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

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p.1 Gananoque, Sept. 17th - The coal schooner Horace Taber cleared light for Oswego yesterday morning for another cargo.

Alexander McVittie, pioneer ship builder of Detroit, Mich., died Wednesday, at Harbor Beach, Mich., as the result of a stroke of apoplexy.



Has Been Sailing For 54 Years.

Owing to ill health Capt. James F. Allen, the veteran pilot of the River St. Lawrence and Thousand Island Steamboat company has retired from active duty for the year. Capt. Allen began life on the water fifty-four years ago. For nearly forty years he has been with the Folger company, having commanded all their steamers at various times. He began with the steamer Pierrepont and the last steamer he commanded was the Pierrepont. (with photo)



Should Be Dredged & Made Fit For Navigation.

"The Wolfe Island canal should be dredged out and re-opened for navigation," said a well known marine man to a Whig representative today. "I wonder that the Kingston city council and board of trade and the Wolfe Island council have not taken up the matter in real earnest and pressed the Dominion government to make the old canal navigable once more."

The Wolfe Island canal, a short passage from Kingston to Cape Vincent was secured in the old days when the steamers Pierrepont and Maud plied between those ports. There was enough water in the canal for boats of their size to move through. Not only would the canal be useful now for passenger service, but coal steam barges and pleasure yachts by the score would use it.

Furthermore, the opening of the canal would add to the health of Wolfe Island, for the water of Big Bay has become almost stagnant since the canal outlet was closed.

The length of the canal is only about three miles. Its depth used to be about six feet. It was dug about sixty years ago and was used till about 1890. The city of Kingston and the old Watertown, Rome and Ogdensburg Railway company were responsible for its construction. The canal was only a ditch, and another such ditch would answer now.

A marine man who sailed the canal from 1858 to 1890 declares that it could be made fit for boats by two months dredging. An expensive canal would not be required.


The government boat Scout cleared for Brighton.

The steamer Seguin passed down this morning.

The steamers Neepawah and Rosedale passed up and the Acadia down.

The steamer Alexandria will arrive at Folger's wharf from Montreal tonight.

The government boat Reserve touched at the dry dock this morning on her way to Port Dalhousie.

The steamer Dundee cleared today for Belleville, and will load cement for Fort William.

Capt. Max Shaw, of the steamer Sowards, has been making some fast runs across the lake this season. He cleared Tuesday night at eight o'clock, loaded coal at Oswego, and was back in Kingston again at 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon.



In the burning of the steamer Islander at Alexandria Bay, a deck hand from Clayton, whose name is Perigo, was cut off from escape and was burned about the head and arm. He was endeavoring to rescue Mrs. Flood, the cook, when cut off. Capt. Bertram was on the hurricane deck and as the stairs were afire he was forced to jump. He struck the water and swam to shore.

Engineer Carter lost about $50 worth of clothing. Barney Farrell engineer of the St. Lawrence had about $50 worth of clothing on board which was also burned.

The Thousand Island House guests were around, ready to leave in case the hotel caught. The Marsden Hotel was also in danger for a time but the work of the fire department saved it.

The damage to the Cornwall store is about $400 and the damage to the freight and express office about $250.

The Islander will immediately be moved so as not to obstruct the traffic.

Death Of Marine Fireman.

On Thursday morning Otto Hepner died at the Hotel Dieu after a week's illness of typhoid fever. Deceased was born in England twenty-nine years ago and came to Kingston last spring from Buffalo, N.Y., on account of the marine strike. His remains are at S.S. Corbett's undertaking establishment awaiting the arrival of his brother, Frederick, who is sailing on the upper lakes. Since coming here deceased had engaged as fireman on the steamer Simla.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 17 Sep 1909