The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Oct 1909

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p.1 Plates Were Loosened - Cleveland, Oct. 21st - The steamer Mapleton, of Hamilton, which sustained some damage while passing through the Welland Canal a few days ago, was placed in dry dock here for repairs. She has a number of plates loose.


Deputation To Ask Government to Enlarge It.

St. Catharines, Oct. 21st - A deputation, headed by Industrial Commissioner Thompson, Toronto, and composed of members of St. Catharines Board of Trade and city council and representatives from towns and cities along the St. Lawrence waterway, will proceed to Ottawa, next week, to urge that at the next session of parliament steps be taken for the immediate enlargement of the Welland canal. The government survey is completed and, it is understood, calls for a change in route. The new canal will commence at Port Colborne, will go straight from there to the fifteen mile creek, just to the west of St. Catharines, touching at points near Port Robinson and Fonthill. Three or four miles will be saved. Port Dalhousie will not be touched. The new canal, which will take five years to build, will have only seven locks in place of the present twenty-five.



Hard To Get Men Late In The Season.

"Can you get me a good cook?"

"How about a good wheelsman?"

"Could you put me next to a couple of good deckhands?"

The above are samples of questions heard nearly every day now, in marine circles, and the reason for this is that it is getting late in the season, the time when it is very difficult to get men to go out on the lake. Of course, there are those who might well be termed "the regular men," who go on to a vessel at the opening of the season, and stay with her until she is laid up, but there are a great many who shift about from one vessel to the other all the time.

And it would appear that the captains of some of the vessels have their troubles in the fall of the year, keeping a crew. Yesterday, a schooner was held in port for several hours for the want of a crew. The captain was very anxious to get away, but before he could spread his canvas, he had to stir around and get some men.

Nearly every day now, messages are received from vessels going up and down the river, asking for help. Some men go on for a trip, and then say farewell, and this gives the captain a great deal of trouble. Men have been known to go on a boat here, bound for Montreal, and jump her before they get to Montreal.

Cooks are always in good demand. Just at this season they are very scarce, as there are many women who will not venture out on the lake in the fall. Still, it is only right to say that there are a number of Kingston women, engaged as cooks on vessels, who are every bit as good sailors as the men, and can stand the rough weather just as well as the men. It is said that women cooks give the best service.

Yesterday a captain on one of the vessels had to send to Port Colborne to get a man to fill a position. The schooner Mary Ann Lydon left well-manned on her trip across the lake. The crew includes four captains: William Patterson, sr., and his son, James Crosby and "Jerry" Hurley.

The steamers and vessels are now begining to lay up and the crews are returning to their homes for the winter. Many of the local mariners have already returned and more are due in a few days from different wintering quarters.

M.T. Co.: tug Emerson is at Oswego with barge loaded with lumber, from Lachine; she is due from Oswego tomorrow with a coal barge; tug Thomson from Montreal, three light barges, will clear tonight for Montreal with three grain laden barges; steamer Key Port, from Port Colborne, discharged 78,000 bushels of wheat, cleared for Port Colborne; steamers Kinmount and India due tomorrow from Fort William with grain.

The schooner Major Ferry arrived from Oswego and is unloading coal for P. Walsh.

The steamer Glengarry is at Richardsons' elevator, loading oats for Quebec.

The steamer Haddington cleared for Belleville to load cement for Fort William.

The steambarge Waterlily passed up last night.

The steamer Kenora passed down.

The steamer Prince Rupert discharged a cargo of iron ore at Deseronto and cleared for Fort William.

The steamer Sowards arrived from Oswego with coal for Booth's.

The schooner Katie Eccles is at Anglin's with coal from Oswego.

The steambarge Kenirving arrived yesterday from Rideau canal ports.

The steambarge Westport arrived at Seeley's Bay, from Simcoe Island, with pressed hay.

Arrangements may be made to have both the steamers Key West and Key Port laid up at Kingston for the winter.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 21 Oct 1909