The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Dec 1909

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At Wolfe Island For Coal Boats.

Mr. Edwards - I want to call the minister's attention to the fact that while large sums are being expended on wharves and breakwaters along the coasts of the maritime provinces, some expenditures are necessary on the inland waters. I have had occasion to refer to the need of a little dredging near Wolfe Island. The people there build their own wharves, but in the latter part of last session I informed the minister that an expenditure of $150 to $200 in dredging would enable vessels to land coal on the island, whereas otherwise the people would be obliged to haul their coal on the ice from Kingston. This would mean a saving of fifty or sixty cents a ton on all the coal used on Wolfe Island. I simply want to draw attention to that. The honorable minister said last session that it was then too late to consider the matter. I want now to call his attention to it before it is too late. This is a matter of great importance to the people there, and while we are making these large expenditures down by the sea, we should not forget the people living along the lakes.

Mr. Pugsley - The honorable gentleman is speaking of dredging required at Wolfe Island. The result of the inquiry I made is that this is a private wharf owned by a company, and the business down there is the business of this company, and the work could not be properly regarded as work for the general benefit of the public.

Mr. Edwards - The wharf, I believe, was constructed by private parties who were living on the island, but it is used by the general public without charge. I can only repeat that the dredging would result in great and general benefit to the people on that island inasmuch as it would enable coal vessels to land cargoes there, and the people would then get their coal at 50 to 70 cents a ton less.

Mr. Pugsley - If the honorable gentleman would write me a letter stating the number of people accommodated by that wharf and mentioning the fact that the wharf is open to public use without charge, I shall be glad to take a note of it for further consideration.

Mr. Edwards - The population is some 1,200.

p.8 Pith of the News - The steamer City of Ignace arrived at Windsor, Ont., on Saturday morning, with both stacks blown off and a hole in her side, having weathered fierce gales.


The steamer Advance, loaded with flaxseed for Prescott, is reported to be in shelter at Charlotte.

Capt. Clift, of Montreal, is here to survey the steamers Key Port and Key West, receiving repairs, and which will winter here.

This has been a very dull year for the local wrecking companies. Providence has favored the vessels on the lakes this past autumn.

Vessel building will be rather meagre in Kingston this winter. The biggest job is the

rebuilding of the steamer Ottawa for the Thousand Island Steamboat company. Quite extensive repairs will also be made to the steamer America.

The steamer Carleton, of Montreal, is at present unloading grain. This steamer was to have wintered at Kingston, but being unable to secure the government dry-dock, will have to go to Ogdensburg, N.Y., for repairs. Several big marine repair jobs were lost to Kingston this winter through the dry-dock being held for the government dredges.


L.L. Henderson, general manager of the M.T. company, is here from Montreal, and will remain till Monday when he goes to Toronto. He and the president of the company, B. McLennan, of Montreal, are paying a visit to the local office and to look over the fleet about to enter winter quarters. Mr. Henderson stated that the company has had a very good season, notwithstanding the summer shortage in grain. The fall shipments turned out quite large. Package freight was better this year than ever before. The record grain-carrying season was two years ago, and next year he expects will more than equal 1907.

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    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 11 Dec 1909