The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Dec 1909

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p.2 Latest News - The record for late closing of the Lachine canal navigation will be captured this year. The canal was due to close on November 30th. The steamer Bickerdike, however, is bound down from the west with a big grain cargo, and will not arrive at the elevator until Sunday morning.


Season Is Fast Drawing To A Close.

The marine season is fast drawing to a close. Boats are being laid up every day now, and inside of a couple of weeks the entire local fleet of vessels will have been laid up. Sailors are returning home from the upper lakes. The season has been a most successful one.

Three or four grain vessels from Fort William will be the last of the grain traffic from the west and they will have arrived within a week's time. The different slips are being filled with vessels for the winter.

It is quite a task, getting the vessels for the winter. Some repair work is nearly always necessary, and then again in the spring, the vessel has to have another overhauling.

The Montreal Transportation company is busy getting all its barges to Kingston where they always remain for the winter. Tugs have been arriving from Montreal and intermediate points all week with barges.

The coal trade is about over. The season has been a most successful one, continued fine weather during the summer allowing for many fast trips. And if there is one thing that is bound to please a captain on a coal schooner it is to make a fast trip. The most of the delay in the business is caused at Charlotte or Oswego where they are loaded. The schooners all have to take their turn like men in a barber shop. First in, first served, and as the harbor is very often almost filled up with coal carriers, it takes some time to take on a cargo and get away.

Navigation on the Rideau canal is now practically closed, and has been for a couple of weeks, only a very few vessels moving in that direction.

Schooner Metzner Ashore.

The schooner Lizzie Metzner went ashore on Waupoose Island, in South Bay, early Friday morning, and had a hole punched in her bottom. The Calvin company received word, Friday morning, of her plight, and sent the tug Chiefain and wrecking outfit to her aid. The Metzner was pounding quite hard. She is owned by Picton parties, and was making for that port to go into winter quarters.

Movement of Vessels.

The steamer Dundurn is due up today from Montreal to Hamilton.

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

Some of the M.T. company's big steamers will lay up here this winter.

The steamer Aletha was to make its last trip today. It will winter at Picton.

The steamer Carleton cleared from Fort William Thursday night with grain for Prescott.

Insurance on lake vessels expires at midnight on Dec. 5th. After that very high rates have to be paid. The insurance extends from April 15th to Dec. 5th.

The government will use the dry dock this winter for its dredges and tugs. The M.T. company had the dock engaged but the arrangement had to be cancelled.

M.T. Co.: The steamer Bickerdike arrived from Fort William with 46,000 ? bushels of wheat for storage; the tugs Bartlett, Hall and Emerson arrived from Montreal with light barges.

The steamer Prince Rupert is expected here on Tuesday from Port Colborne, with grain for Richardson & Sons. As she is running after Dec. 5th, her insurance had to be extended.

Capt. ? Papineau, of the steamer Bickerdike, which arrived here Friday night, from Fort William, reported a fine trip down. "It was just like summer," said the veteran seaman, "and all the way down I did not have to sweep a flake of snow or a bit of ice off my ship."

The steamer Simla is expected at Garden Island this evening from Montreal, where she went with oats. The Simla is about the last of the lake boats to get up the river this season. It was thought that she might not get back through the canals but the moderate weather favored her.



To Kingston Shipbuilding Company.

The Dominion government has granted a lease of its dry dock, at Kingston, to the Kingston Shipbuilding company, a new company composed of Alexander McDougall, Duluth, Minn.; Horace B. Smith, Owen Sound; Simon Dyment, Barrie; James M. Smith, Collingwood; Hiram A. Calvin, John McKelvey, and W.J. Fair, Kingston. The company will have a capital of $500,000. It will pay a rental of $10,000 a year for the dock, and the lease will run twenty-one years.

The lease of the dock will mean much to Kingston. James M. Smith, manager of the Collingwood Shipbuilding company, was here today to see W.J. Fair, and stated that early next summer it was hoped to have fifty men at work at the dock. In two or three years there would probably be 300 men employed. Although the lease does not begin till April 15th, 1910, the company will begin at once to instal a plant. At least $50,000 will be spent by next summer, and when the company gets through in a couple of years it will have a plant worth $150,000.

Mr. Smith said that the company hoped to develop a big dock business here, which at present Kingston was losing because the dry dock hadn't a sufficient plant. For instance, the package freighters alone should help support the dock. There are now thirty or forty of these big freighters running from upper lake ports to Montreal, and they are a class of vessel that are in more danger than any other. Kingston's just in the right locality to receive these vessels.

Collingwood has two docks, Mr. Smith says, and each can receive two vessels. Five years ago Collingwood's first dock didn't get half a dozen vessels. This year the two had received over 100.

The Kingston dock, he says, is for the smaller type of vessel, that of 325 feet and under. He predicts a big benefit to the city from the undertaking of the new company.

p.13 Deseronto, Dec. 2nd - ....The schooner Horace Taber arrived this week and is laying up here for the winter. The steamer Brockville is going into winter quarters here....

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 4 Dec 1909