The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Oct 1909

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p.1 Gananoque, Oct. 27th - ...The coal schooner Briton arrived here with a cargo on Monday.


Death Toll For Season To Present Date.

Detroit, Oct. 27th - A total of ninety-five lives and a property loss of upwards of $2,000,000 is the toll taken by the great lakes waters and reefs during the present season of navigation up to date. With the dangerous fall weather yet to come, it is quite probable these figures will be increased before the last boat ends its chase for gold.

One fact stands out very prominently in going back over the season from about April 1st. Almost without exception the losses, both in life and property, have been confined practically to freight steamers. Passenger boats have been singularly free from accident or disaster.

The greatest loss of life occurred on July 12th, when the steamer John B. Cowles was rammed in Lake Superior by the Isaac M. Scott, and fourteen of the former's crew drowned. April 30th the steamer Adelle Shores went down in a gale on Lake Superior and thirteen persons lost their lives, while April is a date that will long be remembered in marine circles for three big steamers and a barge, representing an investment of $425,000 went down in a gale on Lake Superior, thirty lives being sacrificed. The following table will show at a glance the real penalty of navigation this year:

Total loss of life 95

Total monetary loss $2,000,000

Drowned in wreck 61

Accidental drowning 12

Accidental deaths 11

Suicides 5

Murders 6

Loss in collisions $682,000

Number of collisions 2

Boats total losses $1,000,000

Number total losses 48

Total losses in gales $605,000

Damage by fire $406,000

Damage other causes $206,000

Total stranding 83

As compared with last year's fatalities an increase of nearly ninety per cent is shown in 1909 while monetary losses last season figured bug ($1,700,000 ?).

p.5 Busy Forming Company - Definite particulars concerning the leasing of the government dry dock will not be announced for at least three weeks. The promoters, for whom W.J. Fair is acting, are busy forming the company which is to secure the lease. Till the company is formed and can show to the satisfaction of the government that it will be able to establish a proper plant, the lease arrangement will not be concluded.

Wireless On The Lakes

Hon. I.P. Brodeur has informed the city council of Port Arthur that the government will not license the United Wireless Telegraph company, of Cleveland, Ohio, to build a station at Port Arthur for which arrangements had been made between the council and the company. The government intention is to retain control of all wireless communication and eventually in this regard to provide ample protection for shipping on the great lakes. The government is well advised in keeping the control of the wireless in its own hands. If it more frequently freed itself from the reactionary influence which have enmeshed it, it would better serve the interests of the people. [Brantford Expositor]



The steamer John Randall cleared for Rideau canal ports.

The schooner Katie Eccles is loading a cargo of posts for Charlotte.

The steamer Rideau King is still undergoing repairs at Davis' dry dock

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

The steamer Dundurn was at Swift's Tuesday night, on her way from Hamilton to Montreal.

Hon. L.P. Brodeur, having just made a tour of the St. Lawrence channel, announces that before very long it will be widened to 150 feet, and his object is to have a thirty-five foot clear channel.

The steamer Algonquin arrived from Fort William, and is at Richardsons' elevator, discharging 90,000 bushels of wheat and oats. The vessel will clear today for the Welland canal.

M.T. Co.: The steamer Westmount and barge Quebec arrived from Fort William with 155,000 bushels of wheat; tug Emerson light from Brockville, cleared for Montreal with three grain barges; tug Bronson arrived Wednesday morning from Montreal with three light barges, cleared in the afternoon for Montreal, with three grain barges; tug Bartlett arrived from Lake Erie with two coal barges for Montreal; steamer Fairmount and barge Ungava are due on Thursday from Fort William, with 165,000 bushels of wheat; steamer Westmount and barge Quebec will clear for Fort William.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 27 Oct 1909