The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Oct 1909

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Oct. 26, 1909

p.1 Mariner Injured - Edward Calicao, employed on the steamer Glenellah, in port on Saturday, fell down the hold of the vessel and had his nose broken. He was removed to the general hospital.



Bothnia Went Ashore But Not Damaged.

The Donnelly Wrecking company was successful in releasing the tug Brant and barge, which went ashore at Whitby last week. The tug was floated on Saturday evening, and the barge on Sunday. John Donnelly made a quick release of the two vessels, as he reached Whitby only on Saturday morning.

The steamer Bothnia went ashore five miles below Point Petre (about forty five miles west of here) Saturday night. The Calvin company's tug Chieftain and lighterer Huron went up and quickly effected a release. About 4,000 bushels of the Bothnia's cargo were taken out, and the stranded vessel was soon floated. The Bothnia, which is owned by the Montreal Transportation company, came on to Kingston on Sunday, and as there was no leakage, she proceeded to Montreal.

Marine Notes.

The steamer Dunellum passed up Monday night.

The barge Winnipeg is at Richardsons' elevator, loading 50,000 bushels of wheat and oats for Montreal.

The steamer Algonquin, grain-laden, is due at Richardsons' tomorrow, from Fort William.

The steam-barge Mary Louise cleared for Rideau canal ports with a general cargo.

The schooner Mary Ann Lydon arrived from Oswego with coal for R. Crawford.

Steamer Sowards arrived from Oswego with coal for the city light plant.

The steamer Missisquoi was up from Rockport today.

M.T. Co.: tug Glide arrived from Cape Vincent with two light barges, Sunday morning; tug Emerson from Montreal Sunday morning, three light barges, cleared light for Dickinson's Landing for barge Muskoka, loaded with coal for Brockville; tug Thomson from Montreal, three light barges, Tuesday morning, cleared for Montreal, three grain barges; steamer Canadian from Fort William, midnight, last night, with 77,000 bushels of wheat, cleared at noon for Fort William.

p.8 The Late Capt. Murray - funeral took place to St. Mary's cathedral.



It is understood that the public works department at Ottawa has practically decided upon the tenderer to secure the lease of the government dry-dock at Kingston for the next twenty-one years. A strong company is being formed, in which there will be some Kingston capital and the dock will be leased to it for $10,000 a year. The government dry-dock has not been a paying concern for the reason that it hadn't a proper repair plant connected with it, and many vessels that might have docked here went elsewhere, because rapid work could not be done on them. The company that leases the dock will establish a modern repair plant. Kingston will benefit materially by the lease of the dock, for perhaps three times the number of vessels docked in the past will come here for repairs. The details of the contract are not yet settled, but will be very shortly.

The Best Tenderer.

A special despatch from Ottawa says: "The best tender is that of W.J. Fair, at $10,000 a year," said an official of the public works department when asked whose tender was the best for leasing the Kingston dry dock from the dominion government.

The matter has not been before the cabinet finally yet, and so the official declined to give the names of the others tendering. He intimated that there were several. It was also explained that it is not customary in the matter of government tenders to give out any names but those of the successful tenderer.

An effort was made to see Hon. Mr. Pugsley, minister of public works in reference to this matter, which will so vitally interest Kingstonians, but he could not be seen, at noon, today. It is understood he was one of the several cabinet ministers who today received a big deputation that is here from St. John, N.B., regarding building a big shipbuilding plant there.

"There were five tenders," said an official high up in the department of public works when talking to the Whig this afternoon. Then he added: We cannot say who the other tenders are. What the department will do now will be to make inquiries as to whether Mr. Fair can carry out the conditions the specifications call for. Then, I presume, the matter will go to the cabinet."

Late Marine Notes.

The steamer John Donnelly is in the government drydock.

The schooner Ford River is at Anglin's, with coal from Oswego.

The steamer Key Port, grain laden, from Port Colborne, passed down on her way to Montreal.

The schooner Bertha Kalkins is at Garden Island with coal from Oswego.

The steambarge Ida E. arrived at Anglin's, and will be laid up for the season. The engineer, James McGillivray, has returned home.

The steamer Dundee, from Fort William, lightered her cargo of grain at the Montreal Transportation company's elevator and cleared for Montreal.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 25 Oct 1909