The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Oct 1909

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The Davis Dry Dock company is looking for a very busy winter. It has closed a contract with the Thousand Island Steamboat company for the rebuilding of the steamer Ottawa and has also closed a contract for a new high-grade mahogany finish private steamyacht for Mr. Verity, of Toronto, and another contract for a steamyacht for Mr. McKay, Pittsburg, Pa. It is also building a small passenger boat on stock.

The iron work department is very busy building a large number of gasoline engines for the next year's trade. The shops have lately been provided with special machinery for gasoline engine work, which will enable this firm to turn out engines promptly and of a class equal to any put on the market.


Death came very suddenly on Saturday morning at eight o'clock, to Capt. Joseph Murray, of 20 Rideau street, one of the best known pilots of the St. Lawrence river, and for many years employed by the Montreal Transportation company. Capt. Murray had not been in the best of health for some time, but was at work, and on Friday, was around the boat as usual. He was all ready to take a vessel down the river yesterday, but the trip was cancelled. He was well known and highly esteemed, both in and out of marine circles. His many friends were shocked when they learned of his sudden death. Heart trouble was the cause of death.

Deceased was sixty-two years of age, and had been a mariner all his life, going on vessels belonging to the Montreal Transportation company when he was a lad. For many years he was on grain vessels and tugs for the company, and for some years past he had acted as a pilot and was looked upon as one of the best in the business, always careful and painstaking in his work. He is survived by his wife, two sons, Joseph J, first mate on the steamer Key Port, Sylvester, engineer on Hon. Clifford Sifton's yacht all summer, and three daughters, two married, and Miss Pearl at home.

The funeral will take place to St. Mary's cathedral at nine o'clock on Tuesday morning.

Flags were flying at half mast on many of the vessels in the harbor today out of respect to the memory of the late Capt. Murray.

p.5 Pith of the News - The Canadian steamer Stadacona, which ran aground at Bar Point on Thursday night, is reported out twenty-two inches forward and sixteen inches aft. Some 30,000 to 40,000 bushels of wheat must be lightered before the vessel is released. The Stadacona is owned by the McKay interests of Hamilton.



The government boat Loretta is in port.

The steamer Wassaga (Wasaga ?) cleared for Hamilton.

The steamer Alexandria passed down on Friday night.

The steamer City of Ottawa is due at Swift's on Sunday.

The steamer Dundurn is due from Montreal to Hamilton tonight.

The steamer Aletha made her regular trip from bay points today.

The schooner Kitchen, loaded with feldspar, will clear tonight for Charlotte.

The steamer Ottawa is to be rebuilt by the Thousand Island Steamboat company, and will likely replace the steamer Islander, recently destroyed by fire.

M.T. Co.: The steamer Glenellah arrived from Fort William with 76,000 bushels of wheat; the tug Mary arrived from Montreal with three barges, and cleared for Montreal with grain barges.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 23 Oct 1909