Port Hope.


Went On During A Very Heavy Fog.

A despatch to the Whig, from Port Colborne, says: The large tug Bartlett, of the Montreal Transportation company, towing two of the company's barges, from Ashtabula to Montreal, coal laden, went ashore on Morgan's Point, about six miles above here, at an early hour this morning, in a dense fog, which still prevails. The tug Bartlett and barge Selkirk are hard on the point and four of the harbor tugs have gone to their assistance.

Later - The tug Bartlett and barges were released about nine o'clock, apparently uninjured. They have proceeded down the canal to their destination.

Hard To Get Cooks.

Some of the captains on the vessels state that they have had quite a time this season, securing cooks. There is a plentiful stock of good cooks, but a great many do not like to work on the water, and now, fall, its the fall of the year, where the roughest weather of the whole season sets in, the most trouble is experienced. Some of the cooks leave on very short notice, and this puts the captains in rather bad shape. Telegrams are often received in Kingston from captains on vessels on the way here. They are sent to friends of the captains and complaint is made that the cook has deserted them and asking if one can be secured who would be ready to go on board the vessel when she reaches this port.

"Cook has left us; can't you do something?" Thus read a great many messages that come here. Kingston nearly always supplies the boats but all summer long there is a continual demand for a good cook.

Building A Yacht.

The Davis Dry-Dock company is building a fancy steamyacht for R.H. Verity, of Toronto. Her cabins will be finished in mahogany. She is to be used on the Muskoka Lakes next summer. They will rebuild a steam-yacht for Mr. McKay, of Pittsburg, and are negotiating with a Montreal company for a 150 foot steamer for next season's excursion trade, with a fair prospect of securing the contract.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 14 Sep 1909