The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Sep 1909

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p.3 Department of Railways and Canals - St. Lawrence Canals - Cornwall Canal - calling for tenders for extension of wall above lock 18.

p.4 The steamer Lackawanna, of Buffalo, sank in 24 feet of water in the St. Clair River, near the Canadian side on Saturday, after a collision with a barge.



The steamer Ames passed up Sunday.

The sloop Pilot is in port. She has been given a fine coat of red paint.

The schooner Major Ferry arrived from Oswego with coal for Sowards.

The schooner Keewatin arrived at Wolfe Island from Oswego with coal.

The steambarge Navajo cleared from Richardsons' on Sunday, with a cargo of grain for Montreal.

M.T. Co.: tug Bartlett from Montreal, two barges; tug Thomson light from Cape Vincent; tug Emerson from Montreal, three barges; steamer Westmount and barge Quebec from Fort William, 140,000 bushels of oats, will clear for Fort William; steamer Glenmount called on her way from Sydney to Fort William; tugs Thomson and Emerson will clear for Montreal with five barges; tug Bartlett cleared light for North Fairhaven.

A captain on one of the grain boats was in a great flurry of excitement Sunday morning, when he found that his vessel had gone on for Montreal without him. The boat made an early start and the first mate, whose duty it was to be on the first watch, was under the impression that the captain was on board, but instead, at that time he was in slumberland, at his home in this city. The captain's disappointment at going down to the wharf, and finding the vessel had departed, can well be imagined. He took the train and caught his boat at Prescott.

Won't Affect Kingston Company.

The R. & O. Navigation company's new route from Charlotte to Ogdensburg, is not likely to affect the Lake Ontario and Bay of Quinte steamers. The latter cover a route of 450 miles, of which 300 is scenic, and that's what tourists want. The North King and Caspian will continue to flourish.

Tribute To Captain Booth.

A travelling man was speaking about the ability of captains in landing large steamers, and paid a tribute to Capt. Booth, Kingston, of the steamer Toronto. He said he was at a landing down the river, recently, when quite a stormy wind was blowing on shore, when the Toronto was approaching. He had seen other steamers crash in under such circumstances and break a few fenders, and he expected the Toronto would meet the same fate. But it did no such thing. As the big boat came broadside to the wharf and looked about to make the crash, her bow suddenly sheered outwards and a signal to back water was given and the steamer touched the landing just as gracefully as could be imagined.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 20 Sep 1909