The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Nov 1909

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p.1 Pith of the News - The passenger steamer Arrow of the Sandusky and Islands line, is on the rocks near Sandusky, Ohio, and is said to be in a very dangerous position.


Ottawa, Nov. 9th - The steamer Welshman, owned by the Ottawa Forwarding company, was burned to the water's edge, Sunday morning, and was scuttled by the crew. The boat left here Friday night, for down the river with a cargo of general merchandise. When nearly opposite Lachute the fire broke out, and soon gained such headway that it was decided to scuttle the boat, which was done. The members of the company in Ottawa last night had not heard just how the fire started and could not say what would be the loss. It is estimated that the loss might be about $50,000, partly covered by insurance. The boat was running at the time, but as far as was learned here the crew had a narrow escape. It is probable that the boat was run near the shore out of the main channel, so that it will not be a menace to navigation. Steps will be taken at once to recover as much as possible.



The City Council For Its Failure

To Have Derelicts Removed From Lower Harbor

Removal of Derelicts - Ald. Tweddell then took the floor and delivered a harangue on the negligence of the council in failing to insist on the removal of derelicts in the lower harbor which, he declared, were dangerous and unsightly. Why hadn't they been removed?, he asked.

The mayor said he and Ald. Elliott were appointed by the finance committee to visit the lower harbor, but every time he called for Ald. Elliot, the latter was busy. However, he promised to take up the matter as soon as possible.

"Couldn't you make an extra effort to go down?" asked Ald. Tweddell.

"We'll do the best we can." replied the mayor.

"If you don't get a move on," concluded the Cataraqui ward representative, "you'll hear of it later on."

p.5 News of World - From an examination of the steamer George Stone, stranded on Grubb's reef, with a loss of six lives, it is believed that, after a bulkhead has been built in the forward section, it will be possible to remove the boat to a dry dock at Port Huron.


There is a ferry lease row at Fort Erie, and a mass meeting was held the other night. H. Radford, a former Kingstonian, a resident of Fort Erie, is fighting the International Ferry company, and declares it has no lease from the Canadian government, as Hon. Mr. Templeton has given assurance that no lease would be granted for at least ten days, or time enough to enable the people of Fort Erie to show they are, as they claim, being discriminated against in the matter of ferry service.

Mr. Radford read a telegram he had received from the owners of the Pierrepont, a Kingston, Ont., ferryboat, stating she could be put in service at Fort Erie in forty-eight hours, and he defied the ferry company to carry out its threat. According to Mr. Radford, the Pierrepont is a steel boat, side-wheeler, and is capable of making her way through twenty-four inches of ice.

"For I've had her do that when I sailed her myself," explained Mr. Radford, while the crowd applauded.

A resolution was adopted asking the village council to request the Canadian minister to withhold his signature from the lease until the companies have had a chance to file applications.



The steamer Sowards cleared for Oswego.

The schooner Kitchen cleared for Charlotte with feldspar.

The steamer Wahcondah passed up, on her way to Fort William.

The steamer Dundurn, from Montreal to Hamilton, called at Swift's early this morning.

The steamer Aletha made her regular trip from bay points, today, with passengers and freight.

The steamer Algonquin arrived, Tuesday morning, from Fort William, with 80,000 bushels of wheat.

The new steamer Port Colborne arrived in port yesterday and cleared for Buffalo to load coal for Fort William. At the latter place grain will be loaded for Buffalo.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 9 Nov 1909